On June 28 and 29, 2006, Senator Bonacic visited communities across our Senate District which were devastated by the floods of the past few days. His stops included Port Jervis, Deerpark, Livingston Manor, Downsville, Walton, and Ulster. In addition, the Senator tried to reach and spoke by phone with local officials from nearly every municipality which suffered severe storm damage. He also had extensive contact with the State Office of Emergency Management (SEMO), and Governor Pataki's office. The Governor, on Ju
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has asked Governor Pataki to have emergency officials review flooding across the Catskills and Hudson Valley caused in the past few days. "It is clear that this flooding merits a disaster declaration. Roads have been washed out and families evacuated. I have asked the Governor to send SEMO into our counties and start providing help," Bonacic said."I have received calls from constituents who have been flooded during the past few days. They attribute that flooding in large part to poor reservoir management.
Represenatives of Governor George Pataki have informed Senator Bonacic that an emergency declaration has been made for Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties. An emergency declaration had previously been made this morning for Delaware County and other counties in New York.
On Wednesday, June 28, Senator Bonacic visited damaged parts of our Senate District including local emergency operations centers. He spoke by phone with emergency officials and law enforcement officials from Delaware, Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan Counties. Also during the morning, Bonacic spoke with officials from SEMO - the State Emergency Management Office and the office of Governor George Pataki. He asked that the Governor declare a State of Emergency for all four counties of our Senate District - Delaware, Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan.
Governor Pataki has now issued a formal emergency declaration including all the counties of our Senate District - Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. Senator Bonacic has toured extensive parts of our Senate District today and talked throughout the day with SEMO and local officials. A copy of the declaration is available by calling Senator Bonacic's office at (845) 255-9656.To link to the State Emergency Management Office's website, visit:http://www.semo.state.ny.us/
The Senate passed legislation (S.8470) today appropriating $225 million to the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The legislation includes $8.75 million for municipal recycling. Senator Bonacic wrote the 2000 law which authorized the cost of municipal recycling planning and promotion to be included in the Environmental Protect Fund. "Recycling at the municipal level ensures our air is cleaner, are landfills are less congested, and we are reusing resources whenever possible.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that supplemental budget legislation expected to be voted on by the Legislature today will include $1 million for the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in Sullivan County.Senator Bonacic successfully secured $7 million in funding for the project back in 2000.
The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8349a) sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), which strips NYRI’s ability to use eminent domain under State Law."NYRI has promised their actions will raise our energy rates. It is absurd that our State policy would be to allow NYRI to raise our rates, scar our environment, and take our property. The Senate has now rejected that possibility. New Yorkers are already paying too much for energy.
The State Senate today passed a bill (S.8360) to permanently change the way schools are financed. The legislation is the first substantive real property tax reform legislation passed in more than a decade. The legislation would allow voters in each school district to vote to phase out the property tax on homeowners, for the operating costs of local school districts.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved legislation, he sponsored, Senate bill 7324, that authorizes the Office of Rural Health to study and recommend employment incentives to attract physicians to rural areas. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman David Koon."In many rural areas throughout New York State, there are no physicians or practices for the residents to access," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured Senate Initiative funding to assist several Delaware County municipalities. The grants will be used to purchase equipment and to make capital improvements.
"I am pleased to secure this aid for these Delaware County localities," stated Senator Bonacic. "Providing State support for projects and equipment necessary for local services is critical as it eliminates the need for municipalities to increase property taxes.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has introduced legislation (S.8349) to prohibit the use of eminent domain by NYRI under State Law. The bill was introduced Friday evening and was rushed into print so it could be eligible for a vote as early as next week.
NYRI representatives testified at a Senate hearing on Thursday, June 15, that they filed as a Transportation Corporation under New York State Law and as such will be able to use the power of eminent domain.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $50,000 in Senate funding for five Sullivan County Fire Organizations. Westbrookville Volunteer Fire Company Number 1, Loch Sheldrake, Rock Hill, White Lake, and Summitville will each receive $10,000 to purchase equipment."Our volunteer firefighters are the crucial providers in times of crisis.
The Legislature this week passed legislation (A.11338/S.7013) allowing the Towns of Denning, Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock, and Hardenburgh to join the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Bonacic and in the Assembly by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.Senator Bonacic said, "The Greenway has proven itself to be a valuable resource for communities.
The Senate and Assembly yesterday passed legislation co-sponsored by Senator John Bonacic which will provide tax credit to homeowners in the fall of 2006.
Earlier this year, initiated by Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and other Senate Republicans, the Legislature adopted a plan to rebate school property taxes to homeowners. The tax rebates were included in the adopted State budget, but were vetoed by Governor Pataki, who is refusing to release the funds, which averaged $300 per household.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today said that his legislation prohibiting the Division of State police from limiting troopers ability to plea bargain with motorists charged with vehicle and traffic law violations, other than alcohol or drug related charges, was approved by the Senate.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R-C-I - Mt. Hope), testified at a joint hearing of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NYS Department of Health (DOH) in relation to the continuance of the Filtration Avoidance Determination. The EPA and DOH are jointly taking comments on the concerns of the watershed region as they consider whether or not the City should be required to filter its water supply system.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his bill, Senate bill 6521-A, passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The measure is designed to make the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) more accountable to taxpayers and rail users. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assembly member Zebrowski."I want the MTA to stand before its riders and the public and justify their actions before any fees are increased," Senator Bonacic said.