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$50,000 Grant for Port Jervis for Youth and Community Center

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announces that the City of Port Jervis has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program.

The funding will go towards the creation of a multi-functional youth and community center at Church Street Park which will include a two-story building with gym, recreation room, study rooms, computer stations, and kitchen.   

October 9, 2014
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$100,000 Grant Secured for The City of Middletown

Monies to go towards creating additional public parking in business district

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) announces that the City of Middletown has been awarded $100,000 in funding from the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program.

October 9, 2014
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Senator Bonacic urges women to get a mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early detection is crucial for overcoming breast cancer

Senator John Bonacic would like to remind women that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to take the steps necessary for early detection, and screening. He joins with the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program in their October Campaign to urge women to get mammograms.

October 6, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces New Tax Relief Measures

With so many hardworking families having a challenging time making ends meet, I have consistently made family tax relief one of my top priorities. 

That is why I am pleased to inform you about some of the new tax relief measures I’ve championed that will soon be helping local families throughout our region. $350 Family Tax Relief Checks In the coming weeks, thousands of local families with children will begin receiving a $350 check in the mail. These family tax relief checks, which are designed to help families cope with the rising cost of raising a child, will provide more than $400 million in direct tax relief to hard working New York families.

October 6, 2014
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Discussing the Hudson Valley housing market with representatives from the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors in Goshen

Senator Bonacic visited the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors in Goshen on Friday, October 3, to discuss the Hudson Valley housing market, and issues and concerns of interest to real estate professionals. (From l to r: Christopher McKniff, Esq. Gov't Affairs Director/Hudson Gateway; Katheryn De Clerck, Associate Broker/Rand Realty; Ron Garafalo, Branch Manager/Rand Realty; and from Hudson Gateway, CEO Richard Haggerty, and COO, Ann Gardi.)

October 3, 2014
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Downtown Port Jervis to get another historic building renovated

Senator Bonacic  joined with Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker (far right) and The Ruby Group on Thursday, October 2 to announce the renovation of  a 1910-era building at 29-31 Front Street to create new commercial space on the first floor, and six apartments on the upper two floors.  The Ruby Group has already successfully completed a distressed building renovation at 19-23 Front Street. 

October 3, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Speaks at Groundbreaking for New Science Building at SUNY New Paltz

Senator Bonacic spoke at the groundbreaking of a new, two-story, 48 million dollar science building on the campus of SUNY New Paltz on Friday, September 29, 2014. This 77,000 square foot facility will house a variety of science departments including the physics, geography and computer science offices. It features state of the art labs and classrooms, and will address the space shortage that has arisen due to the growth in the college’s STEM majors (science, technology, engineering and math.)   "I was pleased to be able to help the SUNY New Paltz obtain this funding to create this very impressive addition to the college," said Senator Bonacic, "SUNY New Paltz is truly a jewel in the SUNY system, and this new building will make the college even more attractive for students."

September 19, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At SUNY New Paltz: School wins $10 million dollar grant to expand mechanical engineering programs

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Senator Bonacic spoke at a press conference hosted by Governor Cuomo to announce that the SUNY New Paltz had won a $10 million dollar grant to expand its mechanical engineering program through the NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant program.  "SUNY New Paltz has earned national recognition for its return on investment," said the Senator, "I cannot think of any other educational institution in the Hudson Valley better positioned for this high-tech initiative.  This investment is m

September 17, 2014
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The Groundbreaking for the new Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library, Monticello

Senator Bonacic attended the ground-breaking to kick off the construction of the expanded Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library on Monday, September 15, 2014.

September 15, 2014
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Senator John Bonacic Secures State Funding for SUNY New Paltz: Funds will support growing 3D Printing Initiative that benefits the College and Hudson Valley Region

Senator John Bonacic announces that SUNY New Paltz is the recipient of $850,000 dollars in capital funding for a new 3D Printing Laboratory at the College. Since launching its groundbreaking 3D Printing Initiative just over a year ago, SUNY New Paltz has added state-of-the-art 3D printing equipment, forged public-private partnerships with industry leaders, has received great interest from students and faculty, and continues to fulfill project requests from regional businesses. 

September 4, 2014
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SENATOR BONACIC ANNOUNCES $2.8 MILLION IN FLOOD RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR SULLIVAN COUNTY

“The flash flooding that ravaged parts of Sullivan County this summer damaged our communities and disrupted so many lives.  I applaud Governor Cuomo for securing funding for the communities in desperate need of assistance that were destroyed this summer.  This money not only allows us to repair damage and improve the resiliency of our infrastructure to withstand future storms, it restores hope for so many people.

September 3, 2014
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Recognizing Three Year Anniversary of Hurricane Irene

Senator Bonacic provided remarks at a Middletown press conference today, August 28, 2014, held by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney to mark the three year anniversary of Hurricane Irene.  This event also recognized the millions of FEMA-aid dollars that have come in to help communities rebuild from this storm, as well as Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Lee.  The Senator thanked all of our Federal representatives, past and present, for providing the critical assistance to our disaster victims.

August 28, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Releases Statement re: the report of the Inspector General Investigation into Improper Takeout Rate Charged by NYRA

Statement by Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, regarding the report of the Inspector General Investigation into the Improper Takeout Rate Charged by the New York Racing Association, Inc.:

August 26, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At the Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony

The Sullivan Renaissance Pre-Awards Ceremony Cocktail Party reception was held at the Market Shed at Bethel Woods Center last night.  These awards are funded by the Gerry Foundation, and provides communities in Sullivan County  with seed money for beautification projects.  The top winners were the  Phillipsport Community Center ($25,000 grant); the Village of Jeffersonville ($10,000 grant); and the Rock Hill Fire Department and the Rock Hill Business and Community Association ($5,000).  With Alan and Sandra Gerry.

August 12, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Ribbon-Cutting for Orange County's New "Burn Building"

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Orange County's new firefighter training facility, the "burn building," was held today, August 11.  The building features three stories, includes 13 burn rooms and can simulate a variety of fires, including attic and basement fires.  Located at the Fire Training Center in New Hampton, it has a 30 year life span, and it's estimated that two-thousand firefighters will learn from it.  The Senator joined with other Orange County officials, including Senator Bill Larkin; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; Assemblyman James Skoufis; and former Orange County Eddie Diana to officially open the facility.   

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic At Ellenville's Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival

Senator Bonacic visited the annual Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival in Ellenville on August 9, 2014 which celebrates good music, great people and, of course, terrific blueberries.  Here is the Senator with Tammy Boylan, owner of Gardiner's Wrights Farm.

 

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Takes Part in 5K Run/Walk to Benefit Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties

Senator Bonacic and Pat Bonacic took part in the 5K run/walk to benefit Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties on August 9, 2014.  Here is the Senator with his wife, Pat and (l) Anthony Kane, Chairman of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties; and (r) Dan O'Grady, President and CEO. 

August 11, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Attends Citizen Preparedness Training, Middletown

Senator Bonacic attended the Civilian Emergency Preparedness Corps Training event held in Middletown.  Here is the Senator with (l) Capt. Castillo and Master Sgt. Rowse (r) who ran the event.

August 8, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Provides Comments for a Fox 5 News program regarding Online Gambling (Click on story to get link to the video)

Senator Bonacic provided comments for an informative Fox 5 News program that aired on August 4, 2014. The program was about online gambling, and Senator Bonacic discussed the potential for online gambling legislation for New York.  

August 5, 2014
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Senator Bonacic Announces The Passage of Senate Bill 1885C Into Law - Calls for volunteer firefighter applicants to have background checks

Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mount Hope) announces that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed Senate Bill 1885-C sponsored by Senator Bonacic, which would require prospective volunteer firefighters to authorize a background check for sex offense convictions upon the submission of their application, into law.  

August 4, 2014
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