James L. Seward's News items

July 12, 2006
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Disaster Aid Helps Farmers Too

Senator James L. Seward said today thatthose who live onfarms or ranches and theirprimary residences were damaged by the severe flooding that began on June 26 canregister for state and federal disaster aid. Farmers and ranchers, who suffered damages to their homes and personal property, are encouraged to call and register for disaster aid with the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."Some farmers couldn't get their milk to market because roads were closed and had to dump milk," Senator Seward said.

July 11, 2006
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Second Senate Hearing On Nyri Power Line

ALBANY -- Senator Raymond A. Meier, (R-C, Western) and Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta) announced today that a second hearing of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee on the proposed NYRI power line project will be held Monday, July 17, 2006, from 6-9 p.m., at the New Hartford High School auditorium, 33 Oxford Road in New Hartford.

Senators Meier and Seward serve as members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications. Meier represents Oneida County, where the line is proposed to begin.

July 11, 2006
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Seward Announces New Comprehensive $25 Million Flood Relief Package

Senator James L. Seward and Governor George E. Pataki today announced that an additional $25 million in new aid would be made available to residents and small and large businesses affected by the devastating flooding that occurred last week in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga and Ulster counties. The new aid package would build on the $35 million State Disaster Relief Program announcedlast week.

July 9, 2006
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Seward Offers Info On Filing For Flood Aid

Senator James L. Seward has offered sometips to speed disaster aid for those recovering from the floods of June 26-28.1. Register by telephone or online as soon as possible. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who had flood losses should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.

July 9, 2006
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Seward: State To Offer Flood Aid Package

State Senator James L. Seward today said a $35 million flood relief plan announced by the governor today will be critically important to the flood-ravaged areas of his district. The plan, announced by the governor today, includes help for local governments, families and businesses.Of the $35 million, $25 million will fund assistance for individuals and families and $10 million will fund what is usually local governments' share of two key FEMA relief programs -- public infrastructure and hazard mitigation.

June 29, 2006
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Senate Okays Ithaca College - Longview Bill

The state senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that would permit Ithaca College and Longview residential senior community to build a joint residential health care facility. Senate bill 126-A is sponsored by Senator Seward and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton in the assembly. "This is a good fit for Ithaca College and Longview," Senator Seward said. "Ithaca has a formal program in gerontology and they together have a well-established relationship.

June 22, 2006
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Senate Okays Eminent Domain Reform

The New York State Senate has approved legislation (S. 8349-A) sponsored by Sens. James L. Seward, Wm. Larkin, John Bonacic, Thomas Libous and Raymond Meier that would prohibit the use of eminent domain by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to acquire land for its power line.

June 22, 2006
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Senate Okays Canadarago Lake; Richfield Bills

The state senate has approved legislation to create a Canadarago Lake protection and improvement district that would be subject to local voter approval.Senate bill 4650-A, filed at the request of the Towns of Exeter, Otsego and Richfield, authorizes the creation of a self-governing lake district to include the real property adjacent to Canadarago Lake.

June 22, 2006
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Legislature Okays Cortland Health Care Bill

A bill approved by the state legislature and now bound for the governor's desk will permit Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility to expand its adult day health care program by up to 16 slots if the facility is unable to accommodate individuals awaiting placement. The facility is currently at its maximum 24 spaces. Senate bill 7979 has been approved by both the senate and the assembly.

June 22, 2006
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Fishing Promotion Plan Heads To Governor

Fishing and tourism would be paired in new promotional efforts by the state under legislation (S. 3232-A) given final approval by the state senate today, Sen. James L. Seward said. The bill was a legislative priority of the Conservation Alliance of New York (CANY). "New York State has tremendous water resources -- lakes, streams, brooks and creeks -- set in beautiful, picturesque landscapes.

June 21, 2006
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Bassett’s Streck Reappointed To State Panel

William F. Streck, M.D. of Cooperstown has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to another term on the state’s Public Health Council, 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.

June 20, 2006
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Windham’s Dan Frank Appointed To State Panel

Dan Frank of Windham has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to a term on the state’s Passenger Tramway Advisory Council, 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.

June 20, 2006
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Seward Signs On Eminent Domain Reform

State Senator James L. Seward is cosponsoring legislation (S.8349) that would prohibit the use of eminent domain by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to acquire land for its power line. The bill could be voted on this week."The law needs to be reformed to protect private property," Senator Seward said. "Eminent domain, rightly understood, can be used for public projects like water, sewer, roads and bridges that result in the public good.

June 19, 2006
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Senate Okays Life-saving Defibrillator Bill

The New York State Senate has approved a measure sponsored by Senator James L. Seward that would permit first responders to possess automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). The bill, S. 4669, was suggested by first responders in Sen.

June 15, 2006
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Senate To Cop Killers: Pay With Your Life

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) that will reinstate the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. The senate also passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Dale Volker (R-C-I, Depew) that would amend the state’s death penalty law to fix a provision that was ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals. "We need to send a clear message that if you kill a police officer you will pay with your life," said Senator James L.

June 12, 2006
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Senate Passes Property Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would provide almost $1 billion in much-needed relief to hardworking, overburdened taxpayers to help pay their school property taxes this fall. The bill represents an agreement with the state assembly."My priority this year has been tax relief for New York's overburdened, hardworking families," Senator James L. Seward said.

June 11, 2006
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State Senate Hearing On Nyri Set For Norwich

Senator James L. Seward said today that members of the public who want questions asked at a public hearing sponsored by the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications may forward questions to him for consideration. Seward, who represents northern Chenango County and is former chairman of the committee, will participate in the committee's hearing scheduled for June 15 at Norwich High School Gymnasium, Midland Drive, Norwich.The hearing is open to public attendance.

June 4, 2006
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Seward Announces Ilion C.s. Grant

Senator James L. Seward today announced that Ilion Central School District is in line for a $100,000 senate grant to assist in cushioning the tax impact of its budget on local property taxpayers. "School districts face tremendous pressure with rising fuel costs, health insurance and higher pension contributions," Senator Seward said.

May 30, 2006
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Seward Urges Vets With Stolen I.d.s To Contact Feds

State Senator James L. Seward today urged veterans who are concerned that their personal information may have been stolen in the VA computer theft to contact the federal government’s special call center.Veterans may call by telephone -- 1-800-FED-INFO -- or visit the official government website http://www.firstgov.gov or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.va.gov/opa.

May 25, 2006
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