Senator Bonacic spoke at the groundbreaking of a new, two-story, 48 million dollar science building on the campus of SUNY New Paltz on Friday, September 29, 2014. This 77,000 square foot facility will house a variety of science departments including the physics, geography and computer science offices. It features state of the art labs and classrooms, and will address the space shortage that has arisen due to the growth in the college’s STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math.) "I was pleased to be able to help the SUNY New Paltz obtain this funding to create this very impressive addition to the college," said Senator Bonacic, "SUNY New Paltz is truly a jewel in the SUNY system, and this new building will make the college even more attractive for students."
On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference hosted by Governor Cuomo to announce that the SUNY New Paltz had won a $10 million dollar grant to expand its mechanical engineering program through the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program. "SUNY New Paltz has earned national recognition for its return on investment," said the Senator, "I cannot think of any other educational institution in the Hudson Valley better positioned for this high-tech initiative. This investment is m
Senator John Bonacic announces that SUNY New Paltz is the recipient of $850,000 dollars in capital funding for a new 3D Printing Laboratory at the College. Since launching its groundbreaking 3D Printing Initiative just over a year ago, SUNY New Paltz has added state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment, forged public-private partnerships with industry leaders, has received great interest from students and faculty, and continues to fulfill project requests from regional businesses.
“The flash flooding that ravaged parts of Sullivan County this summer damaged our communities and disrupted so many lives. I applaud Governor Cuomo for securing funding for the communities in desperate need of assistance that were destroyed this summer. This money not only allows us to repair damage and improve the resiliency of our infrastructure to withstand future storms, it restores hope for so many people.
Senator Bonacic provided remarks at a Middletown press conference today, August 28, 2014, held by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Irene. This event also recognized the millions of FEMA-aid dollars that have come in to help communities rebuild from this storm, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee. The Senator thanked all of our Federal representatives, past and present, for providing the critical assistance to our disaster victims.
Statement by Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, regarding the report of the Inspector General Investigation into the Improper Takeout Rate Charged by the New York Racing Association, Inc.:
The Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony Cocktail Party reception was held at the Market Shed at Bethel Woods Center last night. These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects. The top winners were the Phillipsport Community Center ($25,000 grant); the Village of Jeffersonville ($10,000 grant); and the Rock Hill Fire Department and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association ($5,000). With Alan and Sandra Gerry.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Orange County's new firefighter training facility, the "burn building," was held today, August 11. The building features three stories, includes 13 burn rooms and can simulate a variety of fires, including attic and basement fires. Located at the Fire Training Center in New Hampton, it has a 30 year life span, and it's estimated that two-thousand firefighters will learn from it. The Senator joined with other Orange County officials, including Senator Bill Larkin; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Assemblyman James Skoufis; and former Orange County Eddie Diana to officially open the facility.
Senator Bonacic visited the annual Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival in Ellenville on August 9, 2014 which celebrates good music, great people and, of course, terrific blueberries. Here is the Senator with Tammy Boylan, owner of Gardiner's Wrights Farm.
Senator Bonacic and Pat Bonacic took part in the 5K run/walk to benefit Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties on August 9, 2014. Here is the Senator with his wife, Pat and (l) Anthony Kane, Chairman of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties; and (r) Dan O'Grady, President and CEO.
Senator Bonacic provided comments for an informative Fox 5 News program that aired on August 4, 2014. The program was about online gambling, and Senator Bonacic discussed the potential for online gambling legislation for New York.
Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) announces that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Senator Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application, into law.
Senator Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) invites residents and families to learn preparedness training in the event of a natural or man-made disaster at the Citizen Preparedness Training Program to be held on Thursday, August 7, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Mulberry House Senior Center, 62-70 West Main Street, Middletown, NY.
Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference today at the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Company advocating for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1885-C into law. This Bill would allow the fire chief to authorize a background check on an applicant who wants to be a volunteer firefighter to see if there are any sex offense convictions. The fire chief would have the authority to deny the submission should the applicant have prior sex offense convictions.
Senator Bonacic recently attended the Sullivan County United Mixer, which was held at the Monticello Motor Club. "What a great turnout by the business community who came out to support each other," he said.
Senate Republicans launched a bold and far-reaching plan to invest over $3 billion from the BNP Paribas bank settlement, return money to hardworking taxpayers and keep New York State moving forward. This comprehensive and fiscally responsible budgeting approach will accelerate planned tax cuts to give New Yorkers the relief they need and deserve as soon as possible, make key infrastructure investments to create new jobs across the state and provide historic assistance to local schools and property taxpayers.
Senator Bonacic with members of the New York Rangers on their visit to Albany. "They had a great season, and I was happy to congratulate the players for the excitement they brought to their fans and coming so close to winning the Stanley Cup," said the Senator. From left to right: Dominic Moore, Martin St. Louis, Derek Stepan, GM Glen Sather, and Assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld.