James L. Seward's News items

Seward Responds To Special Session

 ALBANY, 11/18/08 -- Following today’s special session, Senator James L. Seward issued the following statement:

 “The result of today’s special session is an agreement to move forward from the governor’s proposal, and work together on ways to close the state’s budget gap without shifting costs to taxpayers.

 “Spending cuts are certainly going to be needed to help us deal with the current deficit.  But as I have been saying all along, we can not balance the budget on the backs of our schools, hospitals and local property taxpayers.

November 18, 2008
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Seward Joins Baseball Hall Of Fame For Homerun Announcement

COOPERSTOWN, 11/17/08--State Senator James L. Seward joined officials with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and local leaders today to announce a new tradition in Cooperstown: Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.

November 17, 2008
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November 13, 2008
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Seward Responds To Governor's Cost Cutting Plan

ONEONTA, 11/13/08 -- State Senator James L. Seward issued the following response to Governor Paterson’s proposed budget cuts:

“I am reviewing the governor’s proposed cuts carefully, and while I support the need to reduce spending, we must not transfer the state’s deficit to local taxpayers.

“Midyear cuts to schools would be disastrous. We need mandate relief and other options for schools to save money.

November 12, 2008
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Herkimer Group Gets State Award

ALBANY, 10/24/08 -- Catholic Charities of Herkimer County is in line for a $60,000 grant as part of a statewide effort to address gambling prevention, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced today.

"It's unfortunate that problem gambling affects nearly 1 million adult and even adolescent New Yorkers," Seward said. "Ten percent of junior and senior high school students have admitted to problem gambling in the last year, so I am glad that Catholic Charities will be able to add this key component to its program."

October 24, 2008
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Virgil Project Gets State Lift

ALBANY, 10/24/08 -- The Town of Virgil will get $75,000 in special transportation aid to help finish its Clute Road relocation project, Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced today.

The funding will help fund the $95,000 cost of the town's installation of a state DOT mandated culvert across Route 392 to improve stormwater control; and to construct 1250 feet of guide rail along the new road. The project is intended to improve access and enhance safety on the road that serves a major tourist destination - Greek Peak.

October 24, 2008
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State Offers Foothills Energy Incentives

ALBANY, 10/24/08 -- The Foothills Performing Arts Center's new building will be eligible for more than $140,000 in energy incentives under the New York Energy Smart program of the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) said today. "It means saving energy and reducing consumption in a performance venue where a lot of electricity is used," Seward said. "This is a pro-active way to reduce later energy consumption but at the start of a construction project." 

October 24, 2008
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Seward: NYRI Good For NYC, Not Upstate

ONEONTA, 10/21/08 -- In testimony before an administrative judge of the state Public Service Commission, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) said that the proposed New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) power line might be good for New York City, but it would be disastrous for upstate New York.

October 21, 2008
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Seward Announces Schoharie Police Grant

SCHOHARIE, 10/17/08 -- Joined by Schoharie County Sheriff John Bates, Jr. and Cobleskill Police Chief Michael O'Brien at the sheriff's office, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) today announced a $10,000 senate grant to help purchase equipment for the departments' cooperative efforts in executing warrants for violent offenders.

October 17, 2008
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Seward Funds Ag Incubator Project With Environmental Twist: Bio Fuel Component Linked To Ag Preservation

Coxsackie, Greene County--State Senator James Seward, a distinguished member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined Greene IDA and local officials today to announce a State funding initiative totaling $40,000 to enhance efforts to establish an Agriculture Incubator in Greene County. The innovative approach to utilizing public open space and habitat-protected land for related ag uses is unique to the region.

October 14, 2008
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CTM Unveils New Equipment

Local small business set for growth

FRANKFORT, 9/18/08 -- In Frankfort today, Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C) joined local officials and the leadership of Custom Tool and Model Corporation in the unveiling of new equipment key to the company's survival and growth. A state economic assistance grant secured by Sen. Seward for the company has helped purchase a new CNC lathe and add capacity to the shop floor. The funded was adminstered by the Herkimer County IDA.

September 18, 2008
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Local Biz Gets Job Growth Help

ALBANY, 9/15/08 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today visited RPM Ecosystems LLC of Dryden and announced $100,000 for Tompkins County Area Development to assist the company.

The funding will help RPM, a sustainable, 'green' company, begin the second phase of a planned $1.8 million expansion on its 158 acre site in Dryden, including its 5,000 square foot international headquarters. The company, which currently employs 36 workers, estimates creating 55 new jobs over the next three years with a payroll averaging $1.7 million.

September 15, 2008
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Seward: Prop Tax Rebates Coming

ALBANY, 9/15/08 -- Property tax rebates will be mailed out beginning this month and into October, and Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) urged area homeowners who didn't receive checks last year to apply this year.

"I have heard from some constituents that they didn't receive checks last year," Seward said. "They should be sure to apply this year."

Applicants may apply online at http://www.nystax.gov.

September 15, 2008
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Dryden Fire Dept Gets Senate Lift

DRYDEN, 9/5/08 -- At the Neptune Hose Fire Company in Dryden on Thursday, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced $ 100,000 in capital funding for the fire department's expansion and renovation of its firehouse. Seward spoke to more than 42 members of the department. He was introduced by President William Ackroyd. 

September 5, 2008
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Seward: Localities Eligible For Efficiency Grants

Goal is reduced pressure on property taxesALBANY, 8/26/08 -- The state is accepting applications from local governments for projects that involve municipal shared services and result in savings to local taxpayers, Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced today.

August 27, 2008
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Arts Guild Gets Senate Lift

At the site of the new Arts Center in Old Forge today, State Senator James L. Seward announced $270,000 in senate funding for several Old Forge programs and projects, including $200,000 for the Arts Guild’s community arts center. Seward was joined by local officials and residents.

August 11, 2008
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Soccer Hall To Get New Field

ONEONTA, 8/7/08 -- On the heels of the annual induction ceremony at the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, State Senator James L. Seward announced $ 300,000 in capital funding for the hall to construct an additional competition soccer field. Seward announced the economic development grant at the hall today.

August 11, 2008
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Schoharie Fire Training Facility Gets Senate Lift

In Schoharie County today, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced $ 250,000 in senate capital funding for Schoharie County’s planned fire training facility.

August 11, 2008
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Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed property tax legislation and mandate relief bills designed to reduce costs for schools and ensure adequate resources for New York State’s students.

State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) said today that families in our area are facing two big challenges: paying their property taxes and paying for winter heating costs.

Seward, who voted for a bipartisan property tax cap recommended by the governor, commented on the plan:

August 8, 2008
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Senate Passes Bill To Keep Sex Offenders Off College Campuses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8500), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester) to prohibit level three sex offenders from living in student housing on college campuses.

August 2, 2008
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