James L. Seward's News items

Seward Unveils Major Property Tax Overhaul

At a press conference at the home of a Catskill family, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation that would cut property taxes for families and senior citizens.

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.

July 13, 2007
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Jobs Grants Announced In Herkimer

Jobs and businesses in Herkimer County will be boosted as a result of $145,000 in state senate economic development awards announced today by State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) at a ceremony in Herkimer. He was joined by representatives of area businesses and local officials, including Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Len Hendrix and IDA Director Mark Feane. "There are two things on people's minds in our area: high property taxes and the economy," said Senator Seward.

June 29, 2007
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Senate Okays Seward Bill On Sex Offenders’ Bail

The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) that would help courts track the movements of those arrested and charged with sex offenses.

Senate bill 4909 gives judges the authority to revoke the bail of anyone charged with a sex offense if the offender changes his address and fails to notify the court.

June 27, 2007
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Cancer Outreach Bill Bound For Governor

Community based breast cancer outreach organizations would be eligible for state grants for outreach programs to cancer survivors under the terms of legislation approved by the state legislature, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) said today. The state senate has given final legislative approval to S. 2932A, 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.

June 26, 2007
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Mt Markham School Gets Name Change

The state senate has approved legislation to change the legal name of the Bridgewater, Leonardsville, West Winfield Central School District to the Mount Markham Central School District. Senate bill 6028 is sponsored by Senator James L.

June 25, 2007
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Seward Comments On Legislative Session

Senator James L. Seward commented on the senate session upon its close:"We had some successes this year with workers' compensation reform, ethics and budget reform, and adoption of a civil confinement law to keep sex predators committed.

June 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Seward Firefighters' Bills

The state senate has approved bills to boost recruitment efforts of local fire departments and EMS squads and to protect certain firefighters' state tax credits, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Voluntary Emergency Services. "Both bills 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.

June 20, 2007
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Local Land Trusts Get State Grants

Senator James L. Seward said today that the following local land trusts in his district had been designated to receive competitive matching grants through the state's environmental protection fund (EPF).

June 19, 2007
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Seward's Farm Safety Bill Ratified

The state senate has approved legislation filed by Senator James L. Seward designed to decrease farm equipment-auto accidents in New York.

June 19, 2007
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Seward Announces Ilion Grant

Residents of the Village of Ilion could see improved village parks and enhancements to the community swimming pool as the result of a $20,000 state budget award announced by Senator James L. Seward, (R-C-I/Milford). "Our community parks and playgrounds improve the quality of life in a community for residents, children and visitors," Senator Seward said.

June 14, 2007
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Senate Unveils Major Plan To Cut Property Taxes

Senator James L. Seward said today the New York State Senate unveiled major property tax reform legislation that could result in 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. "Property taxes are killing families and senior citizens --it's the number one issue I hear wherever I go," said Senator Seward.

June 13, 2007
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Seward Statement On Lake Veto

Senator James L. Seward commented on the governor's veto of legislation to authorize a Canadarago Lake District at local referendum:"The governor's veto is disappointing and represents a fundamental lack of understanding of the purpose of special districts and a complete lack of sympathy for the lakeside residents who have dealt with flooding and siltation over the years and have looked to their state officials for the opportunity to solve their own problems through a locally approved lake district.

June 13, 2007
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Senators Criticize Location Of Power Line Hearing Today

Senator James L. Seward and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference voiced their opposition to a Department of Energy hearing on the designation of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) being held in Rochester today. The senators, who are unable to attend the hearing because of senate session, have submitted written testimony and called on the Department of Energy to schedule another hearing at a location closer to the proposed path of the power line.

June 12, 2007
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Senate: Drunken Drivers Who Kill To Be Charged With Murder

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5517) that would create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunken drivers who kill others. Senator James L. Seward supported the measure."Drunken driving is bad; killing someone while driving drunk is worse yet and has lifetime consequences for the victim's family," Seward said. Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where senators were joined by the family members of Katie Flynn.

June 6, 2007
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Senate Okays Article X Power Plant Bill

The New York State Senate has approved legislation (S.5908), sponsored by Senator James Wright (R-C-I, Watertown), that would reauthorize the state’s Article X law that applies to the siting of major electric generating facilities to help meet the demand for power by residents and businesses in New York State. The law expired on January 1, 2003."This is one way we can knock down the argument that downstate needs the NYRI transmission line," Senator James L. Seward said.

June 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Mandatory Chemical Tests

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.4241), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would mandate chemical tests for operators of public vessels to determine if alcohol or drugs are a factor in accidents where serious injury, death or disappearance occurs, or when serious damage to the vessel or another vessel occurs.

June 1, 2007
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Milford's West Main Gets Rehab Funds

The Village of Milford is in line for state funding to resurface its West Main Street (County Route 44) from Route 28 in the village to the village limits, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The village will be receiving $50,000 in state multi-modal transportation funding to pay for the project."State funding reduces pressure on local finances," Seward said, "and the stretch of road is in dire need of resurfacing.

May 29, 2007
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Gov Inks Otsego Tax Bill

Governor Spitzer has signed legislation authorizing Otsego County to issue refunds to taxpayers for the county's overbilling of 2007 property taxes. The legislation was filed by Senator Seward and Assemblyman Magee (senate bill 3415). The senate passed the bill in March and the assembly passed it in May. The governor signed it on May 22."The county can now proceed with its plan to issue refunds," Senator Seward said.

May 24, 2007
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Legislature Honors Wwii Remembrance Ceremony

State Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Peter Lopez today presented a legislative resolution to the Uniszkiewicz family of Cobleskill commemorating a memorial service to be held in Bricquebec, France, that will honor the memory of Lt. Joseph Uniszkiewicz, brother of Cobleskill resident Leon Uniszkiewicz.

"This is a significant moment that mixes heroism, friendship and international goodwill," Seward said. "The legislature is recognizing the special circumstance that unites people of two nations who were great allies in World War II. We all commend Lt.

May 23, 2007
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Senate Okays Farm Relief Bill

The state senate gave final legislative passage to a bill sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) that would provide relief to farmers from the potential high costs and red tape imposed by a new state regulation. Senate bill 3022 would exempt permanent farm buildings on working farms from the state's property maintenance code, which would subject barns and other farm structures to various new and unprecedented inspections.

May 22, 2007
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