The New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation, (S.2040) sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) to criminalize certain conduct against corrections officers and other employees of prison facilities.
On Monday, March 4, 2013, the New York State Senate passed legislation to protect children by preventing people who have been convicted of crimes involving children, sexual-based offenses, and drug offenses from being a school bus monitor. The bill (S883), sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R,C,I-Mount Hope), also updates existing laws to include Leandra’s Law convictions in disqualifying a person from being a school bus driver for five years after conviction.
State Senator John Bonacic accepted the Orange County Office of Emergency Medical Services and Orange County Emergency Medical Services Council’s annual award for being Orange County’s EMS Supporter of the Year.
On Monday, March 4, 2013, Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I- Mt. Hope) met with music educators from Sullivan, Orange and Delaware Counties supporting music education in our schools. Pictured above standing, left to right, is Kevin Giroux, Daniel McConnell, Mike Mingo, Senator Bonacic, Lori Orestano-James, Gary Siegel, and Kristin Henne. Seated, left to right, is Sonja Beard, and Diane Krick.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I- Mt. Hope) speaks in Albany at the rally against Governor Cuomo's controversial gun control law outside of the New York State Capitol Building on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Senator John J. Bonacic (R,C,I- Mt. Hope) met with Laurie Kelley and Melissa Paradies of Ulster-Green ARC to discuss how the Governor's budget will effect people with developmental disabilities.
State Senator John Bonacic (R,C, I- Mt. Hope) has been newly named the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for State/Federal Relations. This leadership position entails working on issues related to the relationship between the federal government and New York State.
I applaud Governor Cuomo for presenting a balanced budget that holds the line on spending. Increasing aid to schools statewide by over 4%, during these very challenging economic times is a good thing. However, in reviewing his aid calculations for several districts in the Hudson Valley, that statewide figure of a 4% increase is not bearing out locally in many districts. I am concerned about that.
Over the last few days my office has received numerous inquiries regarding the implementation of the new gun law. The Governor has released a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this law which is available here.