John J. Bonacic

State Senator from 42nd District at New York State Senate

John J. Bonacic

John J. Bonacic

State Senator from 42nd District at New York State Senate

Biography

John Bonacic represents Sullivan County, ten towns and two cities in Orange County, six towns in Ulster County, and six towns in Delaware County. He was born in New York City and grew up in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan. He went to Iona College on an academic and basketball scholarship. He was the recipient of Iona's Economics Medal for his undergraduate work and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After college, he worked for Orange and Rockland Utilities, while attending Fordham Law School at night.

Upon graduation from Fordham, John and his family moved to Orange County where he served as an Assistant District Attorney and on the Town of Mount Hope Planning Board. He later served in the Orange County Legislature (1973 - 1989), where he was Majority Leader and Chairman. He served in the NYS Assembly from 1990 - 1998, and was elected to the State Senate in 1998.

In the Senate, Senator Bonacic has championed causes relating to healthcare, property tax relief, and housing. He has negotiated agreements which kept two rural hospitals in his Senate District open - Ellenville and Margaretville; and also negotiated the re-opening of the hospital in Sidney, now known as Tri-Town Regional Hospital. He also led the effort to affiliate Catskill Regional Medical Center with the Orange Regional Medical Center, and created a public-private partnership to make substantial improvements to Catskill Regional Medical Center’s emergency room services. He was the original Senate sponsor of the Women's Health and Wellness Act, leading a four year effort within the Senate to pass this comprehensive healthcare legislation. The legislation was reported on by the NY Times, Times Union, Times Herald Record, and The Daily Star, and featured nationally on NBC Nightly News.

As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Senator Bonacic sponsored legislation which allowed for the creation of thousands of new housing opportunities for New Yorkers across the State. He has also taken a strong interest in changing the way schools are funded because he sees the property tax as an obstacle to home ownership. He has helped develop legislation which passed the Senate to eliminate the property tax that homeowners pay to operate their local schools. He also sponsored the Access to Homes law. That law provides financial assistance to disabled individuals, including disabled war veterans, who need upgrades to their home to make them adaptable to their physical challenges.

In 2011, Senator Bonacic was named Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, he is responsible for oversight of the Governor’s Judicial Nominations, as well as all proposed Constitutional Amendments, as well as matters relating to the practice of law in New York State. He is also Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Wagering and Gaming. That Committee has oversight of the State’s horse racing industry, as well as casino gaming in New York State.

Senator Bonacic resides with his wife, Pat, in Mount Hope, Orange County. They have two adult children, Scott and Melissa, and three grandchildren - Cameron, Dylan and Tyler.

Standing Committees Assignments 2015: Judiciary (Chairman); Racing, Gaming and Wagering (Chairman); Rules; Finance; Housing, Construction, and Community Development; Banks; Children and Families; Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

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John J. Bonacic
State Senator from 42nd District at New York State Senate
Education
Doctorate of Law
Class of 1968

Fordham University School of Law (commonly known as Fordham Law or Fordham Law School) is a part of Fordham University in the United States. The School is located in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Class of 1964

Iona College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence in the tradition of the Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Their students, faculty, staff and administrators embody the values of justice, peace and service. Together, they share a mission to make a positive impact on the lives of others and to move the world.

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Member
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

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Current

The Orange County Bar Association provides a wide variety of programs, services and opportunities for its attorney members, the judiciary, and the community. The OCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in California, with over 6,500 members. Members meet regularly in sections and committees dedicated to various areas of law and issues of concern to the legal community.

Career History
State Senator from 42nd District
1999 - 2018

The New York State Senate, under the State's first Constitution which was adopted in 1777, consisted of 24 members, elected from and by the freeholders of the state possessing one hundred pounds over and above all indebtedness. The members were apportioned among four great districts and were chosen for four-year terms, the length of the first term to be decided after the election, by lot, with the terms of six members expiring each year. An additional Senator was to be added to each district whenever it was shown, by a septennial census, that the number of electors within the district had increased one twenty-fourth. The maximum number to which the Senate could be increased was placed at 100. When, after the census of 1795, the number of Senators had been increased to 43, the rule was found to be unequal in its operation and, in 1801, the Constitution was amended fixing the number at 32.

State Assemblyman
1991 - 1999

The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of New York. The Assembly is composed of 150 members representing an equal amount of districts, with each district having an average population of 127,000. Assembly members serve two-year terms without term limits.

Professional
Prior

Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. supplies electricity and gas. It offers products and services to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and recreational facilities. The company was founded by S. R. Bradley in 1899 and is headquartered in Pearl River, NY.

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2004

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Formed by the merger of Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Medical Center, Orange Regional moved the two campuses into a single-site, new, state-of-the-art facility on August 5, 2011. This is the first new hospital built in New York State in over 20 years and boasts seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 353 private patient rooms and employs over 2,400 healthcare professionals. More than 600 doctors have privileges at the hospital and treat thousands of area families, friends and neighbors. In addition to the main hospital campus, Orange Regional provides several outpatient locations. The largest outpatient facility, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in the Town of Wallkill, offers both outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and private physician offices.

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2003

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Formed by the merger of Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Medical Center, Orange Regional moved the two campuses into a single-site, new, state-of-the-art facility on August 5, 2011. This is the first new hospital built in New York State in over 20 years and boasts seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 353 private patient rooms and employs over 2,400 healthcare professionals. More than 600 doctors have privileges at the hospital and treat thousands of area families, friends and neighbors. In addition to the main hospital campus, Orange Regional provides several outpatient locations. The largest outpatient facility, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in the Town of Wallkill, offers both outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and private physician offices.

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2002

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Formed by the merger of Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Medical Center, Orange Regional moved the two campuses into a single-site, new, state-of-the-art facility on August 5, 2011. This is the first new hospital built in New York State in over 20 years and boasts seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 353 private patient rooms and employs over 2,400 healthcare professionals. More than 600 doctors have privileges at the hospital and treat thousands of area families, friends and neighbors. In addition to the main hospital campus, Orange Regional provides several outpatient locations. The largest outpatient facility, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in the Town of Wallkill, offers both outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and private physician offices.

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