(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announced that the New York State Senate passed a $142 billion 2015-16 State Budget which increases education funding by $1.4 billion, invests in our infrastructure, and spurs economic growth.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic, (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce the inclusion of $800,000 in funding for the Research and Recognition Project in the 2015-2016 New York State Budget. The Research and Recognition Project is a non-profit organization that has developed a breakthrough, non-invasive, neurological treatment for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Senator Bonacic was joined by a bi-partisan group of thirty State Senators, who were all in support of funding this monumental research to cure PTS.
(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Ulster County Legislator Craig Lopez (R/C/I – Shawangunk) announced today that the 2015-2016 New York State Budget will include a full restoration of $8.5 million in funding for the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program.
(Albany, NY)-New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announced significant funding restorations and increases for programs for women’s health and wellness programs as part of the 2015-16 State Budget. These include:
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that Goshen, NY resident, John P. Melville has been confirmed as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, by the New York State Senate. Prior to his confirmation, Melville served as a sworn member of the New York State Police for 31 years. He served as a Major in Troop F and Troop NYC, coordinating the State Police’s response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend the annual Pulaski Fire Company’s pancake breakfast in Pine Island, NY this past Sunday. Not only does the Pulaski Fire Company do a tremendous job in serving their community, they also do a great job serving up a delicious breakfast. The event was an opportunity for neighbors to come out and enjoy a tasty meal while supporting the men and women of the fire company.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) welcomed the Greenwood Lake Middle School Choir to Albany, today, as part of the 43rd Annual “Music in Our Schools Month.” The choir, under the direction of Music Director Laura Kroll, sang beautifully, performing a mix of old and new songs.
Senator Bonacic is pictured with the Greenwood Lake Middle School Choir in Albany. Directly to Bonacic’s right is Music Director Laura Kroll.
Senator Bonacic met with an impressive group of young Orange County students from the Leptondale School today, who were visiting Albany on a field trip. As part of the trip, the children and their chaperones took a tour of the New York State Museum, where they learned more about the history of the State.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic are (L-R, back row) Joseph Coleman and chaperones Keri Brewer and Courtney Canfield-Greene. The students in the front row are 4th graders from the Leptondale School.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the New York State Senate passed his bill, S.1677. The bill, also known as “Joanne’s Law”, would require employers and workplaces to be notified if a former employee with a criminal record in that workplace is released from prison or violates parole. In 2005 an incident occurred where an employee who had been fired from his job and later sentenced to 10 years’ probation returned to the office of his former employer and shot three of his managers.
Senator Bonacic joined members of the community at the Middletown Kiwanis’ annual pancake breakfast held at Middletown High School this past Saturday. The Kiwanis Club did a tremendous job in keeping up with the demand, as many members of the community came out to enjoy the breakfast. The Kiwanis Club of Middletown has been hosting their annual pancake breakfast for over 50 years. Every year, the breakfast serves as an opportunity for neighbors to come together and visit with members of the Kiwanis Club, while enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, and supporting a great organization.
While he may not have 714 career home runs and have called his shot in the in 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field, it was still a treat to meet Tom Stevens, Babe Ruth’s Grandson, in my Albany Office this past week. Tom was in Albany to discuss legislation that would provide for a “right of publicity” for deceased personalities, which would safeguard the significant contributions of deceased individuals like Babe Ruth. Not only did Tom and I discuss the legislation, but as two Yankees fans, we had a great conversation about their chances of winning the pennant this year.
This past week, the New York State Senate hosted service members from Fort Drum as part of the annual Fort Drum Day in Albany. The event – which is in its 4th consecutive year – celebrated Fort Drum and its contributions to the state and our nation. Fort Drum is home to 18,000 soldiers and officers and is located in Jefferson County, NY. It is the largest military installation in the Northeastern United States. The Fort Drum contingent visiting Albany was lead by Major General Stephen Townsend, Commander of the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum.
Today, March 18, Senator Bonacic participated in a health screening, in Albany, hosted by the Northeast Kidney Foundation. The kidney health screening is free and serves as an early intervention program that identifies individuals at increased risk for kidney disease and those who are in early stages of the disease. It is vitally important to take advantage of free screenings like this, because, if caught early, the progression of kidney disease can be slowed dramatically. Chronic kidney disease affects 26 million nationwide, with 59% of our population at risk.
Senator Bonacic met this morning with two representatives from the Frost Valley YMCA. The representatives were in Albany as part of YMCA Advocacy Day. The discussion focused on wellness for youth and funding priorities. The Frost Valley YMCA is located in Claryville, NY, and is one of the premier outdoor camping, group retreat, and environmental education centers in our great state.