The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8349a) sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), which strips NYRI’s ability to use eminent domain under State Law."NYRI has promised their actions will raise our energy rates. It is absurd that our State policy would be to allow NYRI to raise our rates, scar our environment, and take our property. The Senate has now rejected that possibility. New Yorkers are already paying too much for energy.
The State Senate today passed a bill (S.8360) to permanently change the way schools are financed. The legislation is the first substantive real property tax reform legislation passed in more than a decade. The legislation would allow voters in each school district to vote to phase out the property tax on homeowners, for the operating costs of local school districts.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved legislation, he sponsored, Senate bill 7324, that authorizes the Office of Rural Health to study and recommend employment incentives to attract physicians to rural areas. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman David Koon."In many rural areas throughout New York State, there are no physicians or practices for the residents to access," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured Senate Initiative funding to assist several Delaware County municipalities. The grants will be used to purchase equipment and to make capital improvements.
"I am pleased to secure this aid for these Delaware County localities," stated Senator Bonacic. "Providing State support for projects and equipment necessary for local services is critical as it eliminates the need for municipalities to increase property taxes.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has introduced legislation (S.8349) to prohibit the use of eminent domain by NYRI under State Law. The bill was introduced Friday evening and was rushed into print so it could be eligible for a vote as early as next week.
NYRI representatives testified at a Senate hearing on Thursday, June 15, that they filed as a Transportation Corporation under New York State Law and as such will be able to use the power of eminent domain.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $50,000 in Senate funding for five Sullivan County Fire Organizations. Westbrookville Volunteer Fire Company Number 1, Loch Sheldrake, Rock Hill, White Lake, and Summitville will each receive $10,000 to purchase equipment."Our volunteer firefighters are the crucial providers in times of crisis.
The Legislature this week passed legislation (A.11338/S.7013) allowing the Towns of Denning, Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock, and Hardenburgh to join the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Bonacic and in the Assembly by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.Senator Bonacic said, "The Greenway has proven itself to be a valuable resource for communities.
The Senate and Assembly yesterday passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic which will provide tax credit to homeowners in the fall of 2006.
Earlier this year, initiated by Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and other Senate Republicans, the Legislature adopted a plan to rebate school property taxes to homeowners. The tax rebates were included in the adopted State budget, but were vetoed by Governor Pataki, who is refusing to release the funds, which averaged $300 per household.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today said that his legislation prohibiting the Division of State police from limiting troopers ability to plea bargain with motorists charged with vehicle and traffic law violations, other than alcohol or drug related charges, was approved by the Senate.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R-C-I - Mt. Hope), testified at a joint hearing of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NYS Department of Health (DOH) in relation to the continuance of the Filtration Avoidance Determination. The EPA and DOH are jointly taking comments on the concerns of the watershed region as they consider whether or not the City should be required to filter its water supply system.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his bill, Senate bill 6521-A, passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The measure is designed to make the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) more accountable to taxpayers and rail users. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assembly member Zebrowski."I want the MTA to stand before its riders and the public and justify their actions before any fees are increased," Senator Bonacic said.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $40,000 in State funding for the VFW Post 4947 Wurtsboro, the American Legion Guntown Post 1554, and the Veterans Memorial Hall in Monticello.
"The selfless and courageous men and women of New York State who have fought for our country deserve our support upon returning home," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) hosted a very special guest on his local Cable television program today. Hillary Rutter, Executive Director of Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program joined Senator Bonacic in an informative discussion on support available to women and families affected by breast cancer."Breast cancer impacts everyone of us, whether it is ourselves, our mother, sister, aunt, spouse or friend coping with this disease," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 7298, was unanimously approved by the Senate. The measure authorizes the Fallsburg Central School District to submit final cost reports on approved construction projects on or before June 30, 2006.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C- Mt. Hope), today said the Senate will commit $50,000 of Legislative Initiative funding to the Upper Delaware Council for use in fighting efforts to site giant powerlines in Delaware, Sullivan, and Orange Counties. The Senator was joined in Narrowsburg by residents and local officials who also oppose NYRI.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) greeted Hudson Valley residents who came to Albany for a press conference to urge their Legislators to reform the real property tax laws."People are being forced to sell their homes and move because of the overburdening increases in property taxes, particularly school taxes," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that two important pieces of legislation gained the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the Senate floor to be voted on. Senate bills 5938 and 5961-A limit the use of eminent domain powers by private owners.
"Property owners should not live in fear of losing their property, often a lifelong investment, to another private owner for the others' own personal financial gain," stated Senator Bonacic.