Senator Bonacic presented opening remarks at the Sullivan County Get-Set Energy Symposium in Loch Sheldrake on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. This event, organized by RUPCO, an independent contractor for NYSERDA, includes organizations that are working to promote products or services related to energy efficiency, sustainable construction, or alternative energy. Senator Bonacic visited with the many vendors who exhibited their “energy smart” products and services, and congratulated all those who put this event together.
Senator Bonacic met up with good friends like Donna Akerley (third from left), and her firefighter son, Nolan Akerey (fourth from left) at the Woodridge Fire Department dinner on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Joining them in the photo are other members of the Akerley family.
Senator Bonacic and his wife, Pat, met up with good friends and volunteers at the Jeffersonville Fire Department's 94th Annual Dinner. He was able to thank the firefighters who are "the local heroes." Here he is with volunteers (at left), Pat Bonacic and Debbie Murphy (right.)
Senator Bonacic attended the SUNY Sullivan Foundation’s cocktail extravanganza on Saturday, October 18, 2014. "SUNY Sullivan Foundation does an outstanding job of securing funding for college equipment, programs and scholarships. Here I am with (l to r) Board of Trustee members, Lyman Holmes (Vice Chairman), Russ Heyman (Chairman), and SUNY Sullivan President, Dr. Karin Hilgersom."
Senator Bonacic recently honored Issac Yitz Kantrowitz for his 60 years of service to the Woodridge Fire Department with a NYS Senate Certificate of Merit. Here is the Senator with Mr. Kantrowitz at the Woodridge Fire Department Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony along with Town of Fallsburg Supervisor, Steven Vegliante.
Senator Bonacic presented remarks at the kickoff of the Ulster BOCES instructional partnership with NASA’s HUNCH program on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. This is a program where students receive hands-on, real-world experience with NASA scientists and engineers. The idea is to inspire the next generation of researchers and space explorers, and the Senator stated that educational investments such as this will help all of us learn more about space.
Senator Bonacic and his wife, Pat, attended the pancake breakfast hosted by the American Legion Post 151 in Wawayanda recently. This event benefits the local Vietnam Vets, and here is the Senator with some of the Veteran chefs who cooked up a great meal.
Senator Bonacic joined the celebration for the Sullivan County Partnership's 20th anniversary held on Thursday, October 9, 2014. "It was a great evening, and I enjoyed meeting up with some good friends," said the Senator. Here is the Senator with Harris and Judy Alport from A.Alport and Sons.
Senator Bonacic attended the opening of a new temporary exhibit called “Celebrating Catskill Waters: Past & Present” which opened at the Time and Valleys Museum in Grahamsville on Thursday, October 9, 2014. The exhibit includes photos, videos and a collection of artifacts that illustrates how important the lakes and rivers were to the families living in the area, but also how it was a draw for people from NYC for its recreational activities.
Senator Bonacic congratulated honorees at the Rising Star Award Dinner hosted by the Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange. Here is the Senator with Brian Powers of Judelson, Giorgano & Siegel, and Lisa Kelly of Focus Media.
Senator Bonacic and his wife, Pat, recently visited and picked apples at Warwick's Masker Orchards. The orchard was just coming off a very successful AppleFest, and the staff is preparing for the big Columbus Day weekend. Here is the Senator, Pat, and Victor Ludmerer, AKA, "Apple Jack."
Senator Bonacic stopped by the Rising Star Award Dinner hosted by the Junior League of Orange County and Leadership Orange, and congratulated all the honorees. Here he is with Brian Powers from Judelson, Giorgano & Siegel, and Lisa Kelly of Focus Media.
Senator Bonacic visited the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors in Goshen on Friday, October 3, to discuss the Hudson Valley housing market, and issues and concerns of interest to real estate professionals. (From l to r: Christopher McKniff, Esq. Gov't Affairs Director/Hudson Gateway; Katheryn De Clerck, Associate Broker/Rand Realty; Ron Garafalo, Branch Manager/Rand Realty; and from Hudson Gateway, CEO Richard Haggerty, and COO, Ann Gardi.)
Senator Bonacic joined with Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker (far right) and The Ruby Group on Thursday, October 2 to announce the renovation of a 1910-era building at 29-31 Front Street to create new commercial space on the first floor, and six apartments on the upper two floors. The Ruby Group has already successfully completed a distressed building renovation at 19-23 Front Street.
Senator Bonacic spoke at the groundbreaking of a new, two-story, 48 million dollar science building on the campus of SUNY New Paltz on Friday, September 29, 2014. This 77,000 square foot facility will house a variety of science departments including the physics, geography and computer science offices. It features state of the art labs and classrooms, and will address the space shortage that has arisen due to the growth in the college’s STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math.) "I was pleased to be able to help the SUNY New Paltz obtain this funding to create this very impressive addition to the college," said Senator Bonacic, "SUNY New Paltz is truly a jewel in the SUNY system, and this new building will make the college even more attractive for students."
Senator Bonacic took part in the dedication ceremonies for the Town of Wallkill’s new $1 million recreation center at Circleville Park. This center was paid for with town money and replaces an aged facility. It includes 7,000 square feet of recreation space and 3,000 square feet of office space and will offer after-school programs managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill. "This is what good government can do," says the Senator. "Congratulations to everyone in the Town of Wallkill for this center that will give back to the community for many years to come."
On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference hosted by Governor Cuomo to announce that the SUNY New Paltz had won a $10 million dollar grant to expand its mechanical engineering program through the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program. "SUNY New Paltz has earned national recognition for its return on investment," said the Senator, "I cannot think of any other educational institution in the Hudson Valley better positioned for this high-tech initiative. This investment is m