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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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 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.”
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 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.
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.
“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:
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.”