John J. Bonacic's News items

Bonacic, Diana & Duncanson Ask Dec, Attorney General To Be Aggressive On Garbage Train

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), Orange County Executive Edward Diana, and Middletown Mayor Marlinda Duncanson, today asked the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Attorney General to take legal action to stop the "garbage train" from "polluting our Districts,".

February 28, 2006

Bonacic Works To Resolve School Districts' Aid Shortfall

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C- Mount Hope) has introduced legislation to allow the Sullivan West School District and the Tri-Valley School District to be reimbursed for transportation expenses incurred during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years. Due to an error on the part of both school districts, the respective transportation contracts were not approved by the Department of Education for reimbursement.

February 27, 2006

Senators Bonacic And Larkin Call For Creation Of "tech-ii" School In Hudson Valley

State Senators John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and William J. Larkin, Jr.

February 27, 2006

Bonacic Secures Funding For Delaware County Fire Training Center

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $60,000 in State Funding for the Delaware County Fire Training Center located in the Town of Hamden.

"Supporting our firefighters by providing the most current training technology and equipment is essential to the health and well-being of our residents," stated Senator Bonacic.

February 24, 2006

Flood Control Bill Passes Senate

In an unprecedented challenge to New York City's management of its upstate reservoir system, the New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation (S.1768-a), by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Mildord), which would mandate a draw down of the City's reservoir system in anticipation of water inflow from rain or melting snow. The bill would apply to the six City reservoirs West of the Hudson River.

February 14, 2006

Bonacic: Senate Aproves Measure To

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) citing the need for more governmental transparency and accountability, voted in favor of legislation, Senate bill 55-A, that would amend the way candidates for State Supreme Count Justices are selected. The measure abolishes political party nominations by a judicial convention and replaces it with a petition process that is similar to the selection process used by judges at a county level."This bill will ensure that the public has a strong voice in determining who will represent them on the Court.

February 14, 2006

Bonacic Invited Dep Commissioner Lloyd To Speak To Residents Of Watershed Region

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) extended an invitation on January 20 to New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Emily Lloyd to visit with residents affected by New York City's drinking supply system. Copies of the letter were sent to Ulster County officials.

"To read the letters and talk to people from our region who are impacted by high water levels is heartbreaking.

February 8, 2006

Bonacic Bill Gains Support In The Assembly

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said today that his legislation, Senate bill 6521, was introduced in the Assembly by Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski on February 1st.

The measure prohibits the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from implementing rate increases, surcharges, fees, or other costs to passengers or for those who work at facilities owned and operated by the MTA public hearings within the county impacted."This is a common sense initiative that addresses the needs of New York's commuters and focuses on accountability.

February 7, 2006

Bonacic: Ferc Shouldn't Let Mirant Walk Away

State Senator John J. Bonacic today released a letter he has written to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Environmental Conservation on the reservoirs operated by Mirant in Sullivan County."It appears that Mirant is getting ready to walk away from its Swinging Bridge and possibly other reservoirs, leaving Sullivan County residents low and dry," Bonacic said - speaking of the lowered Swinging Bridge reservoir and the other reservoirs in Mirant’s area.

February 6, 2006

Bonacic Introduces Legislation To Make MTA More Accountable To Taxpayers And Riders

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), introduced legislation on January 24, which will make the MTA "more accountable to taxpayers and rail users".

February 3, 2006

New York Senate Passes Statewide Gps Monitoring Of Sex

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) today announced that his legislative proposal, Senate bill 4656B, was approved by the Senate. Bonacic’s legislation amends the correction law to require that all level three sex offenders, who are most likely to repeat their crime, be continuously monitored as to their location and makes it a crime to violate the monitoring provision.

January 24, 2006

Bonacic Introduces Watershed Dam Legislation

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has introduced three bills designed to force the City of New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to be more accountable to the public and improve inspections and maintenance when it comes to the safety of the City’s water supply dams West of the Hudson River. The six watershed dams are the Neversink, Merriman, Cannonsville, Downsville, Gilboa, and the Ashokan. The bills are also sponsored by Senator James L.

January 20, 2006

Statement From Senator John J. Bonacic On The Governor's 2006-07 Budget Proposal

I am encouraged that the Governor's budget plan includes some increased support for education and expands access to healthcare. However, much more work needs to be done, particularly in the area of education assistance for our region. Property tax relief must be an essential component of the State budget. The Senate has taken the lead in offering a comprehensive plan to provide relief to hardworking New York families. The Governor has added to that, and now the Assembly must break their silence on property taxes and either support the Senate plan or offer their own.

January 17, 2006

Bonacic: Senate Advances Bill Requiring Lifetime

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) voted in favor of strengthening the State's Sex Offender Registration Laws citing protecting New Yorkers as one of his top priorities."The passage of today's legislation respresents the Senate's commitment to protect families. It will ensure parents, guardians, and law enforcement officials have the necessary tools and information to keep our families safe," Senator Bonacic.Senator Bonacic said that at the end of this month, 226 convicted sex offenders will no longer be on the sex offender registry.

January 10, 2006

Statement From Senator Bonacic

"Governor Pataki has unveiled an ambitious agenda for his last year in office and one which, if enacted, will benefit all New Yorkers. I particularly applaud his desire to address the problem of school property taxes. Now that the Governor and Senate Republican Majority have offered property tax plans, the Assembly leadership must put a plan on the table so we can all work to develop a common property tax reduction strategy.""I also am heartened that the Governor will seek to provide additional funding assistance for high needs schools, including the ones in our Senate District.

January 4, 2006

Bonacic Offers 2005 Recap And Preview Of 2006

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), said 2005 was a productive year in terms of education, tourism, and housing initiatives in his Senate District but he expected 2006 to be a year filled with diverse issues as Governor Pataki ends his third and final term as Governor.

January 2, 2006

Bonacic: Assembly's 2006 Priority Should Be To Protect Our Children

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) while citing startling statistics, is urging the Assembly to take the appropriate action to protect our children and families. The Senate's visionary plan, already passed, provides a solution that will result in stronger protection tools for New Yorkers.

"At the end of January, 168 convicted, high level sex offenders will no longer be on the sex offender registry," stated Senator Bonacic. "168 people who can prey on our children and who have done so in the past, will be able to live in our communities without anyone's knowledge.

December 29, 2005
December 22, 2005

Bonacic: Human Services Groups From Hudson Valley Receive State Assistance

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that six human services organizations from Ulster and Orange Counties will share in $110,000 in State aid the Senator secured as part of the 2005-2006 State Budget.The American Red Cross of Orange and Sullivan Counties will receive $10,000 for emergency services training and the purchase of needed emergency equipment. The Child Care Council of Orange County will receive $5,000 to train child care providers. CASA of Ulster County will receive $10,000 to train its volunteers who represent children in legal proceedings.

December 19, 2005

Bonacic: Reservoir Levels Higher Than Normal

State Senator John Bonacic today released a letter he wrote to City of New York DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd asking how the City plans on dealing with high reservoir levels. On December 1, the City reported its reservoirs were more than 25% higher than normal levels.For several years prior to this past April’s flooding, Senator Bonacic has called on the City to be more proactive when it comes to managing its reservoir levels."Recent media reports have highlighted what those of us involved in watershed issues have known for a long time.

December 14, 2005
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