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Delaware County "reality Check" Reps Visit With Senator Bonacic In Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with several youth from Delaware County and the Director of the Tri-Town Boys and Girls Club in Albany on April 17th. They traveled to Albany to express their concerns to Senator Bonacic about the ill-health effects of tobacco use, as well as, the advertising methods used by tobacco companies.

April 19, 2007
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Bonacic Sponsors Prosthetic Parity Bill

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) sponsor of the Senate bill that would require insurance policies to cover prosthetic devices and the Assembly sponsor, Aileen Gunther, today joined with the Amputee Coalition of America and Chase Molinari from Sullivan County, highlighted the need for legislation to make access to prosthetic devices easier for amputees."This is a common sense measure that wouldn’t be necessary if health insurance companies allowed physicians to determine what is medically necessary for their patients," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 17, 2007
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Bonacic: Applications Available For Milk Producers To Obtain State Aid

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the New York State Department of Agriculture is distributing applications for dairy farmers in order for them to obtain vital assistance. Applications are also available on line at www.agmkt.state.ny.us or by calling 1(800) 554-4501.

"The dairy industry is a $3 billion industry in New York State and it is in the best interest of every New Yorker to financially strengthen our dairy farms," stated Senator Bonacic. "It is important for us, as lawmakers, to support this vital part of our state’s rural communities.

April 17, 2007
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Bonacic: Several Ulster County Municipalities To Receive Additional State Aid Under Budget

At the request of several local officials, State Senator John Bonacic worked to secure $190,000 in additional State aid for various municipalities.The funding consists of:$30,000 for the Village of New Paltz secured at the request of Mayor Jason West. The funding will be used for programs focusing on at-risk youth.

April 5, 2007
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Chamber Of Commerce Meets With Senator Bonacic In Albany

Representatives of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Agency recently traveled to Albany on March 27, 2007 to meet with Senator Bonacic on small business and economic development issues. Mary Beth Silano, the Chamber's Executive Director, and James Thompson, the County IDA director, discussed the recent workers' compensation reform agreement; and updated the Senator on the status of the County Empire Zone program.

April 5, 2007
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Bonacic Secures Funding To Create New Independent Living Center In Sullivan County

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the final State Budget includes $1 million in additional funding to support the creation of three Independent Living Centers, including one in Sullivan County. Independent Living Centers in New York State are community-based, nonprofit, consumer controlled centers available to all people with disabilities.

"Sullivan County is a large county that does not have an Independent Living Center," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 4, 2007
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Bonacic Gives Delaware County Budget Report

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced more than $400,000 in State funds targeted to Delaware County municipalities and not for profit organizations.

April 4, 2007
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Bonacic Gives Ulster County Budget Report

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced information relating to the State budget and its impact on Ulster County residents.

SCHOOL AID:

Ulster County schools received substantial aid increases under State budget.

April 2, 2007
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Bonacic Gives Sullivan County Budget Report

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today announced information relating to the State budget and its impact on Sullivan County residents.

SCHOOL AID:

Sullivan County schools received substantial aid increases under the State budget.

April 2, 2007
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Technology School To Receive Boost Under State Budget

State Senator John J. Bonacic and William J. Larkin, announced that as part of the budget $250,000 will be provided to Ulster County BOCES to help develop a regional technology school for Hudson Valley students.

The school, known as the Hudson School of Math, Science & Engineering, was proposed by State Senator Bonacic and Senator Larkin last year. Legislation to authorize the school has been passed in the Senate.

April 1, 2007
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Sullivan County Chamber Of Commerce Members Lobby In Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that Terri Hess and Lisa Mills from the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber members, Christina Mace, Shirley Felder-Morton, and Ralph Soto visited with him to discuss budgetary and legislative items that impact small businesses. For information about the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce visit: www.catskills.com

March 30, 2007
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Bonacic To Receive Prestigious Higher Education Award

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) will be presented with this year’s "Friend of Community Colleges" Award by the New York Community College Trustees of the State of New York during their 53rd Annual Conference. The theme of this year’s Conference is "Working Together for Community Colleges" and will be held at the Saratoga Hotel and Conference Center.The "Friend of Community College" Award is one of the highest awards of the College Trustees bestowed upon a non-Trustee of the College.

March 30, 2007
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Senator Bonacic Gives Budget Update

Center on Friday, March 23. Public budget negotiations stalled two days ago, when the Assembly’s Democratic Leadership stopped attending the meetings.

“I would welcome the Assembly’s leadership to a public dialogue on the budget. Taxpayers deserve public budget conference committees; it’s a matter of principle that shouldn’t be compromised on,” Bonacic said.

March 23, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Approves Higher Education Bill

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that the Senate has approved legislation Senator Bonacic cosponsored (Senate bill 2510) that would allow persons age 60 and older to take credit courses at SUNY for free."Not only is higher education the key to success for our youngsters, it is also the key to retaining good health and an active mind for our senior citizens," stated Senator Bonacic.

March 22, 2007
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Advocate For Agriculture Meets With Senator Bonacic

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with Paul Cerosaletti, President of the New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents (YSACAA) in Albany today. Mr. Cerosaletti traveled from Delaware County to Albany to highlight the importance of State funding of Agricultural initiatives and the impact on our communities.

A photo of Mr. Cerosaletti with Senator Bonacic is available for download at Senator Bonacic’s website: www.senatorbonacic.com or by calling (518) 455-3181.

March 20, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Provides $60 Million In Relief To Dairy Farmers

Dairy Assistance Program Would Provide Critical Aid to Vital New York Industry

Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate will vote on an Agriculture budget plan which would provide $60 million in immediate financial assistance to dairy farmers across the State. "A viable dairy farm industry is crucial to the health and well-being of our communities," stated Senator Bonacic.

March 16, 2007
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Orange County Youth Lobby In Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) recently met in Albany with representatives and youth from the Orange County Youth Bureau. The youth traveled to Albany to speak to Senator Bonacic in support of increased funding for youth programs statewide, and in particular, Orange County. A photograph of Senator Bonacic with the youth, Ksha McMillan, Jaynae Arnold, Gemma Andress, Stephanie Ford, Kimberly Striefler, and Daniel Kass shown here is available for download or call (518) 455-3181 for further assistance.

March 13, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Passes Resolution Urging New York's Congressional Delegation To Oppose President Bush's Health Care Cuts

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the New York State Senate today passed a legislative resolution urging New York’s Congressional delegation to oppose President Bush’s plan to cut the federal health care budget by more than $100 billion over five years.

Senator Bonacic said that President Bush’s budget plan would cut payments to New York hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospices, and inpatient rehabilitation providers by $2.8 billion over the next five years.

March 8, 2007
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Bonacic: Workers' Compensation Overhauled

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced that the Senate has approved the implementation of reforms agreed upon by the Governor and Legislature to the State’s Workers’ Compensation System. The measure calls for increases in benefits to injured workers, as well as reductions in the amount employers pay.

Senator Bonacic stated, "Benefits for injured workers have remained constant for over a decade. Employers are overburdened with this tremendous expense.

March 7, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Approves Civil Confinement Measure

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he voted in favor of 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.

March 6, 2007
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