Mr. Bonanno comes to the practice of law after having completed two years of service as a New York State Correction Officer followed by a distinguished career in the New York City Police Department as a plainclothes police officer assigned to the 44 Precinct and the Elite City-Wide Street Crime Unit. Following his retirement from the NYPD, Mr. Bonanno served as the Court Security Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the United States Attorney. In this capacity Mr. Bonanno diligently attended to the complex requirements of his office while completing his undergraduate course of studies at the City University of New York. Mr. Bonanno earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies Magna Cum Laude and went on to graduate from St. John’s University School of Law with honors.
Mr. Bonanno served as law intern for the Honorable Mark D. Fox, United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court in White Plains, New York, while maintaining his full supervisory responsibilities at the United States Attorney’s Office.
Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Bonanno chose to hone his advocacy skills as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York. As a New York City Prosecutor, and as a local practitioner, Mr. Bonanno is the author of numerous successful appellate briefs and successfully argued affirmance of a Manslaughter in the Second Degree conviction before the New York State Court of Appeals in People v. John Mason, 89 NY 2d 878 (1996).
Mr. Bonanno serves by appointment of the Chief Administrative Judge for the State of New York Ninth Judicial District as Special Prosecutor for conflict cases within the offices of the District Attorneys for Westchester and Putnam Counties in the State of New York.
An active member of the Bronx County Criminal Bar Association and the Bronx County Gideon Committee, Mr. Bonanno serves on the Felony Assigned Counsel Panels for the New York State First and Second Departments.
Mr. Bonanno is a former member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Southeast, Putnam County, New York. In November of 2003, Mr. Bonanno was re-elected to serve a second four-year term of office as Councilman for the Town of Southeast in Putnam County, New York.
Following the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack and the subsequent anthrax threat, Mr. Bonanno’s artful command of federal jurisprudence significantly contributed to the success of causing the United States Marshal Service and the New York State Office of Court Administration to implement heightened safety protocols and purchase appropriate safety equipment for Federal Court Security Officers and New York State Court Officers assigned to screen the introduction of dangerous materials to the Federal and State Courts.
In addition to his service as a member of Former United States Congresswoman Sue Kelly’s Public Safety Advisory Board, Mr. Bonanno is also the New York Region Legal Counsel for the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a non-profit Washington D.C. institute that is engaged in international security, defense research and development. He currently serves on the New York State Senate’s and New York State Assembly’s Law Enforcement Advisory Committees.
During the recent past, Mr. Bonanno has taught as a substitute Professor of Criminal Law at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and as an Adjunct Professor for the College of Westchester, White Plains, New York
Mr. Bonanno is admitted to practice law before all the courts in the State of New York and the State of Connecticut and also in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. On October 4, 2007, Mr. Bonanno was honored by the Supreme Court of the State of Texas with admission to the State Bar of Texas.