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Statement from Senator Bonacic on Property Tax Relief

Senate Republicans have a long history of fighting for property tax relief for hardworking homeowners and their families.  We created the original STAR school property tax relief program, led the fight for passage of the two-percent property tax cap, and initiated the STAR rebate check program, which was eliminated by Democrats in 2009.

While we look forward to discussing the specifics of Governor Cuomo's proposal when he unveils his entire Executive Budget, it is essential that any enacted property tax relief plan ensures all middle-income families in every region of the state receive property tax relief.

January 21, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Attends Kiwanis Club of Minisink Valley's Pancake Breakfast - January 17, 2015

Senator Bonacic at the Kiwanis Club of Minisink Valley's Pancake Breakfast held on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

January 20, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Attends Kiwanis Club of Minisink's Pancake Breakfast

"The volunteer chefs from the Kiwanis Club of Minisink Valley did a terrific job as always at their recent pancake breakfast.  The event was well attended, and it was a morning of seeing friends, and eating good pancakes.  The Kiwanis Club has been in the community since 1957 and has helped many needy organizations through their fundraising events." 

 

 

January 20, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR JOHN BONACIC REGARDING EDUCATION INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT

I join my fellow Republicans in the Senate to urge Governor Cuomo to include the Education Investment Tax Credit in his Executive Budget to send a strong signal that in New York, every student deserves access to a first-class education and the limitless opportunities that come with it.  And rather than being forced to simply lower their expectations, parents whose children are trapped in failing schools should have real options when it comes to furthering their child’s education and securing their future.

January 20, 2015
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Public Hearings To Focus on the Shooting Deaths of Two New York City Police Offiers

I am pleased to announce that the New York State Senate will hold a series of public hearings convened by four Senate committees starting this month to examine police safety and public protection in New York City and throughout the state.

The hearings will review serious safety concerns raised by the shooting deaths of two NYPD Officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, in addition to other recent attacks and hostility directed at law enforcement.

January 16, 2015
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Senator Bonacic to Speaker Silver -- Protect Women Now

January 12, 2015 -- Today, New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt.

January 16, 2015
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New Law: "Hire a Veteran" Tax Credit

Starting this year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

January 15, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Is Sworn In For 2015-2016 Term

Senator Bonacic was sworn in as the Senator for the 42nd district which covers Sullivan County, and parts of Delaware, Ulster and Orange Counties.  Here is the Senator with Chief Administrative Judge, Gail Prudenti.

 

 

January 15, 2015
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Visiting Sullivan County for Liberty Elks Pancake Breakfast, 1/11/15

With the Senator is Dick Martinkovic and his wife Janet.  Sitting in front is (l to r) Tom Hasbrouck, Otto Bressler and Albert Henry.

January 13, 2015
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Senator Bonacic At Liberty Elks Breakfast, January 11, 2015

Senator Bonacic attended the pancake breakfast hosted by the Liberty Elks on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  "The Elks' members volunteer so much of their time to help their community, and I was glad to be able to express my thanks."

January 13, 2015
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January 13, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Meets With Advocates from The Spinal Cord Research Group

On January 12, 2015, Senator John J. Bonacic met in Albany with advocates from the Spinal Cord Research Group to discuss funding for the group, the 2015 legislative session, and other issues of concern.  The attendees were (back row) Keith Gurgui, Spinal Cord Injury Research Board Member; Linda Gurgui, Spinal Cord Injury Research Group; Rich Gurgui, Spinal Cord Research Program; Matt Jacobs, New Yorkers to cure Paralysis; (front) Terry O'Neill, Director of The Constantine Institute; and Scott Remington of the Spinal Cord Research Benefit. 

January 12, 2015
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Senator John Bonacic Receives “Circle of Friends” Distinction From New York Farm Bureau

Award recognizes the Senator’s support of New York State agriculture

 

Middletown, NY – Senator John J. Bonacic was recently named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends” roster of lawmakers who support New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau.

January 9, 2015
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Senator Bonacic At the Orange County Chamber NYS Legislators Briefing and Breakfast - Jan. 8, 2015

Senator Bonacic meets up with Louis Heimbach, chairman of the OC Trust, and Lucy Joyce, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce's NYS Legislators Briefing and Breakfast.  

January 8, 2015
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Senator Bonacic Speaks at Orange County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Briefing and Breakfast - January 8, 2015

Senator John Bonacic attended the first Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s NYS Legislators Briefing on January 8, 2015. This was the chamber’s first general membership breakfast of the year.  The Senator spoke on issues of concern to the chamber, and also took questions from the audience.  Pictured are: Orange County Chamber president, Lynn Allen Cione; and local Assembly members, James Skoufis, Aileen Gunther, and Karl Brabenec.

January 8, 2015
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New Laws to Help Veterans, Protect Kids & Create Jobs Taking Effect 01/01/2015

As we rapidly approach the New Year, I just wanted to touch base to let you know that a number of new laws will be taking effect on January 1, 2015.   These include:Hire a Veteran Tax Credit – Starting next year, businesses can receive a tax credit for hiring and employing a qualified veteran. The credit is equal to 10 percent of the total amount of wages paid to the qualified veteran during their first full year of employment. If the veteran is disabled, the credit amount is increased to 15 percent. The credit is capped at $5,000 per veteran or $15,000 per disabled veteran. Any unused credit may be carried forward to the following three years.

December 31, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Sullivan County Will be Home to Sole Casino in Catskills/Hudson Valley Region

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that today the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board has announced its selection for the Catskills/Hudson Valley Region, and that the winning applicant is Montreign Resort and Casino located in the Town of Thompson in Sullivan County.

December 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces $82.8 Million in Regional Economic Development Awards For Mid-Hudson

Funding Will Boost Over One Hundred Local Businesses, Educational Programs, and Municipal Projects

Senator John Bonacic (Mt. Hope – R/C/I) has announced that a total of $82.8 million was awarded to 118 projects throughout the Mid-Hudson Region. The Mid-Hudson Region was granted “top performer” status  and received the most funding of any region in the state. 

December 16, 2014
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THANKSGIVING ESSAYS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see such inspiring contributions in response to what is a deceptively difficult question: “What are you thankful for?”

On behalf of the New York State Senate, I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.

Sincerely,

December 2, 2014
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