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Senator Bonacic Tours Red Cross' Center

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.

January 2, 2008
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Bonacic: Court Upholds Women's Health And Wellness Act

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.

January 2, 2008
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Court Upholds Bonacic’s Women’s Health And Wellness Act

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.

January 2, 2008
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Bonacic Announces Recycling Grants

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."

January 2, 2008
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Senator Bonacic Opposed To New Federal Designation

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.

January 2, 2008
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Senator Bonacic Reports On Special Session

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.

December 14, 2007
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Statement By Senator John Bonacic In Relation To Nyri Action With Public Service Commission

"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.

December 11, 2007
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Bonacic Announces Additional State Aid For Libraries

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.

November 26, 2007
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Bonacic Announces Arts Grants

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that eight Ulster County Arts organizations will receive State funding totaling $86,500.

"Supporting the arts of our region is in everyone's best interest. It is crucial to the economic vitality of our communities," Senator Bonacic said.

Senator Bonacic said that the grants range from $3,000 to $20,000 for a variety of programs and their design, creation and advancement in Ulster County.

November 16, 2007
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Bonacic: 2nd Attempt At Licenses For Illegals Is Just As Bad

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.

November 1, 2007
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Federal Court Supports Bonacic’s Law Against NYRI And Similar Power Line Companies

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.

 

October 30, 2007
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Bonacic Expresses Opposition To Any Fare Hike To Newly Confirmed MTA Chairman

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.

October 25, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Attends Dedication Ceremony At Suny New Paltz

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.

October 19, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Attends Orange County Chamber Of Commerce Ribbon Cutting/dedication Ceremony

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) joined Chamber President John D’Ambrosio to celebrate the grand opening of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s new headquarters on Scott’s Corners Drive in Montgomery. Pictured with Senator Bonacic is Chamber President D'Ambrosio.

October 19, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Attends Senior Housing Groundbreaking In Ellenville

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new senior housing complex on the campus of the Ellenville Regional Hospital. Senator Bonacic joined officials from the hospital and Warwick Properties, Inc.

"Supporting our community hospitals and creating new housing opportunities for our seniors are always priorities for me," stated Senator Bonacic. "This is a great celebration for the future.

October 16, 2007
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Bonacic Joins Veterans For Pow/mia Remembrance Ceremony

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the Sullivan County POW/MIA Remembrance Day ceremony at the Sullivan County Government Center on Friday, September 21st. The event was hosted by the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency.

September 28, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Attends Event To Create Health Planning Alliance, Inc.

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was one of the speakers joining officials from Benedictine Hospital, The Kingston Hospital, Margaretville Hospital, as well as Commissioner Dr. Richard Daines announcing the creation of Health Alliance Planning, Inc. It is a not-for-profit parent corporation that will guide the hospitals as they move further toward realignment. The hospitals will receive $47.6 million to complete their affiliation.

September 27, 2007
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Bonacic Attends Ribbon Cutting At Suny Orange

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the ribbon cutting festivities marking the opening of the Frontier Tech Lab at SUNY Orange’s Middletown campus. It is a new, state-of-the-art laboratory designed with the help of Frontier. The lab created in partnership between the College and Frontier boasts the latest telecommunications equipment available connecting 20 desktop computers in the lab. It will enhance the College’s new telecommunications degree program. Pictured with Senator Bonacic is Frontier CEO, Maggie Wilderotter.

September 17, 2007
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Bonacic Joins Congregation's Centennial Celebration

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the 100th Anniversary celebration of Ezrath Israel synagogue in Ellenville. It is one of the oldest synagogues in the Catskill region. The Senator was a guest speaker at the event and presented a proclamation commemorating the occasion. Pictured with Senator Bonacic is David Buchman, Henry Solomon, and Rabbi Frank.

September 17, 2007
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Bonacic Announces Start Of "keep The Dream" Program

Across the country, it is well known that the issue of adjustable and "sub-prime" mortgages has become an issue for people who bought homes during the real estate boom, only to now face the reality of radically adjusting interest rates. For that reason, legislation (S.3965a/A.8799) sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic, and recently signed into law by Governor Spitzer, will provide up to $100 million to refinance some of those homes into a more conventional mortgage structure.

September 5, 2007
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