State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved his legislation, Senate bill 6150, for the second year in a row. The measure, if enacted, will include the Esopus Creek within the definition of "Inland Waterways" for waterfront revitalization.
"Reducing State Aid amounts to a property tax hike. It is as simple as that. It means the County, Town and Village would have to shoulder more of the tax burden. I will oppose this provision of the Governor's budget proposal."
"The VLT aid can pay for a lot of police officers, a lot of road paving, a lot of extra costs. We have no idea what type of reimbursement formula the Comptroller could come up with and we need to make sure our localities receive more State Aid, not less."
State Senator John Bonacic released the following statement in relation to Governor Spitzer’s 2008/2009 State Budget proposal:
"Generally speaking, I believe the Governor is continuing his efforts to address issues he sees as important to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers. However, there are a variety of budget priorities important to our region that I will be focusing on during the 2008/2009 budget negotiations. They are as follows:
Next to Krause’s Candy in downtown Saugerties sits a vacant lot. The lot, just beyond the end of what might be considered Saugerties’ downtown area, will soon see substantial improvements thanks to a private/public partnership launched by Saugerties businessman Tom Struzzieri.
The State will aid the $15 million venture with a $780,000 grant advocated for by State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez. The grant comes through the State’s RESTORE-NY program established by the State Legislature in 2006.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said today that over $400,000 in State funding secured through the State Senate’s Republican Majority has flowed to anti-NYRI group Communities Against Regional Interconnect. The funding is the first installment of up to $1 million allocated by Senate Republicans to oppose the NYRI plan.
Since the plan was first announced, Senator Bonacic has taken the following steps to oppose the NYRI project:
State Senator John Bonacic issued the following statement following Governor Spitzer’s 2008 State of the State address and highlighted several issues important to the Hudson Valley and Catskill Region for 2008:
"The beginning of 2007 brought a tremendous sense of optimism for State government. The reality of the year, however, did not meet that optimism. The Governor’s State of the State speech this year, once again brings optimism and energy, and I believe we, in the Legislature, have a duty to work with the Governor in a non-partisan manner.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), announced several grants through the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) for farmland preservation. Senator Bonacic is a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and the only Hudson Valley Senator on the budget subcommittee that oversees the EPF. The grants will help preserve nearly 1,000 acres of key farmland in Minisink, Warwick, Crawford, Rochester, and North East.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) met today with representatives of the American Red Cross in Goshen. The Red Cross has developed a new supply warehouse in the Town of Wallkill. The Red Cross strategically located the warehouse to serve the State of New York. It is one of six national "hot spots" due to potential and recurring disasters, including flooding.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the United States Supreme Court declined to consider overturning provisions of the landmark Women’s Health and Wellness Act that requires employers to offer osteoporosis exams, prescription contraceptives, and breast and cervical cancer screening in their employees’ health insurance plans.
"The Supreme Court made the right decision," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that in a unanimous opinion authored by Judge Robert Smith, the Appellate court upheld the validity of the Women's Health and Wellness Act.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) and Governor Spitzer announced that Delaware, Ulster, and OrangeCountywill receive over $1.9 million for recycling expenses.
"Investing in local recycling and waste reduction efforts is in everyone’s best interest," Senator Bonacic stated. "Our precious resources in the region are what makes our communities special. I am pleased to partner with Governor Spitzer to aid Delaware, Ulster and OrangeCounty residents by enhancing recycling programs and reducing waste."
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) expressed his outrage with the reported agreement of the Federal government to designate much of New York State as a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor. The Corridor designation expands the ability of companies such as New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to site power lines in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.
"This agreement gives companies the ability to trample on property owners in our region," fumed Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), in Albany for the Senate’s second Special Session, said the Senate voted today on judicial pay raises, legislation to impose tougher criminal penalties for sexual predators, and confirmed several nominations put forth by Governor Spitzer.
"It is important for us to be here and address the issues crucial to the people of this State," Senator Bonacic said.
Senator Bonacic said that the Senate confirmed two judicial nominees today, as well.
"It is clear that New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) still does not get it. Governor Spitzer has said the NYRI power line is not going to happen. Now NYRI is asking the Public Service Commission, which is composed of gubernatorial appointees, to make the siting of the very power line the Governor said is not going to happen easier.
For well over a year, NYRI has been trying to put power lines over our lands.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today he has secured $97,500 in additional State funding that will be shared by libraries in the 42nd State Senate District. The aid can be used by the libraries to make capital improvements or purchase equipment. Each library will receive $2,500.
"Libraries are constantly expanding their mission. Some offer tutoring services, many offer literacy programs and children's programming.
State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), said that Governor Spitzer’s second announced plan on how to license illegal aliens is "just as bad as the first."
"You don’t rush into these major public policy decisions without some thought. Hasty discussions with the Department of Homeland Security, in order to quell what was a political problem, does not translate into good public policy," Bonacic said.
In September, Governor Spitzer announced he would direct the State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to grant licenses to illegal aliens.
On Friday, October 26, United States District Court Judge Thomas McAvoy dismissed a lawsuit filed by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) against State Senator John Bonacic and Binghamton area Assemblywoman Donna LuPardo. Bonacic and LuPardo sponsored legislation to stop NYRI and similar companies from using eminent domain under State law.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) and four of his Senate colleagues, sent a letter stating their strong opposition to the Metropolitan Transit’s Authority’s (MTA) plans to substantially increase fares and tolls.
Senator Stephen Saland, Senator William Larkin, Senator Vincent Leibell, and Senator Thomas Morahan signed on to the letter to Chairman H. Dale Hemmerdinger.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended SUNY New Paltz’ Pasternak Trading Room Dedication ceremony at van den Berg Hall on October 19, 2007. The dedication was a tribute to Ken Pasternak, a member of the Foundation Board, who donated funds for the creation of the Trading Room. It will be used by students learning the aspects of financial trading. Pictured withSenator Bonacis are Ken Pasternak, SUNY New Paltz President Steven Poskanzer, Dean of the School of Business, Hadi Salavitabar, Assemblyman Clifford Crouch, and Joan Lawrence Bower.