March 29, 2011 The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has historically forsaken the residents in the New York City Ashokan Watershed and violated National Clean Water Act standards. In addition, ineffective leadership in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has contributed to the continued destruction of upstate communities.
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), announced today that Sullivan County would receive a portion of VLT aid, according to a three way agreement between the Assembly, Senate and Executive Chamber, the measure requires final approval in the budget by the legislature.
March 10, 2011 “The dangers faced by the people of the Catskills in relation to flooding these past few and next several days are avoidable to a degree. The Senate has previously passed my legislation to require New York City to reduce reservoir levels whenever major inflows of rain or snow were anticipated. Shortly thereafter, New York City started to take some flood mitigation measures.”
Legislation (S.3100), sponsored by Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), passed the Senate on March 7, 2011. The legislation expands the list of crimes for which a person is prohibited from becoming a school bus driver.
March 1, 2011 “We need to be realistic about the current state of our economy. Setting a salary cap based on student enrollment makes a lot of sense and is a step in the right direction. It is an ideal, fair plan to cut spending at a time where we need to be frugal. As Governor Cuomo has said, the budget plan will be one that makes difficult choices.”
February 22, 2011 State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today described O&R’s proposed rate hike as outrageous. The proposed increase would raise customers’ electric delivery bills by 32.5 percent over the next three years.
February 12, 2011 State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), is condemning the failure of the NYS DEC to approve emergency flood remediation measures in Phoenicia. In December, Bonacic, along with representatives of Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, met with officials from the DEC, DEP, and Town of Shandaken on the need for emergency repairs to the Stony Clove Creek, in Phoenicia. The area has been subject to two major floods in recent months. At that time, the DEP agreed to pay for engineering services to design a solution and the Town agreed to implement the solution. The sole job of the State DEC was to approve the solution – and the DEC agreed to act fast.
“The classic budget rhetoric wars of the past will fail this year – and I suggest the special interests tone down their rhetoric and stand as partners in finding solutions, rather than take out advertisements, which merely fight for the status quo.”
“This year, taxpayers have said enough! Taxpayers have said:
State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope), today said the State Senate has passed legislation (S.2706) which would enact Governor Andrew Cuomo’s school property tax cap legislation for schools and local governments. In addition, the Senate passed legislation (S.2707) to ban new unfunded mandates.
“Governor Cuomo heard statewide what we in the Hudson Valley and Catskills have known for years – property taxes are chasing people from our State. The special interests may oppose a property tax cap, but overwhelmingly, when asked, taxpayers support it.”
State Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced the State Senate has passed two important Constitutional Amendments, as well as one other piece of legislation, designed to create jobs in New York and permanently stop out-of-control government spending. You can read news articles about this legislation at:
January 5, 2011: “Governor Cuomo has the support of the people of New York and a mandate for change. The past two years of State government have increased spending by over $14 billion and increased taxes by over $10 billion – all of which I voted against.”
"The DEC, by targeting Belleayre as harshly as they have, has shown misplaced economic priorities. Belleayre makes money for the State and is an asset that is the economic catalyst for our region. The State has made it their economic plan for the Catskills to be a place of outdoor recreation and high quality water. That means, simply, that our region should not take a disproportionate hit in the outdoor tourism industry. To cut jobs at Belleayre will result in job losses for our small businesses throughout the region that depend on Belleayre for their livelihood.
"Casinos have long been talked about in the Catskills but various road blocks have always gotten in the way. If Governor Paterson signs the Stockbridge Munsee Compact, as his office has told me that he will do, it is another opportunity to create jobs and rekindle tourism in the Catskills. The work will now shift to Washington to have the Federal government approve this casino. Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand have increased clout given the recent elections have made their Democratic Majority smaller. I am hopeful that both of them will use that clout to have the Obama administration approve what the Bush administration would not.