James L. Seward's Webforms

Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 28, 2015

Cut New York’s Gas Tax

I’m sure you have seen national news stories touting gas for less than $2 per gallon and scoff because here in New York, while prices have dropped, we are still paying significantly more than in other states.  In fact, we lead the continental United States when it comes to the price at the pump – not a category where we want to be #1.

One of the main reasons gasoline costs are so high here – TAXES!

January 29, 2015

Senator Seward Seeks Local Nominations For Veterans' Hall Of Fame

This year’s Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just before the Memorial Day weekend observances.  Senator Seward  is accepting nominations for this year’s inductee until Friday, April 17, 2015. 

January 29, 2015

Narcan Training Program Sign-Up

A key aspect in the short term battle against heroin and opioid abuse is preventing overdose deaths.  Naxolone or Narcan is a prescription medicine that can revive someone who is overdosing.  Currently, in order to obtain this life-saving medication, you must complete a brief training class.

On Wednesday, May 7th, I will be partnering with Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc., and Otsego County Addiction Recovery Services to conduct a training class that meets New York State Department of Health requirements.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan.  

April 24, 2014

New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Please complete this nomination form as completely and accurately as possible.  Your nominee must reside in the 51st Senatorial District (http://www.nysenate.gov/district/51).  

The nomination process is not yet complete...please provide a 250 word (or less) biography of your nominee with a high-resolution digital photo to Senator Seward's Communication Director, Jeff Bishop <jbishop@nysenate.gov> with "Veterans" as the subject.

April 11, 2013
February 14, 2013

Share Your Ideas for a Stronger New York.

Help establish Senator Seward’s legislative agenda for 2012.New York is facing a number of significant challenges in 2012 – fortunately, steps are being taken to confront these obstacles head on.During the past year I worked in partnership with Governor Cuomo and my legislative colleagues to cut state spending, hold the line on taxes and help revitalize our economy. Great strides are being made but additional steps must be taken to capitalize on the momentum.

As I prepare to return to Albany, I want to know what issues are important to you.

January 4, 2012

Sign My Petition to Help Reform Medicaid

Overburdened taxpayers in upstate New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The tax cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the state. Medicaid is the largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation.

November 22, 2011

Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years.  That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities.  Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades.  That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS

The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:

August 25, 2011

Senator Seward Provides Information and Seeks Constituent Input on Governor's Budget Proposal

"Information is the currency of democracy." -- Thomas Jefferson

With our State clearly facing serious fiscal and economic challenges, it's important for all New Yorkers to get the facts about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget for 2011-2012.

My Senate colleagues and I have begun carefully reviewing the Governor's plan to determine its potential impact on taxpayers, our local communities, and New York's economic future. You can help play a role in this process by reviewing the budget briefing documents below, and then providing me with your feedback on the plan.

March 2, 2011

Join the Fight to Cap Property Taxes Now!

New York homeowners are sick and tired of paying the highest property taxes in the nation.Property tax increases have made it difficult for seniors to stay in their homes, tougher for young people to afford to purchase their first home and have squeezed the budgets of families and businesses across the state.Placing a cap on school and local government property taxes would provide the relief that homeowners desperately need.I recently supported Senate passage of a property tax relief bill that would cap the growth of local tax levies at two percent or the consumer price index, whichever is less.

February 18, 2011
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