Last evening, Senator Bonacic participated in a press conference hosted by the Research and Recognition Project, a non-profit organization that has developed a non-invasive, neurological treatment for veterans suffering from post traumatic stress. The purpose of the press conference was to announce significant state funding for this organization, but to also continue to raise awareness on the issue of post traumatic stress affecting our returning veterans, as well as our police officers and fire fighters.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic announced today that September is Preparedness Month in New York State. Preparedness Month is a national effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The 2015 National Preparedness Month theme is – Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. FEMA encourages Americans to create a family emergency communications plan that includes up-to-date contact information for individuals that may need to be reached during a disaster.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic met yesterday with the newly elected Mayor of Tuxedo Park Mary Jo Guinchard to discuss a range of issues affecting the community. In addition to discussing key issues important to residents of the Village, Mayor Guinchard and Senator Bonacic visited the Wee Wah Lake Dam. The dam had been scheduled for repair several years ago, and for a variety of reasons, the work never took place.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to join fellow elected officials, community leaders, and several hundred Town of Warwick Senior Citizens at the annual Warwick Senior BBQ today, which was held at Union Corners park in the Town of Warwick.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to join friends and neighbors yesterday at the annual Delaware County Fair. The Fair, held every year in Walton, NY, and sponsored by the Delaware County Agricultural Society, is one of the largest agricultural fairs in the region, and has an average annual attendance of 80,000. The 6-day event has something for everyone, including live entertainment, livestock contests, tractor and farm equipment displays, carnival rides, delicious food, and a host of local vendors displaying and selling their items.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic announced today that he has secured $5,000 in state aid for each of the 27 libraries in the 42nd Senate District. This aid is in addition to a $5 million increase in funding for libraries, secured by the legislature in the 2015-2016 state budget, over the level proposed by the Governor. Senator Bonacic successfully advocated to have this additional money included in the budget.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was privileged to attend the reopening and re-dedication ceremony of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor this past Saturday in New Windsor. Senator Bonacic was joined at the ceremony by hundreds of retired and active duty servicemen and women, Purple Heart recipients, Gold Star Mothers, elected officials and members of the greater Hudson Valley community.
Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon on the campus of SUNY New Paltz for Ridgeview Hall, a modern 225 bed residence hall that will begin housing students this fall. The 69,000 square foot facility is the 14th residence hall on campus, and with its completion, will allow SUNY New Paltz to house 3,250 students. Construction of the $33 million residence hall got underway in December of 2013 and created 170 construction jobs.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to join friends and community leaders last evening at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Reception which was held at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. The program provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) was pleased to join friends and neighbors this past Saturday at the 16th Annual Blueberry Festival, which was held in downtown Ellenville. The Blueberry Festival is the most well attended community event held in the Village all year.
(Middletown, NY)-This past Sunday, Bonacic joined neighbors and friends at the annual Florida Family Fun Fest, held every year on Main Street in the Village of Florida. Fun Fest is a yearly showcase of the Florida community, and gives friends and neighbors a chance to come together and enjoy some delicious food, check out some great local vendors, and listen to some free entertainment.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to join members of the Executive Leadership team from Bell Flavor and Fragrances yesterday for a tour of their 87,000 square foot facility in the City of Middletown. Bell Flavors and Fragrances is a worldwide company that creates flavors and fragrances for many of the food, beverage, cosmetic and personal care products that we use on a daily basis.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic joined over 200 elected officials, local community leaders, and healthcare professionals at ribbon cutting ceremony this morning celebrating Crystal Run Healthcare’s newest facility, located in the Town of Newburgh. Senator Bonacic was among those who delivered remarks and congratulated Crystal Run on their continued commitment to providing quality, affordable healthcare to residents of the Hudson Valley.
A representative from my office, Robert Itzla, attended last evening’s public hearing regarding the $9 million Narrowsburg Bridge Repair Project. The bridge is in need of repair due to heavy deterioration of the bridge deck and pedestrian walking paths. Over 50 people attended the informational meeting to hear from New York and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials. During the repair of the bridge, one lane will be open to allow for traffic to pass over the bridge. However there will be 15 instances over the 2 year period where the bridge will be completely closed. These closures will only occur at night.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $29,000 for the Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) Program of Sullivan County. The RISE Program is administered through Catskill Regional Medical Center, and provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse, as well offering prevention education.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $50,000 for Safe Homes of Orange County to be used for programs that prevent domestic violence or aid victims of domestic violence in Orange County. Safe Homes of Orange County is a private, not-for-profit agency established in 1986 to provide comprehensive and confidential domestic violence services to victims and their families.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend the Ulster County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention this past Friday at the Kerhonkson Firehouse in Kerhonkson, NY, where two Ellenville firefighters were honored as firefighters of the year by the Association.
(Middletown, NY)-State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) issued the following statement on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.
Senator Bonacic, a voting member and Senate representative to the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, attended the Council’s working meeting today, at Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac, NY. The focus of the meeting dealt with the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), a program implemented by NY which would award $500 million to three upstate economic development regions, and centered around strategies that the Council could undertake to ensure that they are well positioned to receive that funding.