How Many More Lives Must Be Destroyed?

"Recent devastating news about yet another family destroyed and child abducted, abused and killed at the hands of a violent, repeat sex offender underscores the critical need to enact stronger, more stringent laws to protect our families," stated New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope). "The Senate has addressed these issues, but there is still no commitment from the Assembly to act."The Senate has approved several safety measures designed to protect New Yorkers from sexual predators but they continue to languish in the Assembly.

July 8, 2005

New York State Senate Rebuffs City's Management Of Watershed Lands

A bi-partisan vote of the New York State Senate this week rebuffed the Bloomberg Administration’s management of New York City owned lands in its upstate watershed. "The City’s arrogant behavior in managing the watershed is putting the 1997 watershed agreement at risk," said two Republican Senators - John Bonacic and James Seward. Under the 1997 agreement, the City of New York was required to open up its lands for "historic recreational uses".

July 1, 2005

Bonacic: Pass Mohawk Casino Bill With Local Protections

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I - Mt. Hope), said the Legislature should, with a community fund amendment he is prepared to offer, pass legislation developed by the Governor which would settle the Mohawk land claim.

“Our Senate hearings made it clear that the economics and needs of Sullivan County have changed dramatically in the past four years.

June 17, 2005

Senator Bonacic Announces "woman Of Distinction" Award Winner

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C - Mount Hope) announced today that Sandra Gerry from the 42nd Senate District was selected as a 2005 "Woman of Distinction".

June 14, 2005

Senator Bonacic Hosts 5th Annual Event Celebrating

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) welcomed to Albany the valedictorians, saluditorians, and honored students from over 30 school districts in the 42nd Senate District to honor them in an all-day event at the Capitol."These students worked very hard to put them at the top of their classes.

June 13, 2005

Statement From Senator John J. Bonacic

The legislation appears to address, in detailed fashion, land claim concerns and issues relating to the land claim area and appears to be leading toward one casino in the Catskills.

It does not, however, directly address the regional casino impact fund the Governor offered in his prior bill. Instead, it promises future legislation on that subject. The promise of future legislation, however well intentioned, to be negotiated at some future undetermined date, does not serve the interests of my Senate District and the region.

June 9, 2005

Bonacic Offers Statewide Solution To Crackdown On Sex Offenders

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) introduced legislation in the Senate last week that would require Global Positioning System (GPS) monitoring of violent sex offenders statewide. Assemblyman David Koon will be introducing the companion bill in the Assembly. Senate bill 4656 amends the correction law to require that certain sex offenders be continuously monitered as to their location and makes it a crime to violate the monitoring provision."There isn’t enough being done to keep our children and families safe from sexual predators," stated Senator Bonacic.

June 2, 2005

Bonacic: "i Will Oppose Any Casino In Towns That Do Not Want Them"

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), will oppose efforts to cite a casino in the Town of Saugerties, "or any other municipality" which does not want one. "I believe in municipal home rule. If Saugerties’ elected leaders do not want a casino located in the Town, I will oppose any effort to do so," Bonacic said.

May 27, 2005

Bonacic: Senate Honors Eugene Raponi With Achievers' Award

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) today honored Eugene Raponi at a special ceremony in Albany. Eugene received the New York State Senate Achievers’ Award.

May 24, 2005

Bonacic: Ceremony Honors New York Ems Providers

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) attended the 2nd Annual Dedication Ceremony of the New York State EMS "Tree of Life" memorial on Wednesday, May 18th at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Ms. Robin Daniels, a service member of the American Legion Ambulance in Eldred, New York, was killed while responding to an emergency. Her name and the Ambulance Service name were honored as it was made a permanent part of the memorial during the ceremony."The men and women who sacrifice their time and sometimes their lives to help others are awesome," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 20, 2005

Senator Greets Liberty Youth In Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with adults and children from Liberty, including Liberty Town Supervisor Frank DeMayo, who travelled to Albany to lobby for a skate park in Liberty. Ms. Judy Schneyer, Community Development Specialist and Ms.

May 18, 2005

Senator Bonacic Meets With Student Competitors

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) joined students from the 42nd Senate District who participated in the Senate’s 14th Annual "I*MA*GREEN*NATION" Environmental Competition. Students that participated submitted projects highlighting the importance of addressing the environmental challenges we all face."I am pleased to visit with these students and to see their imaginative ideas on display here in Albany," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 10, 2005

Senate Committee Passes Two Watershed Bills

State Senator John J. Bonacic today announced that legislation which would address two significant watershed problems has cleared the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support.

The legislation:

Requires the DEC to make regulations lowering the City of New York’s reservoirs when a major inflow of water is anticipated. (S.265)

Requires the City of New York to allow recreational use of their lands in the watershed similar to State owned lands in the Catskills.

May 4, 2005

Senate Advances Bill To Overhaul Medicaid Program

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has passed legislation to overhaul the State’s Medicaid fraud detection effort. The goal of Senate bill 3685 of dramatically reducing corruption and waste will result in tremendous savings to taxpayers.According to the United States General Accounting Office, Medicaid fraud and abuse consumes as much as 30% of the State’s Medicaid expenses.

May 3, 2005

Bonacic Announces Public Meeting On Dec's Proposed Atv Regs For State Lands

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that, at his request, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will hold one of several public meetings on draft ATV regs in the Catskill region. The hearing is scheduled for May 12th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

April 24, 2005

Bonacic Meets With West Point Cadet From Delaware County

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) had the opportunity to meet with Cadet Gilberto Nieves in Albany during the Senate’s Annual West Point Day. Each year, the Senate honors the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, as well as the fine young men and women of the Academy for their outstanding work.Senator Bonacic stated, "Cadet Gilberto Nieves has committed himself to the safety of our Country despite the fact that his brother Isaac Michael Nieves was killed in the line of duty last year while serving in Iraq.

April 20, 2005

Senator Bonacic Meets With Ulster Charter Commission Members

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today met with members of the Ulster County Charter Commission. The Commission had asked for the Senator’s input in making recommendations relating to Ulster County’s form of government.

The Senator and Commission discussed a number of issues. The Senator suggested changes with respect to Ulster County’s form of Government and Rules of the Legislature.

April 18, 2005

State And County Work Together For Firefighter Assistance

This is the second time the State and County have undertaken such an initiative, the first being in 2002, when the State and County collaborated to provide funding for thermal imaging cameras to the same Departments.

The $180,000 in funding will go to purchase equipment such as turnout gear, SCBA, defibrillators, and jaws of life.

April 17, 2005

Bonacic Receives Health Care Award

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) was honored by the New York Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Doctors representating ACEP presented Senator Bonacic with their "Leadership in Government Award" in recognition of his vision and leadership in the advancement of emergency patient care by promoting access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care. "I am truly appreciative of this recognition and will continue to work toward achieving quality, accessible health care for all New Yorkers," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 13, 2005

Bonacic: Senate Adopts Budget Amendments

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today said the Senate has adopted budget amendments which address important needs in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. The Assembly was expected to adopt those same provisions late Tuesday evening, or early Wednesday. The amendments relate to matters which the Legislature and Governor Pataki had previously not reached agreement on.

April 12, 2005