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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.