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Bonacic Joined By Aqe And NYSut In Call For Fair Education Funding

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) called for the New York State Legislature to fully fund the school funding commitments made last year by adding $350 million in basic classroom operating aid, also called foundation aid to the proposed State budget.

Senator Bonacic said, "Foundation aid is the basic category of classroom operating aid that pays the State’s share of the costs of teachers, principals, books, educational programs, and enrichment activities such as tutoring and after school programs."

April 17, 2008
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State Funding For Our Senate District (senate Initiative Funding)

Requests for Senate Initiative funding conclude each January 1 for the next year's State budget (the State fiscal year runs from April 1 through the next March 31).    Municipalities and not for profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding.  Projects most likely to be funded include requests for capital assistance (building construction/equipment purchase) in amounts of $10,000 or less,

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2009-2010 Member Item Grants for the 42nd Senate District

April 13, 2008
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Bonacic: Senate Passes Plan That Limits Taxes And Spending

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) supported a measure passed by the Senate which enacts a constitutional spending cap that would prevent the Executive from submitting a State budget that increases spending by more than four percent over the previous year's budget and require both houses of the Legislature to live within reasonable means.

"The taxpayers of New York State are already overburdened. Hardworking New Yorkers have to live within their means, therefore, we, as lawmakers should make sure the State does so as well," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 7, 2008
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Senator Presses For Flood Relief Aid In Budget

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, is pressing for millions of dollars in aid to help purchase flood stricken properties and take low and middle income families out of flood plains if they desire to move.

April 7, 2008
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Bonacic Bill To Create Technology-based Education Opportunities Passes Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, was approved by the Senate for the third year in a row. "We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

March 24, 2008
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Bonacic’s Bill To Create The Hudson School Of Math, Science, And Engineering Regional Technology Institute Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, is gaining approval through the legislative process. The measure was approved by the Senate.

"We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

March 24, 2008
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Statement From Senator John Bonacic

The fiscal climate of the State presents a number of challenges. The Governor’s budget addresses many of those challenges. In particular, capping local Medicaid costs is an important step in property tax relief.

I also am supportive of his efforts to dedicate more capital assistance to our higher education facilities.

March 24, 2008
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Bonacic Bill To Create Technology-based Education Opportunities Passes Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, was approved by the Senate for the third year in a row.  "We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

March 24, 2008
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Statment By Senator John Bonacic On Attorney General's Challenge

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed a federal lawsuit to prohibit the federal Government from taking over the approval process for the New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI). A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) would subject major regions of New York State to the development of massive electric transmission lines - including the proposed 200-mile long NYRI line, over the State's objections.

March 18, 2008
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Bonacic: Senate To Push For Property Tax Relief In 2008

2008 Will Mark Third Year in a Row Senate Advances Plan to Assist New Yorkers

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate Majority has unveiled its plan to provide hard working New Yorkers and seniors meaningful property tax relief and reform.

March 13, 2008
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Bonacic Secures Grant For Ymca

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $50,000 in State aid for the YMCA to enhance programs and services in Sullivan County.

"Our local YMCA’s are important community centers for children and adults alike," stated Senator Bonacic. We need to support the Y anyway we can to ensure that the maximum amount of people can take advantage of its great programs and services."

March 10, 2008
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Senator Bonacic Announces Funding For Five Police Departments

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that five local police departments in Orange and Sullivan Counties will receive a total of $50,000 in State funding from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant program.

"Our police must have the tools they need to protect the people of our region," stated Senator Bonacic. "I am honored to support the dedicated police officers that keep the people of our localities safe."

March 10, 2008
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Bonacic Secures Grant For Ymca

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $50,000 in State aid for the YMCA to enhance programs and services in Sullivan County.

"Our local YMCA’s are important community centers for children and adults alike," stated Senator Bonacic. We need to support the Y anyway we can to ensure that the maximum amount of people can take advantage of its great programs and services."

March 10, 2008
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Sidney Hospital Reopens; Now Called Tri-town Regional

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) todaycut the ribbon for the newly reopened hospital in Sidney, New York. The hospital will now be called Tri-Town Regional and will be operated by Bassett Healthcare."Access to health care is paramount for the health and well being of our residents," stated Senator Bonacic. "I was pleased to work with the Department of Health and Bassett Healthcare to make sure the people in Delaware County have access to a full array of health care services."

March 9, 2008
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Senator Bonacic Invites Students To Participate In Environmental Competition

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that he is seeking student entries for the 17th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION Celebration, a statewide competition that focuses on environmental problems and solutions.

The 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 20, 2008. Winners will receive award medals, view submissions by their fellow students from around the State and have the opportunity to tour the historic Capitol.

February 20, 2008
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Bonacic's Bill To Create Regional Technology High School Passed Committee

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 669, which if enacted, would create the Hudson School of Math, Science, and Engineering Regional Technology Institute, is gaining approval through the legislative process. The measure was approved by the Senate Education Committee.

"We need a regional effort to ensure our children are not left behind, and that leading educational opportunities such as this are brought to their doorstep," Bonacic said. "I am grateful for the support of my Senate colleagues."

February 8, 2008
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Bonacic's Esopus Creek Legislation Passes Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved his legislation, Senate bill 6150, for the second year in a row. The measure, if enacted, will include the Esopus Creek within the definition of "Inland Waterways" for waterfront revitalization.

February 6, 2008
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Statement By Senator Bonacic On Governor's Plan To Reduce Vlt Aid

"Reducing State Aid amounts to a property tax hike. It is as simple as that. It means the County, Town and Village would have to shoulder more of the tax burden. I will oppose this provision of the Governor's budget proposal."

"The VLT aid can pay for a lot of police officers, a lot of road paving, a lot of extra costs. We have no idea what type of reimbursement formula the Comptroller could come up with and we need to make sure our localities receive more State Aid, not less."

January 28, 2008
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Spitzer's Budget Plan A Start

State Senator John Bonacic released the following statement in relation to Governor Spitzer’s 2008/2009 State Budget proposal:

"Generally speaking, I believe the Governor is continuing his efforts to address issues he sees as important to improve the quality of life of New Yorkers. However, there are a variety of budget priorities important to our region that I will be focusing on during the 2008/2009 budget negotiations. They are as follows:

PROPERTY TAX REFORM

January 23, 2008
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Boutique Hotel, Catering Hall, Retail Space To Rise In Saugerties

Next to Krause’s Candy in downtown Saugerties sits a vacant lot. The lot, just beyond the end of what might be considered Saugerties’ downtown area, will soon see substantial improvements thanks to a private/public partnership launched by Saugerties businessman Tom Struzzieri.

The State will aid the $15 million venture with a $780,000 grant advocated for by State Senator John Bonacic and Assemblyman Peter D. Lopez. The grant comes through the State’s RESTORE-NY program established by the State Legislature in 2006.

January 15, 2008
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