I was the first in my family to go to college. Education created opportunity for me in business, and later in government. My daughter graduated from SUNY New Paltz. The SUNY schools in our Senate District -- New Paltz, Delhi, and our lo-cal community colleges -- present educational opportunities for area residents and create jobs in the region.
Last year, the Legislature diverted tuition, paid by those who attend SUNY, and sent those dollars to pay for other func-tions of state government. I opposed that move. I believe that taking SUNY tuition and not using it for SUNY amounts to a tax on the students and families who pay tuition.
Attached as part of a PDF you will find the following information:
1. A copy of the legislation authorizing State funds for the buyout of properties in Ulster County which are near New York City's leaking aqueducts;
2. Questions and Answers prepared by the NYS Division of Housing on the original flood buyout program. The questions and answers are generally expected to be applicable to the Wawarsing buyouts since the funding comes from the same source;
Requests for Senate Initiative funding conclude each January 1 for the next year's State budget (the State fiscal year runs from April 1 through the next March 31). Municipalities and not for profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding. Projects most likely to be funded include requests for capital assistance (building construction/equipment purchase) in amounts of $10,000 or less,
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, was approved by the Senate for the third year in a row. "We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $50,000 in State aid for the YMCA to enhance programs and services in Sullivan County.
"Our local YMCA’s are important community centers for children and adults alike," stated Senator Bonacic. We need to support the Y anyway we can to ensure that the maximum amount of people can take advantage of its great programs and services."