Bonacic leads region’s state lawmakers in 2017 expenses

Sen. John Bonacic had the highest expense total in 2017 for the 11 state lawmakers representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties, seeking reimbursement for more than $18,000 in travel, lodging and meals, according to year-end data the state Comptroller’s Office posted online.

The Mount Hope Republican billed almost $12,000 for overnight stays in Albany and about $4,200 for gas reimbursement for his car, the two biggest expenses for many lawmakers shuttling back and forth to the capital. Second place went to Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, a Deerpark Republican whose expenses totaled $15,767. He had about $12,300 in overnight expenses – lodging and meals – and almost $2,800 in gas charges.

Close behind was Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, a Kingston Democrat who had lower overnight and gas costs than Bonacic and Brabenec but did spend almost $3,300 on air fare for conferences he attended. Sen. James Seward, a Milford Republican, also had air travel on his vouchers – about $2,000 worth. Cahill and Seward are each the chairmen of the insurance committees in their respective chambers.

Lawmakers are paid fixed amounts for meals and lodging in Albany for the days they work there, regardless of how much they actually spend. The amounts last year were $59 per day for meals and $116 for each night in a hotel.

The same three lawmakers who charged no expenses in 2016 also put in for no reimbursements this year: Sen. George Amedore, R-Rotterdam; Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie (who has since left office after being appointed regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); and Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Milton.

Here are the expense totals for the eight legislators who sought reimbursement:

Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope: $18,084

Assemblyman Karl Brabenec, R-Deerpark: $15,767

Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston: $15,084

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, D-Forestburgh: $14,089

Sen. James Seward, R-Milford: $13,902

Assemblyman James Skoufis, D-Woodbury: $11,584

Assemblyman Brian Miller, R-New Hartford: $7,089

Sen. Bill Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson: $5,578

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