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Rural Public Transportation Issues Focus Of Senate Forum

COOPERSTOWN, 07/22/15 —New York State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I) and Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats), whose upstate, rural legislative districts are being hurt by state-level changes underway in the management of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, held a “New York Medicaid NEMT Roundtable Discussion” today in Cooperstown.

The senators heard testimony from local leaders and transportation management officials from Central and Western New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Hudson Valley, the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and the North Country on how state reforms are negatively impacting public transportation in the rural communities they serve.  

July 22, 2015
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Forum To Address Rural Public Transportation Concerns

ONEONTA, 07/20/15 – New York State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Tom O’Mara (R/C/I-Big Flats) will be in Otsego County, WEDNESDAY, July 22nd, at the Village Library of Cooperstown.

The senators will host a roundtable discussion focusing on rural concerns raised over the state takeover of the management of local Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NMET).

Local leaders and transportation management officials will testify in regard to their experience with the new system and the specific challenges rural communities are contending with due to the state’s ongoing Medicaid redesign strategy.  

July 22, 2015
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Belleayre Resort Project Receives Go-Ahead

ONEONTA, 07/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the NYSDEC decision to issue permits associated with the The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park: 

July 13, 2015
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Seward Helps Secure First Changes To NY-SAFE Act

ONEONTA, 07/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the senate Republican majority has secured a legally binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the governor’s office amending provisions of the NY-SAFE Act.

July 10, 2015
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Delaware County Sheriff's Office K-9 Division Receives State Funding

ALBANY, 07/05/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) today announced $40,000 in state grant funding they secured for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.  The monies will be used for the purchase of a new police vehicle built specifically for use by the office’s K-9 drug and search rescue team.

Senator James L. Seward said, “Our rural police departments are faced with a number of challenges – fighting crime and keeping costs in check -  and providing them with the tools necessary to perform and ensure officer safety has always been a top priority of mine. Working in tandem with Senator Bonacic, we were able to maximize resources and deliver for Delaware County.”

July 6, 2015
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Seward Calls On FERC To Reject Tennessee Gas Pipeline Plans

ONEONTA, 06/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong opposition to plans to site a second gas pipeline through portions of his district. 

“Plans to make portions of my district a new thoroughfare for gas pipelines are not in harmony with what residents want or support,” said Senator Seward.  “The concerns raised by local officials and residents alike are reasonable and understandable and provide strong evidence why the proposal submitted by Tennessee Gas Pipeline (Kinder-Morgan) should be soundly rejected.”

In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, Senator Seward writes:

June 30, 2015
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Statement On End Of 2015 Legislative Session

ALBANY, 06/25/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2015 legislative session:

“New relief for middle-class homeowners, extension of the landmark property tax levy cap, and constructive education reforms, advanced in the final days of the legislative session, all represent significant wins on issues important to the people of my district.

“These accomplishments come on the heels of a fiscally-responsible, on-time budget approved earlier this year that provided record education aid to our schools, kept taxes in check, and boosted economic development initiatives.

June 26, 2015
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Just Ahead - Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway

ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

June 23, 2015
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Seward Bill Will Ensure Moms-To-Be Receive Vital Prenatal Care

ONEONTA, 06/17/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), chairman of the senate standing committee on insurance, today announced senate passage of landmark legislation (S.5972) he sponsored which will greatly enhance women’s health care in New York State to include pregnancy as a qualifying event for women to enroll in any health insurance plan at any time.

June 17, 2015
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Senate Advances Seward Bill Dubbing Herkimer Diamond The Official State Mineral

ALBANY, 06/17/15 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5866) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

June 17, 2015
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Senate Passes Major Education Reform Bill

ALBANY, 06/15/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of the Kids First Agenda which includes key reforms to improve education in our schools. 

June 15, 2015
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Town Of Danby Concerns Prompt Seward Bill To Change State Sex Offender Notification Law

ALBANY, 06/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.5153) to ensure the public is properly notified of the sex offender status of group home residents.

“The senate has acted on a number of bills this year meant to safeguard and inform the public in regard to dangerous sex offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “Many times, these measures are needed to close previously undetected loopholes in our laws – that is the case in this instance.”

June 15, 2015
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Senate Continues Fight Against Heroin

ALBANY, 06/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids. 

“As a member of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart,” said Senator Seward.  “Despite our progress last  year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.” 

June 10, 2015
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Seward: Families Have Suffered Enough, Extend Time Between Parole Hearings For Violent Offenders

ONEONTA, 06/09/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he co-sponsors which would allow the New York State Parole Board to extend the period of time between reconsidering parole board denials from two years to five years when the inmate was sentenced for a violent crime.

June 9, 2015
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Senate Passes Seward SAFE-Act Reforms

ALBANY, 06/08/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsored that would amend several of the most onerous provisions of the NY-SAFE Act. 

“I voted against the NY-SAFE Act when it was first proposed and have joined law-abiding gun owners in calling for full repeal of this over-reaching, flawed policy ever since it was rushed into law,” said Senator Seward.  “While the political landscape in our state is a deterrent to completely erasing this right-restricting law, I do want to make sure that some of the most burdensome provisions are eliminated, and my legislation helps accomplish that goal.”

Senator Seward’s bill (S.5837) would:

June 9, 2015
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Senate Advances Bills To Protect Pets, Animals

ALBANY, 06/03/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and cruelty as part of the legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day. The event brings together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to raise awareness of important animal issues. 

“Animals fulfill so many different roles in our society from pets to service animals and it’s up to us to make sure their health and well-being are priorities,” said Senator Seward.  “These bills passed by senate will help protect animals and raise awareness about the many issues that impact their lives.” 

June 3, 2015
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Otsego County Man Rises To Rank Of Major General

ALBANY, 06/01/15 – New York Air National Guard Brigadier General Anthony P. German of Oneonta has been confirmed by the state senate as a Major General, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today.  Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted on by the full senate. 

“General German has served with great honor and distinction both in and out of uniform and I was extremely proud to move his nomination during the confirmation process,” said Senator Seward.  “Tony’s diverse background with the Air National Guard, including his many hours in the air, account for an extensive portfolio of experience that make him ideal for this leadership post.

June 1, 2015
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Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 28, 2015
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Senate Passes Seward Bill To Lift Belleayre

ALBANY, 05/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsors that would create a public-private partnership to boost the economic viability of properties in the Belleayre Mountain region. 

Senator Seward’s bill (S.1581) would authorize the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to operate and manage ski and recreational facilities located on properties in the vicinity of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

May 21, 2015
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Senate Moves To Make Property Tax Cap Permanent

ALBANY, 05/20/15 –  State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) announced today that the New York State Senate has acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent. The bill (S5597) would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.

May 20, 2015
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