John Bonacic

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John J. Bonacic
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 42nd district
Assumed office
January 1999
Preceded by Charles D. Cook
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.

Personal life and education[edit]

Bonacic is of Croatian ancestry,[1] his grandparents were immigrants from Croatia.[2] 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.

Political career[edit]

On February 20, 1990, Bonacic was elected to the New York State Assembly, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Mary M. McPhillips as Orange County Executive.[3] Bonacic was re-elected four times and remained in the Assembly until 1998, sitting in the 188th, 189th, 190th, 191st and 192nd New York State Legislatures. In November 1998, he was elected to the New York State Senate, and has been re-elected every two years.

He 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.

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.[4] He also voted against the state's 2011 Marriage Equality Act, which the Senate passed 33-29.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dnevno.hr Ratko Martinović: Loš PR u dijaspori - Koje su svjetski poznate osobe podrijetlom Hrvati, a da to niste ni znali, 28. listopada 2012. (Croatian)
  2. ^ "Statement by Senator John Bonacic". NYSenate.gov. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ 3 Assembly Victors Favor Death Penalty in the New York Times on February 21, 1990
  4. ^ Vote against same-sex marriage by Bonacic.
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Mary M. McPhillips
New York State Assembly
94th District

1990–1992
Succeeded by
Nancy Calhoun
Preceded by
Nancy Calhoun
New York State Assembly
95th District

1993–1998
Succeeded by
Howard Mills III
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Charles D. Cook
New York State Senate
40th District

1999–2002
Succeeded by
Vincent Leibell
Preceded by
Neil Breslin
New York State Senate
42nd District

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John L. Sampson
New York State Senate
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee

2011–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Eric Adams
New York State Senate
Chairman of the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering

2011–present
Incumbent