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.
(Albany, NY) - Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) is pleased to accept nominations from the 42nd Senate District for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complimented by their service to the people in their community.
Last week, students from Twin Towers Middle school in Middletown traveled to Albany. The student’s, all members of the Twin Towers Full Orchestra, were participating in the 43rd annual “Music in Our Schools Month.” The Orchestra performed beautifully in the Empire State Plaza and were then given a tour of the Capitol. After their tour they met with a representative from Senator Bonacic's office.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) was pleased that the Assembly passed an anti-human trafficking piece of legislation today, March 16th. Senate Republicans passed the same bill on the very first day of session in January as part of the Women’s Equality Agenda. The anti-human trafficking bill would strengthen anti-trafficking provisions and increase penalties for traffickers.
Senator Bonacic met with school board members from Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties on March 16th, in his Albany office. The Productive conversation focused on educational funding and priorities for the 2015-2016 New York State Budget
Senator Bonacic attended the Forestburgh Fire Department’s Annual Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday, March 14th, with his wife Pat. Senator Bonacic congratulated the Department on their annual dinner, which is home to some of the best corned beef in Sullivan County, and is very well attended by those who are looking for a hearty meal.
(Albany, NY)- Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) delivered the following statement on the passage of the Senate one-house budget proposal. The proposal would create a new property tax rebate program for middle class homeowners, extend historic opportunities to students and make significant investments in New York’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs.
(Albany, NY)- Senator Bonacic announced the passage of two bills by the New York State Senate that would strengthen penalties for meth related crimes and prevent use of parks or playgrounds for drug activity. Senate Bill S.1150, and Senate Bill S.994 would combat the spread of methamphetamine use in New York and stop parks and deter drug dealers from selling in parks and playgrounds.
Senator Bonacic met with students, and representatives from the Bassett Healthcare Network and New York School-Based Health Alliance, today, in his Albany office. Both organizations work to improve the health status of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based healthcare. The focus of the discussion centered on the funding of school based clinics.
Annual Program Honors Women’s Outstanding Contributions to Our Community
(Albany, NY)- State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) today, invited local residents from the 42nd Senate District to nominate colleagues, friends, and neighborhood leaders whose exceptional work on the behalf of their communities make them deserving of special recognition as a New York “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate.
Senator Bonacic met with members of the Sullivan County Visitors Association and local Sullivan County business owners on March 10th, in his Albany office. The discussion focused on ways to encourage, and improve economic growth, and promote tourism in the County.