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BONACIC ANNOUNCES RESTORATION OF VLT AID TO SULLIVAN COUNTY

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 22, 2011
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BONACIC: BUDGET AGREEMENT MOVING FORWARD

 Budgets for Housing, Agriculture, and Environmental Conservation Largely Agreed Upon 

March 22, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC AND ASSEMBLYMAN KEVIN CAHILL

Announcing a Three Way Agreement on Flood Buyout Legislation in the Town of Wawarsing 

March 21, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC On Reservoir Levels and Flooding

 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.”

March 10, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC

In response to a question from the NY Times, I did state, and do believe that the current tax rates for individuals and families earning more than $1 million should be continued at its current rate. 

March 9, 2011
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ONTEORA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION INSPIRES NEW LEGISLATION TO ENSURE CHILDREN’S SAFETY

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 9, 2011
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BONACIC STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO’S SUPERINTENDENT SALARY CAP PROPOSAL

 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.”

March 1, 2011
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BONACIC: ORANGE AND ROCKLAND COUNTY UTILITIES' RATE HIKE PROPOSAL ILL-CONCEIVED

 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 22, 2011
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BONACIC: DEC’S INACTION IN SHANDAKEN PUTS PEOPLE AND SMALL BUSINESS AT RISK

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.

February 12, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC RELEASES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S BUDGET PROPOSAL

“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:

February 1, 2011
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BONACIC: TAX CAP LEGISLATION PASSES SENATE

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.”

January 31, 2011
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BONACIC: SENATE PASSES JOBS LEGISLATION

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 19, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC NAMED CHAIRMAN OF TWO SENATE COMMITTEES

Will serve as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Racing, Wagering and Gaming  

January 11, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR BONACIC ON GOVERNOR CUOMO'S STATE OF THE STATE MESSAGE

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.”

January 5, 2011
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON PROPOSED LAYOFFS AT BELLEAYRE

"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.

November 17, 2010
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SENATOR BONACIC STATEMENT ON STOCKBRIDGE MUNSEE COMPACT

"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.

November 17, 2010
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC: ON THE FIRING OF DEC COMMISSIONER PETER GRANNIS

“Governor Paterson’s apparent decision to fire DEC Commissioner Peter Grannis is bad government at its worst executed by an accidental Governor with no moral, fiscal, or leadership authority whatsoever.”  

October 22, 2010
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BONACIC: PASS SCHEIDERMAN ETHICS BILL (AND BRING ON THE GRAND JURY TO LOOK AT THE SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP) - NOW!

In the wake of the bombshell report released yesterday by State Inspector Joseph Fisch, which noted numerous improprieties by Democrats who rule State government, Senator John J.

October 22, 2010
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2010-2011 Fish and Game Brochure

New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announced that the 2010-2011 Fish and Game brochure, a convenient guide containing important information on fishing and hunting in New York State, is now available online by going to www.senatorbonacic.com

File: 
Fish and Game Season Dates for 2010.2011.pdf

October 18, 2010
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BONACIC ASKS STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TO HELP WITH SULLIVAN COUNTY EFFORT TO BRING FEDERAL AGRICULTURE SECRETARY HERE

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) has asked New York State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets Patrick Hooker, for help bringing Federal Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Sullivan County.

October 7, 2010
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