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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.

October 31, 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 29, 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 24, 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 18, 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 18, 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 15, 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 27, 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 26, 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 16, 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 16, 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 4, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Attends Catskill Water Discovery Center Celebration

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the dedication ceremony of the Water Discovery Center’s new 43-acre site in Arkville on August 25th. It also marked the beginning of the establishment of a 25,000 square foot exhibit center. Photos of Senator Bonacic with Joe Kelly and family, Al Rosa, and Assemblyman Crouch’s Chief of Staff, Kathleen Moore and Gary Gailes, Board President, are available for download at: www.senatorbonacic.com or can be obtained by calling (518) 455-3181.

August 29, 2007
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Spitzer Cabinet Member And Senator Bonacic Visit Economic Development Sites In Ulster County

Governor Spitzer’s top economic development representative - Empire State Development Chairman Patrick Foye and State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), met with local officials and visited key properties in Ulster County yesterday. Foye is the "downstate" Chairman of Empire State Development. Ulster County falls into the "downstate" region. Governor Spitzer has split economic development by region and has a separate Chairman for the upstate New York area.

Bonacic and Foye visited business facilities in Ellenville and also in the Town of Ulster.

August 29, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Attends Blueberry Festival

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) spent time at the Shawangunk Mountain Blueberry/Huckleberry Festival in Ellenville on August 25th. Pictured with the Senator are Len and Terry Bernardo of SkateTime 209.

August 27, 2007
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Bonacic Visits Purple Heart Museum

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) visited the Purple Heart Museum earlier this month. The Purple Heart Memorial Stone was unveiled at the site.

August 23, 2007
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Senator Bonacic: Sullivan Renaissance 2007 Awards Ceremony A Successful Community Event

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended Sullivan Renaissance Annual Award ceremony at Bethel Woods on August 13th. The Senator secured $75,000 for Sullivan Renaissance and presented the Silver Feather Award to Wurtsboro Renaissance for their community development plans.

August 23, 2007
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Bonacic Announces Funding For Housing, Community Development In Ellenville

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), Chairman of the Senate Housing Committee today announced multiple grants for housing and community development in Ulster, Orange, Delaware, and Sullivan Counties. Two projects in Ellenville will receive substantial assistance.

Ellenville Senior Housing, which Ellenville Regional Hospital is a partner in, will receive funding to build a more than $10 million senior citizen housing complex adjacent to the hospital.

August 6, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Visits Bevier House Museum

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) recently visited the Bevier House Museum in Ulster County during the museum’s Revolutionary War Encampment program. The Museum is located on Route 209 in Marbletown and is opened from May 17th through October 29th. The hours of operation are Thursdays through Mondays; 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pictured with Senator Bonacic are: Audrey Waltner, Jennifer Macarille, Ruth Kaman, and Cindy Scherry.

August 2, 2007
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