James L. Seward's Press releases

Law Signed Allowing Canadarago Lake To Pursue Grant Dollars

 

ONEONTA, 07/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation declaring Canadarago Lake as a “major inland lake” has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The legislation allows local officials to apply for grants under the New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

“Canadarago Lake presents families and sportsmen with endless recreational opportunities while boosting the local economy,” said Senator Seward.  “Providing an additional funding stream for improvements at Canadarago Lake will mean benefits for residents, tourists and area businesses.  Utilizing grant funds will also save local property taxpayers from footing the bill for any upgrades.”

July 19, 2012
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Workers' Comp Rates To Drop

 

ONEONTA, 07/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Department of Financial Services decision reducing workers’ compensation premium rates for New York employers:

“Reducing the cost of doing business in New York state has been a long held priority of mine. That’s why I helped pass the 2007 Workers’ Compensation Reform that delivered savings to employers and helped injured workers.  However, the failure by past governors to fully implement cost control measures mandated by the legislature meant the savings were short lived.  

July 17, 2012
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Additional Flood Recovery Funds For 51st Senate District

 

ONEONTA, 07/13/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today counties within the 51st senate district will receive the lion's share of $16 million in state grants and matching funds for stream and flood restoration work to repair damage incurred during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

July 13, 2012
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Local Domestic Violence Programs Receive State Grants

ALBANY, 07/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that local domestic violence programs would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate.

“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Senator Seward.  “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women.  Providing help to vulnerable individuals, who often have nowhere else to turn, is essential.”

The funding was set aside in the 2012-2013 state budget.

Program - Funding Amount

July 5, 2012
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2012 Session - Solutions & Accountability

ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:

“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session.  We focused on solutions and accountability.

 “For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools. 

June 21, 2012
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to protect public assistance for welfare recipients from being used to purchase cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling.  Unlike Food Stamps purchases, cash assistance purchases are currently permitted under New York State law.

The legislation (S.7671), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would also prevent individuals receiving welfare from using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card to make ATM withdrawals from certain places, including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. 

June 19, 2012
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Schools Ravaged By Irene & Lee Receive Special Waiver

ALBANY, 06/19/12 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that school districts, unable to open on time last fall due to damages incurred during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, will not be penalized for lost days under legislation passed by both houses.

“Buildings at many school districts across upstate New York were under water to start the school year following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” said Senator Seward.  “For some, repairing, sanitizing and prepping the buildings for student use took an extended period of time.  Such extraordinary circumstances should not cost schools and their taxpayers any loss of state aid.”

June 19, 2012
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Seward Legislation Part of Senate Job Creation Package

ALBANY, 06/18/12 – The New York State Senate today passed a series of job creation bills that will reduce the cost of doing business in New York and enhance economic development.

A bill, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward R/C/I-Oneonta), that would eliminate all business taxes on manufacturers (S.7663) was among those receiving approval.

“New York State has a proud manufacturing tradition, but that tradition has suffered in recent years,” said Senator Seward.  “Eliminating the manufacturing tax will breathe new life into this vital economic sector and help create good paying jobs.”

June 18, 2012
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Seward Salutes Grant Awards For Bassett Healthcare, Cortland Regional Medical Center

 

ALBANY, 06/15/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on grants awarded to Bassett Healthcare Network and Cortland Regional Medical Center under the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL-NY): 

“Delivering healthcare services to rural, low-income areas is extremely demanding.  The professionals at Bassett Healthcare and Cortland Regional Medical Center know full well the obstacles and strive to successfully meet the challenges. 

June 15, 2012
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"Alice's Law" Is #4 On Anti-Crime Hit List

ALBANY, 06/12/12 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that anti-insurance fraud legislation he sponsors, known as "Alice's Law", is number four on a list of tough anti-crime bills that the assembly needs to adopt before the end of the legislative session.  Senate bill 1685, along with the other nine anti-crime measures have already passed the state senate.

June 12, 2012
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Senator Seward Backs Farming Bills

ALBANY, 06/08/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the introduction of legislation he is co-sponsoring that would help farmers who suffered significant crop loss due to extreme weather earlier this year.  The “Family Farmers and Apple Growers Relief Act” would establish a special tax credit for farmers who experienced widespread damage and loss to their crops as a result of an extremely rare and severe frost.

June 8, 2012
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Put The Brakes On Thruway Toll Hike

ALBANY, 06/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke out against the state Thruway Authority’s plan to hike tolls by as much as 45 percent on commercial truckers.

“The number of businesses that utilize the Thruway to ship their goods is vast and hiking the tolls will be costly – not only to those truckers but also to consumers,” said Senator Seward.  “For example, if the price to deliver milk to manufacturing plants skyrockets, who do you think will foot the bill?  The increase will be felt across the board by those who can least afford to pay more.

June 5, 2012
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Senate Adopts 2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan

ALBANY, 05/30/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the senate has passed comprehensive job creation legislation.  The 2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York state more economically competitive.

May 30, 2012
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Celebrate New York State Museum Week

ALBANY, 05/30/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today encouraged residents to celebrate the diversity and richness of the state’s museums by discovering one of the many cultural offerings throughout the Empire State during the first ever New York State Museum Week. 

May 30, 2012
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2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan

ALBANY, 05/22/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the senate will pass legislation next week to implement the 2012 New Jobs-NY Job Creation Plan.  The senate’s comprehensive plan will help create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York state more economically competitive. 

May 22, 2012
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Herkimer Purple Heart Recipient Enshrined in Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

ALBANY, 05/22/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to Anthony J. D’Arpino of Herkimer as a 2012 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

May 22, 2012
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Schoharie's Susan McGiver Named Woman of Distinction

ALBANY, 05/18/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently honored Susan McGiver of Schoharie as the 2012  Senate “Woman of Distinction” for the 51st senate district at the 15th annual senate Women of Distinction ceremony at the Capitol.

“Over the years, I have been fortunate to highlight a number of inspirational, trailblazing leaders through the senate’s Women of Distinction program, and this year is no different,” said Senator Seward.  “Susan McGiver has accomplished a great deal and has served as a driving force in promoting the needs and priorities of the Schoharie County business community.”

May 18, 2012
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Senator Seward Renews Call For Measures To Fight Auto Insurance Fraud

New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Senator James L. Seward and Senator Martin Golden today joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, business groups, and victims to press for the assembly’s passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of this year’s legislative session. Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers million of dollars each year and has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims.

May 8, 2012
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Seward Shines Statewide Spotlight On Herkimer Diamond

ALBANY, 04/30/12 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.1682) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.

“Formed almost 500 million years ago and known worldwide, the Herkimer Diamond deserves to be properly recognized across New York,” said Senator Seward.  “I am extremely proud that the state senate has approved legislation naming the Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral of New York State.”

April 30, 2012
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Vital Farm Safety Program Receives State Funding

CORTLAND, 04/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2012-2013 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program. 

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”

April 24, 2012
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