James L. Seward's News items

Herkimer Schools In Line For Challenge Grant

Mount Markham Central School and Herkimer Central School are two of several rural schools to get grants from the state's Rural Education Advisory Committee, Senator James L. Seward said today. Mount Markham will be receiving $2,500 for its "Love Literacy" after school program. Its goal is to motivate and nurture kindergarten through fourth grade students' love of literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The goal is to boost student achievement for approximately forty at risk students.

December 10, 2007
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Seward Announces Tompkins Budget Award

Emergency preparedness in Tompkins County would be enhanced as a result of state funding for new communications equipment for first responders throughout the county, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward unveiled a senate funding initiative of $80,000 toward the county's cost of its county-wide emergency communications system upgrade. "The senate funding will help pay for a critical need right here in Tompkins County and will result in enhanced readiness and improved communication during an emergency.

December 5, 2007
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Seward Unveils New Tourist And Information Center In Little Falls

State Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Marc Butler joined local officials today at Little Falls City Hall, 659 Main St., to mark the completion of a new tourist and information center next to the city hall building."One reason we hope to re-invigorate the Scenic By-Way Trail with the sponsorship by the Chamber of Commerce is to take further advantage of grant and funding opportunities along the trail corridor," Seward said.

November 30, 2007
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Seward Announces Sharon School $$

New York State Senator James L. Seward announced today that Sharon Springs Central School will receive funding to improve energy efficiency and save district taxpayers money. Seward said the district would receive a $65,000 grant to replace lighting and add occupancy sensors at the school.

"When we can help school districts reduce energy consumption and save dollars, we're helping taxpayers and our environment both," Seward said.

November 30, 2007
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We Pause To Give Thanks

 

While I typically devote my weekly column to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, craft and pass laws that would improve our lives, this week I wanted to take a momentary departure to observe one of the governmental roots of Thanksgiving.

 

November 15, 2007
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November 14, 2007
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Oneonta Woman Reappointed To State Panel

    A. Marie Lusins of Oneonta has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Advisory Council to the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Senator James L. Seward said today.

October 30, 2007
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Ilion Woman Named To State Panel

June C. McCarrell of Third Street, Ilion, has been confirmed by the state senate for an extended term on the Board of Visitors of the Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Office, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate. McCarrell has been a parent advocate for developmentally disabled individuals and is past president of Herkimer County ARC.

October 30, 2007
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Schoharie Man Appointed To State Panel

Jeffry Luria of Central Bridge has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Advisory Council to the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate. Luria, of Grovenors Corners Road, Central Bridge, is a forensic psychologist with the Schoharie County Department of Mental Health.

October 30, 2007
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Cortland Woman Appointed To State Panel

Andrea Haenlin-Mott of Cortland has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Advisory Council to the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate. Haenlin-Mott, of Evergreen Street, Cortland, is ADA coordinator for Cornell University's facilities services.

October 30, 2007
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Senate Okays Bill Stopping Drivers’ Licenses For Illegals

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers' license or non-driver identification card.

October 22, 2007
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Seward Announces Cortland Ems Grant

At a local gathering of firefighters and EMTS at the Cortlandville Fire Department, Senator James L. Seward unveiled modern UHF pagers purchased with a senate grant of $100,000 Seward secured in the 2007-2008 state budget. "The senate funding helps local programs and meets locally identified community needs that would not be possible without state assistance," Senator Seward said.

October 15, 2007
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Seward Poll: No Drivers’ Licenses For Illegals

    Senator James L. Seward's on-line poll shows overwhelming opposition to Governor Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, Seward said today.       Seward asked residents of his district to register their views in an on-line poll at his web site -- www.senatorjimseward.com. The question was "Do you support the governor's proposal to issue drivers' licenses to illegal aliens?"

October 9, 2007
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Seward, Schoharie Officials Oppose Drivers’ Licenses For Illegals

    Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez today joined Schoharie County Clerk Indica Jaycox, Earl Van Wormer, chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, County Sheriff John Bates and other officials in calling upon Governor Spitzer to rescind a policy change that will allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses in New York.

October 1, 2007
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Senate To Pass Bill Stopping Drivers’ Licenses For Illegal Aliens

    In an effort to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers, the New York State Senate will act on legislation next month to prohibit the state from issuing drivers' licenses to illegal aliens, Senator James L. Seward said today. The legislation would require a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State driver's license.

September 28, 2007
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Seward: No Drivers' Licenses For Illegals

State Senator James L. Seward today said that he would oppose Governor Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal aliens. Spitzer announced last week he would make drivers' licenses available to illegal immigrants through regulation."What is there about the word 'illegal' in 'illegal immigration' that the governor doesn't understand? " Seward said.

September 25, 2007
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Seward: Time To Drop School Property Tax

At a press conference at the home of a Cortland family, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation that would cut the burden of property taxes for families and senior citizens. Seward unveiled the plan at the home of Wes and April Petty on Main Street.

The New York "Stop Taxing Our Property" Reform plan (NY-STOP) offers the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional state funding.

September 5, 2007
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Cancer Outreach Bill Signed By Governor

Community based breast cancer outreach organizations would be eligible for state grants for outreach programs to cancer survivors under the terms of legislation signed into law by the governor, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) said today. The governor signed S. 2932A on August 28, which establishes a program of state grants to organizations that offer counseling, education and outreach programs to survivors of breast cancer. The grants are subject to a budget appropriation.

August 29, 2007
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Gov Okays Seward Firefighter Bill

The governor has signed legislation sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward that will help protect certain firefighters' state tax credits. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Voluntary Emergency Services. "The new law will help our upstate volunteers in fire and emergency services," Seward said. "Our volunteers do a great job in our rural areas for little or no compensation, and they need to be supported.

August 23, 2007
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Fitness Booth At Cincinnatus Library

The Kellogg Free Library in Cincinnatus is hosting a special fitness kiosk courtesy of Senator James L. Seward.The presentation at the libary urges young people to take the New York State Senate's Youth Fitness Challenge. "The senate's youth fitness campaign is designed to encourage young children to get and stay fit by rewarding them for doing what they enjoy , like sports or swimming," Seward said.

August 13, 2007
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