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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES THE PASSAGE OF SENATE BILL S.1878 - INCREASES PENALTIES TO DRIVERS WHO PASS A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS

Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill S.1878 which passed today in the New York State Senate. This legislation, which he sponsors, will increase penalties for drivers who repeatedly pass a stopped school bus.

The bill will enhance current penalties for passing a stopped school bus by adding a sixty (60) day suspension of an individual’s driver’s license when a holder is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of ten years. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to a sixty day suspension of his or her driver’s license, but does not provide the same penalty for passing a stopped school bus two or more times.

March 26, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Fights for "Guaranteed Stream" of Funding for Spinal Cord Research

Senator Bonacic spoke at an Albany press conference recently to pledge his support for increased spinal cord research funding in the 2014-2015 budget. Remarking on a statement made at the conference that this would be a job-creating endeavor, Senator Bonacic said that this was more “about caring for all of our citizens and their families.”

March 26, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC PROMOTES MARCH AS NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” calling upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.

To that end, Senate Resolution (No. 3679) calls upon New Yorkers to encourage and  recognize “the abilities of all people, and to take the time to get to know someone with a developmental disability; to provide the encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential, and live as independently and productively as possible.”

Individuals with developmental disabilities are our family members, our friends, our neighbors, coworkers, teammates and classmates.

March 24, 2014
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Senate Bonacic Announces the Passage of Bill 2031A Which Reforms the Board of Regents Selection Process

New, more equitable process would distribute appointments among Governor, Senate and Assembly 

March 21, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES JOINT TASK FORCE ON HEROIN AND OPIOID ADDICTION

Panel will hold forums across the region to gather expert testimony to develop legislative action 

March 20, 2014
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SENATE BONACIC ANNOUNCES THAT “JOANNE’S LAW” IS PASSED IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE

 

Bill S.2042 to require employers or workplaces to be notified if a former employee with a criminal record in that workplace is released from prison, or violates probation

March 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces National Flood Safety Awareness Week: March 17-21

SENATOR BONACIC PROMOTES

NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK

March 17-21, 2014 

March 19, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ADDRESSES RALLY OPPOSING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PROPOSAL TO CLOSE MID-HUDSON PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

Standing at the podium with a crowd of supporters, Senator Bonacic sent a strong message to Governor Cuomo that closing nine correctional facilities in order to save $30 million dollars on the backs of professional men and women who work at Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center was wrong.    

March 18, 2014
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STATE SENATE BUDGET PLAN FOCUSES ON PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, EDUCATION, SENIORS AND JOB CREATION

The State budget plan put forward by the State  Senate would address several issues of importance to families and all taxpayers in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.

The Senate budget plan:

March 14, 2014
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STATE SENATE BUDGET PLAN FOCUSES ON PROPERTY TAX RELIEF, EDUCATION, SENIORS AND JOB CREATION

STATE SENATE BUDGET PLAN FOCUSES ON PROPERTY TAX RELIEF,

EDUCATION, SENIORS AND JOB CREATION 

March 14, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Seeks to Reform Board of Regents Selection Process

Recently, the legislature voted on the Board of Regents who imposed the Common Core curriculum.  The incumbent Regents have performed poorly with the Common Core roll out, and ultimately failed the parents and students of New York.  As such, I did not vote for the incumbent members of the Board of Regents.  

March 13, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces Young Farmers NY Program

SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES “YOUNG FARMERS NY” PROGRAM

Program aims to fortify New York’s farming future

March 11, 2014
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2014-2015 Joint Legislative Tax Relief: Real or Illusion?

Senator John Bonacic questions Thomas Maddow about property taxes.

February 27, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC CALLS FOR NOMINATIONS FOR NYS SENATE VETERANS' HALL OF FAME

Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) invites nominations for the induction into the New York State Senate Veterans’  Hall of Fame from the 42nd Senate District.  The online 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.           

February 24, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Urges Assembly to Pass the "Public Assistance Integrity Act"

Senator Bonacic Urges Assembly to Pass the “Public Assistance Integrity Act”

 

February 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic’s Statement on Common Core

Parents, teachers, administrators and educational professionals in my district, and throughout New York State, have raised grave concerns over the flawed roll-out of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Unless the Board of Regents acts to alleviate these concerns, they must delay the use of Common Core tests for high-stakes decisions about teachers, principals and students for a minimum of two years.  During this time, the State Education Department should continue to develop curricula aligned with higher standards and assist local school districts in developing their own curricula so teachers can successfully implement higher learning standards and help students reach their maximum potential.

February 4, 2014
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