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BONACIC URGES FEDS TO FORCE CITY TO MOVE FASTER ON HYDRO PLANT

September 17, 2009:  State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) has filed comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in opposition to the City of New York’s plan to use what is known as the “Traditional Licensing Process” to try and obtain a license for the City’s use of their reservoirs for hydropower.

September 17, 2009
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GOVERNOR SIGNS BONACIC LEGISLATION EXPANDING SCENIC BYWAY

Legislation sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, to expand the Shawangunk Mountain Scenic Byway, has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson.

September 2, 2009
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BONACIC: END THE SUNY TAX, DON’T INCREASE WELFARE SPENDING

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

August 12, 2009
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UnitedHealthCare Strong in Ulster County

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of employees at UnitedHealthCare in Ulster County. 

UnitedHealthCare is the largest private sector employer in the County.  Beyond their corporate issues, the employees had the same message over and over again:  they were concerned about being taxed out of New York.  They were concerned that not only are businesses leaving New York but that they and their children will not be able to stay here.

We discussed a number of important issues:

August 8, 2009
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BONACIC SEEKS TO REPEAL NEW MANDATE ON TICKETED DRIVERS AND LOCAL COURTS: "IF MAKING LIFE MORE INCONVENIENT, COSTLY AND BURDENSOME FOR TAXPAYERS WAS AN OLYMPIC SPORT, THE GOVERNOR AND NYC DEMOCRATS WHO RUN THE STATE WOULD WIN GOLD MEDALS EVERY TIME"

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) is drafting legislation to repeal the requirement that motorists make two appearances in traffic court in order to plea bargain or have a trial on a traffic ticket.

August 3, 2009
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BONACIC ASKS FOR THE GOVERNOR’S HELP ON DISASTER IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) has requested that Governor David Paterson declare a disaster affecting the Towns of Callicoon, Delaware, and Rockland in Sullivan County.

July 31, 2009
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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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