State Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction & Community Development, today announced $400,000 in State funding he helped secure under the State's new "Access to Home" Program.Access to Home is a $10 million initiative Bonacic helped develop as part of the State Budget.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that several Justice Courts in Delaware, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties have been awarded funding grants under the State's Justice Court Assistance Program."I am pleased to announce this funding as it will assist our localities while preventing increases in property taxes," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today said that two local agricultural organizations will share in $9,500 to promote agriculture in the Region. The Rondout Valley Growers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County's Local Farmers Markets will receive State aid as part of the 2005-2006 State Budget."Agriculture remains our State's largest industry. Supporting local farmers increases jobs and keeps our hard earned pay checks local.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) is the 2005 recipient of the Firemen's Association of New York State (FASNY) Golden Trumpet Award for his dedication and steadfast support of volunteer fire services in the State.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that he has $100,000 in State assistance for Sullivan County Community College. The aid will assist the college in its efforts to construct a building to house its Construction Technology and Electrical Trades Program, as well as a greenhouse. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-Forestburgh) also committed $100,000 in State funding for the college."The State must invest in the education of our children," stated Senator Bonacic. "They are our future.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Denise Sheehan, today joined with Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza to announce another improvement to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.Senator Bonacic said, "I've said it before, and it remains even more true today - not too long ago, people in this part of the Catskills thought the State had forgotten about Belleayre. Now, the only people who want to forget about Belleayre live in Vermont.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he and Andes Town Supervisor Martin Donnelly are planning to hold a constituent day on October 27, 2005 at the Andes Fire Department on Tremperskill Road. The meeting will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.The purpose of the constituent day for residents of Andes will be to discuss issues related to State, County, and Town Government.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Community Development announced today that $400,000 in State funding has been awarded for two downtown revitalization projects; one in Ulster County and one in Sullivan County.Senator Bonacic stated, "I have long been a proponent of the State's Main Street Program. The awarding of these grants is good news for the people of our region.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that funding has been secured for seventeen local fire departments and emergency services organizations in Ulster County."Our volunteer fire and EMS services are the crucial providers in times of crisis. We ought to be doing all we can to provide them with needed equipment and support," Senator Bonacic said.Each department or EMS service will receive $10,000. In addition, those Departments with multiple Fire Companies will receive $10,000 per Company.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) has been once again named by the New York State Farm Bureau to be a member of the "Circle of Friends" for his support of farmers and their issues."Much of our region's economy is based on agriculture," stated Senator Bonacic. "I am honored by this recognition."The Farm Bureau gave Senator Bonacic the "Circle of Friends" award based on his consistent support of issues of importance to New York State's agriculture industry.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that he has secured $50,000 in State aid to help The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development continue its Main Streets initiative in the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions.Last year, the Senator secured $40,000 for that purpose, along with an additional $50,000 to help the Catskill Center with initiatives relating to the Catskill Park's Centennial Celebration."The Catskill Center is doing great work with its Main Streets initiative across our region.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) today said that $125,000 in State funding will be directed to communities and organizations along the Route 97 corridor. $65,000 will be disbursed to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway and $60,000 will be directed to the Upper Delaware Council. All of the funding will be used to support ongoing efforts to enhance the Route 97 corridor communities and promote tourism in the region."I have made supporting the communities along the Route 97 corridor a priority," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Village of Monticello will receive $400,000 in funding for its successful Downtown Commercial Building Improvement Program."I am pleased to announce this State aid," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Town of Masonville and the Village of Deposit will receive $800,000 in funding for much-needed water treatment and community revitalization projects."I am pleased to announce this State aid," stated Senator Bonacic. "State support for revitalization and water treatment projects to our localities is vital to the health and well-being of all of our residents."Senator Bonacic said that the Small Cities grant in the amount of $400,000 to the Town of Masonville will be used to rehabilitate 19 structures.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing and Economic Development, announced today that he will be hosting a public hearing focusing on the total cost of homeownership and how to make it more affordable for New Yorkers. The hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. on September 29, 2005 at the Ulster County Office Building, Legislative Chamber, 6th Floor, 244 Fair Street, Kingston, New York.
New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, upon hearing of anticipated home heating increases estimated at over 70 percent, expressed his anger and frustration over what he believes to be price gouging by the oil and gas industry."Long before Hurricane Katrina, oil companies were increasing prices and their profits were soaring," stated Senator Bonacic.
New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) today called upon US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to investigate why refineries and oil companies in the United States are reaping increased profits ranging from 25% to 58% higher over last year’s earnings."With gas prices reaching an all time high, New Yorkers and many American families are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) is reminding consumers that from August 30th through September 5th, clothing and footwear purchases under $110 will be exempt from the 4 percent State sales tax. "Now is the time when many families are preparing to send their children back to school and on average spend about $500 in clothing, shoes, and school supplies. By eliminating the sales tax on clothing and footwear purchases, consumers will save money," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) citing the tremendous burden on taxpayers as a result of escalating Medicaid costs, hailed the recently enacted Medicaid Cap and State takeover of a portion of the local share of Medicaid costs as successful tax relief policies. Under the new policies, counties thoughout New York State will realize a cumulative total of $6.5 billion in savings over the next five years beginning in 2006."As State lawmakers, it is our responsibility to relieve the tax burden on our residents, not increase that burden," stated Senator Bonacic.