New York State Senator John Bonacic

New Catskills Casino Touts Its Niche, Broad Appeal

Feb 9, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Resorts World Catskills opened Thursday, a week before what ownership hopes will be a prosperous time. Casino executives are betting on a full house for Lunar New Year, which begins February 16. They also say the $1.2 billion resort aims to appeal to families, along with visitors who may not be interested in gambling.

Resorts World Catskills Opens

Feb 8, 2018
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The fourth and largest of the New York casinos granted gaming licenses opened Thursday in Sullivan County.  Elected officials and casino executives hailed the opening of Resorts World Catskills as a long-awaited day for the rebirth of the region. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne was there for the 8 a.m. opening.


Legislation to set uniform dates for school proposition votes has passed the New York state Senate.



New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill requiring emergency medical technicians to be checked against the sex offender registry before being employed.

Courtesy of L.J. Mehroff, Univ. of Ct., via the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Two New York state lawmakers from the Hudson Valley say help is on the way for a local lake overrun with an invasive plant.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley is running unopposed in November, but an Orange County activist is looking to change that.

HV Assemblywoman Hosts Aid in Dying Forum

Feb 9, 2016
WAMC, Allison Dunne

A New York assemblywoman has introduced a bill to allow Aid in Dying and recently held her first forum on the topic. Amy Paulin, a Westchester Democrat, acknowledges the sensitive and emotional nature of the issue but remains hopeful about her bill becoming law.

Paulin, from Scarsdale, says her bill is newly introduced this legislative session and in its third form, adding more protections than in previous iterations.  


A dramatic new treatment for persons with post-traumatic stress syndrome received a significant boost to continue research with an $800,000 grant from State Senators William Larkin and John Bonacic, both from Orange County.

NYS Senate Passes Bill Concerning Sex Offenders

Jan 29, 2015

A bill requiring sex offenders to register multiple residences has passed the New York state Senate. The bill’s sponsor is from the Hudson Valley.

Republican state Senator John Bonacic says current law requires sex offenders to register their primary residences.

“Many of these sexual predators have been living not at their primary, but at their so-called secondary [residence], unbeknownst to the neighborhood, unbeknownst to schools, unbeknownst to child care centers,” says Bonacic. “So we’re plugging that loophole.”

The topic during Thursday morning’s breakfast at a county Chamber of Commerce in New York is casino gambling. The speaker wants to see a few casinos built in the Catskills.

A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation that would allow for up to seven casino licenses, three of which would be for the Catskills.

NYS Senate Passes Teresita's Law

Apr 30, 2013

The New York State Senate has passed legislation named for a woman who was killed in the Hudson Valley.

Rev Stan, flickr

As New York State officials and legislators pore over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli today released his office’s estimate of Wall Street bonuses. He says the annual forecast is in line with state and New York City budget expectations.

Cash bonuses paid to New York City securities-industry employees are forecast to rise by 8 percent, to $20 billion, for last year, driven, in part, by bonuses deferred from prior years. That’s according to DiNapoli.