Seward In Cobleskill For Local Events

State Senator James L. Seward will be in Cobleskill for events on Saturday, September 30.At 11:00 a.m., Seward will attend the Founder's Ceremony at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie on the hospital's grounds, 178 Grandview Drive, Cobleskill, as part of the hospital's 50th anniversary reunion.

At 5:00 p.m., Seward will attend he SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Awards ceremony at Prentice Dining Hall on the grounds of SUNY Cobleskill, where he will honored as an honorary alumnus in recognition of his support of SUNY Cobleskill.

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Senator Bonacic Tours The Children's Annex

State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C - Mount Hope) recently visited with students and staff of the Children's Annex in Kingston. The Senator was guided through the classrooms by the students. The Children's Annex is a private, not-for-profit program designed for children with special needs. It serves children between the ages of 2 and 15.

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Senator Fuschillo Cosponsors New Law To Save Taxpayers Billions Of Dollars In Medicaid Costs

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) announced today that legislation he cosponsored to save taxpayers billions in Medicaid costs by creating a State Office of Medicaid Inspector General has been signed into law by Governor George Pataki."Medicaid fraud is costing the taxpayers of this state billions of dollars each year and taking resources away from those who truly need them," said Senator Fuschillo. "We need to step up efforts to prevent fraud, uncover abuses within system, and recover money that is being used improperly.

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Senator Marcellino And The Long Island State Senate Delegation Announce New Housing Initiative

Long Island’s nine-member New York State Senate Delegation today unveiled a new, $25 million program to make housing available for more Nassau and Suffolk County residents. As developed and funded by Long Island’s State Senators and administered by the Long Island Housing Partnership ("LIHP"), the Homeownership and Economic Stabilization for Long Island Program ("HELP") provides downpayment assistance and rehabilitation grants to eligible homebuyers.

At today’s announcement, Long Island’s State Senators—Dean G. Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), Owen H.

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Senator Fuschillo And Assemblyman Saladino Honor Vietnam Veteran From Massapequa Park

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (8th Senate District) and Assemblyman Joseph Saladino (12th Assembly District) today presented the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross to Massapequa Park resident Arthur Krumm in recognition of his service during the Vietnam War."Mr. Krumm bravely served our nation as a member of the armed forces, and each of us owes him a great deal of gratitude, admiration, and respect for the sacrifices he made for our country," said Senator Fuschillo.

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Seward Announces Local Budget Awards

Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2007-2008 state budget includes, at his request, senate funding of initiatives of local interest to Herkimer County.AGENCY PROGRAM AMOUNTMillers Mills Grange #581 Building program/land acquisition $15,000Valley United Way Administrative expenses$5,000Van Hornesville FD Operating expenses$2,500 "The senate funding helps local programs and meets locally identified community needs that would not be possible without state assistance," Senator Seward said.

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Governor Signs New Law To Protect New Yorkers Against Identity Theft

State Senator Thomas P. Morahan announced that Governor Pataki today signed into law legislation he sponsored to protect the privacy of New Yorkers. To guard against the potential misuse of Social Security account numbers (SSN), Morahan's legislation places limits on the use and dissemination of this information.

"Identity theft is a growing problem with severe consequences. Victims face significant financial losses and complicated credit problems that could take years to correct.

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Senator Flanagan Announces Nesconset Armory Legislation Signed Into Law

Clearing the way for the Town of Smithtown to transfer the Nesconset Armory property to the Smithtown Library District, Senator John J. Flanagan (2nd Senate District) announced that state legislation authorizing the transfer has been signed into law. Since the Armory site was originally designated by the town as parkland when it purchased the land from the state in the mid-1990s, the legislation sponsored by Senator Flanagan and Assemblyman Michael J. Fitzpatrick (7th Assembly District) was needed to legally authorize an alternative use for this property.

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Bonacic: Fire Departments To Receive Assistance

State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope), today said fire departments in the Towns of Saugerties, Ulster, and Shawangunk will receive State aid through the New York State Senate’s Legislative Initiative fund. The following departments will receive aid:

Centerville Fire Department

East Kingston Fire Department

Glasco Fire Department

Malden West Camp Fire Department

Mt.

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