Senator Bonacic receives the Legislative Leadership award from the New York State Police Investigators Association in Albany on his advocacy for the department. On the left is NYSPIA President, Jeffrey Kayser, and on the right is Artie Wilcox, Union Representative. Said the Senator, “I am honored to be the recipient of their award, and thank them for all the work they do to keep our community safe.”
Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed Senate Bill 1885-C which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application.
Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed Senate Bill 2015-A which states that school district proposition votes shall be held only on the third Tuesday of May (or second Tuesday if the third Tuesday conflicts with religious observances), or on one or both of two dates set by the Commissioner of Education.
Senator Bonacic announces the Senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.6202), which requires sex offenders to report secondary residences or domiciles to any police department within ten days. At present, there is a section on the sex offender registration form to list a second residence, but completing this section is not required by law.
Senator Bonacic today announces that legislation he introduced, Senate Bill 2016, requiring that certain mandated reporters who phone in child abuse or maltreatment reports to the statewide child abuse hotline be immediately referred to local child abuse investigators, has passed in the New York State Senate.
Senator John Bonacic with actor Tony Danza and Emma Maceko, Assistant Energy Counsel, for Italian-American Day in the New York State Senate. Tony Danza was selected to be the 2014 Italian-American Day Honoree as part of the celebration which recognizes the contributions of Italian-Americans.
“Holistic and aggressive approach.” -- Senator Bonacic speaks on the bills passed on June 9th in the New York State Senate to battle against the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic. The wider distribution of Narcan; crackdown on providers who overprescribe pain killers; expanded insurance coverage for treatment services, and severe penalties for heroin sellers, are among the highlights.
Senator Bonacic visited the Sullivan County Relay for Life event, held on June 7, 2014, and sponsored by Crystal Run Healthcare. This event honors cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and raises funds and awareness to fight back against cancer.
With the Senator is (l) Mary DeFreitas, Chief Human Resources Officer for Crystal Run; and (r) Joan Patterson, RN, Director of Nursing/Rock Hill. Deb Polin, one of the Relay for Life Team Captains is at the far right.
Senator Bonacic spoke at the Civilian Emergency Preparedness Training class held at SUNY Sullivan on June 7, 2014. The program, led by Captain Castillo of the NY National Guard, provided the attendees with the tools, information, and resources needed to prepare for an emergency.
As your Senator, I have always worked together in a bipartisan way to provide support for New York State's courageous veterans. That's why I am pleased to report that an important new proposal to help New York’s Service Disabled Veterans pursue successful new business ventures has just been signed into law. Modeled after a highly successful federal initiative, New York’s new law will establish a new contract preference “set-aside” for service disabled veterans.
The New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction today released a report summarizing the findings of statewide forums held to examine the issues surrounding the increase in drug abuse, addiction and drug related crimes in New York. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers.
The New York State Senate today honored World War II veterans today by adopting a resolution that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Allied Army invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, a defining day in world history that marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe and the eventual end of World War II; as well as passing a package of legislation to benefit veterans, and men and women in active military duty.
Senator Bonacic announces that the New York State Senate is partnering with the New York State Library and the 1,100 libraries and neighborhood branches to get more children reading this summer. The Senate’s 2014 Summer Reading Program in conjunction with the New York State Library is offering students and families a variety of entertaining ways to encourage reading.
Senator Bonacic congratulates Walter Kittle on his induction into the NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame at a ceremony recently held in Albany. Kittle served in the Navy, Army National Guard and Air National Guard and volunteered for tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring in 2013 from 30 plus years in military service. Here, Kittle is being awarded a NYS Certificate of Recognition by the Senator.
Senator Bonacic with James Martin, former Division Chief of the Fire Department of New York, in Albany for the NYS Emergency Medical Services Memorial held on May 20, 2014 at Empire State Plaza. This event recognized 12 fallen FDNY emergency medical service providers whose names were added to the Tree of Life Memorial, bringing the total to 56.