John Bonacic

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John J. Bonacic
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1942-06-14) June 14, 1942 (age 73)
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Pat Bonacic
Residence New York
Alma mater Fordham University
Website Official website

John J. Bonacic (born June 14, 1942 in New York City) is the Republican New York State Senator from the 42nd District (which includes all or parts of Delaware, Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties). Bonacic was first elected in November 1998.

Current Senate Committee Memberships[edit]

John Bonacic currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction & Community Development. He is also the Co-Chair of the Senate Task Force on Health & Wellness and is the Senate's Representative on Governor Pataki's Small Cities Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Senate's Budget Sub-Committee on Housing, Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, and Transportation.

In addition, Senator Bonacic serves as a member of several other Senate committees, including: Tourism, Recreation & Sports Development; Judiciary; Local Government; Commerce, Economic Development & Small Business; Banks; Codes; and Labor.

Legislative Focus[edit]

Senator Bonacic is recognized as an independent leader within the Senate. From nearly his first day in the Senate, he has challenged the conventional thinking of the long-time Majority on issues relating to healthcare, property tax reform, and government reform. Bonacic was the Senate sponsor of the Women's Health and Wellness Act, legislation so significant it was featured nationally on NBC Nightly News and has been called the most comprehensive women's healthcare law in the nation.[citation needed]

Bonacic was also the first voice within the current Senate membership to articulate a series of arguments against the current property tax system. He held statewide hearings in 2003 that led to the development of property tax reform legislation. That legislation, while supported in the Senate, was not brought to a vote in Assembly Committees, which are controlled by downstate Democrats. In addition, he offered legislation to remove the property tax, at local option, on primary residential property. That concept was picked up and passed in the Senate in 2006; again, without any action in the Assembly.[citation needed]

Bonacic voted against same-sex marriage legislation on December 2, 2009; the bill was defeated.[1] He also voted against the state's 2011 Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29.

Personal life and education[edit]

Bonacic is of Croatian ancestry,[2] his grandparents were immigrants from Croatia.[3] He received his Bachelor of Arts from Iona College in 1964, majoring in Economics. He received his Doctorate of Law at Fordham University School of Law in 1968.


  • Member, Orange County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association (admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Vote against same-sex marriage by Bonacic.
  2. ^ Ratko Martinović: Loš PR u dijaspori - Koje su svjetski poznate osobe podrijetlom Hrvati, a da to niste ni znali, 28. listopada 2012. (Croatian)
  3. ^ "Statement by Senator John Bonacic". Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Mary McPhillips
New York State Assembly, 94th District
Succeeded by
Nancy Calhoun
Preceded by
Nancy Calhoun
New York State Assembly, 95th District
Succeeded by
Howard Mills III
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Charles D. Cook
New York State Senate, 40th District
Succeeded by
Vincent Leibell
Preceded by
Neil Breslin
New York State Senate, 42nd District
Political offices
Preceded by
John L. Sampson
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Preceded by
Eric Adams
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering