Senator John Bonacic announces retirement
After 20 years of holding office, Senator John Bonacic has announced he will not be seeking re-election in the fall.
Pramilla Malick 2016 Democratic Nominee and 2018 Democratic candidate for the 42nd state Senate District said in a statement "I was looking forward to debating John Bonacic and confronting him on his close family ties to CPV. While Senator Bonacic has done some good things for the district he has unfortunately tarnished his legacy by his deeply disturbing involvement in facilitating the CPV Valley project. The people of Orange County deserve justice and they won't get that until all involved in the sordid CPV matter from Orange County to Albany are held accountable and the plant is shut down. After I am elected I hope to demonstrate that we can have robust economic growth that does not destroy the environment and the natural heritage that our children and future generations depend on. I believe that people are tired of all politicians and parties that pander to big monied interests at the expense of their health, safety, and well being. This happens in every critical issue of our time from healthcare, to energy, to education. We need to clean-up Albany so we can have the better world we all deserve and need."
Malick is Chair of Protect Orange County, the leading opposition group to the CPV Valley Power Plant located in Waywayanda.
In her 2016 campaign, Malick was critical of Bonacic's lobbying efforts for CPV both while taking large campaign donations from the company, and while his son was their paid attorney.