State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has requested a disaster declaration from the Governor for Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. "Over the weekend, torrential rains did significant damage to parts of our Senate District. I have asked Governor Pataki to send State Emergency Management Office staff throughout the region to assess damage and provide any available assistance," Senator Bonacic said.Bonacic has visited parts of all four Counties over the weekend and Monday, assessing damage and meeting with local elected and emergency services officials.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C/ - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has passed budget legislation that invests in the State’s transporation infrastructure. Included in the budget bill are provisions for a $35.8 billion multi-year transportation capital plan for highway, bridge, and MTA mass transit projects.
"If New York State does not have a sound, convenient, and safe transportation infrastructure, we cannot expect to bring in new businesses or tourism dollars into the State which drives our economy," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that union, agency, and legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to close Middletown Psychiatric Center (MPC) while protecting jobs, patients, their families, as well as expanding community-based mental health programs.
"Governor Pataki proposed closing MPC in his budget without any plan in place to ensure adequate patient treatment, worker protection, or community based residential treatment facilities. This raised grave concerns and an outcry from workers, patients and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) today announced that he has secured $400,000 in funding to help fire departments in Sullivan County purchase needed equipment such as turnout gear, "jaws of life," SCBA units, defibrillators, and thermal imaging cameras.
The funding will be administered by Sullivan County Public Safety Commissioner Richard Martinkovic. "Each department in Sullivan County has essential equipment needs which go unfulfilled. This funding will help every department meet needs such as radios, turnout gear, and SCBA units.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the budget plan enacted by the Senate includes an additional $580 million in school aid, as well as funding for property tax relief.Senator Bonacic said the Senate plan represents a 3.77 percent increase in school aid which provides an overall total of $15.9 billion, enhances district flexibility, and focuses resources on high needs districts. It also provides $45 million in additional education initiatives and sets aside $325 million specifically earmarked as Sound Basic Education Aid.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate Budget plan authorizes 11 new Empire Zones through a competetive process that would allocate four zones in 2005-06, three zones in 2006-07, and four in 2007-08, to ensure that each county would have at least one zone. Senator Bonacic said that the plan also creates college technology zones and agrizones. The Senate plan extends the sunset date to July 31, 2015.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with members of the New York Apple Association in his Albany office early in March. Mr. Douglas Minard, Vice President of W.G. Minard & Sons, discussed with Senator Bonacic the State’s economic and agricultural issues that impact apple growers in the Hudson Valley."New York State ranks second in the United States in apple production. Obviously, apples and their producers are a crucial part of our economy. It is important for us, as legislators, to hear the concerns of our local growers," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, today announced the list of those individuals who have been invited to testify orally at the first Senate hearing on Governor Pataki’s land claim/casino gaming legislation (S.2365). The Hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 28th from 11:00a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Senate Committee which oversees Housing, Construction, and Community Development policy across the State will hold hearings relating to Governor Pataki’s proposed casino legislation.State Senator John Bonacic is Chairman of the standing Senate Committee on Housing, Construction & Community Development and also represents Sullivan County, where five casinos are proposed as part of Governor George Pataki’s land claim settlement negotiation.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Village of Deposit has been selected to receive a $25,000 grant to help create strategic plans for important local development projects. The funding was awarded by the Governor’s Office of Small Cities."It is important for the State to support municipalities with resources for planning and strategic development," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, today listened to testimony during the first of five public hearings focusing on the total cost of homeownership and how to make it more affordable to New Yorkers.Senator Bonacic sought input on his legislation, Senate bill 164, which would allow voters to decide whether they want to abolish the school property tax on homes and shift the local share of the costs to an income tax based system.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope) announced today a new federal law will allow taxpayers to deduct any donations made by January 31, 2005 on their 2004 federal tax returns, as well as New York State tax returns to tsunami relief efforts."Many New Yorkers were touched by the devastation and human loss brought on by the tsunami in Southeast Asia and gave generously to relief efforts," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R-I-C - Mount Hope) announced today that six groups in the Hudson Valley/Catskill region will receive a total of $1.064 million to assist with downtown revitalization efforts.Projects in Phoenicia, Monticello, Kingston, Newburgh, Stamford, and Grand Gorge will benefit from the funding, which was included in the 2004/2005 State Housing budget.Senator Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, initiated a pilot program four years ago to help with main street type programs.