State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation, Senate bill 5848, that would require the collection of DNA samples from everyone convicted of a crime, as well as other provisions related to such collection.
"DNA technology is a valuable tool for both law enforcement and criminal defendants. This measure will assist in more persons who are guilty of crimes being identified, prosecuted, and convicted," stated Senator Bonacic.
Residents of the 42nd State Senate District are invited to contact Senator Bonacic at any of his offices:Room 815 LOBNYS SenateAlbany, NY 12247518 455 3181201 Dolson Avenue, Suite FMiddletown, NY 10940845 344 3311111 Main StreetDelhi, NY 13753607 746 6675.Please note that the Catskill and New Paltz phone listings for Senator Bonacic are no longer active.Senator Bonacic and his staff are available to help with problems constituents have with State agencies, as well as toreceive requests for the Senator to suppor
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, as well as the Senate Finance Committee and is now before the full Senate for a vote.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that students from Delaware County’s Charlotte Valley and South Kortright Central School Districts are winners in the Senate’s 16th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION competition."Our local winners competed against hundreds of students from throughout New York State, and their imaginative ideas and displays were judged to be among the best in this year’s contest," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said the Senate has unveiled a comprehensive economic development plan targeting the lagging economy of upstate New York. The ten point plan will spur job creation and revitalize communities throughout upstate.
"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new economic opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today said that his legislation, Senate bill 3445, prohibiting the Division of State police from limiting troopers ability to plea bargain with motorists charged with vehicle and traffic law violations, other than alcohol or drug related charges, was approved by the Senate.
State Senators John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) and James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) announced today that a web site has been created, www.FADisBAD.org, for watershed citizens to go on record opposing the federal government’s ten year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD). The issuance of the FAD as proposed by the federal government this year, would allow New York City to forego building a water filtration plant for a period of at least ten years.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with Girl Scout, Claire Bird from New Paltz and Ms. Rena Ann Hill, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Ulster County at the Girl Scouts’ Annual Legislative Breakfast in Albany. Representatives from the organization were in Albany to speak to legislators about bills that were important to them and funding for infrastructure for the Girl Scout operations.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has secured a second $750,000 grant for the Town of Saugerties to help make infrastructure improvements along Kings Highway. That area has been identified as among the locations where "shovel ready" sites could be developed, if infrastructure was in place.
This grant brings to a total of $1.5 million Bonacic has secured for the project. "Shovel ready sites are key to creating jobs. Kings Highway has proximity to the Thruway, I-84, I-90, Stewart Airport, and Albany.
State Senators John Bonacic and James Seward and Assemblymembers Clifford Crouch and Peter Lopez today blasted the Federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to propose a ten year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) for the City of New York's drinking water supply.The water supply, known as the watershed, lies overwhelmingly in the Legislators' Districts across Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.The Legislators said, "The EPA, whether they know it or not, is giving the City of New York a ten year license to be a bully to the people of the
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with several youth from Delaware County and the Director of the Tri-Town Boys and Girls Club in Albany on April 17th. They traveled to Albany to express their concerns to Senator Bonacic about the ill-health effects of tobacco use, as well as, the advertising methods used by tobacco companies.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) sponsor of the Senate bill that would require insurance policies to cover prosthetic devices and the Assembly sponsor, Aileen Gunther, today joined with the Amputee Coalition of America and Chase Molinari from Sullivan County, highlighted the need for legislation to make access to prosthetic devices easier for amputees."This is a common sense measure that wouldn’t be necessary if health insurance companies allowed physicians to determine what is medically necessary for their patients," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the New York State Department of Agriculture is distributing applications for dairy farmers in order for them to obtain vital assistance. Applications are also available on line at www.agmkt.state.ny.us or by calling 1(800) 554-4501.
"The dairy industry is a $3 billion industry in New York State and it is in the best interest of every New Yorker to financially strengthen our dairy farms," stated Senator Bonacic. "It is important for us, as lawmakers, to support this vital part of our state’s rural communities.
At the request of several local officials, State Senator John Bonacic worked to secure $190,000 in additional State aid for various municipalities.The funding consists of:$30,000 for the Village of New Paltz secured at the request of Mayor Jason West. The funding will be used for programs focusing on at-risk youth.
Representatives of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Agency recently traveled to Albany on March 27, 2007 to meet with Senator Bonacic on small business and economic development issues. Mary Beth Silano, the Chamber's Executive Director, and James Thompson, the County IDA director, discussed the recent workers' compensation reform agreement; and updated the Senator on the status of the County Empire Zone program.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the final State Budget includes $1 million in additional funding to support the creation of three Independent Living Centers, including one in Sullivan County. Independent Living Centers in New York State are community-based, nonprofit, consumer controlled centers available to all people with disabilities.
"Sullivan County is a large county that does not have an Independent Living Center," stated Senator Bonacic.