John J. Bonacic's Press releases

BONACIC: ETHICS AGREEMENT IS FINE ON PAPER; BUT ONLY TIME WILL TELL IF IT LIVES UP TO ITS NAME

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today stated he would vote for the ethics reform legislation announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  The legislation is named the “The Clean Up Albany Act of 2011.”

The terms of the ethic agreement include: 

June 6, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARDS OF $321, 503 TO RAMPO-CATSKILL LIBRARY SYSTEM IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today announced that the Ramapo-Catskill Library System in Sullivan County has been awarded $321,503 in public library construction funds. The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget.  The Daniel Pierce Library will receive $211,035 to renovate the roof, windows and masonry including chimney and structural restoration on brick walls; install new electrical and a fire alarm system, an overhead canopy on the handicapped walkway; replace the heating system with a geothermal system; an entry and exit reconfiguration; fabricate iron railings, expand library service space by 23,500 sq ft and furnish the new interior space. The Ethelbert B.

May 17, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARD OF $64,829 TO THE PORT JERVIS FREE LIBRARY

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today announced that the Port Jervis Free Library of the Mid-Hudson Library System in Orange County has been awarded $64,829 in public library construction funds.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. The funds will enable the Port Jervis Free Library to improve the building’s integrity through brick and masonry restoration as well as create new space in the basement for community programs. “Libraries are an important asset to our communities. Maintaining the public library system in all communities should be a priority. Libraries are a priceless resource to our communities and should not be forgotten.

May 17, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARD OF $33,000 TO THE SAUGERTIES PUBLIC LIBRARY

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today announced that the Saugerties Public Library of the Mid-Hudson Library System in Ulster County has been awarded $33,000 in public library construction funds.  The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. The funds will enable the Saugerties Public Library to create new space, install energy efficient windows, improve insulation and install radiant heating through floors on the lower level for the children’s library. “Libraries are an important asset to our communities. Maintaining the public library system in all communities should be a priority. Libraries are a priceless resource to our communities and should not be forgotten.

May 17, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION GRANT AWARD OF $9,606 TO SIDNEY MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today announced that the Sidney Memorial Public Library of the Four County Library System in Delaware County has been awarded $9,606 in public library construction funds.  

May 17, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO GET MAMMOGRAMS

Senator Bonacic today has joined with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their annual Mother’s Day Campaign to urge women to get mammograms. 

May 8, 2011
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April 4, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC: ON THE $2.6 MILLION PROPOSED FINE BY THE NYS DEC AGAINST THE NYC DEP

March 29, 2011 The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has historically forsaken the residents in the New York City Ashokan Watershed and violated National Clean Water Act standards. In addition, ineffective leadership in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has contributed to the continued destruction of upstate communities.

March 29, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC

 March 28, 2011 I am glad that we are headed toward passing an on-time budget.

March 28, 2011
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BONACIC ANNOUNCES RESTORATION OF VLT AID TO SULLIVAN COUNTY

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), announced today that Sullivan County would receive a portion of VLT aid, according to a three way agreement between the Assembly, Senate and Executive Chamber, the measure requires final approval in the budget by the legislature. 

March 22, 2011
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BONACIC: BUDGET AGREEMENT MOVING FORWARD

 Budgets for Housing, Agriculture, and Environmental Conservation Largely Agreed Upon 

March 22, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND ASSEMBLYMAN KEVIN CAHILL

Announcing a Three Way Agreement on Flood Buyout Legislation in the Town of Wawarsing 

March 21, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC On Reservoir Levels and Flooding

 March 10, 2011 “The dangers faced by the people of the Catskills in relation to flooding these past few and next several days are avoidable to a degree.  The Senate has previously passed my legislation to require New York City to reduce reservoir levels whenever major inflows of rain or snow were anticipated.  Shortly thereafter, New York City started to take some flood mitigation measures.”

March 10, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC

In response to a question from the NY Times, I did state, and do believe that the current tax rates for individuals and families earning more than $1 million should be continued at its current rate. 

March 9, 2011
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ONTEORA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION INSPIRES NEW LEGISLATION TO ENSURE CHILDREN’S SAFETY

Legislation (S.3100),  sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), passed the Senate on March 7, 2011. The legislation expands the list of crimes for which a person is prohibited from becoming a school bus driver. 

March 9, 2011
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BONACIC STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S SUPERINTENDENT SALARY CAP PROPOSAL

 March 1, 2011  “We need to be realistic about the current state of our economy. Setting a salary cap based on student enrollment makes a lot of sense and is a step in the right direction. It is an ideal, fair plan to cut spending at a time where we need to be frugal. As Governor Cuomo has said, the budget plan will be one that makes difficult choices.”

March 1, 2011
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BONACIC: ORANGE AND ROCKLAND COUNTY UTILITIES' RATE HIKE PROPOSAL ILL-CONCEIVED

 February 22, 2011 State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today described O&R’s proposed rate hike as outrageous. The proposed increase would raise customers’ electric delivery bills by 32.5 percent over the next three years.

February 22, 2011
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BONACIC: DEC’S INACTION IN SHANDAKEN PUTS PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESS AT RISK

February 12, 2011   State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), is condemning the failure of the NYS DEC to approve emergency flood remediation measures in Phoenicia.  In December, Bonacic, along with representatives of Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, met with officials from the DEC, DEP, and Town of Shandaken on the need for emergency repairs to the Stony Clove Creek, in Phoenicia.  The area has been subject to two major floods in recent months.  At that time, the DEP agreed to pay for engineering services to design a solution and the Town agreed to implement the solution.  The sole job of the State DEC was to approve the solution – and the DEC agreed to act fast.

February 12, 2011
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SENATE RACING COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING MONDAY

State Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Racing Committee, Wagering & Gaming today described his goals for Monday’s Committee hearing on the future of racing, wagering and gaming in New York.

“I am looking forward to hearing what those who are most hands-on with the racing industry have to say about the sport’s future in New York,” Senator Bonacic said.

February 4, 2011
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