James L. Seward's News items

April 2, 2006
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On Time!

Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) commented on the state budget following final action by the legislature on March 31."We have just wrapped up our second on-time state budget that cuts income and property taxes for the state’s hardworking, overburdened taxpayers. It does not contain a penny in new taxes or fees. The legislature approved record state dollars to our local schools that will help our students achieve more in their classrooms, reduce pressure on school property taxes, and help improve and modernize schools.

March 31, 2006
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Budget Includes Ag Center, NYSha Grants

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health and the New York Historical Society are in line for state help under the on-time state budget approved Friday, State Senator James L. Seward said today.The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) at the M.I. Bassett Hospital has been designated to receive $200,000 for its roll-over protective structure (ROPS) program. The program is intended to provide partial grants to farmers to retrofit tractors with roll bars to reduce the incidence of death due to rollovers.

March 31, 2006
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Seward Secures $17.8 Mill Suny Coby Aid

The legislative budget agreement includes $17.8 million in critical rehab funding for SUNY Cobleskill’s Wheeler and Frisbee Halls in the college’s original quad, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The funding in the SUNY capital budget will pay for additional laboratory space in the college’s Wheeler Hall and renovation of Frisbee Hall for administrative office and general classrooms use.

March 30, 2006
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Seward Secures Suny Cortland Building Aid

The legislative budget agreement includes $20 million for renovations to SUNY Cortland’s Bowers Hall Science Building, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The funding in the SUNY capital budget will pay for the rehabilitatation of two wings of the 140,000 square foot building, which houses the biology, chemistry, geology and physics departments.

March 30, 2006
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Seward Secures $2.4 Mill Tc-3 Aid

The legislative budget agreement includes $2.4 million in additional funding toward Tompkins Cortland Community College’s master plan, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The funding in the SUNY capital budget will pay for additions to the college’s master plan, including a student center, biology labs and a health center. The money was not included in the governor’s proposed budget.

March 30, 2006
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Seward: Taxpayers Win In On-time Budget

Senator James L. Seward said today the new state budget assembled and agreed upon by the legislature in open budget conference committees includes his major goals of cutttng property taxes and providing tax relief for small businesses. In addition, Seward said the budget will be on-time for the second year in a row."The budget includes genuine relief for our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers, especially in the area of property taxes.

March 29, 2006
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March 27, 2006
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Seward Hails Agreement On Aid For Local Governments

The legislature’s 2006-2007 budget agreement will provide significant new aid for cities, towns and villages in the 51st Senatorial District, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said the funding is intended to help ease the pressure of local property taxes. The budget agreement gives cities a significant increase above the governor's proposal (which was based on property wealth in a community) with 13 percent more than the governor's plan. In addition, the aid agreement offers a 20 percent across the board increase for towns and villages above the state’s current year budget.

March 27, 2006
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Otsego County Woman Named To State Panel

Louisa Mary "Honey" Platt of County Highway 34, Westford, has been confirmed by the state senate for a term on the Board of Visitors for the New York State Home for Veterans and their Dependents at Oxford, 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.Platt retired as a clerk in the Otsego County Auditor’s Office and is currently Westford town clerk and tax collector.

March 22, 2006
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Senate Boosts State’s Disaster Prep

The New York State Senate has approved several bills that would boost state and local emergency preparedness, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward was the first chairman of the senate’s panel to look at emergency and disaster readiness following September 11.

March 21, 2006
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Senators Win City Response On Flood Control

State Senators John J. Bonacic and James L. Seward today announced that flood control measures have now started at a fourth DEP controlled reservoir. The DEP today opened a "waste channel" off the Ashokan.Two days ago, the DEP announced that flood control measures will also be a part of the redesigned Gilboa dam. In addition, the DEP, in the past few months, has initiated rain pack releases in the Neversink and Pepacton Reservoirs.

March 16, 2006
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Senate Budget Rejects Snowmobile Raid

The state budget approved by the senate on Monday, March 13, rejects the governor’s proposed $2.5 million raid on the state’s snowmobile trail fund, Senator James L. Seward said today.The governor's proposed 2006-07 state budget calls for sweeping $2.5 million in snowmobile trail funds into the state's general fund. Under the governor's plan, money available for snowmobile trails would drop from $3.4 million to $1.9 million. "I didn't vote for a trail fund in order to see it raided by the state and diverted to other purposes," Senator Seward said.

March 14, 2006
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March 13, 2006
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Senate Unveils Emergency Preparedness Package

Senator James L. Seward, Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today unveiled a comprehensive package of legislation that would greatly enhance the ability of state, local governments, businesses, and New York citizens to prepare and respond to any type of catastrophic event, whether man-made or natural, by requiring counties to enact preparedness plans, establishing standards for evacuating and sheltering nursing homes during emergencies, and increasing penalties for individuals who tamper with nuclear power plants.

March 8, 2006
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Senate Launches Attack On Medicaid Fraud

State Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States.The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 is a 10-point plan that would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.

March 7, 2006
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Senate Okays Gilboa Dam Disclosure Bill

Taking another step forward in its efforts to improve dam safety, boost disclosure and make New York City take greater responsibility for the operation, safety and maintenance of its dam, the New York State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senators James L.

March 6, 2006
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Seward Wins Gilboa Dam Vote

The safety of residents in the Schoharie Valley downstream of the Gilboa Dam took a step forward today when the state senate approved senate bill 6415A, which requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation to undertake an enhanced inspection program of high hazard dams.The measure is sponsored by Senators James L. Seward and John Bonacic, whose districts host a number of NYC owned and maintained dams."The legislation will provide improved oversight and it requires more detailed state involvement in the regulation of dams like the one at Gilboa," Seward said.

March 1, 2006
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Senate Declares High Taxes Public Enemy #1

Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and other members of the senate majority conference today announced a package of more than $8.4 billion in tax cuts, focusing on property tax relief, help for small businesses and relief from high energy costs, that will be part of a budget plan the senate will act on in early March.The senate is estimating additional general fund revenues, above the governor’s projection, of $353 million in 2005-06 and $733 million in 2006-07.

February 28, 2006
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New Car Inspection Reg Dead -- For Real

State Senator James L. Seward today applauded the governor for shelving the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ plan to alter car inspections to expire at three different times within a month.Two weeks ago the D.M.V. issued a notice of withdrawal of its plan, but then said it would go ahead with its plan anyway using the state’s formal rule-making process. The governor’s announcement today terminates the idea."I commend the governor for standing up for hardworking, overburdened New York taxpayers and motorists," Seward said.

February 28, 2006
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