James L. Seward's Reports

Fight Against New Taxes Continues

ALBANY, 04/21/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a state budget that includes commonsense spending cuts, property tax relief, job creating economic development incentives and most importantly - NO NEW TAXES.

Last year, the record spending budget, opposed by Senator Seward, included $8 billion in new taxes and fees, driving families and businesses out of the state.  Albany leaders are proposing more of the same this year.

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Taxes Enacted/Proposed

April 21, 2010
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Combating Medicaid Fraud in New York State

ALBANY, 03/17/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues in announcing results of a preliminary report on Medicaid fraud in New York along with specific proposals to save half a billion dollars in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

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Combating Medicaid Fraud in New York State

March 16, 2010
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Homeowner Protection & Property Tax Rebate Act

ALBANY, 03/11/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a major new property tax cut initiative that will help New Yorkers remain in their homes.  The “Homeowner Protection and Property Tax Rebate Act” would provide a property tax rebate for every middle-class homeowner, includes a cap on property taxes and significant mandate relief.

March 10, 2010
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The 2010 Job Creation & Retention Plan

The 2010 Job Creation & Retention Plan

Senate Republicans have developed a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York’s economy, reduce business taxes and create thousands of new jobs.

February 24, 2010
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Budget Solution For Today And The Future

ALBANY, 11/19/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the ongoing budget negotiations:

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2009-10 Mid-Year Cuts and Budget Savings Actions

November 19, 2009
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Important Flu Information

ONEONTA, 10/22/09 - Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today offered information concerning seasonal influenza and swine flu (H1N1).

October 22, 2009
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Senate Republican Recommendations For Cost Cutting & Budget Savings

Senate Republican Recommendations For Cost Cutting and Budget Savings


 

 Review $2.2 billion in general fund spending added to the 2009-10 budget by the legislature for possible reductions.

October 15, 2009
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Natural Gas Drilling - Draft SGEIS

ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.

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I. Introduction

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II. Description of Proposed Action

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III. Proposed SEQRA Review Process

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IV. Geology

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V. Natural Gas Development and High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

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VI. Potential Environmental Impacts

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VII. Mitigation Measures

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VIII. Permit Process and Regulatory Coordination

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IX. Alternatives

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Glossary

September 30, 2009
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New Open Burning Regulations


Express Terms

6 NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires

6 NYCRR Part 191, Forest Fire Prevention

6 NYCRR Part 621, Uniform Procedures

6 NYCRR Part 215, Open Fires

Existing Part 215 is repealed.

A new Part 215 is added as follows:

215.1 Definitions

215.2 Prohibitions

215.3 Exceptions and restricted burning

Section 215.1 Definitions.

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Part 215 ExpressTerms.pdf

September 16, 2009
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Bipartisan Senate Operating Proposal

ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) said today it has become apparent that in order to move forward with the business of the people, the issue of senate leadership must be definitively settled.

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Bipartisan Reform Proposal

June 23, 2009
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Reform Rules Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 06/08/09 -- New rules were adopted to reform the operation of the senate to ensure that legislative and administrative processes are more fair, equitable and democratic.

Under the new senate rules adopted today, more power is given to individual members; the committee process has been strengthened; greater debate and consideration of legislation will be allowed and resources among the members of both majority and minority parties will be equalized.

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New Senate Rules.pdf

June 9, 2009
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Federal Stimulus Accountability Needed

The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law on February 17 by President Barack Obama.  This unprecedented relief package includes a total of approximately $24.6 billion in federal aid for New York state over 25 months – representing one of the largest intergovernmental transfers of funding in the history of our nation.  According to federal officials, the funding is designed to help stabilize the economy, create jobs, prevent tax increases and prevent dramatic cuts in key government programs.

May 19, 2009
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Grants Available For Rural Fire Departments

ALBANY, 05/13/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced applications are being accepted to help rural fire departments enhance their wildfire fighting capabilities.

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Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Application

May 13, 2009
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Are You Entitled To Unclaimed Funds?

You may be entitled to some of the over $8 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible. To see if you have any unclaimed funds, go to http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/index.htm.

May 4, 2009
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H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Update

Oneonta, 04/30/09 - Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today offered information concerning swine flu (H1N1).

April 29, 2009
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A Better Plan for New York... A Responsible Economic Stimulus Budget Plan for New York State

A Better Plan for New York

A Responsible Economic Stimulus Budget Plan for New York State

Senate Republican Conference

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A Better Plan for New York

March 30, 2009
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Will Your Insurance Cover Winter’s Fury?

With the comfortable autumn temperatures and beautiful fall colors that we have been enjoying recently it is difficult to think about winter, but winter is coming and as chairman of the state senate insurance committee, I want to offer some suggestions about how to prepare your home for winter storms to minimize property damage and how to best deal with your insurance company if you experience a loss.

August 1, 2008
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Helping Our Returning Veterans

New York State is home to about 1.2 million veterans. That’s why we should give soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen the support they should have from a state that is grateful for all they have sacrificed.

The senate has just unveiled a package of legislation that would provide greater benefits and protections to New York’s military personnel.

May 21, 2008
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Senate Moves To Track Sex Offenders

What could be more important than protecting our children from sex predators? In school, at day care centers, on the Internet -- it doesn’t matter -- we must do all we can to ensure our children’s safety.

That’s why the New York State Senate has passed a package of bills that would make it more difficult for sex offenders to evade tracking by law enforcement and to work in jobs that include substantial contact with children. Here’s a roundup.

May 15, 2008
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Track The Status Of Your Income Tax Refund

If your state or federal income tax returns indicate that you are going to be receiving a tax refund this year, you can check the status of your refund over the internet using a service offered by New York State and the federal government. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) both allow individuals to track the status of their tax refunds online through their respective websites.

May 14, 2008
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