James L. Seward's News items

Senate Passes Contingency Budget

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would puta contingency budget in place that would be the first step towards implementing the Senate’s budget reform plan this year and would facilitate agreement on a new budget before the April 1st deadline.The contingency budget was submitted as a program bill to the legislature last Friday by Governor Pataki. It would maintain spending levels adopted by the legislature in the 2004-05 budget, with certain limitations and revisions.

February 15, 2005
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Communities In 51st District Get Planning Grants

Senator James L. Seward said today that the Governor’s Office for Small Cities (GOSC) has awarded grants of up to $25,000 to help local communities create strategic plans for important local development projects. In Seward’s district, the villages of Catskill and Schoharie received awards, along with Chenango County. "The local awards are important for helping local governments create a roadmap to their futures, whether it’s economic development or simply local planning," Seward said.

February 7, 2005
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Athens Groups To See State Help

At an Athens ceremony today, State Senator James L. Seward unveiled state awards for local Athens cultural and arts agencies and community organizations. The grants cover funding for important local projects, including community recreation and historic preservation."This is an opportunity to celebrate those aspects of our communities that enhance our quality of life for our young people, our elderly and our families," Senator Seward said.

February 3, 2005
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Two Local Deer Management Meetings Scheduled

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will holdhearings on deer management issues in two locations in the 51st District,Senator James L. Seward said today. An Oneonta meeting for Region 4 is scheduled for Saturday, February 12 at 1 pm at the Oneonta Holiday Inn on Route 23 Southside.Travelers can take exit 15 off from I-88 and pick up Route 23 east. The Holiday Inn will be on the right side.

February 3, 2005
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Schoharie Landmark Gets Financial Boost

Lasell Hall, the historic building that serves as home to the Schoharie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will receive some significant energy efficiency work with help from a $20,000 grant arranged by State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford)."This home, in the heart of the Village of Schoharie, is a tangible and historic reminder of our nation’s history. Applying modern energy efficiency measures will help keep the building vital and functioning for future generations," said Senator Seward.

February 3, 2005
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Seward Announces Cortland Grants

State Senator James L. Seward today announced $40,000 in state funding for Cortland area organizations. The awards cover projects that boost the county fairgrounds and a local research library."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 1, 2005
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Seward Announces Herkimer Awards

At a Herkimer County ceremony today, State Senator James L. Seward unveiled state awards for local Herkimer County public safety agencies and organizations.The awards cover funding for important local public safety projects or programs."Today is a day to observe the value of our local fire and police departments -- those who answer sirens and pagers at night and who patrol our roads to keep us safe," Senator Seward said.

January 27, 2005
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Area Companies On List For Cheaper Power

Two Cortland companies are on a state list to get cheaper electricity to run their operations, Senator James L. Seward said today.Cortland Line Company is seeking 450 kw of cheaper energy in order to retain 95 jobs. Distributor Data Forms is seeking 100 kw in order to keep 16 local jobs. Companies typically pay 25 to 30 percent less for their electricity under the "Power for Jobs" program authored by Seward as then chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. Cortland Line, a manufacturing of fishing line and equipment, has a payroll impact on the area of $2.3 million.

January 24, 2005
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Company In Line For Cheaper Power

ALBANY,1/24/05 -- A local company is on a state list to get cheaper electricity to run its operations, Senator James L. Seward said today.Gehring Tricot Corp. is seeking 450 kw of cheaper energy in order to retain 114 jobs at its Dolgeville plant. A company typically pays 25 to 30 percent less for its electricity under the "Power for Jobs" program authored by Seward as former chairman of the Senate Energy Committee. The company, which dyes knitted fabrics, has a payroll impact on the area of $3.2 million.

January 24, 2005
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Senate Acts On Legislative Reforms

The New York State Senate has approved a list of reforms and rules changes, including a ban on empty seat voting, numerous reforms to make the committee process more open and efficient, increasing public forums, hearings and debate of proposed legislation and expanding the use of conference committees and achieving statewide access to televised Senate sessions, Senator James L.

January 24, 2005
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Seward Comments On Governor's Budget

Senator James L. Seward today commented on the governor’s proposed 2005-2006 state budget, which was unveiled at the state capital today."The governor has provided the legislature with a good starting point for the next year. In particular, I certainly support his emphasis on reforming Medicaid and its mandates and providing genuine property tax relief to our county taxpayers.

January 18, 2005
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Senate Passes Two Budget Reform Bills

As its first order of business for the 2005 legislative session, the New York State Senate today passed two comprehensive budget reform bills that would fix the budget process and put an end to late budgets beginning this year with the enactment of a contingency budget in the event a new budget is not enacted by April 1.

January 13, 2005
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Senate Honors Korean Vets

Senator James L. Seward was in Schoharie recently to honor veterans of the Korean War who had been recognized for their service with the Korean War Medal, issued by the South Korean government to combat veterans in appreciation for their service to Korea.At the Schoharie County Court House, Seward honored the veterans with the state Senate's Liberty Medal,a legislative honor presented to each veteran individually, recognizing the veteran's personal sacrifice and commitment to freedom.

January 13, 2005
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Seward Outlines Legislative Priorities

In press conferences across his district, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-51st District) unveiled his priorities for the 2005 legislative session. "In brief, I am fighting for budget reform, Medicaid reform to address local property taxes; a solution to the CFE court decision that helps upstate schools; economic development and government reform," Seward said.

January 7, 2005
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Senate Announces Legislative Reforms

Senator James L. Seward and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today announced a list of 17 Senate rule changes and other reforms that will be acted on when the Senate officially begins the 2005 session on Monday, January 10th.

January 7, 2005
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Cobleskill Native Named To State Post

State Senator James L. Seward today announced the appointment of Seth R. Lamont of Albany as counsel to the Senate Insurance Committee. Lamont is a graduate of Cobleskill High School.

Lamont clerked for the state Insurance Department and is a former appellate court attorney for the Appellate Division, Third Department.

January 5, 2005
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