ALBANY, 03/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that three broadband expansion projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the Connect NY Broadband Grant Program.
“Reliable, affordable broadband service is extremely important on several fronts. If we are to support our rural areas, and facilitate jobs and economic opportunity, we have to ensure the availability of this important technology,” said Senator Seward. “These Connect NY grants mean new possibilities for businesses, schools and homes throughout the 51st senate district.”
The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) is setting new rules to speed the processing of insurance claims in areas affected by Storm Sandy. The new regulation reduces the amount of time an insurer can delay its decision on a claim, and requires insurers to report to the Department on how many claims it is delaying and the reasons for the delays.
ALBANY, 02/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today congratulated Cortland County on the receipt of a $6 million grant through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program to upgrade emergency communications.
“Emergency responders depend on a reliable communication network to do their job and save lives,” said Senator Seward. “This grant award, the second received by Cortland County, will not only help protect homes and businesses but also means that firefighters, ambulance workers and police will be safer when answering emergency calls. The funding also saves taxpayers from a major expense.”
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.
Highlights of the Executive Budget:
· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.
· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.
"First I want to again thank the constituents of the 62nd District for allowing me the opportunity to serve them again this year in the New York State Senate. Last year, under the leadership of the Senate Majority and of Governor Andrew Cuomo, we accomplished a great deal, including an early budget, enacted property tax caps and reduced tax rates on the middle class. While last year was a success, there is still a great deal to be done to keep this State moving in the right direction.
On Saturday, I was joined by Scout Troop #94 of Gates and employees from Sunnking Electronics Recycling, as we took part in an electronics recycling event at the Monroe County Ecopark. I would like to personally thank both Cindy Jessop of Sunnking Electronics Recycling and Chris Mueller of Time Warner Cable for making this event possible. During the event, which ran from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., we collected several thousand pounds of electronics from televisions, to old computers.
I am teaming up with Sunnking, Waste Management, Monroe County, and Time Warner Cable for an electronics recycling event on Saturday, January 5th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Monroe County ecopark, 10 Avion Drive, Rochester, NY, 14624.
Most electronics are 100% recyclable. Common materials that are recovered through this process for reuse include glass, copper, aluminum, tin, steel, iron, plastic, silver, platinum, and gold.
Some of the common items that are accepted include:
Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzSponsors: Senator William Larkin and Senator David CarlucciPublic Hearing: To determine and analyze the Champlain Hudson Power Express and its impact on the residents of the Town of Stony PointPlace: Stony Point Community Center, 5 Clubhouse Lane, Stony Point, New YorkTime: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Kate Alexander (518) 455-2024ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
NORTH BLENHEIM, 09/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined representatives of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and local officials to present more than $207,000 in grants to nine first-responder organizations in Schoharie and Delaware counties to rebuild equipment and systems capabilities after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The grants were announced in August by Governor Cuomo, among other state initiatives to aid communities affected by last summer's storms. NYPA today also issued a request for proposals (RFP) to improve cellular and wireless communications at the Blenheim-Gilboa power plant and across the Northern Catskills.
Senate Standing Committee on Energy and TelecommunicationsChair: Senator George D. MaziarzPublic Hearing: To consider and analyze the long-term base load energy generation and transmission needs of the State of New York.Place: Town of Somerset Town Hall, 8700 Haight Road, Barker, New York 14012Time: 12:00 P.M.– 4:00 P.M.Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024Media Contact: Kate Alexander (716) 434-0608ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Area Business Leaders Laud Choice of Western New York Senator
ALBANY - Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos (R-C-I, Rockville Centre) announced today that Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has been appointed Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business.
The New York State Senate today passed a bill to stop scammers from charging phone customers who are unwittingly forwarded to additional and costly phone numbers. The bill (S7652), sponsored by Senator Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo), requires better notification if consumers calling a phone number for information are then prompted to call a second number that charges hefty fees.
This agreement puts the power back into the hands of consumers who want to avoid unwanted telemarketing calls. By making it more convenient for New Yorkers to opt-out of telemarketers’ lists and strengthening the state’s ‘Do-Not-Call’ registry requirements, the disruptions that come from unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers will be significantly reduced, enhancing the quality-of-life for countless New York families.