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Keeping An Eye On The Bad Guys

State Senator John J. Bonacic, District Attorney Don Williams, and Ulster County Probation Department Director Bob Sudlow today announced that $250,000 in State funding will be made available to the County Probation Department to implement a GPS tracking program for sex offenders who are sentenced to terms of jail plus probation or just straight 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.

July 31, 2006
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Bonacic Announces Funding For Senior Housing In Orange County

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), Chairman of the Senate Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, announced that funding has been granted to the Water's Edge for the new construction of a two-story building containing 12 rental units and a community room. The units will be dedicated for low-income, senior citizens in Port Jervis."I am pleased to announce this financial assistance to Water's Edge.

July 27, 2006
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Bonacic: Delaware County Set For Empire Zone

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the Governor, Senate, and Assembly have agreed to create a new Empire Zone in Delaware County. Bonacic discussed the designation again with the Governor approximately two weeks ago. "In the wake of the June flooding, I called the Governor and asked him for two specific things - first, help for our communities, and second, an Empire Zone for Delaware County.

July 27, 2006
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Bonacic: $200,000 To Help Middletown's Downtown

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that $200,000 in new State funds under the State's Main Streets program will be invested in downtown Middletown. Those funds, combined with other public and private funds, will yield a total of more than $2.3 million in downtown investment in a three block area of the City."This is an investment in our downtown area. When private and public funds can be used to improve the community, that is a win for all of us," Senator Bonacic said.

July 25, 2006
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Bonacic: Ferc Commissioner Marc Spitzer Must Recuse Himself On Nyri

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), on Monday sent letters to U.S.

July 24, 2006
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Bonacic: State Offers Housing Assistance For Flooded Region

State Senator John Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, today announced a $45 million housing assistance package for flooded regions.

The unprecedented effort, funded in large part by funds Senator Bonacic advocated for during the State budget process, involvesthe State’s three housing agencies – Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) and Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC).

July 24, 2006
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Bonacic Secures Funds For Ulster County Human Service Groups

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $65,000 in Senate Initiative funding for several Ulster County human services organizations. The recipients are: Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Family of Woodstock, Resource Center for Accessible Living, the Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood, and Ulster-Green ARC.

"These groups and their programs provide our communities with invaluable services," stated Senator Bonacic.

July 7, 2006
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Region Devastated By Floods, Pataki Offers Relief Plan

On June 28 and 29, 2006, Senator Bonacic visited communities across our Senate District which were devastated by the floods of the past few days.  His stops included Port Jervis, Deerpark, Livingston Manor, Downsville, Walton, and Ulster.  In addition, the Senator tried to reach and spoke by phone with local officials from nearly every municipality which suffered severe storm damage.   He also had extensive contact with the State Office of Emergency Management (SEMO), and Governor Pataki's office.  The Governor, on Ju

June 30, 2006
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Update (4:00 Pm) - Bonacic Receives Word Pataki Will Declare Emergency In Our Senate District

Represenatives of Governor George Pataki have informed Senator Bonacic that an emergency declaration has been made for Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties.  An emergency declaration had previously been made this morning for Delaware County and other counties in New York. 

June 28, 2006
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10:00 Am Senator Bonacic Visits Emergency Control Center; Asks Governor For Emergency Declaration

On Wednesday, June 28, Senator Bonacic visited damaged parts of our Senate District including local emergency operations centers. He spoke by phone with emergency officials and law enforcement officials from Delaware, Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan Counties. Also during the morning, Bonacic spoke with officials from SEMO - the State Emergency Management Office and the office of Governor George Pataki. He asked that the Governor declare a State of Emergency for all four counties of our Senate District - Delaware, Ulster, Orange, and Sullivan.

June 28, 2006
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Update (5:45) Pm Pataki Has Issued Emergency Declaration

Governor Pataki has now issued a formal emergency declaration including all the counties of our Senate District - Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. Senator Bonacic has toured extensive parts of our Senate District today and talked throughout the day with SEMO and local officials. A copy of the declaration is available by calling Senator Bonacic's office at (845) 255-9656.To link to the State Emergency Management Office's website, visit:http://www.semo.state.ny.us/

June 28, 2006
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6/27/06 Bonacic Asks Governor Pataki For Disaster Assistance

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has asked Governor Pataki to have emergency officials review flooding across the Catskills and Hudson Valley caused in the past few days. "It is clear that this flooding merits a disaster declaration. Roads have been washed out and families evacuated. I have asked the Governor to send SEMO into our counties and start providing help," Bonacic said."I have received calls from constituents who have been flooded during the past few days. They attribute that flooding in large part to poor reservoir management.

June 28, 2006
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Legislature Agrees On Environmental Protection Fund

The Senate passed legislation (S.8470) today appropriating $225 million to the State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF). The legislation includes $8.75 million for municipal recycling. Senator Bonacic wrote the 2000 law which authorized the cost of municipal recycling planning and promotion to be included in the Environmental Protect Fund. "Recycling at the municipal level ensures our air is cleaner, are landfills are less congested, and we are reusing resources whenever possible.

June 27, 2006
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Bonacic: Supplemental Budget Bill Approved By Senate Includes $ 1 Million For Bethel Woods Center For The Arts

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that supplemental budget legislation expected to be voted on by the Legislature today will include $1 million for the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center in Sullivan County.Senator Bonacic successfully secured $7 million in funding for the project back in 2000.

June 23, 2006
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Bonacic: Senate Takes Nyri's Power Away

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8349a) sponsored by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), which strips NYRI’s ability to use eminent domain under State Law."NYRI has promised their actions will raise our energy rates. It is absurd that our State policy would be to allow NYRI to raise our rates, scar our environment, and take our property. The Senate has now rejected that possibility. New Yorkers are already paying too much for energy.

June 23, 2006
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Senate Votes To Change The Way Education Is Funded

The State Senate today passed a bill (S.8360) to permanently change the way schools are financed. The legislation is the first substantive real property tax reform legislation passed in more than a decade. The legislation would allow voters in each school district to vote to phase out the property tax on homeowners, for the operating costs of local school districts.

June 22, 2006
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Bonacic Secures $100,000 For Delaware County Municipalities

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured Senate Initiative funding to assist several Delaware County municipalities. The grants will be used to purchase equipment and to make capital improvements.

"I am pleased to secure this aid for these Delaware County localities," stated Senator Bonacic. "Providing State support for projects and equipment necessary for local services is critical as it eliminates the need for municipalities to increase property taxes.

June 19, 2006
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Bonacic Rural Health Care Bill Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved legislation, he sponsored, Senate bill 7324, that authorizes the Office of Rural Health to study and recommend employment incentives to attract physicians to rural areas. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assemblyman David Koon."In many rural areas throughout New York State, there are no physicians or practices for the residents to access," stated Senator Bonacic.

June 19, 2006
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Bonacic Introduces Bill To Fight Nyri's Use Of Eminent Domain

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has introduced legislation (S.8349) to prohibit the use of eminent domain by NYRI under State Law. The bill was introduced Friday evening and was rushed into print so it could be eligible for a vote as early as next week.

NYRI representatives testified at a Senate hearing on Thursday, June 15, that they filed as a Transportation Corporation under New York State Law and as such will be able to use the power of eminent domain.

June 18, 2006
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Legislature Authorizes Greenway Expansion In Ulster County

The Legislature this week passed legislation (A.11338/S.7013) allowing the Towns of Denning, Shandaken, Olive, Woodstock, and Hardenburgh to join the Hudson River Valley Greenway. The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Bonacic and in the Assembly by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill.Senator Bonacic said, "The Greenway has proven itself to be a valuable resource for communities.

June 15, 2006
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