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Senator Bonacic, Assemblyman Crouch Provide Watershed Update

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R - Guilford) today jointly updated members of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on progress they have made with the City of New York on watershed related matters. Senator Bonacic said, "For the first 15 years that I have represented a portion of the watershed, first in the Assembly and now the Senate, I felt that talking to the DEP was like talking to a wall. This year, however, things have changed.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Bonacic And Assemblyman Crouch Announce Funding For Community Projects

O'Connor Hospital, the Catskill E-Center, the West Branch Recreation and Aquatic Center, and SUNY Delhi will all receive funding under the State's Community Capital Assistance Program, State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch said today.$300,000 worth of improvements will be made to finish the Catskill E-Center and also help SUNY Delhi place its water testing lab center in the E-Center. The E-Center, which is nearly complete, is expected to open in the next three to six weeks. It is being built on the edge of the Village of Delhi.

October 16, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Announces Agritourism Grant Recipient

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the "Made in Sullivan County Catskills" project submitted by the Sullivan County Visitor's Association was awarded $50,000 to expand its promotion of the County's farm markets and locally grown farm produce."It is a pleasure to announce this grant.

October 15, 2006
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Bonacic: Senate Will Support Catskill Regional Medical Center

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), along with Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) CEO Larry Cafasso and Board members announced that the Hospital will receive $500,000 in much-needed State Aid to enhance patient services and upgrade equipment."Our hospitals don't turn people away. They are open 24/7, taking anyone and everyone who walks through the door seeking assistance. They are the difference between life and death and they need our support," stated Senator Bonacic.

October 13, 2006
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Bonacic: Upac And Woodstock Artists Association To Receive Capital Improvement Funds

Two of Ulster County’s leading arts groups will each receive $50,000 under the State’s Community Capital Assistance Program. The funding was secured by Senator Bonacic as part of the 2006/2007 State budget. The Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) and the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum will receive the funding.UPAC is the county’s premier performance art facility and is located in Kingston. UPAC plans to continue their on-going renovations with the funding. UPAC is in the process of becoming a part of the Bardavon family.

October 10, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Honors Fallen Firefighters

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), along with firefighters, their families and friends, today honored those who lost their lives in the line of duty."Our firefighters leave their jobs and their family to save the lives and property of others.

October 10, 2006
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Keeping An Eye On The Bad Guys; Keeping Our Communities Safe

State Senator John J. Bonacic, District Attorney Stephen Lungen, Sheriff Michael Schiff, and Sullivan County Probation Department Director Genevieve Dainack, today announced that $250,000 in State funding will be made available to the County to implement a GPS tracking program for sex offenders who are sentenced to jail or probation.Senator Bonacic has secured the passage of legislation (S.4656-B) in the Senate on two occasions which would mandate GPS tracking for all Level 3 sex offenders. "My first preference would be to lock up sex offenders for life.

October 5, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Calls On Consumer Protection Board To Investigate Gas Price Disparities

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) has called upon the State’s Gasoline Price Stability Task Force to investigate the large disparity in regional gas prices. The Senator is also encouraging motorists to report their own findings to the Task Force hotline. "There is a significant price difference among the gas stations, even in the Hudson Valley." Bonacic noted that gas in Westchester County was recently selling for $2.49 per gallon while at the same time in Orange County, it was selling well above $2.60.

October 5, 2006
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New York Times: Bonacic Legislation Will "substantially Impede" Nyri

Across the State yesterday and today, major media are reporting on Governor George Pataki's signing legislation which will stop NYRI from using eminent domain under State law.

October 4, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Attends 10th Annual Business To Business Showcase

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the 10th Annual Business to Business Showcase sponsored by the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. The event is designed to network area businesses and display opportunities in a variety of fields. There were 116 exhibitors participating in this year's showcase.

"Person to person contact is one of the best ways to market one's own business, display products and/or services, and to advertise employment openings," stated Senator Bonacic.

October 3, 2006
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Pataki Signs Bonacic's Legislation To Take Away Nyri's Ability To Use Eminent Domain Under NYS Law

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that Governor George Pataki has signed his legislation (S.8349-a) into law which will prohibit NYRI from using eminent domain under State Law.

At a May 11 press conference in Narrowsburg, Bonacic announced that NYRI, "was not just taking on a few small communities, they are taking on me and the New York State Senate." Bonacic also announced that he and the region would be "going on the offense" against NYRI.

October 3, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Celebrates Official Designation Of Shawangunk Scenic Byway

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was in Ulster County recently to celebrate the official designation of the Shawangunk Scenic Byway.Senator Bonacic was the lead Senate sponsor of the Scenic Byway legislation and also a member of the budget committee which put together the funding to save the Awosting Reserve from development. "This year has been a great year for the Shawangunk region. First we saved the Awosting Reserve, and now the Scenic Byway has been designated.

September 28, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Joins Supervisor Wilbur To Visit Woodstock Artists Association And Museum

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with Woodstock Supervisor Jeremy Wilbur yesterday. Both visited the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM).

September 28, 2006
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Update From Senator Bonacic On Power Lines

I am posting this letter on my web siteto inform you that my legislation, Senate bill 8349, which would prohibit New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) from using eminent domain laws to take private property in order to construct their power lines, was sent to the Governor for action.

September 27, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Tours The Children's Annex

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) recently visited with students and staff of the Children's Annex in Kingston. The Senator was guided through the classrooms by the students. The Children's Annex is a private, not-for-profit program designed for children with special needs. It serves children between the ages of 2 and 15.

September 27, 2006
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Bonacic: Fire Departments To Receive Assistance

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today said fire departments in the Towns of Saugerties, Ulster, and Shawangunk will receive State aid through the New York State Senate’s Legislative Initiative fund. The following departments will receive aid:

Centerville Fire Department

East Kingston Fire Department

Glasco Fire Department

Malden West Camp Fire Department

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September 25, 2006
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Senator Bonacic Tours Ulster Performing

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) visited the Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC). He was guided by Chris Silva of UPAC. The nonprofit UPAC is governed by a volunteer community Board of Directors and is currently managed by the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Since the theater derives only 35% of its income from ticket sales, it relies upon the support of individuals, businesses, foundations, and government to operate. Senator Bonacic has consistently supported the Arts in this region, including UPAC.

September 21, 2006
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Senators And Community Colleges Initiate $4 Million Regional Domestic Preparedness Institute

Community colleges in Ulster, Orange, Sullivan, and Rockland Counties have joined together to develop the Hudson Valley Domestic Preparedness Community College Consortium.

September 19, 2006
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Bonacic: Senate Approves "timothy's Law"

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has acted upon Timothy's Law, Senate bill 8482, which provides parity in health insurance coverage for mental illnesses. The bill requires insurance companies to cover most mental illnesses and would require coverage for a broad range of mental illnesses and conditions specifically related to children.

September 18, 2006
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