John J. Bonacic's Press releases

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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SENATOR BONACIC RELEASES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

“The classic budget rhetoric wars of the past will fail this year – and I suggest the special interests tone down their rhetoric and stand as partners in finding solutions, rather than take out advertisements, which merely fight for the status quo.” 

“This year, taxpayers have said enough! Taxpayers have said:

February 1, 2011
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BONACIC: TAX CAP LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today said the State Senate has passed legislation (S.2706) which would enact Governor Andrew Cuomo’s school property tax cap legislation for schools and local governments. In addition, the Senate passed legislation (S.2707) to ban new unfunded mandates.

“Governor Cuomo heard statewide what we in the Hudson Valley and Catskills have known for years – property taxes are chasing people from our State. The special interests may oppose a property tax cap, but overwhelmingly, when asked, taxpayers support it.”

January 31, 2011
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BONACIC: SENATE PASSES JOBS LEGISLATION

State Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced the State Senate has passed two important Constitutional Amendments, as well as one other piece of legislation, designed to create jobs in New York and permanently stop out-of-control government spending.   You can read news articles about this legislation at:

January 19, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC NAMED CHAIRMAN OF TWO SENATE COMMITTEES

Will serve as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Wagering and Gaming  

January 11, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BONACIC ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S STATE OF THE STATE MESSAGE

January 5, 2011:  “Governor Cuomo has the support of the people of New York and a mandate for change.  The past two years of State government have increased spending by over $14 billion and increased taxes by over $10 billion – all of which I voted against.”

January 5, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON PROPOSED LAYOFFS AT BELLEAYRE

"The DEC, by targeting Belleayre as harshly as they have, has shown misplaced economic priorities. Belleayre makes money for the State and is an asset that is the economic catalyst for our region. The State has made it their economic plan for the Catskills to be a place of outdoor recreation and high quality water. That means, simply, that our region should not take a disproportionate hit in the outdoor tourism industry. To cut jobs at Belleayre will result in job losses for our small businesses throughout the region that depend on Belleayre for their livelihood.

November 17, 2010
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE COMPACT

"Casinos have long been talked about in the Catskills but various road blocks have always gotten in the way. If Governor Paterson signs the Stockbridge Munsee Compact, as his office has told me that he will do, it is another opportunity to create jobs and rekindle tourism in the Catskills. The work will now shift to Washington to have the Federal government approve this casino. Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand have increased clout given the recent elections have made their Democratic Majority smaller. I am hopeful that both of them will use that clout to have the Obama administration approve what the Bush administration would not.

November 17, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC: ON THE FIRING OF DEC COMMISSIONER PETER GRANNIS

“Governor Paterson’s apparent decision to fire DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis is bad government at its worst executed by an accidental Governor with no moral, fiscal, or leadership authority whatsoever.”  

October 22, 2010
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BONACIC: PASS SCHEIDERMAN ETHICS BILL (AND BRING ON THE GRAND JURY TO LOOK AT THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP) - NOW!

In the wake of the bombshell report released yesterday by State Inspector Joseph Fisch, which noted numerous improprieties by Democrats who rule State government, Senator John J.

October 22, 2010
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BONACIC ASKS STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TO HELP WITH SULLIVAN COUNTY EFFORT TO BRING FEDERAL AGRICULTURE SECRETARY HERE

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) has asked New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Patrick Hooker, for help bringing Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Sullivan County.

October 7, 2010
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BONACIC CALLS FOR SENATE DEMOCRATS TO RELEASE FLOOD CONTROL AND JOBS MONEY IN DELAWARE COUNTY

         State Senator John J. Bonacic made multiple stops in Delaware County on Thursday, celebrating some major achievements and calling on Senate Democrats to release long promised money they are holding hostage for political reasons.

October 7, 2010
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BONACIC: WHY WAIT FOR NEW GOVERNOR ON TAX CAP!

 State  Senator  John  J.  Bonacic  (R/I/C  – Mt. Hope), is urging the Governor  to  call  the special Legislative session and force a vote on the school  property  tax  cap  in  the  State  Assembly.  The State Senate has repeatedly passed a school property tax cap.

Attorney  General  Andrew  Cuomo  has proposed a 2% tax cap on school property  taxes – which Senator Bonacic supports.  The NY Post has reported that  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is open to supporting a tax cap – but only if Cuomo is elected Governor.

September 23, 2010
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BONACIC: DON’T END FREE SKIING FOR SENIORS AT BELLEAYRE

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today asked the DEC not to end free skiing for seniors over the age of 70 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.  The Albany Times Union reported today that two of the State’s major, publicly owned ski centers – Gore and Whiteface, are no longer offering free skiing to those aged 70 and above.

September 21, 2010
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BONACIC TO MTA: STOP THE FARE HIKES; END THE M.T.A. TAX

State Senator John Bonacic attended the MTA Public Hearing in New Windsor on September 13, 2010 and spoke out against the MTA fare hike:  http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100914/BIZ/9140331/-1/SITEMAP  

Senator Bonacic's prepared remarks on the MTA fare hike hearing are re-printed below.

September 15, 2010
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BONACIC PRAISES SAMPSON'S SUPPORT FOR REFORM LEGISLATION; URGES AN IMMEDIATE VOTE

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), praised Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson’s support for non-partisan redistricting and urged the Democratic Leader to call the Senate back into session for an immediate vote on it.

September 9, 2010
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