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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.