In press conferences across his district, New York State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) outlined his 2006 legislative program, with the centerpiece an on-time budget and property tax relief. Seward unveiled his agenda as he toured his district."We face challenges in our area that need tough leadership, real change and a willingness to confront the status quo," Seward said.
The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator James L. Sewardand members of the senate majority conference(S.6019) requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders and prevent sexual predators from coming off the state sex offender registry later this month.
State Senator James L. Seward has criticized the state Department of Motor Vehicles for enacting a new rule that will cut by two-thirds the time motorists have to get their vehicles inspected.The new rule, to take effect in 2007, gives motorists ten days to get their vehicles inspected in the month their inspection stickers expire instead of the entire thirty days. Stickers will expire on the 10th, 20th or 30th day of the month, meaning people could be driving with expired inspections when they think they are well within the month.
The New York State Legislature has okayed two pieces of legislation that would increase penalties for those who injure or kill police officers, and toughen current laws that will crack down on the criminal misuse and possession of illegal guns.
In an effort to reduce the enormous burden of some of the highest property taxes in the country, Senator James L. Seward andmembers of the senate majority conference today proposed the REBATE-NY plan, a comprehensive, 24 point plan to provide more than $2.4 billion in school and municipal property tax relief over the next three years, including direct rebate checks to property taxpayers, expanding the STAR program and the property tax circuit breaker, and encouraging consolidation and sharing of local government services.
At a press conference Tuesday at the City of Cortland Fire Department, State Senator James L. Seward announced a total of $ 295,000 in grants through the New York State Senate to area municipalities and organizations. At the city fire department, Seward unveiled a $10,000 award to fund a new defibrillator to replace an old unit in poor condition.
At a press conference at the Little Falls Fire Department on Tuesday, Senator James L. Seward unveiled two senate grants included in the 2005-2006 state budget. Seward was joined at the event by the city fire chief, Robert Parese, Mayor Ted Wind, Legislators J. Keith Davy, Dennis Korce and Raymond Smith, and Little Falls Town Supervisor Robert Gardinier. Seward said that $15,000 had been set aside in the budget for the City of Little Falls and $5,000 for the Town of Little Falls.
At an all-day drill for police and fire first responders in Herkimer County, State Senator James L. Seward announced a $9,000 state senate grant to fund completion of the county's GIS (geographic information system) project. The award pays the final costs of the $29,000 project, originally funded with a 2004 federal bioterrorism preparedness grant."The senate funding helps complete an important, potentially lifesaving project without further burdening local property taxes," Seward said.
New York State Senator James L. Seward today released the text of a letter he has sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging the mayor to adopt five key points in an action plan for the Gilboa Dam."The city has been appropriately cautious and that's commendable," Seward said. "But going forward, we need to build the new dam on five important blocks in the foundation. Based on the comments, concerns and suggestions from citizens and officials, I have urged the mayor to take the following steps:1.
ALBANY, 11/22/05 -- Area justice courts are in line for state grants under the state's justice court assistance program, Senator James L. Seward said today. The funding helps purchase equipment and facility upgrades under the 2005-2006 state budget. "The grants help local governments fulfill an important function of government -- provide local courts," Senator Seward said. "In addition, the funds help reduce pressure on local finances and local taxes.
While I typically devote this section of the website 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.
The following proclamation was issued by President George Washington in 1789, and is considered the first governmental observance of what we know today as Thanksgiving.
Senator James L. Seward today announced $205,000 in grants for area school districts for projects ranging from an after school program to emergency building expenses. Seward unveiled the awards at a ceremony at Oneonta's Greater Plains Elementary School. "All of these awards will help provide important local and educational services, reduce families' expenses, and reduce burdens on property taxpayers," Seward said.
Area residents are invited to two local events on the topic of breast cancer sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward, Breast Cancer Options and the Greene County Healthy Women's Partnership. In addition, Seward is offering a special breast cancer screening through a mobile mammography van to those who sign up in advance.The screening will take place on Monday, November 14, at the Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, Catskill, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Women who want to sign up for an exam should call 1-888-423-3366.
LITTLE FALLS, 11/9/05 -- At a press conference today in Little Falls with the Herkimer County IDA and local officials, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled $100,000 in economic development initiatives through the state senate that will help retain and boost jobs in Herkimer County.Seward announced $50,000 for an expansion of N.E.P. Glass in a new location in the Town of Little Falls and $50,000 for Empire Fibreglass Products of Little Falls to acquire more production area. The funds, which will be administered by the Herkimer County IDA, will assist N.E.P.
Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2005-2006 state budget includes, at his request, transportation initiatives for the Tompkins County Towns of Danby and Caroline. Seward said the funding was requested by Caroline Town Highway Superintendent Cindy Whittaker, Danby Town Highway Superintendent William Hall and County Representative Frank Proto, who represents both towns on the county legislature. Town of Caroline. Seward announced $35,000 in funding for repair of 1.5 miles of South Road in Caroline that ends at the Town of Candor.
ALBANY,11/2/05 -- Senator James L. Seward today announced that local community libraries in Schoharie County would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate."Our libraries are vital to our communities," Senator Seward said. "They provide books and periodicals -- the most important -- but they also offer a portal into a new information age that people use for job searches, genealogical purposes, and self improvement, among others. Libraries in some areas are community centers, and they are foundations of a free, democratic society.
ALBANY,11/2/05 -- Senator James L. Seward today announced that local community libraries in Cortland County and in the Tompkins County portion of the 51st Senatorial District would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate."Our libraries are vital to our communities," Senator Seward said. "They provide books and periodicals -- the most important -- but they also offer a portal into a new information age that people use for job searches, genealogical purposes, and self improvement, among others.
Senator James L. Seward will be in Tompkins and Cortland Counties Tuesday, October 25, to participate in the "Bring Your Leigslator to Work Day" sponsored by Support Services Alliance, a small business advocacy organization. The event is intended to show legislators the varied kinds of small businesses in New York today and the challenges faced by today's employers.