APRIL 3, 2009: State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) reacted to NYRI’s being withdrawn today as follows: “ONE WORD: VICTORY! All of the people across the region who came together to fight NYRI are winners. Without the regional unity, this win would not have been possible.”
After NYRI was proposed, Senator Bonacic took the following steps to combat the project:
April 1, 2009: As Legislators from across New York voted on the secretly negotiated State budget, Senator Bonacic expressed his opposition to the plan: “The State budget has been universally condemned by virtually every major newspaper and government reform group in the State – and for good reason. This budget taxes too much, spends too much, was developed in secret, and will drive small business out of New York State," Senator Bonacic said.
State Senator John Bonacic met this morning with approximately thirty local officials from Ulster County to discuss the State budget agreement. The budget agreement, which was negotiated in secret by Governor Paterson, and Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly in Albany contains massive tax increases which will cost virtually every New Yorker more money.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) today called the move to raid SUNY tuition dollars “a tax on the middle class, negotiated in secret, and designed to hurt families who pay SUNY tuition.”
The tuition hike is $600. The raid on the tuition hike will bring $62 million more to State coffers and be spent on things completely unrelated to SUNY or education.
“This is a sad day for Senator Bruno and his family. The indictment and alleged behavior of Senator Bruno was only possible, however because of the near dictatorial power enjoyed by Legislative Leaders in New York State.”
tate Senator John Bonacic met this morning with approximately thirty local officials from Ulster County to discuss the State budget agreement. The budget agreement, which was negotiated in secret by Governor Paterson, and Democratic leaders of the Senate and Assembly in Albany contains massive tax increases which will cost virtually every New Yorker more money.
State Senator John J. Bonacic met today with DEP Deputy Commissioner Paul Rush to demand that stream gauges in the watershed area be kept open.
The Senator asked the DEP to give him an answer on the gauges later this week.
DEP officials are proposing to close 10 gauges in Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster Counties this year and next.
"Stream gauges are key indicators of the timing and rate of potential flooding. I found the DEP listened to my arguments and I think they have a better understanding of why we need them open," Senator Bonacic said.
MARCH 17, 2009: State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today said it was apparent an income tax hike was being secretly negotiated and would be pushed through by Governor Paterson and Legislative leaders as part of the State budget. Senator Bonacic said that proceeds from such income tax hike should be directed specifically at property tax relief for middle class families and those struggling to become part of the middle class.
State Senator John J. Bonacic, visited Belleayre Mountain ski center on Wednesday and urged the DEC to ensure that the ski center would be able to continue to grow and be the "economic engine” which drives tourism along the Route 28 corridor. The Senator stated that he strongly opposed efforts by the state to diminish operations at Belleayre for the upcoming season.
“No one likes what the Governor is proposing and I’m sure that includes the Governor himself. However, we have a massive deficit, the highest Medicaid burden in the nation, and plummeting revenues. Now is the time for every elected official to show the courage and leadership to meet the current fiscal challenges and make the necessary difficult choices.
“I applaud Governor Paterson for appointing someone outside of the City to serve as our United States Senator. Congresswoman Gillibrand has the reputation of a reformer and is personally familiar with suburban and rural issues – something lacking in our other Statewide elected officials.
State Senators David Valesky and John Bonacic, Co-Chairs of the State Senate’s Temporary Committee on Rules and Administration Reform today announced the public hearing schedule the Committee will undertake to solicit input from the public on changes that should be made in the way the State Senate operates.
Thank you for having this hearing here in Sullivan County. My name is John Bonacic and I represent the 42nd State Senate District which includes all or parts of Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties. I welcome the Public Service Commission to Sullivan County.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that several Justice Courts in Delaware County have been awarded funding grants under the State's Justice Court Assistance Program."I am pleased to announce this funding as it will assist our localities while preventing increases in property taxes," stated Senator Bonacic. "These courts are funded by the towns and villages they serve and taxpayers cannot afford higher tax bills."
State Senator John Bonacic (Mount Hope) urged the State Assembly to join the Senate in acting on property tax reform legislation. Despite the fact that the Republican led Senate has voted three years in a row on property tax reform, the Democrat dominated Assembly has refused to vote even once to reform New York’s broken school property tax system.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was a featured speaker at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony of the new senior housing complex on the campus of the Ellenville Regional Hospital. Senator Bonacic joined CEO Steve Kelley from the hospital and developer Jonah Mandelbaum of Warwick Properties, Inc.