Congratulations to the 2014 The Sullivan Renaissance Award winners that were announced at the Bethel Woods Center last night. These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects
The Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony Cocktail Party reception was held at the Market Shed at Bethel Woods Center last night. These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects. The top winners were the Phillipsport Community Center ($25,000 grant); the Village of Jeffersonville ($10,000 grant); and the Rock Hill Fire Department and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association ($5,000). With Alan and Sandra Gerry.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Orange County's new firefighter training facility, the "burn building," was held today, August 11. The building features three stories, includes 13 burn rooms and can simulate a variety of fires, including attic and basement fires. Located at the Fire Training Center in New Hampton, it has a 30 year life span, and it's estimated that two-thousand firefighters will learn from it. The Senator joined with other Orange County officials, including Senator Bill Larkin; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Assemblyman James Skoufis; and former Orange County Eddie Diana to officially open the facility.
Senator Bonacic visited the annual Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival in Ellenville on August 9, 2014 which celebrates good music, great people and, of course, terrific blueberries. Here is the Senator with Tammy Boylan, owner of Gardiner's Wrights Farm.
Senator Bonacic visited the Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival on August 9, 2014, in Ellenville. "This event celebrates one of the most beautiful spots in Ulster County, as well as good music, great people and of course, terrific blueberries," said the Senator. Here is the Senator in the historic Hunt Building with (l to r) Deb David, Ann Bowler and Jane Eck.
Senator Bonacic and Pat Bonacic took part in the 5K run/walk to benefit Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties on August 9, 2014. Here is the Senator with his wife, Pat and (l) Anthony Kane, Chairman of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties; and (r) Dan O'Grady, President and CEO.
Senator Bonacic attended the Otterkill Engine Company's White Hat Party last night, which was part of the department's celebration to commemorate their 100th anniversary. With the Senator are members of the Engine Company and Women's Auxiliary.
Senator Bonacic updates Orange County seniors on various programs of interest at the 16th annual Senior Forum, hosted by the OC Department of the Aging. (Seated is Ann Marie Maglione, Director, Dept. of the Aging.)
Senator Bonacic attended the National Night Out Against Crime in Port Jervis. The weather held out long enough for a great community turnout. The message of the evening was to stand united in protecting our communities by reporting crimes to the police. Residents were asked to keep their porch lights on last night in as a demonstration of unity in the fight against crime. All around it was a great event.
Senator Bonacic provided comments for an informative Fox 5 News program that aired on August 4, 2014. The program was about online gambling, and Senator Bonacic discussed the potential for online gambling legislation for New York.
Senator Bonacic met recently with Steven Kelly, President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital who outlined the details of the layout of the new Neil Calman MD, Medical Arts Pavilion, and the hospital's new expanded services. The Medical Arts Pavilion, scheduled to open in January, 2015, will be 7500 square feet in size, and cost $3.2 million dollars.
Senator Bonacic toured the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Middletown, on July 29, 2014. Here he is with Senator Bill Larkin; Nan Hayworth; Dr. Kenneth Steiner, Dean; and Dr. Ron Israelski, Director of Academic Affairs, ORMC.
Senator Bonacic toured the new Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine on the site of the former Horton Hospital in Middletown, on July 29, 2014 and wished the first year students good luck on their second day of medical training.
Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference today at the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Company advocating for the Governor to sign Senate Bill 1885-C into law. This Bill would allow the fire chief to authorize a background check on an applicant who wants to be a volunteer firefighter to see if there are any sex offense convictions. The fire chief would have the authority to deny the submission should the applicant have prior sex offense convictions.
On July 22, 2014, Senator Bonacic met with officials from the Sullivan County Towns of Delaware, Callicoon, and the Village of Jeffersonville, as well as representatives from the DEC to discuss flood damage from recent storms. The discussions included asking Governor Cuomo to help fund repairs to county infrastructures, work with the DEC to conduct stream maintenance to minimize flooding; look into ways to be more prepared for these storms before they come, rather than after
Senator Bonacic presented NYS Senate Proclamations to new Eagle Scouts (l to r) Robert Matuszewski, III; Ben Grawi; Neil Penwarden; and Matthew Matuszewski from the Village of Florida's Boy Scout Troop 44 at their ceremony on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Their Eagle Scout projects included the building of benches and picnic tables for Florida’s Walter Sturr Park and Glenmere Park, as well as cleaning up Glenmere’s talking trail, and adding mile markers and a trail map.