Sen. John Bonacic officiates over dedication of Andes Hall
By Matthew J. Perry
The Town of Andes dedicated its new town hall on Saturday in a ceremony made especially official by the attendance of the man whose name has been lent to the building.
At noon sharp, State Senator John Bonacic was on hand to cut a purple ribbon at the doors of the new facility, which is located on Delaware Avenue next to Andes Central School. Officials of Andes unveiled a plaque, now placed in the building’s lobby, honoring the senator for his work with the town and the district at large.
A large crowd of Andes residents and officials were also on hand, as was Delaware County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Eisele. Attendees gathered outside the building to witness the ribbon cutting and an honorarium delivered by Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly.
“Without [the senator’s] resolve and continuous support, our dream of a new town hall may never have been achieved,” said Donnelly in his remarks.
“Normally I discourage people from naming things after me,” Senator Bonacic replied. “But I’m humbled and honored by this gesture.”
“Marty is a good friend and a good partner, as are all the local officials of Andes,” the senator continued. “We’ll be there to partner with Andes on future projects.”
Afterwards, the building was opened and ceremony gave way to celebration and impromptu tours of the new town offices, which were fueled by coffee and a cake decorated for the occasion.
The new town hall has been on the Andes’ to-do list for the past 11 years. Donnelly described the dedication as a measure of thanks to Senator Bonacic, who helped secure resources for the project, including a $10,000 grant that arrived through the senator’s office this May.
The new facility, housed in the building which continues to serve the town pool, now contains all municipal offices with the exception of the Andes Justice Court, which remains in the old hall on Main Street.
Senator Bonacic managed to shake most of the right hands present and admire the new furniture in the assembly room before his schedule required a departure after approximately 20 minutes.
“Being a state senator is a dream come true,” he said in his remarks, while admitting that the rigors of his schedule deny him the opportunity to spend more time in the communities he represents.
“I tell my bride of 42 years that when I’m no longer a state senator, we’ll take the time to really visit and enjoy this beautiful area.”