“New York must have zero tolerance for domestic violence. Now that Senator Monserrate has been convicted, the Senate must act to remove him. Voters should not have to tolerate convicted criminals sitting in their Senate.
October 2, 2009: Following up from a promise made at a Sullivan County agricultural forum, State Senator John Bonacic and Senator Catharine Young, the Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee will host a public forum in Albany on the Dairy Farming crisis, on October 19 starting at 10:00 AM.
On September 20, Senator Bonacic accepted an award from the Middletown Fire Department for his support of firematics and firefighters. Presenting Senator Bonacic with the award are Lou Morse, 2nd Assistant Chief; Tom Admodio 1st Assistant Chief; Kevin Duggan, Chief of the Department; and Sam Barone, Immediate Past Chief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: