Republican Bonacic bests Democratic challenger by wide margin
State Sen. John Bonacic successfully easily held off a challenge in his bid for a 10th two-year term representing New York’s 42nd Senate District.
Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, overwhelmingly defeated political newcomer Pramilla Malick, 63,284-39,769, according to unofficial results.
Bonacic, 74, first was elected to the state Senate in November 1998. He served in the state Assembly from 1990 to 1998 and was an Orange County legislator from 1972 to 1989. He has lived in the district since 1968.
Bonacic has said state lawmakers need to be subject to the same spending limits that have been imposed on school districts and municipalities. He also said he would like to see a broader-based tax to finance education.
The 42nd Senate District includes parts of Ulster, Delaware, Sullivan and Orange counties. The Ulster County towns in the district are Denning, Gardiner, New Paltz, Rosendale, Shawangunk and Wawarsing.
Sen. John Bonacic, left, and Pramilla Malick