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.
"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.
Senator John Bonacic met with the Federated Sportsmen’s Club of Ulster County at the 2012 Sportsmen and Outdoor Recreation Legislative Awareness Day at the State Capitol today. The Sportsmen were in Albany to express their concerns to Senator Bonacic.
Senator Bonacic joins Steve Jones, President of the Historic Racing Track Board (center); and Board Member, John Manzi, at the Goshen Historic Track's 104th Year of Grand Circuit Racing on July 2, 2014. The Goshen Race Track, which opened in 1838, is the oldest active trotting track in the country.
Middletown's (Orange County) annual "Run 4 Downtown" was held on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Begun by local shopkeepers in 2006, the run benefits the revitalization of historic downtown Middletown. Here is Senator Bonacic with Middletown Councilman Joe Masi; Times Herald-Record Editor Barry Lewis; and City of Middletown Mayor Joe DeStefano.
Senator Bonacic attended the ribbon-cutting for the Davidge Park Pool in Middletown. The cost of rebuilding the pool, closed since 2010, was $1.4 million dollars; the State provided a grant of $450,000 for the project, the City of Middletown provided $750,000, and Richard and Marianne Rowley donated $200,000 to make the pool a reality.
Senator Bonacic met with Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker; County Legislator Dennis Simmons (far right); and Adam Hubbard, Chairman of the White Water Park Committee (on left) on September 8, 2014, to get an update on the progress of the city’s Whitewater Kayak Park. This project, which is being funded through multiple fundraising efforts and grants in order to reach its goal of raising 4 million dollars, will include whitewater rapids, kayaking, and other water sports.
Senator Bonacic took part in the dedication ceremonies for the Town of Wallkill’s new $1 million recreation center at Circleville Park. This center was paid for with town money and replaces an aged facility. It includes 7,000 square feet of recreation space and 3,000 square feet of office space and will offer after-school programs managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill. "This is what good government can do," says the Senator. "Congratulations to everyone in the Town of Wallkill for this center that will give back to the community for many years to come."