State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the State would make $30,000 available for park expansion in the Village of Monticello. The new area will be located near the Villages basketball courts."Families deserve attractive and safe community parks and outdoor recreation areas. I was pleased to work with Village officials to identify this need and secure this funding," Senator Bonacic said.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the State Council on the Arts has awarded the following grants to arts organizations which serve the counties of Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Governor has approved his legislation, Senate bill 8281, which requires the prominent display of the words "Organ Donor" on a driver's license if that driver has consented to donate."Identifying an individual as an organ donor on the face of a driver's license as opposed to handwritten on the back and possibly illegible, will save critical minutes in emergency situations," stated Senator Bonacic.
Wurtsboro - NYS Senator John Bonacic broke ground yesterday on a 48 unit senior housing development in Wurtsboro. The development is named Horizons at Wurtsboro."The need for affordable housing is insatiable.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Governor has approved his legislation that will assist low and moderate income persons with disabilities and disabled veterans in making their homes handicap accessible.
"Persons with disabilities must overcome challenges that others often take for granted, even simple tasks such as the ability to reside in one's own home," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, District Attorney Don Williams, and Ulster County Probation Department Director Bob Sudlow today announced that $250,000 in State funding will be made available to the County Probation Department to implement a GPS tracking program for sex offenders who are sentenced to terms of jail plus probation or just straight probation.Senator Bonacic has secured the passage of legislation (S.4656-B) in the Senate on two occasions which would mandate GPS tracking for all Level 3 sex offenders.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, announced that funding has been granted to the Water's Edge for the new construction of a two-story building containing 12 rental units and a community room. The units will be dedicated for low-income, senior citizens in Port Jervis."I am pleased to announce this financial assistance to Water's Edge.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the Governor, Senate, and Assembly have agreed to create a new Empire Zone in Delaware County. Bonacic discussed the designation again with the Governor approximately two weeks ago. "In the wake of the June flooding, I called the Governor and asked him for two specific things - first, help for our communities, and second, an Empire Zone for Delaware County.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that $200,000 in new State funds under the State's Main Streets program will be invested in downtown Middletown. Those funds, combined with other public and private funds, will yield a total of more than $2.3 million in downtown investment in a three block area of the City."This is an investment in our downtown area. When private and public funds can be used to improve the community, that is a win for all of us," Senator Bonacic said.
State Senator John Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, today announced a $45 million housing assistance package for flooded regions.
The unprecedented effort, funded in large part by funds Senator Bonacic advocated for during the State budget process, involvesthe State’s three housing agencies – Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) and Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC).
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $65,000 in Senate Initiative funding for several Ulster County human services organizations. The recipients are: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Family of Woodstock, Resource Center for Accessible Living, the Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood, and Ulster-Green ARC.
"These groups and their programs provide our communities with invaluable services," stated Senator Bonacic.
On June 28 and 29, 2006, Senator Bonacic visited communities across our Senate District which were devastated by the floods of the past few days. His stops included Port Jervis, Deerpark, Livingston Manor, Downsville, Walton, and Ulster. In addition, the Senator tried to reach and spoke by phone with local officials from nearly every municipality which suffered severe storm damage. He also had extensive contact with the State Office of Emergency Management (SEMO), and Governor Pataki's office. The Governor, on Ju
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has asked Governor Pataki to have emergency officials review flooding across the Catskills and Hudson Valley caused in the past few days. "It is clear that this flooding merits a disaster declaration. Roads have been washed out and families evacuated. I have asked the Governor to send SEMO into our counties and start providing help," Bonacic said."I have received calls from constituents who have been flooded during the past few days. They attribute that flooding in large part to poor reservoir management.
Represenatives of Governor George Pataki have informed Senator Bonacic that an emergency declaration has been made for Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties. An emergency declaration had previously been made this morning for Delaware County and other counties in New York.
On Wednesday, June 28, Senator Bonacic visited damaged parts of our Senate District including local emergency operations centers. He spoke by phone with emergency officials and law enforcement officials from Delaware, Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan Counties. Also during the morning, Bonacic spoke with officials from SEMO - the State Emergency Management Office and the office of Governor George Pataki. He asked that the Governor declare a State of Emergency for all four counties of our Senate District - Delaware, Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan.
Governor Pataki has now issued a formal emergency declaration including all the counties of our Senate District - Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. Senator Bonacic has toured extensive parts of our Senate District today and talked throughout the day with SEMO and local officials. A copy of the declaration is available by calling Senator Bonacic's office at (845) 255-9656.To link to the State Emergency Management Office's website, visit:http://www.semo.state.ny.us/
The Senate passed legislation (S.8470) today appropriating $225 million to the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The legislation includes $8.75 million for municipal recycling. Senator Bonacic wrote the 2000 law which authorized the cost of municipal recycling planning and promotion to be included in the Environmental Protect Fund. "Recycling at the municipal level ensures our air is cleaner, are landfills are less congested, and we are reusing resources whenever possible.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that supplemental budget legislation expected to be voted on by the Legislature today will include $1 million for the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in Sullivan County.Senator Bonacic successfully secured $7 million in funding for the project back in 2000.