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Senator Bonacic Announces Local Winners In Statewide Environmental Contest

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that students from Delaware County’s Charlotte Valley and South Kortright Central School Districts are winners in the Senate’s 16th Annual I*MA*GREEN*NATION competition."Our local winners competed against hundreds of students from throughout New York State, and their imaginative ideas and displays were judged to be among the best in this year’s contest," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 17, 2007
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Bonacic: Senate Advances Economic Development Plan

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) said the Senate has unveiled a comprehensive economic development plan targeting the lagging economy of upstate New York. The ten point plan will spur job creation and revitalize communities throughout upstate.

"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new economic opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 17, 2007
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Bonacic Plea Bargain Bill Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today said that his legislation, Senate bill 3445, prohibiting the Division of State police from limiting troopers ability to plea bargain with motorists charged with vehicle and traffic law violations, other than alcohol or drug related charges, was approved by the Senate.

May 8, 2007
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Bonacic & Seward: Petition Launched To Oppose Fad Available At Www.fadisbad.org

State Senators John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) and James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) announced today that a web site has been created, www.FADisBAD.org, for watershed citizens to go on record opposing the federal government’s ten year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD). The issuance of the FAD as proposed by the federal government this year, would allow New York City to forego building a water filtration plant for a period of at least ten years.

May 8, 2007
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Bonacic Meets With Local Girl Scout

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with Girl Scout, Claire Bird from New Paltz and Ms. Rena Ann Hill, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Ulster County at the Girl Scouts’ Annual Legislative Breakfast in Albany. Representatives from the organization were in Albany to speak to legislators about bills that were important to them and funding for infrastructure for the Girl Scout operations.

May 1, 2007
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April 26, 2007
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Bonacic Secures $750,000 To Help Develop Shovel Ready Property In Saugerties

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has secured a second $750,000 grant for the Town of Saugerties to help make infrastructure improvements along Kings Highway. That area has been identified as among the locations where "shovel ready" sites could be developed, if infrastructure was in place.

This grant brings to a total of $1.5 million Bonacic has secured for the project. "Shovel ready sites are key to creating jobs. Kings Highway has proximity to the Thruway, I-84, I-90, Stewart Airport, and Albany.

April 22, 2007
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Bonacic, Seward, Crouch, Lopez Oppose 10 Year Fad Extension

State Senators John Bonacic and James Seward and Assemblymembers Clifford Crouch and Peter Lopez today blasted the Federal Environmental Protection Agency's decision to propose a ten year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) for the City of New York's drinking water supply.The water supply, known as the watershed, lies overwhelmingly in the Legislators' Districts across Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties.The Legislators said, "The EPA, whether they know it or not, is giving the City of New York a ten year license to be a bully to the people of the

April 19, 2007
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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 18, 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 16, 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 16, 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 4, 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 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 3, 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 3, 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 1, 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 1, 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.

March 31, 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 29, 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 29, 2007
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