Senator John J. Bonacic congratulates SUNY New Paltz students, Rachel Kaminisky and Ryan Murray, for having their research projects exhibited as part of The Innovative Exploration Forum. This event, held in Albany, was sponsored by the SUNY Faculty Senate Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Committee. The Senator enjoyed speaking with the two students about their research and future school plans.
MONIES TO HELP FUND NEW POOL PROJECT, INCREASES QUALITY OF LIFE FOR COMMUNITY
Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) announces that he has secured $250,000 in funding from the New York State Economic Development Program for the Town of Rosendale, Ulster County. The monies will be used to replace the current pool which has been deemed unsafe to operate due to deterioration of its exterior shell, plumbing and piping, and high levels of water leakage. The pool’s bathhouse will also see improvements in its showers and toilet facilities, which will be open and available to those visiting the nearby rail trails.
Senator Bonacic (R/C/I- Mt. Hope) is pleased to announce that the New York State 2014 – 2015 budget agreement includes $40 million in funding to help fix the many potholes that are left after a rough winter throughout New York.
The increase in aid for pothole repairs is among several boosts in money for road repairs, particularly upstate. Local municipalities have raised concerns that the pothole problem would put stress on their budgets.
“This brutal winter has resulted in more than three feet of frost underneath our roads, and local governments have struggled to deal with the effect it has had on their budgets. The well-being of motorists and pedestrians across New York State depends on keeping our roads safe,” said Senator Bonacic.
PLAYED PIVOTAL ROLE DURING CIVIL WAR UNDER PRESIDENT LINCOLN, NEGOTIATED PURCHASE OF ALASKA
Senator Bonacic announces the recognition of March 30 as William H. Seward Day in New York State. “Not only was Secretary of State Mr. Seward a leading figure in American history,” said Senator John Bonacic, “but he also served the State of New York as a Senator from 1830 to 1834, and as the state’s 12th Governor, from 1839 to 1842. He was one of the nation’s most ardent opponents of slavery. It is with great pleasure that we devote this day to his memory and his great accomplishments to our country.”
Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce the passage of Senate Bill S.1878 which passed today in the New York State Senate. This legislation, which he sponsors, will increase penalties for drivers who repeatedly pass a stopped school bus.
The bill will enhance current penalties for passing a stopped school bus by adding a sixty (60) day suspension of an individual’s driver’s license when a holder is convicted two or more times of passing a stopped school bus within a period of ten years. Current law provides that an individual convicted two or more times of speeding in a construction zone be subject to a sixty day suspension of his or her driver’s license, but does not provide the same penalty for passing a stopped school bus two or more times.
Senator Bonacic spoke at an Albany press conference recently to pledge his support for increased spinal cord research funding in the 2014-2015 budget. Remarking on a statement made at the conference that this would be a job-creating endeavor, Senator Bonacic said that this was more “about caring for all of our citizens and their families.”
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month,” calling upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential.
To that end, Senate Resolution (No. 3679) calls upon New Yorkers to encourage and recognize “the abilities of all people, and to take the time to get to know someone with a developmental disability; to provide the encouragement and opportunities necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential, and live as independently and productively as possible.”
Individuals with developmental disabilities are our family members, our friends, our neighbors, coworkers, teammates and classmates.
Standing at the podium with a crowd of supporters, Senator Bonacic sent a strong message to Governor Cuomo that closing nine correctional facilities in order to save $30 million dollars on the backs of professional men and women who work at Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center was wrong.
Recently, the legislature voted on the Board of Regents who imposed the Common Core curriculum. The incumbent Regents have performed poorly with the Common Core roll out, and ultimately failed the parents and students of New York. As such, I did not vote for the incumbent members of the Board of Regents.