The Republican redistricting plan just passed the Republican-controlled State Senate, 35-24, with the four Independent Democrats throwing their support behind the bill.
The bill’s sponsor, John Bonacic, said before the vote that he wasn’t “playing the blame game” but wanted to note “you guys [Democrats] had opportunities” to pass similar legislaiton when they Read More
ALBANY—State Senate Republicans this morning held a press conference to present themselves as governmental reformers.
Yes, there's the blatant hypocrisy factor in all of this: Republicans held the majority for forty years and implemented none of the things–empowering committee chairs, distributing resources more equitably, and imposing a six-year term limit for the majority Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate's bipartisan Temporary Committee on Rules Reform and Administration voted, with Republicans abstaining, to adopt a report calling for several reforms of the chamber.
"I'm disappointed, to tell you the truth," State Senator John Bonacic, the Republican co-chairman of the committee, said. "We've made turtle steps, and Read More
ALBANY—Change your calendars: the Senate Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform won't be releasing its report until April 24.
State Senators John Bonacic and David Valesky, the bipartisan co-chairs of the committee, wrote a letter to the leaders of their respective conferences asking for an 11-day delay, citing the fact that the legislature Read More
ALBANY—Reacting to a report in the New York Times this morning about the spoils system Republican state senators built for themselves when they were in the majority, now-minority leader Dean Skelos said the budget allocation for his conference's central staff is less than half of what Democrats received when Republicans ran the place. Read More
ALBANY—There isn't much of a crowd at today's meeting of the State Senate's temporary rules reform committee, where members are hearing testimony from good-government advocates.
Blair Horner, legislative director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, spoke about the need to apportion staff and office budgets equally, with differences in accounting for Read More
ALBANY—Shortly after it was presented by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Senate Republicans held a press conference to complain that the deficit-reduction package was drafted without input from Republican members of the State Senate.
"You've had all the talk about unity and reform," said State Senator John Bonacic, responding to Read More
It's worth pointing out that one of the guests at a fund-raisers Eliot Spitzer attended last night was state Senator John Bonacic, a Republican.
Bonacic is the same state Senator who said the leader of his conference, Joe Bruno, should step down because he's being investigated by the FBI for possibly steering Read More
I just caught up with Republican state Senator Serph Maltese to talk to him about yesterday’s victory by Craig Johnson.
On one subject of immediate speculation — the possibility of partisan defections — Maltese said he spoke with John Bonacic and Joe Robach, two GOP state senators who, like him, are rumored to be Read More
The Brennan Center wants John Bonacic to introduce an amendment that would relieve Joe Bruno of some of his power.
Doctors like Eliot Spitzer’s plan to extend health insurance to more New Yorkers.
The Daily Gotham doesn’t like the fact that Senate Republicans elected as their leader a Read More