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.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined local elected officials, members of the community, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County employees and members of the Orange County Agriculture community, at a ground breaking ceremony for the brand new Education Center and 4-H Park in the Town of Mount Hope yesterday. Senator Bonacic delivered remarks and presented Cornell Cooperative Extension with a Senate proclamation congratulating them on their 100th Anniversary, which is Saturday July 25th.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic joined local business and community leaders as well as elected officials last evening at the 2nd Annual Sullivan United Mid-Summer Mixer, where he delivered remarks. The event was held at the Monster Golf Course in the Town of Thompson.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic toured Mountain Service Distributors yesterday, a full service distribution center located in South Fallsburg, NY that has been in continuous operation since 1927. Mountain Service Distributors, owned and operated by Stephen and Josh Altman, has 72 employees, and provides convenience store products to customers, and retailers throughout New York State, as well as Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic today presented his 2015 NY Senate Woman of Distinction, Dr. Joyce Willetts, with a plaque that hung in the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The presentation took place at Senator Bonacic’s District office. Bonacic also presented Dr. Willetts with a Senate Resolution that was passed on the floor of the Senate honoring her achievements, a DVD copy of the ceremony and pictures from the event.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $61,000 for Rape Crisis Services in Orange County, a program administered by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Orange County. The mission of MHA is to promote the mental health and emotional well being of Orange County residents.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic joined Town of Rosendale Supervisor Jeanne Walsh, members of the Rosendale Town Board, and local community members at a ground breaking ceremony yesterday at the new Rosendale Pool, where he also delivered remarks. Three years ago it was determined by the Town that the pool had deteriorated so much that it could not be opened for the summer. The cost of fixing the pool was set at $1.5 million.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic announced today his opposition to proposed utility rate increases by Orange and Rockland Utilities. In a letter sent to the Public Service Commission, Bonacic denounced the proposed increases, which would have a negative impact on local residents. As proposed, typical residential electric customers would see an increase of 23.3 percent in their electric bills over the next 3 years.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend the retirement party of Roz Magidson, Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) Middletown, and present her with a Senate Resolution honoring her outstanding service to the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Magidson has served as the Executive Director of the DRC for 25 years.
(Middletown, NY)- The Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) is a partnership with the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC's) and is an oppurtunity for the communities of upstate New York to address the economic challenges of their regions and work together in bringing jobs back upstate. The URI focuses on 7 upstate regions, including the Mid-Hudson Valley. The three regions that make the most compelling argument will be designated as "Best Plan Awardees" in the URI competition and will receive $500 million each that will go to projects identified by the REDC's
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic stood alongside local elected officials, as well as Steve Jones, President of the Goshen Historic Track at a press conference today to announce that he has secured a $250,000 capital grant for the track to make capital improvements on the facility. Senator Bonacic was also joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Village of Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey.
(Middletown, NY)- Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that the NY State Senate has acted on an end-of-session measure that will bring $3.1 billion in new tax relief to middle class homeowners, extend the existing property tax cap to deliver additional savings and create new jobs.
(Middletown, NY)- This past Saturday, Senator Bonacic attended the Warwick Fire Department’s Biennial Parade in the Village of Warwick. Despite the threat of heavy rain, residents and members of the local community came out to support the officers and fire fighters of all the local fire companies in the parade. This year’s parade honored the outgoing Warwick Fire Department Chief, Jason Brasier.
(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic was pleased to attend, and speak at, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for James E. Steinberg, III, in Monticello, NY, this past Saturday. Steinberg is a third-generation Eagle Scout, with his grandfather and father having both achieved the rank of Eagle. Less than 5% of Scouts earn this prestigious award, and remarkably, Steinberg received his at the age of 15. For his service project, James painted and restored the Old Town Hall in Forestburgh, NY.
(Albany, NY)-The New York State Senate passed legislation, Senate Bill S5833, sponsored by Senator Bonacic that would make key improvements to the practice of electronic filing (e-filing) by the state judicial system. Starting in 1999, the state began to introduce a pilot program in the use of electronic means for the purpose of commencing certain categories of cases and filing court papers with Judges and adverse parties.