On January, 5, 2011, Megahn Burke, a senior at Liberty Central High School, attended Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address, at the Governor’s invitation. Later, Ms. Burke met with Senator Bonacic. She is pictured here with the Senator, school Superintendent Michael Vanyo, and her father David Burke.
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.”
"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.
"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.
“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.”
New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to www.senatorbonacic.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like you, I am appalled at some of what I see happening in Albany. That is why I have put party politics aside and worked in a bi-partisan fashion, even against the leaders of my own party, in an effort to clean up Albany.
* I believe that members of the State Legislature who are under investigation for Federal or State criminal violations should not be able to stay in leadership positions in government, and should have the perks of their office taken from them until the investigation is resolved. I was the only Senator to call for the removal of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, when it was announced that Bruno was under Federal investigation.
On Saturday, September 11th, 2010 Senator Bonacic stopped by Majestic Park in Gardiner, NY to help celebrate and partake in the festivities at the Town of Gardiner's Annual Gardiner Day celebration. Here Senator Bonacic is pictured with Carol Ann Majestic Lohrman, Gardiner Day co-organizer.
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.
On Saturday, August 14th I attended the Ellenville NAACP's Annual Back to School-Stay in School Picnic & Rally held at Berme Park, Ellenville.
Pictured from L to R: Lee Constantino, Tanya Williams, Lisa Wiles, myself, Tamara Norman, Demetra Moody, James Anthony and Kazu Bernstein.