State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), Chairman of the Senate Housing Committee today announced multiple grants for housing and community development in Ulster, Orange, Delaware, and Sullivan Counties. Two projects in Ellenville will receive substantial assistance.
Ellenville Senior Housing, which Ellenville Regional Hospital is a partner in, will receive funding to build a more than $10 million senior citizen housing complex adjacent to the hospital.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) recently visited the Bevier House Museum in Ulster County during the museum’s Revolutionary War Encampment program. The Museum is located on Route 209 in Marbletown and is opened from May 17th through October 29th. The hours of operation are Thursdays through Mondays; 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pictured with Senator Bonacic are: Audrey Waltner, Jennifer Macarille, Ruth Kaman, and Cindy Scherry.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) joined in the Annual Hobart Horseshoe Festival activities. The annual event features crafts, vendors, entertainment, as well as an all-day horseshoe competition. Pictured with the Senator are: Stamford Deputy Supervisor Mike Triolo and Wallace Rich.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C) - attended the rededication of the Town of Kingston’s Veterans’ Monument on July 28th. The Monument was moved from a location that was too close to a highway to a safer, quieter place. Senator Bonacic is pictured with Commander Joe McShea, Ron Chrisey, and Supervisor Frank Brogden at the ceremony.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), in light of reports that the MTA is considering increasing fares, is calling upon the Assembly leadership to pass his legislation, Senate bill 461. The measure requires the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to hold public hearings to justify any proposal to increase rates.
"The public and the users of the services provided by the MTA have a right to know how their hard earned dollars are being spent," stated Senator Bonacic.
As you may know, New York homeowners are once again eligible for real property tax relief in the form of a 2007 Middle Class STAR rebate program check. The Senate Majority made this a priority budget item and delivered.
This e-mail is to provide you with information about the rebate program and the link to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the agency that is responsible for administering the rebate check program.
Forty-seven business and community leaders across the Hudson Valley today called for the enactment of Senate Bill 669/Assembly Bill 1277. This legislation, authorizing the creation of the Hudson Valley School of Math, Science and Engineering, is sponsored by State Senators John Bonacic and William J. Larkin, Jr. and in the Assembly by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
In 2006, the Senate unanimously passed the bill and, again, unanimously passed it in May, 2007. The Assembly has not acted on the bill.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), has secured $250,000 to help flood stricken communities in Delaware and Sullivan Counties. This is in addition to the $300,000 he secured earlier this year as part of the State budget process.
The funding must to be used to mitigate flooding in the Delaware River basin, which includes most of Delaware and Sullivan Counties.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) last week voted in favor of increasing New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) from $250 million to $300 million by State fiscal year 2009-10."The EPF is crucial to many environmental programs important to the people of the Hudson Valley, such as purchasing open space, farmland protection, and pollution prevention," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has passed his legislation, Senate bill 6294, that directs the New York State Comptroller to refrain from investing pension funds in companies that do business in or with nations deemed state sponsors of terrorism.
"This is quite simple," stated Senator Bonacic. "Investing in a particular entity tied to terrorism is in reality a statement of support.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 5514, was approved by the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill authorizes the Commission of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to make recommendations and to implement flood control measures.
Deeply saddened and troubled by the most recent flood disaster in Sullivan and Delaware Counties this morning, Senator Bonacic expressed his dismay at the continual refusal of the Assembly to take action on flood control.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that members of the Senate Majority voiced their opposition to a Department of Energy hearing on the designation of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) being held in Rochester today.
The designation of a NIETC would allow for large portions of upstate land to be set aside for construction of a massive power line, such as the one proposed by New York Regional Interconnect.
Legislation (S.4265) sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope), which prohibits State agencies from fining certain municipalities, was approved by the Senate.
"Currently, State agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), have notified municipalities of violations and have immediately imposed hefty fines without working with them to remediate the problem. Simply slapping municipalities with fines due to a variety of problems doesn’t solve them. It only raises property taxes on our residents.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has approved legislation that would offer self-employed farmers greater access to the Family Health Plus insurance program by removing certain eligibility requirements."Access to health care is one of the most important issues for New Yorkers," stated Senator Bonacic. "Too many people are without health insurance in this State."According to John Lincoln, President of the New York Farm Bureau, "Farming is a business that, by necessity, uses a large quantity of equipment and machines.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that for the second year in a row, the New York State Legislature has allocated $14 million in capital funds for public library construction in the State Budget.
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 north of New York City.
"Revitalizing our region’s economy and creating new opportunities for New Yorkers is a top priority," stated Senator Bonacic.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Senate has overwhelmingly approved legislation, Senate bill 5848, that would require the collection of DNA samples from everyone convicted of a crime, as well as other provisions related to such collection.
"DNA technology is a valuable tool for both law enforcement and criminal defendants. This measure will assist in more persons who are guilty of crimes being identified, prosecuted, and convicted," stated Senator Bonacic.