John J. Bonacic's posts related to Environment

GREENWAY EXPANSION READY TO BE MADE PERMANENT

The Hudson River Valley Greenway has proven to be a positive influence in the region.  It has encouraged better local planning and provided funds for beautification around the region.

When the Greenway was created, it excluded communities in the Catskill State Park.  In 2006, I wrote the legislation - which became law to allow those communities in Ulster County to participate, regardless of whether or not they are in the Catskill Park.

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BONACIC INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO AUTHORIZE BUYOUTS OF FLOOD VICTIMS IN WAWARSING

November 16, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt.

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SENATE PASSES BONACIC’S LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR WAWARSING FLOOD FAMILIES

The New York State Senate today, passed legislation, sponsored by Senator John Bonacic, (S.6276), which would authorize the use of $4 million in State funds to buyout families who have been subject to repeated and ongoing water seepage and flooding in the Town of Wawarsing.

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Senator Bonacic Discussing Flooding Issues

New York State Senator Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) discussing some of his concerns about the management of the New York City Reservoir System by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the flooding issues related to it.

INFORMATION ON FLOOD BUYOUT PROGRAM

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;

File: 
Information on Flood buyout program and other DEP related issues

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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.”  

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Senator Bonacic Discusses Gas Drilling with DEC Acting Commissioner Martens

February 8, 2011 - New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I - Mt. Hope) discussing the role of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation in overseeing the regulation of gas drilling in New York State with DEC Acting Commissioner Joe Martens.

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.

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READ THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S (EPAs) COMMENTS ON NEW YORK'S PROPOSED GAS DRILLING REGULATIONS

Last year, Senator Bonacic went to Washington D.C. to meet with top scientists at the EPA on gas drilling.  On January 11, 2012, the EPA filed 26 pages of comments on the State's proposed gas drilling regulations.  You can read those comments here:  http://www.epa.gov/region2/newsevents/pdf/EPA%20R2%20Comments%20Revised%20dSGEIS%20Enclosure.pdf  

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2/7/12 Senator John Bonacic Questions DEC Commissioner Joe Martens

(2/7/12) Senator John Bonacic questions DEC Commissioner Joe Martens at the Joint Legislative Public Hearing on Environmental Conservation.