State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 618, was signed into law. The measure, which encourages the display of the POW/MIA Flag at every State Police facility was inspired by a Sullivan County veteran, Al Etkin."This is a token of our appreciation for the tremendous sacrifies made by the men and women who fought for our freedom," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), and the Hudson River Valley Greenway's new Acting Director, Mary Mangione, will meet with local residents and discuss the State's Greenway program, its contributions to our region, and announce funding at the Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties on Saturday, August 20, 2005 at 2:30 PM.
Senator Bonacic said, "It is a pleasure to welcome the Greenway's new Director, Mary Mangione, to our Senate District.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) distributed $56,000 in State Aid to assist area veterans with a variety of projects designed to upgrade and/or maintain their Posts’ facilities. The area Posts that received funding are Mamkating Post #1266, American Legion Guntown Post #1554, the American Legion, George Smith Post #1607, VFW Post #8645 in New Paltz, the American Legion Cook-Taylor Post 111, and the American Legion Rose Sheely Post #1034."These veterans organizations are the backbone of our communities.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), authorizing the creation of an Upper Delaware River Greenway was unanimously approved by the State Senate.The measure amends the Environmental Conservation Law to create, upon local approval, the Upper Delaware River Greenway consisting of New York communities that border the Delaware River."Governor Pataki has made Greenway creation and expansion a high priority.
A recent Albany Times Union editorial explained that the Assembly democrats said they were concerned about violating the rights of sex offenders as a reason for not enacting tougher laws designed to lock up, and/or effectively track repeat sexual predators. "I believe what we ought to be concerned about are the rights of victims and work to prevent these heinous crimes from being committed over and over again," stated Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope).The editorial further stated, ". . This should not be about politics.
"Recent devastating news about yet another family destroyed and child abducted, abused and killed at the hands of a violent, repeat sex offender underscores the critical need to enact stronger, more stringent laws to protect our families," stated New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope). "The Senate has addressed these issues, but there is still no commitment from the Assembly to act."The Senate has approved several safety measures designed to protect New Yorkers from sexual predators but they continue to languish in the Assembly.
A bi-partisan vote of the New York State Senate this week rebuffed the Bloomberg Administration’s management of New York City owned lands in its upstate watershed. "The City’s arrogant behavior in managing the watershed is putting the 1997 watershed agreement at risk," said two Republican Senators - John Bonacic and James Seward. Under the 1997 agreement, the City of New York was required to open up its lands for "historic recreational uses".
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I - Mt. Hope), said the Legislature should, with a community fund amendment he is prepared to offer, pass legislation developed by the Governor which would settle the Mohawk land claim.
“Our Senate hearings made it clear that the economics and needs of Sullivan County have changed dramatically in the past four years.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) welcomed to Albany the valedictorians, saluditorians, and honored students from over 30 school districts in the 42nd Senate District to honor them in an all-day event at the Capitol."These students worked very hard to put them at the top of their classes.
The legislation appears to address, in detailed fashion, land claim concerns and issues relating to the land claim area and appears to be leading toward one casino in the Catskills.
It does not, however, directly address the regional casino impact fund the Governor offered in his prior bill. Instead, it promises future legislation on that subject. The promise of future legislation, however well intentioned, to be negotiated at some future undetermined date, does not serve the interests of my Senate District and the region.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) introduced legislation in the Senate last week that would require Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring of violent sex offenders statewide. Assemblyman David Koon will be introducing the companion bill in the Assembly. Senate bill 4656 amends the correction law to require that certain sex offenders be continuously monitered as to their location and makes it a crime to violate the monitoring provision."There isn’t enough being done to keep our children and families safe from sexual predators," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), will oppose efforts to cite a casino in the Town of Saugerties, "or any other municipality" which does not want one. "I believe in municipal home rule. If Saugerties’ elected leaders do not want a casino located in the Town, I will oppose any effort to do so," Bonacic said.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the 2nd Annual Dedication Ceremony of the New York State EMS "Tree of Life" memorial on Wednesday, May 18th at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Ms. Robin Daniels, a service member of the American Legion Ambulance in Eldred, New York, was killed while responding to an emergency. Her name and the Ambulance Service name were honored as it was made a permanent part of the memorial during the ceremony."The men and women who sacrifice their time and sometimes their lives to help others are awesome," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with adults and children from Liberty, including Liberty Town Supervisor Frank DeMayo, who travelled to Albany to lobby for a skate park in Liberty. Ms. Judy Schneyer, Community Development Specialist and Ms.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) joined students from the 42nd Senate District who participated in the Senate’s 14th Annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" Environmental Competition. Students that participated submitted projects highlighting the importance of addressing the environmental challenges we all face."I am pleased to visit with these students and to see their imaginative ideas on display here in Albany," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic today announced that legislation which would address two significant watershed problems has cleared the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support.
Requires the DEC to make regulations lowering the City of New York’s reservoirs when a major inflow of water is anticipated. (S.265)
Requires the City of New York to allow recreational use of their lands in the watershed similar to State owned lands in the Catskills.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has passed legislation to overhaul the State’s Medicaid fraud detection effort. The goal of Senate bill 3685 of dramatically reducing corruption and waste will result in tremendous savings to taxpayers.According to the United States General Accounting Office, Medicaid fraud and abuse consumes as much as 30% of the State’s Medicaid expenses.