State Senator John Bonacic today thanked Governor Cuomo for submitting casino gaming legislation, but indicated he was very concerned the Governor’s proposal would be defeated if adopted by the Legislature and put before the voters in November in its present form.
Senator Bonacic speaks on the floor about his bill (S4042) to counter "paper terrorism," which is when false financing statements are filed against public officials in retaliation for carrying out their public duties. The bill passed the Senate 60-0. The bill will now be sent to the Assembly for consideration.
On Monday, May 27, 2013 Senator Bonacic marched in the Memorial Day Parade in Pine Island along with the Polish Legion of American Veterans Post #16 and participated in a cemetery service held at the end of the parade honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation, our freedom and our way of life.
This Memorial Day, we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation, our freedom and our way of life. Every one of these brave men and women deserve our respect, gratitude, and appreciation. As we gather this weekend with family and friends for barbeques, parades and parties, please take time to remember and pay tribute to those who have made sacrifices to protect our freedoms. We must never forget our veterans, and I thank all our veterans and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (Orange County), has introduced legislation, S.5586, which would provide for a process to authorize up to seven licenses for casino gaming if a referendum on the Constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming this November is successful.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) attended the New York State Emergency Medical Services Memorial Dedication Ceremony. The memorial honors emergency medical workers who have died in the line of duty. This year Eric Monty of Champlain EMS and David G. Restuccio of Staten Island University Hospital were honored. Since Senator Bonacic helped start the memorial in 2004, forty-four emergency medical workers have been memorialized. Senator Bonacic is pictured above with Warwick emergency medical workers, Frank Cassanite and Jo Ann Cheney, in front of the Tree of Life dedicated to fallen EMS workers.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2013, Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) honored the induction of Richard Keiser to the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame. Mr. Keiser served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and acheived the rank of Sergeant. He was wounded at the Battle of Hamburger Hill in May 1969. Professionally, he served as an Orangetown Police Detective for 33 years and is a member of various veterans' and community organizations. We are grateful for Mr. Keiser's service to his community and country.
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to strengthen New York State’s ban on dangerous drop-side cribs. If passed by the Assembly, the legislation would expand the state’s existing drop-side crib ban to prohibit them from being used at child-care facilities and other places of public accommodation.
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, Senator John J. Bonacic attended the United Way of Sullivan County's 30th Anniversary Celebration held at Bernie's Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill, N.Y. Senator Bonacic presented honoree, Eileen Ernst, with a New York State Senate Resolution upon her recognition as the Volunteer Extraordinaire by the United Way of Sullivan County.
Pictured with Senator Bonacic is the honoree, Eileen Ernst, and members of the Board of Directors.
“The Governor should be commended for ending a long standing dispute with the Oneida Nation. I wish him continued success in resolving remaining disputes with other Native American tribes and nations. The Governor’s actions will help bring greater clarity to where private sector casino gaming can go. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor to bring casino gaming to fruition this year.”