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COMMITTEE ON REFORM LED BY SENATOR BONACIC BRINGS REFORM TO SENATE

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today announced the adoption of rules reforms in the Senate he has been pushing for several years.

July 17, 2009
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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.

July 17, 2009
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A NON-PARTISAN SOLUTION TO GETTING THE SENATE BACK TO WORK

 

    For years I have fought against the leadership driven nature of the State Senate and Assembly.  I fought against it when the Republicans were in charge, fought against it when the Democrats were in charge, and am fighting now harder than ever to reform  Albany and end the politics as usual that have paralyzed the State Senate.

July 9, 2009
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BONACIC: KOLMAR POISED TO LEAVE UNLESS GOVERNOR ACTS

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt.

July 1, 2009
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SECOND PHASE OF SENIOR HOUSING APPROVED FOR ELLENVILLE

             State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt.

June 30, 2009
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Victoria Langling of Hurley Honored as Woman of Distinction

Town of Hurley resident Victoria Langling was recently honored by the State Senate as our District's 2009 "Woman of Distinction".   Ms. Langling's service includes volunteering for the following organizations:

-   Co-Founder of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen;

-  Ulster County Workforce Development Board;

-  Ulster Literacy Association;

-  UC Food Pantry Consortium;

-  Woodstock Film Festival;

-  Children's Annex School for children;

June 24, 2009
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VICTORIA LANGLING HONORED BY STATE SENATE

Town of Hurley resident Victoria Langling was recently honored by the State Senate as our District's 2009 "Woman of Distinction".   Ms. Langling's service includes volunteering for the following organizations:

-   Co-Founder of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen;

-  Ulster County Workforce Development Board;

-  Ulster Literacy Association;

-  UC Food Pantry Consortium;

-  Woodstock Film Festival;

-  Children's Annex School for children;

June 24, 2009
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LOCKED IN

Senate Democrats have  locked themselves into the Senate Chamber.

After the vote on June 8 to change leadership, Senate Democrats refused to come to session day in and day out.  Now, they have locked themselves into the Senate chamber, refusing to hand over the gavel.

You don't have to take my word for it, read the NY Daily News (from June 24, 2009):

 

June 24, 2009
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Senator Bonacic and Assemblywoman Annie Rabitt discuss current issues regarding State government; part 2

Part 2 of the report on current events at the State Capitol in Albany between Senator Bonacic and Assemblywoman Rabbitt.

 

June 16, 2009
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Senator Bonacic and Assemblywoman Annie Rabitt discuss current issues regarding State government.

Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt discuss current issues going on at the State Capitol.  To see part 2 of this video, go to Photos and Videos on the main webpage. 

June 16, 2009
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BI-PARTISAN VOTES WERE GOOD, BRINGING REAL POTENTIAL FOR CHANGE; THE CHALLENGE IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Last week two Democrat Senators – Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate left their Democratic Caucus to vote for new Senate rules which empower “rank and file” members of the Senate.  For that vote, they were promptly called a “thief” and a “thug” by Austin Shafran, who is the official spokesman for New York Democrats in th

June 16, 2009
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BONACIC: SENATOR SMITH AND COMPANY FIGHTING REFORM

              State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt.

June 12, 2009
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New Senate Rules

Attached are the new Senate Rules adopted June 9, 2009.  These rules substantially reform the way the Senate operates, largely in line with the report I issued in April along with Senators Griffo and Winner.

File: 
Senate Rules Resolution 060809 (3).pdf

June 9, 2009
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BONACIC CALLS ON DEMOCRATS TO KEEP PROMISE OF REFORM

Senator John Bonacic, who has long champtioned political independence from party leaders (http://tinyurl.com/mxpmcb), and took on his own party's leadership calling for change in the past (http://tinyurl.com/nqeufg), urges Senate Democrats to enact promised Rules reforms (

June 8, 2009
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BONACIC WORKS TO REPEAL “DRUG DEALERS PROTECTION ACT”

June 2, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope),  supported by District Attorneys and concerned advocates throughout the State, is fighting to see legislation enacted which would fix a dangerous problem created by Democrats who changed the State’s drug laws as part of the 2009-10 state budget.

June 8, 2009
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Senator Bonacic Discusses legislation he opposed which he calls the "Drug Dealers Protection Act". The new law allows drug dealers to have their records sealed and to apply to be teachers and child care workers.

Senator Bonacic discusses how the State law has been changed to now allow drug dealers records to be sealed.  This would allow those convicted of serious crimes to apply for any job - including teacher and day care worker and their employers and the public would have no idea about their past criminal record. 

May 27, 2009
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Senator Bonacic speaks at the opening of the Cannonsville Reservoir to Expanded Boating

 Starting this Memorial Day weekend, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection will be opening up parts of the Cannonsville Reservoir for recreational kayaking, canoeing, sculls, and for small sailboats, like Sunfish. Access is from sunrise to sunset and will run from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus weekend. The Delaware County Chamber's tourism office is producing a brochure outlining all the information you need to know on the rules and regulations for the Cannonsville.

May 21, 2009
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BONACIC: FIRE TRUCK DRIVER LICENSE ISSUE FINALLY FIXED!

MAY 20, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic today applauded the bi-partisan effort to fully correct the CDL license fiasco which threatened local volunteer fire departments with the inability to train or even participate in parades.

May 20, 2009
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