James L. Seward's News items

Fair Competition Panel Clears Senate

The New York State Legislature has approved legislation that would begin levelling the playing field for private owners of recreational facilities who compete with state attractions, Senator James L. Seward said today. Senate bill 6835B was approved unanimously by the senate and approved by the assembly earlier today. The bill would create a state panel to evaluate whether governmentally-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to golf, ski, camping and other recreation businesses operated by private entrepreneurs.

June 23, 2008

Senator Seward, New York State Senate Pass Important Conservation Incentive

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta), which would provide an important incentive for private landowners who engage in habitat conservation activities on their property. The Habitat Conservation Tax Credit (S.2179) would give eligible landowners a credit on their income taxes of 25% of the property taxes paid on land enrolled in a habitat conservation program.

June 10, 2008

Unadilla Man Named 'volunteer Of Valor'

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that Frank Slocum of Butternut Road, Unadilla has been selected as a 2008 New York State Senate "Volunteer of Valor."

"I am proud to honor Frank Slocum as a Volunteer of Valor and prouder still of the recognition he has earned from his colleagues at the department, neighbors and friends for his dedication to the Unadilla community" said Senator Seward, chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Emergency Volunteer Services.

June 10, 2008

Dryden Man Named 'volunteer Of Valor'

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that Duane Edward Testut of Freeville has been selected as a 2008 New York State Senate "Volunteer of Valor."

June 10, 2008

Senate Votes To Protect Herkimer Police, Corrections Off

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill correction officers and other law enforcement personnel. Seward said the measure would protect Herkimer police and correction officers.

June 5, 2008

Seward Unveils Cooperstown Safe Driving Initiative, "safe Teen" Program

In Cooperstown today State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) unveiled a $35,000 senate grant to help begin a safe driving program for students at Cooperstown High School. Seward was joined by Superintendent Mary Jo McPhail, Principal Gary Kuch, Penney Gentile, mother of Chris Gentile, a Cooperstown senior killed in a car accident in April of 2007, and Mark Zimmerman from Royal Chrysler of Oneonta.

June 3, 2008

Seward Announces Coxsackie/athens Budget Awards

At the village hall in Coxsackie, Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-2009 state budget includes, at his request, several senate initiatives for local governments and property taxpayers in Coxsackie and Athens. Seward was joined by local officials from the town, village, library and school district.

May 30, 2008

Seward: Initiative May Help Solve Local Crime

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) was in Greene County today to announce an innovative program that may help locate missing persons and solve "cold" homicide cases. Seward was joined by Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley and Catskill Police Chief David Darling and a representative of the family of Audrey Herron, missing since 2002.

May 28, 2008

Seward Lends A Hand With Veterans' Memorial

State Senator James L. Seward today announced a $5,000 senate grant for the Sharon Springs American Legion Post 1269’s monument project to honor local casualties of World War II and the Korean War. Seward announced the funding at Sharon Springs Central School with legion and school officials.

The legion plans to add sections commemorating five SSCS graduates who gave their lives in World War II and the Korean War to the original World War I monument located at the school.

May 19, 2008

Gov To Sign 'myspace' Predator Bill

Senator James L. Seward praised Gov. David Paterson today for signing legislation Seward cosponsored (S.6875A) that would protect children and teens from sexual predators on the Internet.

"This is about protecting children from cyber predators -- the pond scum that use 'My Space' and ‘FaceBook to befriend young people and then prey on them," Senator Seward said. "I commend the governor for signing legislation I cosponsored that will update our sex offender laws for the Internet age."

May 16, 2008

Seward Announces Tompkins Budget Awards

At Dryden’s village hall, Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-2009 state budget includes, at his request, senate funding for several initiatives of local importance to the villages of Dryden, Freeville and Groton. Seward unveiled the awards with local officials.

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May 9, 2008

Senator Seward Fights For Lower Gas Prices

With gasoline prices now approaching $4 per gallon and putting a strain on New York’s hardworking families and small businesses, SenatorSeward announced the Senatehas approvedlegislation to provide much needed relief at the gas pump by suspending New York State’s gasoline taxes during the summer travel season.

May 8, 2008

Senate Launches “Accountability In Government Spending” Plan

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the Senate Majority Conference today launched its "Accountability in Government Spending" plan, a major initiative designed to save taxpayer money, reduce government waste and unnecessary spending, and ensure greater openness and accountability throughout State government. As efforts increase to reduce State spending, these measures would provide a much more detailed accounting of how State government actually spends tax dollars.

May 7, 2008

Seward Bill Will Help Emts

Local emergency medical technicians will be able to respond to accident scenes and save more lives under legislation passed by the senate and inspired by an EMS squad in the 51st district, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services, said the state senate has approved S. 3027, which allows EMTs to carry automatic external defibrillators (AED) in their personal vehicles.

May 5, 2008

Seward Lists Local School Tax Checks

 Senator James L. Seward today released details of the property tax relief rebate checks that will be sent to area homeowners this fall. The checks are the centerpiece of the senate's effort to provide direct to the taxpayer real property tax relief to homeowners this year.

"While the STAR program continues to be a help in reducing the cost of school taxes to property owners, in some cases its value is limited by reassessments and higher school taxes," Seward said.

May 1, 2008

Land Trust Steps Up The Pace Of Land Protection With Lta Award

A $51,000 grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program announced April16 puts Otsego Land Trust on a fast track to protect more working landscapes, wildlife habitatand open space than ever before in 2008. The program is funded through an appropriation

April 28, 2008

Seward Announces Funding For Fermer Precision

More jobs at a Herkimer County manufacturing company will result from an award announced today by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) at Fermer Precision in Ilion. Seward today announced that the 2008-09 state budget includes $300,000 for state-of-the-art, ultra-high precision, milling/turning machinery. The funding will help retain 25-30 workers and pave the way from an additional 10-15 jobs over the next year or so. The state award complements local investment.

April 21, 2008

Remington To Add Jobs, Grow In Ny

"We are getting results for the people of this area. I am pleased to join the governor, ESDC, Remington Arms and Herkimer County in announcing new manufacturing jobs for the Mohawk Valley at a great company that has served sportsmen and the law enforcement community for two centuries," State Senator James L. Seward said today in unveiling a $1.5 million senate capital grant that will facilitate new job creation at Remington Arms in Ilion.

April 21, 2008

Budget Helps Flood Prevention Efforts-canadarago Lake To Benefit

The new state budget will help address flood control and water pollution in the upper Susquehanna River area, including Otsego, Chenango, Delaware and Herkimer Counties, Senator James L. Seward said today. The funding will help local efforts to address flooding at Canadarago Lake.

April 16, 2008

Seward Unveils Senate Grant For Danby F.d. Building Project

The Danby Fire Department is in line for a $15,000 senate grant for its construction project, Senator James L. Seward said. Seward announced the award at the fire department's fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca on Saturday, April 12, where he met with the department's officers, supporters, residents, and constituents.

April 14, 2008
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