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.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) toured Kingston Hospital with CEO Michael Kaminski and Vice President of Strategic Planning, Cynthia Rozenberg. Senator Bonacic secured an additional $250,000 in State aid for the hospital to upgrade their technology to better serve patients and their families.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope) announced today he secured $75,000 in State funding that will be shared by fifteen libraries in Ulster County. The aid can be used by the libraries to make capital improvements or purchase equipment. Each library will receive $5,000."Libraries are more than just repositories of books; they are vital community centers.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope) announced today he secured $65,000 in State funding that will be shared by thirteen libraries in Orange and Sullivan Counties. The aid can be used by the libraries to make capital improvements or purchase equipment. Each library will receive $5,000."Libraries are more than just repositories of books; they are vital community centers.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that two organizations which serve hundreds of Ulster County residents will each receive $50,000 from the State's Community Capital Assistance Program to make needed improvements at their facilities.
"These two organizations make a real difference not only to those who use their programs, but also to the families of those individuals. Thousands of families across the Hudson Valley have family members with developmental disabilities.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), along with Fallsburg Town Supervisor Steve Levine, today said the Town will make $150,000 worth of sidewalk improvements in three hamlets. The funding was secured by Senator Bonacic as part of the State's 2006-2007 Transportation Budget.
Work will be done in Hurleyville, South Fallsburg, and Mountaindale.
In Mountaindale, the sidewalks will be constructed on Main Street and Post Hill drive. In Hurleyville, they will be constructed from Waldorf Avenue to Brophy Road.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today that our region has won "another round" in the battle against New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI). According to published reports in the Times Herald Record, FERC Commissioner Marc Spitzer has said he will recuse himself from deliberations on the project.
"We have taken away NYRI's best friend at FERC, and that will make their life a little more difficult," Bonacic said. FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will ultimately pass judgment on much of NYRI.
The State Senate's Republican Majority, today announced that the Senate would make up to $1 million available to fight NYRI. The fund significantly expands upon the start of a "legal offense" fund first launched by State Senator John Bonacic in May. The funds will initially go to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) for distribution among the affected counties.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), announced today that $1.2 million in funding will be awarded in Ulster and Sullivan Counties through the Governor's Office of Small Cities. Funding recipients include the County of Ulster ($600,000); the Village of Liberty ($200,000); and the Town of Wawarsing ($400,000).
Senator Bonacic is one of three members of Governor Pataki’s Small Cities Advisory Committee. That Committee helps set funding priorities for the Small Cities Program.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the State would make $30,000 available for park expansion in the Village of Monticello. The new area will be located near the Villages basketball courts."Families deserve attractive and safe community parks and outdoor recreation areas. I was pleased to work with Village officials to identify this need and secure this funding," Senator Bonacic said.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced that the State Council on the Arts has awarded the following grants to arts organizations which serve the counties of Delaware, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Governor has approved his legislation, Senate bill 8281, which requires the prominent display of the words "Organ Donor" on a driver's license if that driver has consented to donate."Identifying an individual as an organ donor on the face of a driver's license as opposed to handwritten on the back and possibly illegible, will save critical minutes in emergency situations," stated Senator Bonacic.
Wurtsboro - NYS Senator John Bonacic broke ground yesterday on a 48 unit senior housing development in Wurtsboro. The development is named Horizons at Wurtsboro."The need for affordable housing is insatiable.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Governor has approved his legislation that will assist low and moderate income persons with disabilities and disabled veterans in making their homes handicap accessible.
"Persons with disabilities must overcome challenges that others often take for granted, even simple tasks such as the ability to reside in one's own home," stated Senator Bonacic.
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.
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.
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.
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.