In January, State Senator John J. Bonacic, announced a series of bills designed to improve dam safety and reduce flooding in the New York City watershed. Today, he went back to Downsville, in Delaware County, to report on the status of the legislation, and actions taken by the City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to date. "I have worked on watershed issues with three DEP Commissioners since 1998. The current Commissioner, Emily Lloyd, is the first who has kept her word in terms of following up promises with action.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Legislature has agreed to a health spending plan that includes $500,000 in funding for hospitals in Ulster County. Ellenville Regional and Kingston Hospital will each receive $250,000."Keeping our hospitals strong is something I care deeply about.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with students from the East Ridge School, a non-public school in Sullivan County, in his Albany office today. The students, ranging in grades 3 through 11, requested the meeting with Senator Bonacic to learn about the various responsibilities as a State Senator, to learn more about State Government in general, and to extend their warm appreciation for his efforts in securing an education tax credit.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with three representatives from the Ellenville Branch of the NAACP this past Tuesday. President Maude Bruce, E. Tamara Norman, and Lee Consentino travelled to Albany to discuss several important issues with Senator Bonacic. Topics of concern for the NAACP are education, housing, access to health care, and criminal justice.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today announced that budget bills being passed this week will contain $5.5 million in additional State aid for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. The funding will be used to construct a new lodge.The funding is in addition to the $3.1 million being used to currently construct a high speed "quad" chairlift. That chairlift was announced this past October by Senator Bonacic and DEC Commissioner Denise Sheehan.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Legislature has agreed to a health spending plan that includes $400,000 in funding for hospitals in Delaware County. Delaware Valley Hospital and Margaretville Hospital will each receive $200,000.
"Keeping our hospitals strong is something I care deeply about.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $10 million in State aid earmarked for a critical building renovation project at SUNY New Paltz. The Old Main Building at SUNY New Paltz that once housed the entire campus will undergo rehabilitation."SUNY New Paltz is an important part of our region.
Bonacic Economic Incentive Bill Passes Senate; Concord to Rise Again
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that the Senate has approved his bill, Senate bill 8700, which provides incentives for a billion dollar private investment project in the Catskills to move forward. The measure is a reflection of an agreement between the Senate, the Governor, and the Assembly.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate and Assembly have agreed on a budget plan that includes $500,000 for the GPS monitoring of sex offenders. The funding will be used to establish a GPS pilot program within the Division of Criminal Justice Services."This is a step in the right direction," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) traveled from Albany to Minnewaska State Park for the Governor's announcement of the purchase of 2,518 acres of land in the Towns of Gardiner, Wawarsing, and Shawangunk, Ulster County. The purchase of the Awosting Reserve land will enlarge Minnewaska State Park Preserve and protect scenic Reserve property that has long been sought after for development.Senator Bonacic said, "This is a great day for our Senate District.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today at the Middletown Police headquarters that he has secured $50,000 in Senate Initiative Funding for the Middletown Police Department. The aid will be used to purchase additional surveillance cameras, as well as putting more police officers in downtown neighborhoods during the weekend.
Senator Bonacic said, "Our police must have the tools they need to protect the people of Middletown. Chief Byrne identified the need for more cameras as important.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 6417-A, which is the third measure in a series of legislative remedies relating to dam safety, was unanimously approved in the Senate today. The Assembly approved the bill today as well.The bill would require information on intermediate and high hazard dams around the State be given to local officials.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with farmers from the 42nd Senate District who travelled to Albany to discuss their budget priorities and agriculture legislation. Pictured with Senator Bonacic are Russell Kowal, John, Diana, and Andrew Lupinski of Goshen, Chris Kelder of Kerhonkson, Roderick Dressel, Jr. of New Paltz, and Leanard M. DeBuck of Pine Island.The photo is available on-line at www.senatorbonacic.com; click on photo gallery.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), Orange County Executive Edward Diana, and Middletown Mayor Marlinda Duncanson, today asked the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Attorney General to take legal action to stop the "garbage train" from "polluting our Districts,".
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C- Mount Hope) has introduced legislation to allow the Sullivan West School District and the Tri-Valley School District to be reimbursed for transportation expenses incurred during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years. Due to an error on the part of both school districts, the respective transportation contracts were not approved by the Department of Education for reimbursement.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) citing the need for more governmental transparency and accountability, voted in favor of legislation, Senate bill 55-A, that would amend the way candidates for State Supreme Count Justices are selected. The measure abolishes political party nominations by a judicial convention and replaces it with a petition process that is similar to the selection process used by judges at a county level."This bill will ensure that the public has a strong voice in determining who will represent them on the Court.
In an unprecedented challenge to New York City's management of its upstate reservoir system, the New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation (S.1768-a), by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Mildord), which would mandate a draw down of the City's reservoir system in anticipation of water inflow from rain or melting snow. The bill would apply to the six City reservoirs West of the Hudson River.