James L. Seward's News items

Seward: New Budget Will Cap Medicaid

The new state budget that will be approved by the legislature this week will include a cap on counties' expenses for Medicaid, Senator James L. Seward said today. The savings, resulting from cost controls, a cap, and accelerated state assumption of the Family Health Plus program, will help ease pressure on county property taxes. The Medicaid cap will save counties in Seward's 51st District more than $43 million per year when fully enacted in 2009. Total aggregate savings through 2009 exceed $122 million.

March 28, 2005
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Seward: Victory In Empire Zone Fight

Senator James L. Seward today said that the legislature has agreed to additional empire zones for counties without them, capping a three year struggle to secure the job-producing tool for Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties."This week the legislature agreed that the new state budget should include provisions for the addition of 12 new zones over the next four years," Seward said.

March 23, 2005
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Committee Okays Health Insurance Bills

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Insurance approved four bills today that would make health insurance more affordable for employers and help reduce the ranks of the state’s 3 million uninsured. Senate bills 79, 414, 1372 and 1405 were all approved by the panel and sent to the full senate for its consideration."Health insurance costs continue to rise for all employers and employees," Senator Seward, chairman of the committee, said.

March 21, 2005
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State Fire Grants Available

The state is accepting applications from rural fire departments for grants under the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services."I hope that upstate rural departments will take advantage of the grants available under this important program," Seward said.

March 18, 2005
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Senate Approves Bills To Get Racetrack Vlts On Lin

The New York State Senate has approved two bills that would help get video lottery terminals (VLTs) up and running at Yonkers and Aqueduct Raceways.

March 17, 2005
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Senate Passes $2.3 Billion Tax Cut Plan

The senate version of the state budget passed this week includes almost $1 billion in business tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy, and almost $1 billion in direct school property tax relief. The plan includes tax credits for biotechnology, a small business health insurance tax credit, a direct school property tax relief rebate program, expansion of the Empire Zone program, and adopting a single sales factor to boost manufacturing jobs and investment in emerging technologies.

March 16, 2005
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Senate Passes Education Budget

The state senate has passed the 2005-06 education budget,which provides for an increase of $626 million in formula driven and other educational assistance to schools across New York State. The senate budget adds $425 million to the governor’s proposed $201 million increase over last year. The senate proposes setting aside $325 million in Sound Basic Education Aid proposed by the executive in a special reserve fund for education.

March 15, 2005
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Senate Okays 2005-06 Higher Education Budget Legislation

The New York State Senate has approved the higher education portion of the 2005-06 state budget that restores and appropriates additional funding to higher education including restorations for the tuition assistance program (TAP), State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY) and funds for independent colleges and universities.

March 15, 2005
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Health Budget Okayed By Senate

The senate’s 2005-06 New York State budget restores nearly $730 million in cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and health care that were proposed by the executive, while also taking steps to rein in the spiraling cost of Medicaid to local property taxpayers.The senate budget bills restore $730 million in cuts to New York’s health care system, preserving vital programs and services that help protect public health, and reject new and higher taxes on hospitals and nursing homes, as well as cuts in payments for home health aides.Measures are also included in the senate

March 15, 2005
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Senate Budget Helps Little Falls

The 2005-2006 state budget proposed by the New York State Senate Republican Majority includes $100,000 in special aid for Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The senate’s budget embodies positions advanced by the senate Republican majority going into budget discussions and conference committees, and was passed today."Seven cities are currently left out of special municipal aid that all other cities currently receive, including Little Falls," Seward said.

March 14, 2005
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Senate Budget Plan Expands Empire Zones

The 2005-2006 budget resolution that will be adopted by the New York State Senate next week will facilitate empire zones in Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties, State Senator James L. Seward said today. The three counties in the 51st Senatorial District are currently without their own zones."The senate's position going in to budget talks with the assembly is that each county should have its own zone," Seward said. "Working with local officials, I have made the addition of zones a budget priority for those counties in my district without them.

March 11, 2005
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Senate Passes Death Penalty Legislation

In observance of National Police Week, the New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. "I believe it is a deterrent and it is also simple justice," said State Senator James L. Seward, who voted for the measure. "While I support a comprehensive death penalty statute for all ofthose who kill in premeditated circumstances, this is one step forward, and it contains important safeguards.

March 9, 2005
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State Announces Funds To Protect Water Quality

Governor George E. Pataki today announced $6.7 million for 32 projects to help farmers protect the state’s soil and water resources from agricultural runoff. The funding is available through the New York State Agricultural Non-point Source Abatement and Control Program (ANSCAP) and includes $600,000 statewide for planning initiatives. The projects also will serve as the implementation arm of the Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program. Locally, Cortland, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties are recipients, Senator James L.

March 7, 2005
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Senator Seward Announces "countdown To April 1"

With the April 1st start of the state fiscal year now less than a month away, Senator James L. Seward announced an effort that will enable residents of the 51st Senatorial District to show their support for the senate's fight to pass a new state budget on time for the first time in 20 years. "Never have we had a greater opportunity to get a budget passed on time than we have this year," Senator Seward said. "Right now, as a result of the senate's budget reform efforts, everything is in place and a schedule has been set to get a state budget done before the deadline.

March 4, 2005
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March 4, 2005
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Seward Announces Schoharie County Area Awards

State Senator James L. Seward today announced $90,000 in state funding for Schoharie County area organizations and municipalities.The awards cover projects that boost the local first responders and promote historic preservation."The awards help organizations and local governments afford important initiatives that might otherwise be out of their reach because of the cost or because they could pressure local taxes," Senator Seward said.

February 28, 2005
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Local Health And Research Initiatives Unveiled

At a Cooperstown ceremonyat M. I.Bassett Hospital, State Senator James L. Seward announced state awards for two key health programs that operate under the hospital's auspices. Nurse scholarships and training. Seward said that $50,000 in state aid would help fund scholarships for nursing students enrolled in the joint Bassett/Hartwick/Delhi nurse training program. Part of the funding would also help defray the expense of recruiting, training, supporting and hiring rural health care professionals at the hospital. Bassett Research Institute.

February 24, 2005
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Seward Presents Cortland Youth Grant

At a press conference and announcement in Cortland today, state Senator James L. Seward unveiled a $32,000 grant to help fund expansion of the city’s Police Outreach Program (POP) to create the Community Outreach Partnership Center in Cortland’s east end. The expansion would include a city partnership with SUNY Cortland. "The program has been beneficial to the young people of the city, and it has expanded and improved relations between police officers, youth and neighborhoods," Sen. Seward said.

February 18, 2005
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State Announces Local 9-1-1 Awards

Local counties will be receiving state funds to upgrade their wireless 911 answering systems, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Emergency Volunteer Services, said the money will be used to help counties improve their public service answering points (PSAPS) to enhanced wireless 911."Local county dispatchers are seeing their volume of calls rise with the prevalence of cell phones and wireless 911 emergency calls, and the cost to county taxpayers is tremendous" Seward said.

February 18, 2005
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Senate Okays Bills To Make New York H.a.v.a. Compliant

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive package of legislation which would bring the state into full compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). If enacted into law, these bills would improve and enhance voter access and free approximately $219 million in federal funds to modernize voting machines and improve procedures.In an effort to expedite the process and meet the federal deadlines, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

February 17, 2005
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