State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that, at his request, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold one of several public meetings on draft ATV regs in the Catskill region. The hearing is scheduled for May 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) had the opportunity to meet with Cadet Gilberto Nieves in Albany during the Senate’s Annual West Point Day. Each year, the Senate honors the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as the fine young men and women of the Academy for their outstanding work.Senator Bonacic stated, "Cadet Gilberto Nieves has committed himself to the safety of our Country despite the fact that his brother Isaac Michael Nieves was killed in the line of duty last year while serving in Iraq.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today met with members of the Ulster County Charter Commission. The Commission had asked for the Senator’s input in making recommendations relating to Ulster County’s form of government.
The Senator and Commission discussed a number of issues. The Senator suggested changes with respect to Ulster County’s form of Government and Rules of the Legislature.
This is the second time the State and County have undertaken such an initiative, the first being in 2002, when the State and County collaborated to provide funding for thermal imaging cameras to the same Departments.
The $180,000 in funding will go to purchase equipment such as turnout gear, SCBA, defibrillators, and jaws of life.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was honored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Doctors representating ACEP presented Senator Bonacic with their "Leadership in Government Award" in recognition of his vision and leadership in the advancement of emergency patient care by promoting access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care. "I am truly appreciative of this recognition and will continue to work toward achieving quality, accessible health care for all New Yorkers," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today said the Senate has adopted budget amendments which address important needs in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. The Assembly was expected to adopt those same provisions late Tuesday evening, or early Wednesday. The amendments relate to matters which the Legislature and Governor Pataki had previously not reached agreement on.
This week, two students from Ulster County travelled to Albany to learn first-hand the work that their Senator does in Albany. Miss Tanya Lee from Saugerties High School and Miss Kate Wilsey from Onteora High School joined Senator Bonacic in a meeting and in the Senate Chamber during Session. The students participated in the League of Women Voters’ annual Students Inside Albany Conference where they were given an overview of how state government works.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has requested a disaster declaration from the Governor for Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. "Over the weekend, torrential rains did significant damage to parts of our Senate District. I have asked Governor Pataki to send State Emergency Management Office staff throughout the region to assess damage and provide any available assistance," Senator Bonacic said.Bonacic has visited parts of all four Counties over the weekend and Monday, assessing damage and meeting with local elected and emergency services officials.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C/ - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has passed budget legislation that invests in the State’s transporation infrastructure. Included in the budget bill are provisions for a $35.8 billion multi-year transportation capital plan for highway, bridge, and MTA mass transit projects.
"If New York State does not have a sound, convenient, and safe transportation infrastructure, we cannot expect to bring in new businesses or tourism dollars into the State which drives our economy," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that union, agency, and legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to close Middletown Psychiatric Center (MPC) while protecting jobs, patients, their families, as well as expanding community-based mental health programs.
"Governor Pataki proposed closing MPC in his budget without any plan in place to ensure adequate patient treatment, worker protection, or community based residential treatment facilities. This raised grave concerns and an outcry from workers, patients and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) today announced that he has secured $400,000 in funding to help fire departments in Sullivan County purchase needed equipment such as turnout gear, "jaws of life," SCBA units, defibrillators, and thermal imaging cameras.
The funding will be administered by Sullivan County Public Safety Commissioner Richard Martinkovic. "Each department in Sullivan County has essential equipment needs which go unfulfilled. This funding will help every department meet needs such as radios, turnout gear, and SCBA units.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the budget plan enacted by the Senate includes an additional $580 million in school aid, as well as funding for property tax relief.Senator Bonacic said the Senate plan represents a 3.77 percent increase in school aid which provides an overall total of $15.9 billion, enhances district flexibility, and focuses resources on high needs districts. It also provides $45 million in additional education initiatives and sets aside $325 million specifically earmarked as Sound Basic Education Aid.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate Budget plan authorizes 11 new Empire Zones through a competetive process that would allocate four zones in 2005-06, three zones in 2006-07, and four in 2007-08, to ensure that each county would have at least one zone. Senator Bonacic said that the plan also creates college technology zones and agrizones. The Senate plan extends the sunset date to July 31, 2015.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with members of the New York Apple Association in his Albany office early in March. Mr. Douglas Minard, Vice President of W.G. Minard & Sons, discussed with Senator Bonacic the State’s economic and agricultural issues that impact apple growers in the Hudson Valley."New York State ranks second in the United States in apple production. Obviously, apples and their producers are a crucial part of our economy. It is important for us, as legislators, to hear the concerns of our local growers," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, today announced the list of those individuals who have been invited to testify orally at the first Senate hearing on Governor Pataki’s land claim/casino gaming legislation (S.2365). The Hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 28th from 11:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Senate Committee which oversees Housing, Construction, and Community Development policy across the State will hold hearings relating to Governor Pataki’s proposed casino legislation.State Senator John Bonacic is Chairman of the standing Senate Committee on Housing, Construction & Community Development and also represents Sullivan County, where five casinos are proposed as part of Governor George Pataki’s land claim settlement negotiation.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Village of Deposit has been selected to receive a $25,000 grant to help create strategic plans for important local development projects. The funding was awarded by the Governor’s Office of Small Cities."It is important for the State to support municipalities with resources for planning and strategic development," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, today listened to testimony during the first of five public hearings focusing on the total cost of homeownership and how to make it more affordable to New Yorkers.Senator Bonacic sought input on his legislation, Senate bill 164, which would allow voters to decide whether they want to abolish the school property tax on homes and shift the local share of the costs to an income tax based system.