State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) has called upon the State’s Gasoline Price Stability Task Force to investigate the large disparity in regional gas prices. The Senator is also encouraging motorists to report their own findings to the Task Force hotline. "There is a significant price difference among the gas stations, even in the Hudson Valley." Bonacic noted that gas in Westchester County was recently selling for $2.49 per gallon while at the same time in Orange County, it was selling well above $2.60.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that Governor George Pataki has signed his legislation (S.8349-a) into law which will prohibit NYRI from using eminent domain under State Law.
At a May 11 press conference in Narrowsburg, Bonacic announced that NYRI, "was not just taking on a few small communities, they are taking on me and the New York State Senate." Bonacic also announced that he and the region would be "going on the offense" against NYRI.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the 10th Annual Business to Business Showcase sponsored by the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. The event is designed to network area businesses and display opportunities in a variety of fields. There were 116 exhibitors participating in this year's showcase.
"Person to person contact is one of the best ways to market one's own business, display products and/or services, and to advertise employment openings," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was in Ulster County recently to celebrate the official designation of the Shawangunk Scenic Byway.Senator Bonacic was the lead Senate sponsor of the Scenic Byway legislation and also a member of the budget committee which put together the funding to save the Awosting Reserve from development. "This year has been a great year for the Shawangunk region. First we saved the Awosting Reserve, and now the Scenic Byway has been designated.
I am posting this letter on my web siteto inform you that my legislation, Senate bill 8349, which would prohibit New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) from using eminent domain laws to take private property in order to construct their power lines, was sent to the Governor for action.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) recently visited with students and staff of the Children's Annex in Kingston. The Senator was guided through the classrooms by the students. The Children's Annex is a private, not-for-profit program designed for children with special needs. It serves children between the ages of 2 and 15.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today said fire departments in the Towns of Saugerties, Ulster, and Shawangunk will receive State aid through the New York State Senate’s Legislative Initiative fund. The following departments will receive aid:
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) visited the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC). He was guided by Chris Silva of UPAC. The nonprofit UPAC is governed by a volunteer community Board of Directors and is currently managed by the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Since the theater derives only 35% of its income from ticket sales, it relies upon the support of individuals, businesses, foundations, and government to operate. Senator Bonacic has consistently supported the Arts in this region, including UPAC.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has acted upon Timothy's Law, Senate bill 8482, which provides parity in health insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The bill requires insurance companies to cover most mental illnesses and would require coverage for a broad range of mental illnesses and conditions specifically related to children.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) toured Kingston Hospital with CEO Michael Kaminski and Vice President of Strategic Planning, Cynthia Rozenberg. Senator Bonacic secured an additional $250,000 in State aid for the hospital to upgrade their technology to better serve patients and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope) announced today he secured $75,000 in State funding that will be shared by fifteen libraries in Ulster County. The aid can be used by the libraries to make capital improvements or purchase equipment. Each library will receive $5,000."Libraries are more than just repositories of books; they are vital community centers.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope) announced today he secured $65,000 in State funding that will be shared by thirteen libraries in Orange and Sullivan Counties. The aid can be used by the libraries to make capital improvements or purchase equipment. Each library will receive $5,000."Libraries are more than just repositories of books; they are vital community centers.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that two organizations which serve hundreds of Ulster County residents will each receive $50,000 from the State's Community Capital Assistance Program to make needed improvements at their facilities.
"These two organizations make a real difference not only to those who use their programs, but also to the families of those individuals. Thousands of families across the Hudson Valley have family members with developmental disabilities.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today that our region has won "another round" in the battle against New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI). According to published reports in the Times Herald Record, FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer has said he will recuse himself from deliberations on the project.
"We have taken away NYRI's best friend at FERC, and that will make their life a little more difficult," Bonacic said. FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will ultimately pass judgment on much of NYRI.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), along with Fallsburg Town Supervisor Steve Levine, today said the Town will make $150,000 worth of sidewalk improvements in three hamlets. The funding was secured by Senator Bonacic as part of the State's 2006-2007 Transportation Budget.
Work will be done in Hurleyville, South Fallsburg, and Mountaindale.
In Mountaindale, the sidewalks will be constructed on Main Street and Post Hill drive. In Hurleyville, they will be constructed from Waldorf Avenue to Brophy Road.
The State Senate's Republican Majority, today announced that the Senate would make up to $1 million available to fight NYRI. The fund significantly expands upon the start of a "legal offense" fund first launched by State Senator John Bonacic in May. The funds will initially go to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for distribution among the affected counties.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), announced today that $1.2 million in funding will be awarded in Ulster and Sullivan Counties through the Governor's Office of Small Cities. Funding recipients include the County of Ulster ($600,000); the Village of Liberty ($200,000); and the Town of Wawarsing ($400,000).
Senator Bonacic is one of three members of Governor Pataki’s Small Cities Advisory Committee. That Committee helps set funding priorities for the Small Cities Program.