Like you, I am appalled at some of what I see happening in Albany. That is why I have put party politics aside and worked in a bi-partisan fashion, even against the leaders of my own party, in an effort to clean up Albany.
* I believe that members of the State Legislature who are under investigation for Federal or State criminal violations should not be able to stay in leadership positions in government, and should have the perks of their office taken from them until the investigation is resolved. I was the only Senator to call for the removal of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, when it was announced that Bruno was under Federal investigation.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), praised Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson’s support for non-partisan redistricting and urged the Democratic Leader to call the Senate back into session for an immediate vote on it.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has requested that New York City DEP Commissioner Cas Holloway come to the Town of Wawarsing to meet with residents impacted by the DEP’s leaking aqueducts.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) today has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their annual Mother’s Day campaign to urge women to get mammograms.
The New York State Senate on Thursday, passed legislation, (S.6212a) co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic to provide a “Circuit Breaker” to families in New York State who pay a higher than average share of their income in property taxes.
The New York State Senate today, passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, (S.6276), which would authorize the use of $4 million in State funds to buyout families who have been subject to repeated and ongoing water seepage and flooding in the Town of Wawarsing.
“We are responsible for each action we take. Former Senator Monserrateserved as a Marine, police officer, and was one of the Senators who led theeffort to help reform the Senate’s rules last year. We honor our veterans.We support our police officers. We want reformers to succeed. The goodactions he performed in those roles however, still do not authorizecriminal conduct. Here, Mr. Monserrate was convicted of a crimeassociated with an assault on his girlfriend. There must be zerotolerance for domestic violence.
“I believe now, the Governor wants to do the things he says. He is right to argue that better ethics can lead to better policies. I support his ethics reform proposal. If no Senator in the Democratic Senate Majority sponsors it when it is released, I will sponsor it, because I believe these ideas deserve an honest debate.”
December 11, 2009: State Senator John J. Bonacic has urged that the Legislature enact comprehensive ethics reform when it re-convenes next month. Bonacic is the only Republican State Senator to co-sponsor bi-partisan comprehensive ethics reform legislation (S.5738). That legislation:
December 7, 2009: “I feel neither vindication nor satisfaction with today’s verdict. I said in 2006, and believe today, that Senator Bruno was not qualified to lead our Senate Republican conference given that he was the subject of an FBI investigation. Today’s conviction affirms that position as a matter of law. It is a clarion call for stronger, no