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Senator Bonacic Receives the Legislative Leadership Award from the New York State Police Investigators Association

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.”

June 18, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Bill Allowing Volunteer Fire Departments to Screen Potential Members for Past Sex Offenses Passes in the Senate

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. 

June 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Bill to Set School Proposition Votes on Certain Dates Passes in the Senate

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. 

June 17, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Visits With John S. Burke High School Students, Sees Up Close How iPads Will Be Used in the Classroom

Senator Bonacic visited with students at John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen to see how the iPad will be used in the classroom.  

June 13, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Passage of Senate Bill Allowing County Jails to Share Financing and Facilities

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mount Hope) announces that the NYS Senate today passed  Senate Bill 1876A which will allow counties to share a jail instead of having separate jails in each county.  

June 11, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL S.6202 REQUIRING SEX OFFENDERS TO REGISTER MULTIPLE RESIDENCES

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.

June 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Passage of Senate Bill 2016: Child Abuse Calls From Mandated Reporters Must Be Investigated

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. 

June 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic With Actor Tony Danza, and Energy Counsel, Emma Maceko for Italian-American Day in the Capitol

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.

June 11, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC SPEAKS ON THE PASSAGE OF BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

“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. 

June 10, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF BILLS RECOMMENDED BY HEROIN TASK FORCE

COMPREHENSIVE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE AIMS TO SAVE LIVES

Measures Will Help Address Growing Heroin and Opioid Use in New York

June 10, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Relay for Life in Sullivan County

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.

 

 

June 9, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Speaks at Civilian Emergency Preparedness Training Class at SUNY Sullivan - June 7, 2014

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. 

 

June 9, 2014
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Helping Our Heroes: New Law Assists Service Disabled Vets

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.

June 5, 2014
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SENATE’S JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION RELEASES REPORT AND LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

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.  

June 5, 2014
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SENATE RESOLUTION COMMEMORATES 70th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY INVASION Resolution Accompanied By Historical Exhibits; Passage of Veterans Legislation

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.

June 5, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces 2014 New York State Summer Reading Program

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.  

May 28, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Congratulates Walter Kittle, 2014 NYS Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame Inductee

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.  

(photo Senate Services)

May 23, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Provides Update on Heroin & Opioid Addiction Task Force Progress

Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction plans legislation on or before June 1 

May 23, 2014
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Senator Bonacic with former FDNY Division Chief, James Martin, at the NYS Emergency Medical Services Memorial

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.  

May 23, 2014
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