Bonacic Testifies At Epa And Dept. Of Health Hearing On Watershed Agreement

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R-C-I - Mt. Hope), testified at a joint hearing of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NYS Department of Health (DOH) in relation to the continuance of the Filtration Avoidance Determination. The EPA and DOH are jointly taking comments on the concerns of the watershed region as they consider whether or not the City should be required to filter its water supply system.

June 6, 2006

Bonacic's MTA Accountability Bill Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his bill, Senate bill 6521-A, passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The measure is designed to make the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) more accountable to taxpayers and rail users. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by Assembly member Zebrowski."I want the MTA to stand before its riders and the public and justify their actions before any fees are increased," Senator Bonacic said.

June 5, 2006

Veterans Organizations In Delaware And Sullivan Counties Will Receive State Aid

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he has secured $40,000 in State funding for the VFW Post 4947 Wurtsboro, the American Legion Guntown Post 1554, and the Veterans Memorial Hall in Monticello.

"The selfless and courageous men and women of New York State who have fought for our country deserve our support upon returning home," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 25, 2006

Bonacic Highlights Breast Cancer Support Programs

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) hosted a very special guest on his local Cable television program today. Hillary Rutter, Executive Director of Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program joined Senator Bonacic in an informative discussion on support available to women and families affected by breast cancer."Breast cancer impacts everyone of us, whether it is ourselves, our mother, sister, aunt, spouse or friend coping with this disease," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 22, 2006

Bonacic Bill Aiding Fallsburg Central School District Approved By Senate

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that his legislation, Senate bill 7298, was unanimously approved by the Senate. The measure authorizes the Fallsburg Central School District to submit final cost reports on approved construction projects on or before June 30, 2006.

May 15, 2006

Bonacic: State Will Support Effort To Fight Nyri

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C- Mt. Hope), today said the Senate will commit $50,000 of Legislative Initiative funding to the Upper Delaware Council for use in fighting efforts to site giant powerlines in Delaware, Sullivan, and Orange Counties. The Senator was joined in Narrowsburg by residents and local officials who also oppose NYRI.

May 10, 2006

Bonacic: Hudson Valley Residents Urge Property Tax Reform

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) greeted Hudson Valley residents who came to Albany for a press conference to urge their Legislators to reform the real property tax laws."People are being forced to sell their homes and move because of the overburdening increases in property taxes, particularly school taxes," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 7, 2006

Bonacic: Senate Protects Property Owners' Rights

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that two important pieces of legislation gained the approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee and moved to the Senate floor to be voted on. Senate bills 5938 and 5961-A limit the use of eminent domain powers by private owners.

"Property owners should not live in fear of losing their property, often a lifelong investment, to another private owner for the others' own personal financial gain," stated Senator Bonacic.

May 4, 2006

Bonacic Recommends Groups/municipalities For Senate Initiative Funding

Senate initiative funding has been concluded for the 2005-2006 State Fiscal Year. The following is a list of groups/municipalities recommended by Senator Bonacic to receive 05/06 funding. For details on any of the projects funded, please feel free to contact Senator Bonacic's office in Albany at (518) 455-3181 or the individual group/municipality:

May 1, 2006

Bonacic Seeking Nominees For Senate Achiever's Award

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that he is seeking nominees for the New York State Senate Achiever's Award.

May 1, 2006

Local Sullivan County Officials Join Senator Bonacic In Call For Public Information Sessions On Power Line

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that several Sullivan County and Town officials have joined him in calling upon New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to hold public informational sessions in Sullivan County about that company's proposed energy transmission project.

NYRI has proposed to build a major transmission line that is slated to run through several counties of the 42nd Senate District including Delaware, Sullivan, and Orange Counties.

May 1, 2006
April 25, 2006

Bonacic, Educators, Business Leaders Consider Creation Of

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the first meeting between regional educational and business officials and the Senator was held for the purpose of crafting legislation to create a Tech Valley High School to be known as the Hudson Valley School of Science, Math, and Engineering. Senator Bonacic and Senator Larkin are working together on this project. A list of the meetings' attendees is attached."The jobs of tomorrow are in the fields of technology," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 23, 2006

Statement From Senator John J. Bonacic On Governor's Budget Vetoes

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) expressed his disappointment in the Governor's action to veto several key components of the State budget adopted by the Legislature."The people of the 42nd Senate District have made their State budget priorities perfectly clear--they demanded tax cuts and property tax relief, increased funding for education and healthcare, as well as support for investments that create jobs, provide affordable housing, and allow access to quality affordable higher education," stated Senator Bonacic.

April 11, 2006

Senator Bonacic Provides Update On Watershed Issues

In January, State Senator John J. Bonacic, announced a series of bills designed to improve dam safety and reduce flooding in the New York City watershed. Today, he went back to Downsville, in Delaware County, to report on the status of the legislation, and actions taken by the City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to date. "I have worked on watershed issues with three DEP Commissioners since 1998. The current Commissioner, Emily Lloyd, is the first who has kept her word in terms of following up promises with action.

April 5, 2006

Bonacic Secures State Aid For Hospitals In Ulster County

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) announced today that the Legislature has agreed to a health spending plan that includes $500,000 in funding for hospitals in Ulster County. Ellenville Regional and Kingston Hospital will each receive $250,000."Keeping our hospitals strong is something I care deeply about.

April 4, 2006

Bonacic: East Ridge School Students Travel To Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with students from the East Ridge School, a non-public school in Sullivan County, in his Albany office today. The students, ranging in grades 3 through 11, requested the meeting with Senator Bonacic to learn about the various responsibilities as a State Senator, to learn more about State Government in general, and to extend their warm appreciation for his efforts in securing an education tax credit.

April 3, 2006

Naacp Representatives Visit With Senator Bonacic In Albany

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) met with three representatives from the Ellenville Branch of the NAACP this past Tuesday. President Maude Bruce, E. Tamara Norman, and Lee Consentino travelled to Albany to discuss several important issues with Senator Bonacic. Topics of concern for the NAACP are education, housing, access to health care, and criminal justice.

April 2, 2006

Bonacic: Budget To Provide $5.5 Million For New Lodge At Belleayre

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope), today announced that budget bills being passed this week will contain $5.5 million in additional State aid for Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. The funding will be used to construct a new lodge.The funding is in addition to the $3.1 million being used to currently construct a high speed "quad" chairlift. That chairlift was announced this past October by Senator Bonacic and DEC Commissioner Denise Sheehan.

March 30, 2006