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Bonacic: Senate Passes Anti-terrorism Legislation

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has passed his legislation, Senate bill 6294, that directs the New York State Comptroller to refrain from investing pension funds in companies that do business in or with nations deemed state sponsors of terrorism.

"This is quite simple," stated Senator Bonacic. "Investing in a particular entity tied to terrorism is in reality a statement of support.

June 21, 2007
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Bonacic Flood Control Bill Passes Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 5514, was approved by the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill authorizes the Commission of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to make recommendations and to implement flood control measures.

Deeply saddened and troubled by the most recent flood disaster in Sullivan and Delaware Counties this morning, Senator Bonacic expressed his dismay at the continual refusal of the Assembly to take action on flood control.

June 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Property Tax Reform Bill Co-authored By Bonacic

***UPDATE - VIEW JUNE 17, 2007 TIMES HERALD RECORD EDITORIAL WHICH TELLS THE ASSEMBLY TO ACT ON PROPERTY TAXES.COPY AND PASTE THE BELOW LINK INTO YOUR ADDRESS BAR***: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070617/OPINION/706170323 The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.6119) co-authored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt.

June 14, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Criticizes Power Line Hearing Location

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that members of the Senate Majority voiced their opposition to a Department of Energy hearing on the designation of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) being held in Rochester today.

The designation of a NIETC would allow for large portions of upstate land to be set aside for construction of a massive power line, such as the one proposed by New York Regional Interconnect.

June 13, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill Providing Farmers Greater Access To Family Health Plus

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved legislation that would offer self-employed farmers greater access to the Family Health Plus insurance program by removing certain eligibility requirements."Access to health care is one of the most important issues for New Yorkers," stated Senator Bonacic. "Too many people are without health insurance in this State."According to John Lincoln, President of the New York Farm Bureau, "Farming is a business that, by necessity, uses a large quantity of equipment and machines.

June 11, 2007
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Bonacic Bill Requiring Government Collaboration Passes Senate

Legislation (S.4265) sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), which prohibits State agencies from fining certain municipalities, was approved by the Senate.

"Currently, State agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), have notified municipalities of violations and have immediately imposed hefty fines without working with them to remediate the problem. Simply slapping municipalities with fines due to a variety of problems doesn’t solve them. It only raises property taxes on our residents.

June 11, 2007
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Bonacic: Legislature Must Address Property Tax Reform Before Session Ends

UPDATE: TIMES HERALD RECORD EDITORIAL ON REAL PROPERTY TAX PLANhttp://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070617/OPINION/706170323State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) has called upon the Senate, Assembly, and Governor to act on reforming the real property tax laws before the Legislature breaks just two weeks from now.

"Studying this issue doesn’t resolve it.

June 5, 2007
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Bonacic Announces Library Grants

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that for the second year in a row, the New York State Legislature has allocated $14 million in capital funds for public library construction in the State Budget.

May 31, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Approves Economic Development Plan

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said the Senate has unveiled a comprehensive economic development plan targeting the lagging economy of upstate New York. The ten point plan will spur job creation and revitalize communities north of New York City.

"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 30, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Approves Dna Databank Expansion Bill

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation, Senate bill 5848, that would require the collection of DNA samples from everyone convicted of a crime, as well as other provisions related to such collection.

"DNA technology is a valuable tool for both law enforcement and criminal defendants. This measure will assist in more persons who are guilty of crimes being identified, prosecuted, and convicted," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 23, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Announces Updated Office Locations

Residents of the 42nd State Senate District are invited to contact Senator Bonacic at any of his offices:Room 815 LOBNYS SenateAlbany, NY 12247518 455 3181201 Dolson Avenue, Suite FMiddletown, NY 10940845 344 3311111 Main StreetDelhi, NY 13753607 746 6675.Please note that the Catskill and New Paltz phone listings for Senator Bonacic are no longer active.Senator Bonacic and his staff are available to help with problems constituents have with State agencies, as well as toreceive requests for the Senator to suppor

May 23, 2007
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Bonacic's Bill To Create The Hudson School Of Math, Science, And Engineering Regional Technology Institute Gaining Approval In 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 Education Committee, as well as the Senate Finance Committee and is now before the full Senate for a vote.

May 23, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Announces Local Winners In Statewide Environmental Contest

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that students from Delaware County’s Charlotte Valley and South Kortright Central School Districts are winners in the Senate’s 16th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION competition."Our local winners competed against hundreds of students from throughout New York State, and their imaginative ideas and displays were judged to be among the best in this year’s contest," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 18, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Advances Economic Development Plan

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said the Senate has unveiled a comprehensive economic development plan targeting the lagging economy of upstate New York. The ten point plan will spur job creation and revitalize communities throughout upstate.

"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new economic opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 18, 2007
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Bonacic Plea Bargain Bill Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today said that his legislation, Senate bill 3445, 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.

May 9, 2007
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Bonacic & Seward: Petition Launched To Oppose Fad Available At Www.fadisbad.org

State Senators John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) and James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) announced today that a web site has been created, www.FADisBAD.org, for watershed citizens to go on record opposing the federal government’s ten year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD). The issuance of the FAD as proposed by the federal government this year, would allow New York City to forego building a water filtration plant for a period of at least ten years.

May 9, 2007
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Bonacic Meets With Local Girl Scout

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with Girl Scout, Claire Bird from New Paltz and Ms. Rena Ann Hill, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Ulster County at the Girl Scouts’ Annual Legislative Breakfast in Albany. Representatives from the organization were in Albany to speak to legislators about bills that were important to them and funding for infrastructure for the Girl Scout operations.

May 2, 2007
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April 27, 2007
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Bonacic Secures $750,000 To Help Develop Shovel Ready Property In Saugerties

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has secured a second $750,000 grant for the Town of Saugerties to help make infrastructure improvements along Kings Highway. That area has been identified as among the locations where "shovel ready" sites could be developed, if infrastructure was in place.

This grant brings to a total of $1.5 million Bonacic has secured for the project. "Shovel ready sites are key to creating jobs. Kings Highway has proximity to the Thruway, I-84, I-90, Stewart Airport, and Albany.

April 23, 2007
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Bonacic, Seward, Crouch, Lopez Oppose 10 Year Fad Extension

State Senators John Bonacic and James Seward and Assemblymembers Clifford Crouch and Peter Lopez today blasted the Federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to propose a ten year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) for the City of New York's drinking water supply.The water supply, known as the watershed, lies overwhelmingly in the Legislators' Districts across Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.The Legislators said, "The EPA, whether they know it or not, is giving the City of New York a ten year license to be a bully to the people of the

April 20, 2007
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