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Seward Continues Fight Against "Fraud Tax"

ALBANY, NY May 3, 2011 – Senator James L. Seward joined forces today with King County District Attorney Charles Hynes, Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Morelle in support of reforming New York’s no-fault auto insurance laws.

New Yorkers now pay the fourth highest premiums in the nation for auto insurance, due in large part to an outdated system that is rife with fraud and abuse.  In 2010, for the second consecutive year, no-fault fraud cost New Yorkers more than $200 million—this cost is a ‘Fraud Tax’ that is absorbed by all drivers across the state in the form of higher insurance premiums.

May 4, 2011
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First Budget Bills Receive Approval

ALBANY, 03/29/11 – State Senator James L.

March 30, 2011
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Seward, Butler Win Battle - Save Herkimer Home

ALBANY, 03/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport ) today announced that the General Herkimer Home historic site will open this year beginning with the rescheduled Sugaring Off Celebration on Sunday, April 17th.

“When it looked like the Herkimer Home would be closed and artifacts shipped out I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to announce that I was able to secure $100,000 in an agreed upon state budget bill to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning.”

March 24, 2011
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Senate Calls For Crack Down On Auto Insurance Fraud

ALBANY, 03/22/11 -- The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.1685) that would prevent insurance fraud by making it a felony to intentionally cause a vehicle collision. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta), targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 22, 2011
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Senate Budget Cuts Spending, Holds The Line On Taxes, Creates Jobs

ALBANY, 03/15/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on passage of a senate budget resolution for fiscal year 2011-2012:

“Today’s passage of a senate spending plan is an important step toward final enactment of a responsible, on-time state budget that meets the needs of all New Yorkers.  It closes a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, cuts state spending and provides economic development tools that will mean more jobs, especially upstate.

“The plan is largely in sync with the governor’s proposal, most importantly, accepting almost all of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s (MRT) recommendations to reduce out of control spending that costs the state over $1 billion a week. 

March 15, 2011
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Statement on Governor's Budget Proposal

ALBANY, 02/01/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal is harsh, but realistic, and takes into account the difficult financial circumstances we face.  There is plenty of hurt to go around and there will be shared sacrifices; they are necessary to put New York back on sound fiscal footing.

“Over the last two years, Albany went on an out of control spending spree, hiking taxes and misusing federal stimulus funds to fuel the binge.  I voted no on each and every budget bill over that time period because of the recklessness.  Now the bill is due and we have to pay it without increasing spending and taxes.

February 2, 2011
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Senate Approves Property Tax Cap, Mandate Relief

ALBANY, 01/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a property tax cap and companion legislation aimed at eliminating unfunded state mandates on school districts and local governments.

“Property taxpayers in New York State are tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Enacting a property tax cap is a commonsense approach that will provide significant savings and help families and senior citizens afford to stay in their homes.

January 31, 2011
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2011 Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act

ALBANY, 01/19/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility through the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to raise taxes. 

“These job-creating, cost cutting measures are exactly what New Yorkers are demanding,” said Senator Seward.  “Approving these bills to open the 2011 session sends a clear message that the senate shares the priorities of the people and is taking firm action to turn these goals into reality.”

January 19, 2011
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Seward Appointed To Senate Finance Committee

ALBANY, 01/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) comments on his appointment to the senate finance committee.

As a member of the finance committee, Senator Seward will play a significant role in reviewing the governor’s proposed budget and developing a final spending plan. The finance committee will examine appropriations and disbursements for each agency included in the budget. In addition, the finance committee is responsible for reviewing nominations sent by the governor for appointments, and moving the nominations to the full senate. 

January 10, 2011
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Save Rogers Environmental Center

ONEONTA, 12/09/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to consider alternative strategies to keep the Rogers Environmental Center in Sherburne open.

“Rogers Environmental Center is a valuable educational asset not to mention a treasured outdoor recreational site,” said Senator Seward.  “The center boosts the quality of life for residents and visitors alike and enhances the local economy; a true upstate jewel.”

December 9, 2010
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DOT Rest Stop Closure Protest

WORCESTER, 11/17/10 - Senator James L. Seward joins fellow state lawmakers in protesting a recent NYSDOT decision to shut down six highway rest areas.

Senator Seward was joined by Assemblyman Marc Butler and Assemblyman Pete Lopez in calling on the governor and the DOT to rethink the closure plan and develop alternate cost-saving strategies that will keep the rest areas open, providing truck drivers and the motoring public with safe parking areas.

Others on hand included Hope Rivenburg, whose husband Jason Rivenburg, a truck driver from Schoharie County, was murdered at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina while resting in his rig.

November 17, 2010
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Property Tax Cap - Just A Start

ALBANY, 08/03/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted in favor of senate bill 67005 establishing a property tax cap for school districts and local governments.

Seward says while the property tax cap will help keep taxes in check it is only part of the answer.  He says meaningful mandate relief is needed to help overburdened local governments and school districts effectively cut costs.

The bill was sent to the assembly.

October 20, 2010
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Senator Seward Stands With Public

ONEONTA, 07/21/10 – State Senator James L.

July 21, 2010
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Fight Against New Taxes Continues

ALBANY, 06/25/10 - Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) pledges to vote against any state budget that raises taxes, hikes fees, increases borrowing and does nothing to create new jobs

June 25, 2010
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Statement On Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Legislation

ALBANY, 06/21/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today issued the following statement concerning legislation that would place a moratorium on drilling for natural gas:

June 22, 2010
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Seward Continues Opposition To Incomplete Budget Extenders

ALBANY, 04/19/10 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) votes against emergency budget extenders and calls on his senate colleagues to begin bipartisan, public budget conference committees as required by law.

Seward says the emergency budget extender bill is incomplete, failing to authorize payment for already approved construction projects.  In turn, contractors are being forced to lay off workers, sending individuals to the unemployment line and threatening vital infrastructure improvements.

April 20, 2010
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Construction Jobs - Yes, Budget Extenders - No

ALBANY, 04/12/08- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today voted against an emergency budget extender bill becasue it suspends payments for ongoing state-funded capital construction projects.

"Construction companies across upstate New York have been forced to lay off hundreds of hardworking individuals because the state isnt meeting its obligations," Seward said. "This endangers critical infrastructure improvements and leaves families in a precarious financial position."

April 15, 2010
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Senate Budget Resolution Falls Short

ONEONTA, 03/22/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the senate budget resolution which he voted against:

“On the plus side, today’s senate budget resolution finally starts the process of adopting a state budget for 2010-2011.  Unfortunately, that is about the only positive trait I can find in the flawed proposal.

March 23, 2010
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Senator Seward Welcomes State Field Hockey Champs from Marathon to Albany

ALBANY, 03/09/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today proudly welcomed the Marathon High School Girls’ Field Hockey team and their coach Karen Funk to Albany where they were honored during the senate session as the 2009 New York State Class C champions.

“The Marathon Girls’ Field Hockey team is synonymous with excellence,” said Senator Seward.  “The hard work and determination displayed by the 2009 team continues a growing tradition as the squad captured the school’s eighth state field hockey title.”

March 10, 2010
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State Senate Pays Tribute to Fallen Trooper

ALBANY, 02/24/10 – The New York State legislature today adopted a legislative resolution honoring New York State Police Trooper Jill E. Mattice for her significant contributions to law enforcement and education.

Senate resolution 3812 was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and adopted on February 25, 2010.  Assemblyman Bill Magee sponsored the same resolution, assembly resolution 937, which was adopted on February 1, 2010.

February 25, 2010
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