James L. Seward's News items

Little Falls Companies Get Cheaper Power

Burrows Paper Corp. and Little Falls Hospital were approved for reallocations of cheaper electricity to run their operations, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said that Burrows Paper was awarded 1000 kilowatts (kw) of cheaper energy in order to retain 83 salaried jobs and 122 hourly positions. Burrows, a maker of specialty tissues, has payroll impact on the community of more than $6 million. Little Falls Hospital was granted 150 kw in order to keep 278 full-time equivalent positions, including 30 salaried positions and 248 hourly positions.

October 19, 2005
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Seward Announces Area Grants

Several area municipalities and organizations will be getting state help as a result of legislative grants announced today by state Senator James L. Seward at the Chenango County Court House. Joined by municipal officials and nonprofit agencies, Seward said the grants will help provide funding for equipment and programs that might not otherwise be affordable."The funding helps local programs and meets locally identified community needs that might be affected without state assistance," Senator Seward said.

October 19, 2005
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Seward In Greene County For Local Events

Senator James L. Seward will be in Greene County Thursday, October 6, for several local events and an announcement of state funding.The schedule:*9:30 a.m. -- Meets with John Wiktorko, superintendent of Windham-Ashland-Jewett School District;*12:00 p.m. -- Attends the annual volunteer recognition event and luncheon of the Greene County Department for the Aging (Catskill Elks Lodge, N. Jefferson Avenue, Catskill);*4:00 p.m.

October 4, 2005
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Oneonta Group In Line For State Award

The Greater Oneonta Historical Society will be getting state help to rehab the façade of its historic building on Main Street in Oneonta, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward will officially unveil a $50,000 legislative grant at the society’s annual banquet on Wednesday, October 5, at the Oneonta Country Club. Dinner will precede the presentation set for 7:15 p.m."The society has embarked on a program that would restore the Main Street building -- the oldest brick building in Oneonta -- to its original condition, with a 1920s façade," Senator Seward said.

October 4, 2005
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Senate Approves Energy Plan

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive energy plan that would provide motorists with immediate relief from high gasoline prices, Senator James L. Seward said today.

September 20, 2005
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Schoharie County Picks Up State Grants

Senator James L. Seward today announced almost $1 million in economic development grants for Schoharie County and the Village of Middleburgh contained in a $5.56 million grant package announced by the governor. Governor Pataki unveiled grants to help create jobs, provide affordable housing, and enhance public services in 14 communities in the Capital Region. The Governor's Office for Small Cities (GOSC) Community Development Program funding will support community projects in Albany, Columbia, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.

September 15, 2005
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Seward Honored For Autism Funding

Kristin Christodulu, left, director of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany, honorsState Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) for his support of center activities in Greene County, during a meeting on Thursday of local school superintendents at the Greenport campus. The center provides education support for school districts in Greene County, among others.

September 15, 2005
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Seward Announces Kalkberg Park Grant

At a press conference in Catskill today State Senator James L. Seward announced a $100,000 state grant to assist with infrastructure development for the Greene County IDA's Kalkberg Commerce Park and Serta project. Seward was joined by IDA, county, town and village officials at the announcement. "My hat's off to the leadership of Greene County for their efforts in bringing jobs to Greene County," Senator Seward said.

September 14, 2005
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Seward To Announce Fox Hospital Grant

A.O. Fox Hospital's program to redesign its medical imaging department, emergency department entrance and provide expanded parking will get a boost from a $50,000 state grant to be announced Tuesday by State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford). Seward will make the formal presentation at a Tuesday, 5 p.m.

September 12, 2005
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Danby Project Gets State Boost

A proposed community center in Danby is getting a $25,000 boost from the state for its planning and consulting expenses, State Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is to announce the award at ground-breaking ceremony on Monday, September 12 at 4 pm at the proposed site of the center in Danby.

September 8, 2005
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Seward Announces Suny Cortland Award

SUNY Cortland will see major improvements to its library as a result of a $100,000 state grant secured by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford). Seward announced the legislative initiative at a Friday morning press conference at the college's Memorial Library. "The heart of an academic program at a college is its library," Senator Seward said. "Every college needs the resources to provide updated equipment, books, software and periodicals for students and faculty alike.

September 8, 2005
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Gov Okays Route 20 Byway

State Route 20 is now an official state scenic byway following the governor's approval of special state legislation , Senator James L. Seward said today.Senate bill 5262, sponsored by Senator Seward and two senate colleagues, adds the 123 mile portion of Route 20 between Interstates 88 and 81 and Otsego County Route 54 to the New York State Scenic Byways System.

September 6, 2005
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Senator Seward Informs Constituents About Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Senator James L. Seward today announced constituents can assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi by making cash donations to voluntary relief organizations. "New Yorkers know all too well how important it is to pull together in the wake of such a devastating tragedy," said Senator Seward.

September 1, 2005
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Senate Plan Would End Gas Tax Windfall

State Senator James L. Seward today called for a cap on the gasoline sales tax to provide immediate price relief to motorists, and proposed spending the state's accumulated gas tax "windfall" to help seniors stay warm this winter."The state reaps a windfall because gas taxes are tied to the price of gas. The windfall generated by soaring gas prices should go back to people where it will do the most good," said Seward.

September 1, 2005
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Seward: Free Credit Reports Available Sept 1

Senator James L. Seward today said that consumers will be able to get free credit reports once per year beginning September 1, 2005. "Because of changes in the law, each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies is now required to provide people with free copies of their credit reports once every 12 months, on request," Seward said. "People should take advantage of this important opportunity to check their records."Seward noted that credit reports are important records of a person's financial history, and that knowing its contents can be helpful.

August 26, 2005
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Seward Announces Beaver River Deal

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that an agreement reached between the State of New York, the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society and the Beaver River Property Owners' Association would permit the restart of rail service into the hamlet of Beaver River Station. Rail service ended in 2002 and the cost of insurance made a permit too costly for the family that previously held it.

August 25, 2005
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Senate Helps With Town Patrol Boat

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August 23, 2005
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Seward Backs Property Owners' Protections

State Senator James L. Seward today announced he's backing senate legislation that would protect individual property rights following a U.S. Supreme Court decision (Kelo v. City of New London) that broadened the authority of local governments to take private property through eminent domain powers. The legislation (S. 5938), filed with Sen.

August 10, 2005
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Seward Hails Prescription Drug Law

Legislation just signed into law by the governor will help seniors and other consumers shop for prescription drugs, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward hailed legislation signed into law by the governor last night that will require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list, allowing them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet and help senior citizens save money. The law (S.1936-A, Chap.

August 5, 2005
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Seward Award Boosts Greene Plan

State Senator James L. Seward today announced $50,000 in state funding toward the preparation of an updated Greene County comprehensive economic development plan. The total cost will be shared by the state, the county, the Greene County IDA and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.Seward announced the award at a kick off meeting of the Greene County Partnership on Tuesday, August 2, at the county emergency operations and training center in Cairo."Greene County is an attractive and convenient location for business development," Senator Seward said.

August 3, 2005
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