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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Room 124 CAP

April 21, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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State Funding Will Help Keep Kirkside Open

ROXBURY, 04/13/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2015-2016 state budget includes, at his insistence, $150,000 to assist Kirkside A Retirement Home of Distinction in Roxbury. 

“Kirkside Retirement Home plays a vital role in the lives of area senior citizens and is a cherished part of the Roxbury community,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring Kirkside is able to continue operating and offering services contributes greatly to the health and well being of the residents and markedly enhances the local quality of life.”

April 13, 2015
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Cortland Line To Remain In Hometown

CORTLAND, 04/09/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Cortland County economic development leaders in crediting a $200,000 economic development package for helping keep Cortland Line Company and its 22 employees in Cortland County.

Cortland Line was on the verge of being sold to an Australian distribution company that would have moved the manufacturing offshore. Incentives offered by local and state agencies were enough, however, to convince new owners to step in and commit to keeping the company home.

April 9, 2015
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State Budget Paves Way For Local Roads

ALBANY, 04/02/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2015-16 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 at a rally calling for an increase in funding for our local roads and bridges – and their voices were heard.”

The 2015-16 state budget makes a record investment of $488 million to support local highway, road, and bridge repair projects including $438 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding. 

April 2, 2015
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State Budget Funding To Address Owasco Lake Water Quality

ALBANY, 04/01/15 -- State Senators John DeFrancisco, Mike Nozzolio and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.

The senators announced that $600,000 in state funding has been awarded to the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed.

April 1, 2015
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Senate Passes 2015-16 State Budget

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

“Several of the leading concerns I hear on a daily basis – education aid, property tax relief, upstate economic development, and infrastructure needs – will be addressed by the new state budget.

March 31, 2015
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State Budget Includes Funding For The Catskill Park

ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam)  announced today that they have secured $500,000 in this year’s state budget to promote economic growth and preservation measures for the Catskill Park.

Senators Amedore and Seward successfully fought for the funding after receiving a request from the Catskill Park Coalition.  

March 31, 2015
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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.”

March 31, 2015
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*** SPECIAL BUDGET UPDATE - EDUCATION ***

While we are still working to finalize a state budget, news flashes and rumors race across the Internet from various groups and the media, offering instant analysis of the talks – and frequent indictment of those who have long supported our local schools. 

I hope you’re not believing everything you read in the press, or the breathless talking points being e-mailed by every group with a mailing list. 

Let me offer my own update. 

March 25, 2015
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Cooperstown Music-Makers Play Capitol

ALBANY, 03/25/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today proudly welcomed students from Cooperstown Central School to Albany as part of the 42nd annual “Music in our Schools Month” celebration.

“Performances like the ones coordinated by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), are a terrific showcase for the talent that exists in schools throughout the state,” said Senator Seward.  “I enjoyed meeting with the students from Cooperstown and hearing the results of their hard work.”

Choirs, orchestras and bands from across the state travel to Albany throughout the month of March to perform in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of “Music in our Schools Month”.

March 25, 2015
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Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Package To Protect New York's Motorists

ALBANY, 03/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to improve safety on New York’s highways.  The package included a bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3511) which targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 23, 2015
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Forum/Town Hall: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health
Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon
and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance
Chair: Senator James L. Seward
Public Meeting: Value Based Payment: A Closer Look at Emerging Payment Approaches
Place: Room 124 CAP, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, New York
Time: 12:30 P.M.
Contact: Alison Kane (Hannon) (518) 455-2200;
Natalie Bernardi (Seward) (518) 455-3131
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

April 27, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Senate Makes Fashion Statement For World Down Syndrome Day

ALBANY, 03/18/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined his colleagues in the state senate in recognizing the tenth anniversary of “World Down Syndrome Day” and called on the governor to proclaim March 21, 2015 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of New York.

March 18, 2015
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*** SENIOR SCAM PREVENTION FORUMS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER ***

ONEONTA, 03/18/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the free senior scam prevention forums scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th in Moravia and Homer, and Thursday March 19th in Dryden have been POSTPONED until further notice due to inclement weather

The senior scam prevention forums will be rescheduled at a later date.   

March 18, 2015
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Seward Stresses Education Priorities At Budget Conference Committee Meeting

ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today during the first  education budget conference committee meeting restated his leading priorities in regard to the education budget.

“Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment, providing fair and equitable funding to our neediest schools, boosting aid to local libraries, and decoupling the governor’s ‘education reforms’ from the budget remain my top priorities as we work toward a fifth consecutive on-time budget,” said Senator Seward.

March 16, 2015
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Seward Presents State Honor To Cuyler Firefighter

ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently presented Kelvin “Iron Lungs” Corbin with a New York State Legislative Resolution honoring his six-plus decades of service to the Cuyler Fire Department.

“Kelvin Corbin has displayed unwavering dedication to the citizens of Cuyler for sixty-four years,” said Senator Seward.  “I have a great deal of respect for the men and women who answer the siren’s call, day or night, to protect lives and property.  To do so in a volunteer capacity for such a prolonged period of time, as Kelvin has done, is even more impressive and deserving of special recognition.”

March 16, 2015
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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.”  

March 13, 2015
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, March 16, 2015 Room 124 CAP

March 16, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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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.

March 11, 2015
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Seward Honors Herkimer County Adult Ed Award Winner

ALBANY, 03/11/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year honoree Misty Campbell of Herkimer to Albany.

“Misty’s accomplishments in the face of adversity prove that hard work and dedication pay off in the long run,” said Senator Seward.  “Her achievements also confirm that strong educational programs, like those offered at Herkimer BOCES, can produce life changing results.”

March 11, 2015
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