The fiscal climate of the State presents a number of challenges. The Governor’s budget addresses many of those challenges. In particular, capping local Medicaid costs is an important step in property tax relief.
I also am supportive of his efforts to dedicate more capital assistance to our higher education facilities.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, was approved by the Senate for the third year in a row. "We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a federal lawsuit to prohibit the federal Government from taking over the approval process for the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI). A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would subject major regions of New York State to the development of massive electric transmission lines - including the proposed 200-mile long NYRI line, over the State's objections.
2008 Will Mark Third Year in a Row Senate Advances Plan to Assist New Yorkers
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate Majority has unveiled its plan to provide hard working New Yorkers and seniors meaningful property tax relief and reform.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $50,000 in State aid for the YMCA to enhance programs and services in Sullivan County.
"Our local YMCA’s are important community centers for children and adults alike," stated Senator Bonacic. We need to support the Y anyway we can to ensure that the maximum amount of people can take advantage of its great programs and services."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that five local police departments in Orange and Sullivan Counties will receive a total of $50,000 in State funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant program.
"Our police must have the tools they need to protect the people of our region," stated Senator Bonacic. "I am honored to support the dedicated police officers that keep the people of our localities safe."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) todaycut the ribbon for the newly reopened hospital in Sidney, New York. The hospital will now be called Tri-Town Regional and will be operated by Bassett Healthcare."Access to health care is paramount for the health and well being of our residents," stated Senator Bonacic. "I was pleased to work with the Department of Health and Bassett Healthcare to make sure the people in Delaware County have access to a full array of health care services."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that he is seeking student entries for the 17th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION Celebration, a statewide competition that focuses on environmental problems and solutions.
The Senate-sponsored competition is open to students in grades one through eight, and includes an awards presentation at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday May 20, 2008. Winners will receive award medals, view submissions by their fellow students from around the State and have the opportunity to tour the historic Capitol.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, is gaining approval through the legislative process. The measure was approved by the Senate Education Committee.
"We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved his legislation, Senate bill 6150, for the second year in a row. The measure, if enacted, will include the Esopus Creek within the definition of "Inland Waterways" for waterfront revitalization.
"Reducing State Aid amounts to a property tax hike. It is as simple as that. It means the County, Town and Village would have to shoulder more of the tax burden. I will oppose this provision of the Governor's budget proposal."
"The VLT aid can pay for a lot of police officers, a lot of road paving, a lot of extra costs. We have no idea what type of reimbursement formula the Comptroller could come up with and we need to make sure our localities receive more State Aid, not less."
State Senator John Bonacic released the following statement in relation to Governor Spitzer’s 2008/2009 State Budget proposal:
"Generally speaking, I believe the Governor is continuing his efforts to address issues he sees as important to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers. However, there are a variety of budget priorities important to our region that I will be focusing on during the 2008/2009 budget negotiations. They are as follows:
Next to Krause’s Candy in downtown Saugerties sits a vacant lot. The lot, just beyond the end of what might be considered Saugerties’ downtown area, will soon see substantial improvements thanks to a private/public partnership launched by Saugerties businessman Tom Struzzieri.
The State will aid the $15 million venture with a $780,000 grant advocated for by State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez. The grant comes through the State’s RESTORE-NY program established by the State Legislature in 2006.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said today that over $400,000 in State funding secured through the State Senate’s Republican Majority has flowed to anti-NYRI group Communities Against Regional Interconnect. The funding is the first installment of up to $1 million allocated by Senate Republicans to oppose the NYRI plan.
Since the plan was first announced, Senator Bonacic has taken the following steps to oppose the NYRI project:
State Senator John Bonacic issued the following statement following Governor Spitzer’s 2008 State of the State address and highlighted several issues important to the Hudson Valley and Catskill Region for 2008:
"The beginning of 2007 brought a tremendous sense of optimism for State government. The reality of the year, however, did not meet that optimism. The Governor’s State of the State speech this year, once again brings optimism and energy, and I believe we, in the Legislature, have a duty to work with the Governor in a non-partisan manner.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) and Governor Spitzer announced that Delaware, Ulster, and OrangeCountywill receive over $1.9 million for recycling expenses.
"Investing in local recycling and waste reduction efforts is in everyone’s best interest," Senator Bonacic stated. "Our precious resources in the region are what makes our communities special. I am pleased to partner with Governor Spitzer to aid Delaware, Ulster and OrangeCounty residents by enhancing recycling programs and reducing waste."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) expressed his outrage with the reported agreement of the Federal government to designate much of New York State as a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor. The Corridor designation expands the ability of companies such as New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to site power lines in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.
"This agreement gives companies the ability to trample on property owners in our region," fumed Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), announced several grants through the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for farmland preservation. Senator Bonacic is a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and the only Hudson Valley Senator on the budget subcommittee that oversees the EPF. The grants will help preserve nearly 1,000 acres of key farmland in Minisink, Warwick, Crawford, Rochester, and North East.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) met today with representatives of the American Red Cross in Goshen. The Red Cross has developed a new supply warehouse in the Town of Wallkill. The Red Cross strategically located the warehouse to serve the State of New York. It is one of six national "hot spots" due to potential and recurring disasters, including flooding.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the United States Supreme Court declined to consider overturning provisions of the landmark Women’s Health and Wellness Act that requires employers to offer osteoporosis exams, prescription contraceptives, and breast and cervical cancer screening in their employees’ health insurance plans.
"The Supreme Court made the right decision," stated Senator Bonacic.