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Seward: GEA Restoration Vital To Our Schools

ALBANY, 03/27/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on assembly Democrats to join with senate Republicans in enacting a final state budget that will address the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has robbed school districts of millions of dollars in education aid.

“At the start of the year, I clearly stated that eliminating the GEA was one of my top priorities,” said Senator Seward.  “This cash grab by the state has created a budgetary hole for schools throughout my district and statewide, forcing many to make dire decisions, harming education programs and eroding opportunities for our students.”     

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Statement On 2014-15 State Budget Agreement

ALBANY, 03/30/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the agreed on  2014-15 state budget: 

“Key concerns communicated to me from those who live and work in my district – education aid, property tax relief, and job creation incentives – are the cornerstones of this new state budget.

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Seward Delivers Funding To Protect Owasco Lake

OWASCO, 04/03/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the new  2014-15 state budget includes, at his insistence, $200,000 to implement the Dutch Hollow Brook Watershed Restoration Project.

“This grant protects Cayuga County’s natural resources and is a cost-effective down payment on our future,” said Senator Seward.  “Owasco Lake provides drinking water to 50,000 residents. Additionally, it is the central feature of the local landscape and economy.  We need to ensure its viability and vitality today and for generations to come.”

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State Budget Paves Way For Local Highway Improvements

ALBANY, 04/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2014-15 state budget.  

“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month to call for added state funding – and their voices were heard.”

After five years without any increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding, the new budget includes a second year of record funding - $438 million – for important local highway, road, and bridge repair projects. 

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Senate Call To End GEA Intensifies

ALBANY, 02/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Majority conference is joining his fight to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has devastated public schools.

“I recently introduced legislation to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and today, joined my colleagues to further advocate for the end of the GEA by providing necessary funding in the 2015-16 state budget,” said Senator Seward.  “To know that this issue is a top priority of the Senate Majority conference confirms how important it is to every school, every student, and every property taxpayer in New York State.”

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Local Roads Matter

ALBANY, 03/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined a bipartisan group of 114 state legislators along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state to call for increased state funding for local highway improvements.  

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Seward Pledges Support For Student Resolution

HERKIMER, 03/09/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) met recently with Herkimer High School Freshman Class President Nicholaus Stallman to discuss education.

“In short order the state senate will adopt its own budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16, with an eye toward completing work on the state budget by the April 1 deadline,” said Senator Seward.  “My visit with Nicholaus was timely and helped illustrate just how important the state budget is for our students and their future.”

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Senate Releases "Brighter Future" Budget Plan

ALBANY, 03/11/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the senate’s “Brighter Future” budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16 set for adoption this week:

“Significant property tax relief for middle-class homeowners, an unprecedented education aid increase, meaningful new incentives to grow businesses, and a sustained plan to improve our upstate roads and bridges are among the highlights of the state senate budget resolution.

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Seward To Play Leading Role In Budget Negotiations

ALBANY, 03/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.

Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:

“The senate budget resolution accomplishes two of my primary goals – ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula.  Moving forward, I will work to protect this vital funding for our students, and will also focus on the education ‘reforms’ proposed by the governor.”  

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Statement on 2015-16 Education Aid

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2015-16 state budget: 

“This year, more than any other in recent memory, the education aid discussion drifted toward other issues.  My focus remained steadfast – to deliver state dollars to our local schools to make sure every student will have access to a quality education.”

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