James L. Seward's News items

Seward: Coby Gets New Campus Funding

Senator James L. Seward today announced that SUNYCobleskill will receive more than $40 million toward two campus projects as part of SUNY's new five year capital plan in the new state budget. The bill will be passed today, April 9.

April 9, 2008
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Seward: Hccc Gets New Campus Project

Senator James L. Seward today announced that Herkimer County Community College's science lab renovation project has been funded as part of SUNY's new five year capital plan in the new state budget. The bill will be passed today, April 9.

The community college will receive $1.1 million in SUNY funding in the state's 2008-2009 budget for its science laboratory wing of Johnson Hall on the Herkimer campus. The entire project will cost $2.2 million. The state will pay half and local resources will cover the balance.

April 9, 2008
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Seward:thruway Backs Off Shorter Canal Hours

In a clear victory for business owners along the Barge Canal and recreational boaters, Senator James L. Seward announced today that the state thruway authority has reversed its plan to reduce operating hours on the state's canal system. The reversal is a win for tour boat operators and companies that rely on the canal system for their businesses.

April 7, 2008
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Seward Observes Ag Literacy Day In Greene Co

Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) will be in Greene County Tuesday, April 8, to observe Agriculture Literacy Day with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Farm Bureau.

Seward will spend the morning reading a book on maple sugaring to three second grade classes at Coxsackie Elementary School , 24 Sunset Blvd, Coxsackie. He will be joined by a representative of Farm Bureau.

April 6, 2008
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Cortland Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Cortland, Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

April 3, 2008
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Oneonta Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Oneonta , Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

April 3, 2008
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Little Falls Gets City Funding Help

The new state budget restores an AIM (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities) funding increase for the City of Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The restored funding was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate Thursday.

Gov. Paterson cut the scheduled AIM increase for Little Falls by $18,235. The bill passed Thursday restores the cut to the agreed upon increase of $75,284, for a total AIM package of $911,772. Most municipalities had budgeted based on the scheduled increase.

April 3, 2008
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Budget Restores Governor's Cuts For Area Nursing Homes

Senator James L. Seward said today the 2008-09 health and mental hygiene state budget bill passed by the legislature today (S. 6808) includes restoring $85 million in state funds cut by the governor for nursing homes this year. The additional funds, known as "rebasing aid," will phased in over a two year period, resulting in a total restoration of $170 million for the state's nursing homes. The state budget also includes an additional $15 million for nursing home recruitment and retention activities.

April 1, 2008
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Seward: Hudson Correctional Stays Open

Senator James L. Seward today announced that the Hudson Correctional Facility will remain open as a result of final budget negotiations, despite the proposal by former Governor Eliot Spitzer to close it and three other correctional facilities.

March 30, 2008
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Libous, Seward Win Fight To Keep Camp Pharsalia Open

It took long efforts on Saturday and Sunday, but Senators Tom Libous and Jim Seward have won the fight to keep Camp Pharsalia and three other Upstate correctional facilities open.

March 30, 2008
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Seward: 'farm Tax' Must Be Defeated

State Senator James L. Seward today took aim at a 'farm tax' in the Spitzer/Paterson budget that he said would raise costs for farmers buying more acreage or anyone starting out in agriculture. The budget proposal advanced in the Spitzer/Paterson budget would significantly raise the state's real estate transfer filing fee on land sales, which would hit farmers who buy and sell agricultural property, or someone starting out in agriculture.

March 24, 2008
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Seward Announces Cooperstown Arts Award

In Cooperstown today Senator James L. Seward announced a senate grant of $10,000 for the Cooperstown Concert Series, which offers musical entertainment to Cooperstown and its environs. The funding will help offset artists' fees incurred by the organization as it provides a variety of musical, theatrical and dance performances to the public.

March 24, 2008
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Seward Inspects Police Car Cameras

Senator James L. Seward was in Herkimer today to meet with Herkimer County's police chiefs and inspect new video equipment purchased for each department and the state police with $50,000 in state funding secured by Seward. He was hosted by the chiefs of Herkimer County's police departments and Sheriff Chris Farber.

"I have enormous respect for the men and women who serve in law enforcement and place their lives at risk each and every day," Senator Seward said.

March 20, 2008
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Seward: Need Fair Competition In Recreation Industry

Saying the time has come to level the playing field for private owners of recreational facilities, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation to create a state panel that would evaluate whether governmentally-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to golf, ski, camping and other recreation businesses operated by private entrepreneurs.

March 19, 2008
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Seward Leads GOP Effort To Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 03/19/08-- Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

March 19, 2008
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Seward: Camperships Still Available

There’s still room in a DEC environmental education camp for a student from the 51st senatorial district, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward annually sponsors one student, age 12 to 17, to Camp Colby in the Adirondacks, one of the state’s four DEC camps, free of charge to the student or family. The cost is ordinarily $250 per week. Campers spend one week in hands-on activities that stress the wise use of natural resources, including hiking, stream sampling, birding, canoeing, archery, fishing and hunter safety education.

March 17, 2008
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Seward Comments On Gov's Message

Senator James L. Seward today issued the following statement:

"Gov. Paterson set the right tone in his message -- one of conciliation and bipartisanship, and the need to focus on governing the state without games and power plays. He has a relationship with the state legislature as former minority leader and a senator. He knows how to work together.

March 16, 2008
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Seward: Spitzer Raising Gas Tax, Motorist Fees

State Senator James L. Seward said today the governor's budget will raise costs for upstate motorists, including gas taxes by up to 5 percent annually and a big jump in auto insurance.

March 7, 2008
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Seward Plans 'hall Of Fame Game' Panel

Senator James L. Seward today said he would form a panel charged with developing an alternative to the annual Major League Baseball-sponsored Hall of Fame game held in Cooperstown each year and cancelled by MLB for 2009.

March 6, 2008
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Two Schoharie Schools In Line For Senate Help

Two school districts in Schoharie County will receive senate funding to help purchase needed equipment, Senator James L. Seward announced today.

The Middleburgh School District will receive $10,000 and the Gilboa-Conesville District is in line for $6,500 in special senate funding.

March 4, 2008
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