HERKIMER, 12/09/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined law enforcement officials today for a demonstration of the new Herkimer County sheriff’s computer based pistol license and weapons tracking program.
“Herkimer County is one of only a handful of counties across the state utilizing this new, cutting-edge technology to issue pistol licenses,” said Senator Seward. “The system reduces paperwork for local officials while enhancing record keeping and streamlining the registration process for qualified gun owners.”
As local governments seek creative ways to save money they often look to the state for assistance. One of the most important avenues I have long pursued is mandate relief. During the recent special legislative session in Albany we were able to take a step in the right direction by passing a bill aimed at encouraging efficiencies that would ultimately benefit local property taxpayers.
TRYING TO SAVE THE MARRIAGE: State Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions Chair Diane Savino was skeptical of a DCAS plan to ‘divorce’ New York City Transit and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority from the city’s central hiring agency. In particular, she cited the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s often-contentious relationship with Transport Workers Union Local 100.
By NATHAN BROWN, Enterprise Staff Writer POSTED: October 26, 2009
BLOOMINGDALE - There are no stairs in front of the St. Armand Town Hall.
The old stairs, which were badly cracked after years of water getting in and freezing, have been removed, and new ones, which are designed so this won't happen, are going to be put in. For now, people can use the side entrance.
(Staten Island)— On September 3rd , State Senator Diane J. Savino held an unclaimed funds forum for seniors at the New Lane Senior Citizen Center, in conjunction with the New York State Comptroller’s office. The workshop, part of a series of forums throughout the district, features a representative of the Comptroller’s office, who assists constituents in finding if they are entitled to unclaimed funds.
10/23/2009 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today unveiled grant funds for clean water projects in Cooperstown and Richfield Springs. New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Acting President Matthew Millea joined Senator Seward and other state and local dignitaries to announce the funding, provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Elmira, N.Y., October 19–State Senator George Winner (R-C-I, Elmira), Assemblyman Jim Bacalles (R-C-I, Corning), and Assemblyman Tom O’Mara (R-C-I, Horseheads) announced today that local governments and school districts throughout Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins counties have been awarded records management grants from the New York State Archives.
Count Me In - that’s the message from the New York State Senate web site launching Monday to tout the upcoming 2010 Census. The site supports efforts underway across the state to help ensure all New Yorkers will be counted. Visitors to census.nysenate.gov will find answers about the census, and can offer their ideas on how to encourage more people to participate.
Several hundred thousands of New Yorkers were not counted in the 2000 Census. Given that the federal government spends nearly $2,000 a year per New York resident in federal program funding, New York lost close to $400 million dollars a year and about $4 billion dollars over the last ten years. This shortfall could have been used to improve education, health care, emergency services - even public transportation - in underserved communities across the Empire State.
TUPPER LAKE — A six-month pilot program would put an extra patrol car on the street in Tupper Lake while dispatching is handled by Franklin County 911 staff.
Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost said remote dispatching would take place only between 5 p.m. and 5 a.m. on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday — the times Police Chief Thomas Fee identified as needing the most personnel out on patrol.