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Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz Named New York State Senate Woman Of Distinction

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that Dr. Debra Karnasiewicz of Woodstock in Ulster County has been chosen to be this year’s New York State Senator Woman of Distinction. Dr. Karnasiewicz will be in Albany today to accept the honor at the 11th Annual Senate Woman of Distinction Celebration. The Woman of Distinction Program was created as part of the Senate's Celebration of Women’s History Month.

June 22, 2008
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Bonacic: Legislature Has Five Weeks To Tackle Property Tax Reform

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Mt. Hope), today said the Assembly and Senate must make tax reform a priority and act to provide New Yorkers with substantial property tax relief within the next five weeks. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn its regular Session on June 23rd.

June 15, 2008
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Bonacic Attends National And Community Veterans’ Remembrance Ceremonies

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended several Veterans' Day ceremonies over the holiday weekend.  On Thursday, November 9th, Senator Bonacic was a guest speaker for South Kortright Central School District's Participation in Government class.

June 12, 2008
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Bonacic: State Budget Includes Over $60 Million For Suny New Paltz

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the final State Budget includes over $60 million in State Capital Aid for two projects at SUNY New Paltz. Projects being funded include renovations to the library and the construction of a new science building.

"Each year, I work to secure State aid to ensure our institutes of higher education have top notch learning facilities," stated Senator Bonacic. "I am pleased that these two critical projects will be funded."

June 2, 2008
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Bonacic Secures $1.2 Million To Help Mitigate Flooding In Sidney

The first phase of a multi-year plan to mitigate flooding in Sidney has received a $1.2 million grant through the efforts of State Senator John Bonacic. The funding received formal approval by a Senate resolution last week and will be managed by the Delaware County Department of Economic Development.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><

May 21, 2008
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Bonacic: Senate Advances Accountability Measures

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate Majority has advanced a package of "Accountability in Government Spending" bills designed to save taxpayer money, reduce government waste, and ensure greater transparency throughout State government.

Senator Bonacic said that this package of bills includes the Senate bill recently approved by the Senate, of a Constitutional spending cap, all of which aim to reign in spending and save hardworking families from an escalating tax burden.

May 7, 2008
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Bonacic Secures State Aid To Equip Ulster County & Localities With Aeds

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he successfully worked to secure State funding to help Ulster County equip its municipal buildings with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The Ulster County Sheriff’s Department will also receive funding to purchase AEDs for several municipal departments.

"AEDs, combined with CPR, have proven to save more lives than using CPR alone," stated Senator Bonacic. "Our law enforcement offices and public buildings should all be equipped with them."

May 4, 2008
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Bonacic: State's Excuse On Belleayre Reduction Is Nonsense

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), a longtime advocate for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, said he opposes the Department of Environmental Conservation’s recent plan to scale back development of the Ski Center.

Bonacic, whose actions have led to nearly $20 million in State investment in Belleayre in the past eight years, said the DEC is wrong to remove the trail development plans on the East side.

April 30, 2008
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State Budget Includes $6 Million In State Aid For Suny Delhi

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the final State budget includes capital funding for the construction of a new day care facility at SUNY Delhi. The facility will replace its current facility with a modern building.

"I was pleased to work to secure this funding in the final State budget," stated Senator Bonacic. "The need for quality day care services is growing in our communities and pleased that SUNY Delhi can help to fill the gap."

April 24, 2008
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Bonacic’s Watershed Legislation Approved By Committee

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that members of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee approved his two pieces of legislation related to the watershed. One measure requires releases from reservoirs to avoid flooding and the other requires the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review and analyze the structural integrity of high hazard dams.

April 21, 2008
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Bonacic Joined By Aqe And NYSut In Call For Fair Education Funding

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) called for the New York State Legislature to fully fund the school funding commitments made last year by adding $350 million in basic classroom operating aid, also called foundation aid to the proposed State budget.

Senator Bonacic said, "Foundation aid is the basic category of classroom operating aid that pays the State’s share of the costs of teachers, principals, books, educational programs, and enrichment activities such as tutoring and after school programs."

April 17, 2008
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State Funding For Our Senate District (senate Initiative Funding)

Requests for Senate Initiative funding conclude each January 1 for the next year's State budget (the State fiscal year runs from April 1 through the next March 31).    Municipalities and not for profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding.  Projects most likely to be funded include requests for capital assistance (building construction/equipment purchase) in amounts of $10,000 or less,

File: 
2009-2010 Member Item Grants for the 42nd Senate District

April 13, 2008
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Senator Presses For Flood Relief Aid In Budget

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, is pressing for millions of dollars in aid to help purchase flood stricken properties and take low and middle income families out of flood plains if they desire to move.

April 7, 2008
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Bonacic: Senate Passes Plan That Limits Taxes And Spending

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) supported a measure passed by the Senate which enacts a constitutional spending cap that would prevent the Executive from submitting a State budget that increases spending by more than four percent over the previous year's budget and require both houses of the Legislature to live within reasonable means.

"The taxpayers of New York State are already overburdened. Hardworking New Yorkers have to live within their means, therefore, we, as lawmakers should make sure the State does so as well," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 7, 2008
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Bonacic’s Bill To Create The Hudson School Of Math, Science, And Engineering Regional Technology Institute Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, is gaining approval through the legislative process. The measure was approved by the Senate.

"We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

March 24, 2008
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Statement From Senator John Bonacic

The fiscal climate of the State presents a number of challenges. The Governor’s budget addresses many of those challenges. In particular, capping local Medicaid costs is an important step in property tax relief.

I also am supportive of his efforts to dedicate more capital assistance to our higher education facilities.

March 24, 2008
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Bonacic Bill To Create Technology-based Education Opportunities Passes Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, was approved by the Senate for the third year in a row.  "We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

March 24, 2008
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Bonacic Bill To Create Technology-based Education Opportunities Passes Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, was approved by the Senate for the third year in a row. "We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

March 24, 2008
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Statment By Senator John Bonacic On Attorney General's Challenge

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a federal lawsuit to prohibit the federal Government from taking over the approval process for the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI). A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would subject major regions of New York State to the development of massive electric transmission lines - including the proposed 200-mile long NYRI line, over the State's objections.

March 18, 2008
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Bonacic: Senate To Push For Property Tax Relief In 2008

2008 Will Mark Third Year in a Row Senate Advances Plan to Assist New Yorkers

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate Majority has unveiled its plan to provide hard working New Yorkers and seniors meaningful property tax relief and reform.

March 13, 2008
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