Bonacic Named To Senate Environmental Committee

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) has been named by Majority Leader Bruno to serve on the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee at his request. Senator Bonacic will begin serving immediately and will retain his Chairmanship of Housing and his membership on Banks, Codes, Commerce, Labor, Judiciary, and Local Government Committees."As a member of this Committee, I am able to scrutinize environmental proposals that have an impact on our region, whether they are positive or negative," stated Senator Bonacic.

March 6, 2007

Bonacic: Senate, Assembly & Governor Agree On Civil Confinement Measure

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate, Assembly, and Governor have agreed to enact legislation to keep repeat sex offenders out of our communities and away from our children. Senator Bonacic stated, "The safety of our children and families is paramount.

February 27, 2007

Ulster County Youth Lobby In Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with several young people from Ulster County. The youth were visiting the Senator to express their support for increased funding in the State budget for youth programs both statewide and in particular, Ulster County. A photograph of Senator Bonacic with four of the students, Qituwrah Long, Alexa House, Marissa Teal, and Kim Damon is shown here and is available for download or call (518) 455-3181 for further assistance.

February 15, 2007

Bonacic Supports Stark For Comptroller

State Senator John J. Bonacic (Mt. Hope, Orange County), today said he planned on voting for New York City Finance Commissioner Martha Stark to be State Comptroller."Commissioner Stark has appeared before the Senate Housing Committee, which I Chair. In that appearance, she demonstrated a knowledge of a wide variety of subject areas and clearly has the managerial experience to serve as Comptroller.

February 7, 2007

Bonacic: Senate Advances Budget Reform Legislation

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) voted in favor of legislation to strengthen budget reforms to further increase accountability and openness in the State budget making process.

"New Yorkers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent," stated Senator Bonacic.

January 30, 2007

Senator Bonacic Invites Students To Enter Contest

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) has reached out to the schools in the 42nd Senate District to encourage students and teachers to enter into the Senate’s Sixteenth Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION Competition. The contest encourages student awareness of Environmental issues.The State Senate-sponsored competition is open to students in grades one through eight, and includes an awards presentation at the State Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, May 15, 2007.

January 25, 2007

Bonacic: Senate Approves Property Tax Relief Bill

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) voted in favor of the Senate Majority’s Property Tax Relief Measure.

January 24, 2007

Bonacic: Senate Passes Budget Reform Bill

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved budget reform legislation that will lead to greater transparency, accountability and fiscal integrity in the budget making process. The measure reflects an agreement negotiated with the Governor and Assembly.

"This bill is an important step in improving the current budget process," stated Senator Bonacic.

January 22, 2007

Bonacic Named To Serve On Seven Senate Committees

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was appointed today to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development as requested. This will be his 5th term as Chairman.

January 17, 2007

Bonacic: Senate Advances Small Business Relief Package

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that the Senate has advanced legislation to help New York State’s small businesses to expand and create jobs. The package includes measures that target the biggest concerns small businesses have here in New York."I am pleased the Senate has put forth this package. Too many New Yorkers are leaving the State to seek jobs that provide decent wages or to start small businesses where overhead expenses and taxes are not as high," stated Senator Bonacic.

January 10, 2007

Bonacic Announces State Aid To Keep Our Families Safe

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has worked to secure State funding for police departments in Ulster County, totalling $375,000 to purchase much-needed equipment."It is crucial to support our law enforcement personnel and provide them with the tools necessary to keep our communities safe," stated Senator Bonacic. "State support is also important as it mitigates the need to raise local property taxes.

December 13, 2006

Delaware River Greenway Moves Forward

Narrowsburg – New York State Senator John Bonacic is hopeful that legislation creating a Delaware River Valley Greenway will be approved in the new year.

Bonacic is encouraged that both houses of the legislature will agree on a measure soon.

“We passed it in the Senate and we had every municipality see the language and those that wanted to participate have signed off,” he said.

November 26, 2006

Statement From Senator John Bonacic On Cfe Ruling

"Today's Court of Appeals Ruling on the CFE case obviously sets the dollar amount for New York City schools well below what the Plaintiffs wanted.

"At the same time we are increasing aid to City Schools, we must also support our local schools. I have always said a Statewide solution is appropriate. It will be my focus to urge the Senate to provide permanent real property tax relief, not by tinkering with STAR, but rather by eliminating school taxes on people's homes . . . similar to what the Senate passed earlier this year.

November 20, 2006

Liberty To Start Police Surveillance Program

Downtown Liberty will soon have advanced video surveillance in areas police perceive to be targets for criminal activity. The cameras will be funded by a $50,000 State grant. The surveillance camera project was identified as a priority for Liberty by local officials including County Legislator Jodi Goodman and Community Development Corporation Member Gary Siegel.

Police Chief Mike DeFrank said the cameras were his number one request in order to enhance downtown safety.

November 1, 2006

Bonacic Applauds Spitzer For Following His Lead

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today applauded a statement attributed to Gubernatorial Candidate Eliot Spitzer that NYRI is dead. Bonacic, yesterday, had been quoted as saying NYRI had been dealt a mortal blow. Spitzer's comments were reported by the Times Herald Record today. "I applaud Attorney General Spitzer for saying NYRI is dead," Bonacic said. "NYRI is bad not only because of the aesthetic reasons, but also because it will increase our electric rates.

October 31, 2006

Bassett Will Seek To Restore Hospital Services In Sidney Through $2 Million Agreement Negotiated By Senator Bonacic

SIDNEY: State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), and Dr. William Streck, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare, today announced plans to reestablish a hospital in Sidney with 24-hour emergency services and a limited number of inpatient beds.The agreement was reached after months of negotiations between Governor George Pataki, Bonacic, and Dr. Streck. The overall plan provides debt relief to the town of Sidney, transfers ownership of the former hospital building to Bassett, and includes a Certificate of Needfiling by Bassett to re-institute hospital services.

October 31, 2006

Bonacic: Port Jervis To Receive Nearly $800,000 To Develop Cedar Wood Center For Arts And Technology

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the City of Port Jervis has been awarded $779,768 for the rehabilitation of the Cedar Wood Center for Arts & Technology. The property is located at 18 Jersey Avenue in Port Jervis.

The grant comes from the Restore New York’s Communities Initiative (Restore-NY), a program designed to aid municipalities in rehabilitating or removing obsolete or rundown commercial and residential properties, making these sites attractive to residents and businesses searching for new investment opportunities.

October 26, 2006

Bonacic Secures $475,000 For River Corridor Initiatives In Sullivan County

For the seventh year in a row, State Senator John Bonacic, today announced significant new State aid for projects along the Delaware River Corridor in Sullivan County. The $475,000 in aid includes $250,000 to help build the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Visitor Center. The funding announced by Bonacic also includes $50,000 for to the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc. for promotion and improvements along the Byway. This is the fourth grant Senator Bonacic has secured for the Scenic Byway.

October 25, 2006

Ulster County Arts Groups Receive State Aid

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that nine Ulster County Arts groups will receive State funding totaling $110,000.

October 24, 2006

Bonacic Announces $836,000 In Farmland Preservation Funds For Sullivan County

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that Sullivan County has been awarded an $836,000 grant for farmland preservation. The funding will allow the County to partner with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy to protect a 6th generation, 100-plus year old, 136-acre dairy operation, which is comprised of 80% statewide important soils, that intends to incorporate agri-tourism, milk bottling and cheese making into the operation.

October 20, 2006