John J. Bonacic's News items

Bonacic: Senate Advances Small Business Relief Package

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that the Senate has advanced legislation to help New York State’s small businesses to expand and create jobs. The package includes measures that target the biggest concerns small businesses have here in New York."I am pleased the Senate has put forth this package. Too many New Yorkers are leaving the State to seek jobs that provide decent wages or to start small businesses where overhead expenses and taxes are not as high," stated Senator Bonacic.

January 10, 2007
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Bonacic Announces State Aid To Keep Our Families Safe

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has worked to secure State funding for police departments in Ulster County, totalling $375,000 to purchase much-needed equipment."It is crucial to support our law enforcement personnel and provide them with the tools necessary to keep our communities safe," stated Senator Bonacic. "State support is also important as it mitigates the need to raise local property taxes.

December 13, 2006
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Delaware River Greenway Moves Forward

Narrowsburg – New York State Senator John Bonacic is hopeful that legislation creating a Delaware River Valley Greenway will be approved in the new year.

Bonacic is encouraged that both houses of the legislature will agree on a measure soon.

“We passed it in the Senate and we had every municipality see the language and those that wanted to participate have signed off,” he said.

November 26, 2006
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Statement From Senator John Bonacic On Cfe Ruling

"Today's Court of Appeals Ruling on the CFE case obviously sets the dollar amount for New York City schools well below what the Plaintiffs wanted.

"At the same time we are increasing aid to City Schools, we must also support our local schools. I have always said a Statewide solution is appropriate. It will be my focus to urge the Senate to provide permanent real property tax relief, not by tinkering with STAR, but rather by eliminating school taxes on people's homes . . . similar to what the Senate passed earlier this year.

November 20, 2006
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Liberty To Start Police Surveillance Program

Downtown Liberty will soon have advanced video surveillance in areas police perceive to be targets for criminal activity. The cameras will be funded by a $50,000 State grant. The surveillance camera project was identified as a priority for Liberty by local officials including County Legislator Jodi Goodman and Community Development Corporation Member Gary Siegel.

Police Chief Mike DeFrank said the cameras were his number one request in order to enhance downtown safety.

November 1, 2006
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Bassett Will Seek To Restore Hospital Services In Sidney Through $2 Million Agreement Negotiated By Senator Bonacic

SIDNEY: State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), and Dr. William Streck, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare, today announced plans to reestablish a hospital in Sidney with 24-hour emergency services and a limited number of inpatient beds.The agreement was reached after months of negotiations between Governor George Pataki, Bonacic, and Dr. Streck. The overall plan provides debt relief to the town of Sidney, transfers ownership of the former hospital building to Bassett, and includes a Certificate of Needfiling by Bassett to re-institute hospital services.

October 31, 2006
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Bonacic Applauds Spitzer For Following His Lead

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today applauded a statement attributed to Gubernatorial Candidate Eliot Spitzer that NYRI is dead. Bonacic, yesterday, had been quoted as saying NYRI had been dealt a mortal blow. Spitzer's comments were reported by the Times Herald Record today. "I applaud Attorney General Spitzer for saying NYRI is dead," Bonacic said. "NYRI is bad not only because of the aesthetic reasons, but also because it will increase our electric rates.

October 31, 2006
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Bonacic: Port Jervis To Receive Nearly $800,000 To Develop Cedar Wood Center For Arts And Technology

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the City of Port Jervis has been awarded $779,768 for the rehabilitation of the Cedar Wood Center for Arts & Technology. The property is located at 18 Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.

The grant comes from the Restore New York’s Communities Initiative (Restore-NY), a program designed to aid municipalities in rehabilitating or removing obsolete or rundown commercial and residential properties, making these sites attractive to residents and businesses searching for new investment opportunities.

October 26, 2006
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Bonacic Secures $475,000 For River Corridor Initiatives In Sullivan County

For the seventh year in a row, State Senator John Bonacic, today announced significant new State aid for projects along the Delaware River Corridor in Sullivan County. The $475,000 in aid includes $250,000 to help build the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Visitor Center. The funding announced by Bonacic also includes $50,000 for to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. for promotion and improvements along the Byway. This is the fourth grant Senator Bonacic has secured for the Scenic Byway.

October 25, 2006
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Ulster County Arts Groups Receive State Aid

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that nine Ulster County Arts groups will receive State funding totaling $110,000.

October 24, 2006
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Bonacic Announces $836,000 In Farmland Preservation Funds For Sullivan County

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that Sullivan County has been awarded an $836,000 grant for farmland preservation. The funding will allow the County to partner with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy to protect a 6th generation, 100-plus year old, 136-acre dairy operation, which is comprised of 80% statewide important soils, that intends to incorporate agri-tourism, milk bottling and cheese making into the operation.

October 20, 2006
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Saugerties Waterfront Park In Glasco To Undergo Major Improvements

Saugerties is Ulster County's largest Town, and one of the largest in the region. It has miles of riverfront property along the Hudson. However, only a tiny slice of that is owned by the Town, and actively used for recreational purposes.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Bonacic, Assemblyman Crouch Provide Watershed Update

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R - Guilford) today jointly updated members of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on progress they have made with the City of New York on watershed related matters. Senator Bonacic said, "For the first 15 years that I have represented a portion of the watershed, first in the Assembly and now the Senate, I felt that talking to the DEP was like talking to a wall. This year, however, things have changed.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Bonacic And Assemblyman Crouch Announce Funding For Community Projects

O'Connor Hospital, the Catskill E-Center, the West Branch Recreation and Aquatic Center, and SUNY Delhi will all receive funding under the State's Community Capital Assistance Program, State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch said today.$300,000 worth of improvements will be made to finish the Catskill E-Center and also help SUNY Delhi place its water testing lab center in the E-Center. The E-Center, which is nearly complete, is expected to open in the next three to six weeks. It is being built on the edge of the Village of Delhi.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Announces Agritourism Grant Recipient

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the "Made in Sullivan County Catskills" project submitted by the Sullivan County Visitor's Association was awarded $50,000 to expand its promotion of the County's farm markets and locally grown farm produce."It is a pleasure to announce this grant.

October 15, 2006
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Bonacic: Senate Will Support Catskill Regional Medical Center

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), along with Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) CEO Larry Cafasso and Board members announced that the Hospital will receive $500,000 in much-needed State Aid to enhance patient services and upgrade equipment."Our hospitals don't turn people away. They are open 24/7, taking anyone and everyone who walks through the door seeking assistance. They are the difference between life and death and they need our support," stated Senator Bonacic.

October 13, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Honors Fallen Firefighters

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), along with firefighters, their families and friends, today honored those who lost their lives in the line of duty."Our firefighters leave their jobs and their family to save the lives and property of others.

October 10, 2006
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Bonacic: Upac And Woodstock Artists Association To Receive Capital Improvement Funds

Two of Ulster County’s leading arts groups will each receive $50,000 under the State’s Community Capital Assistance Program. The funding was secured by Senator Bonacic as part of the 2006/2007 State budget. The Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) and the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum will receive the funding.UPAC is the county’s premier performance art facility and is located in Kingston. UPAC plans to continue their on-going renovations with the funding. UPAC is in the process of becoming a part of the Bardavon family.

October 10, 2006
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Keeping An Eye On The Bad Guys; Keeping Our Communities Safe

State Senator John J. Bonacic, District Attorney Stephen Lungen, Sheriff Michael Schiff, and Sullivan County Probation Department Director Genevieve Dainack, today announced that $250,000 in State funding will be made available to the County to implement a GPS tracking program for sex offenders who are sentenced to jail or probation.Senator Bonacic has secured the passage of legislation (S.4656-B) in the Senate on two occasions which would mandate GPS tracking for all Level 3 sex offenders. "My first preference would be to lock up sex offenders for life.

October 5, 2006
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