ALBANY, 04/12/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined legislative colleagues and representatives of business organizations from across the state urging the assembly to act on a meaningful property tax cap bill. “Home and business owners across my district continue to cite skyrocketing property taxes as one of their top concerns,” said Senator Seward. “The senate has already done its work, passing Governor Cuomo’s property tax cap legislation – now it’s time for the assembly to get with the program and join us.”
ALBANY, 06/24/11 - The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.
“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.
“Our small business owners, and in particular, our farmers, who are crumbling under the burden of out of control property taxes, will also receive much needed relief. Now, instead of agonizing over skyrocketing tax bills, our business leaders can turn their attention to creating jobs and reviving our economy.”
ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.
“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward. “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”
ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012. The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.
“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward. “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”
ALBANY, 01/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:
“Partnering with Governor Cuomo last year, we ended partisan gridlock and a number of successful initiatives were realized. Now it is time to continue our Empire State resurgence.
“The governor’s focus on creating private sector jobs runs parallel with my own. His innovative approach to utilizing public/private partnerships is especially appealing and I was pleased he singled out tourism as a sector in need of additional state support.
ONEONTA, 04/11/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York State will cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
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.”
ALBANY, 03/27/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final senate approval of the 2013-14 state budget:
“The final state budget meets my central budget priorities – control spending, cut taxes and create jobs. The fiscally responsible plan keeps state spending below the same two-percent cap placed on school districts and local governments while providing significant tax breaks for middle class families, small businesses and manufacturers.
“I’m particularly pleased with the school aid portion of the budget. The vast majority of new money, almost $1 billion, will go to low and average wealth schools that need help the most.
New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013. The NYS Tax Department will mail instructions to all current Basic STAR recipients on how to register. Senior Citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement.
MORAVIA, 09/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $43,000 to assist Moravia Central School with expenses related to new curriculum demands.