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New Car Inspection Reg Dead -- For Real

State Senator James L. Seward today applauded the governor for shelving the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ plan to alter car inspections to expire at three different times within a month.Two weeks ago the D.M.V. issued a notice of withdrawal of its plan, but then said it would go ahead with its plan anyway using the state’s formal rule-making process. The governor’s announcement today terminates the idea."I commend the governor for standing up for hardworking, overburdened New York taxpayers and motorists," Seward said.

February 28, 2006
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Senate Declares High Taxes Public Enemy #1

Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and other members of the senate majority conference today announced a package of more than $8.4 billion in tax cuts, focusing on property tax relief, help for small businesses and relief from high energy costs, that will be part of a budget plan the senate will act on in early March.The senate is estimating additional general fund revenues, above the governor’s projection, of $353 million in 2005-06 and $733 million in 2006-07.

February 28, 2006
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Herkimer In Line For State Funding

At a press conference in Herkimer Senator James L. Seward unveiled more than $129,000 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities throughout Herkimer County. The funding will assist local entities and enhance tourism, social services, local government, emergency preparedness and voluntary emergency services in Herkimer County. Seward made the announcements at the Herkimer Village Hall, where he announced a $20,000 grant for improvements to the village's baseball fields.

February 23, 2006
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Senate Grant To Help Greene Tourism

Local tourism initiatives headlined senate grants announcedat a press conference in Catskill hosted by Senator James L. Seward. Seward unveiled $175,500 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities in Greene County. The funding will assist local entities and enhance tourism, health care, the arts and local planning in Greene County. Seward announced $34,000 in senate tourism marketing aid for the Catskill Association for Tourism Services (CATS).

February 23, 2006
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Assoc. Names Seward 2005 ‘senator Of The Year’

New York’s largest single-issue grassroots business coalition – the Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care – honored Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) as 2005 Senator of the Year at a local event on Presidents' Day. The award is based on his unyielding support of affordable health care and dedication to keeping health insurance affordable for New York’s small businesses and sole proprietors.

February 21, 2006
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Seward Attacks Proposed Milk Tax

State Senator James L. Seward is opposing a proposed new federal tax on the state's dairy farmers, arguing that dairy farms in New York could be forced to close their barn doors.According to the Farm Bureau, the proposed 2007 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture includes a proposed 3 cent per hundred-weight (cwt.) assessment on milk production.

February 17, 2006
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Otsego Sees Local Budget Awards

At a press conference in Oneonta, Senator James L. Seward unveiled $580,000 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities in Otsego County. The funding will assist local entities and enhance tourism, the arts, social services, economic development and voluntary emergency services in Otsego County. Seward made the announcements at the office of the Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street, where he announced a $100,000 grant for the new arts and theater center that sits on the location of the old West-Nesbitt feed mill.

February 17, 2006
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Flood Control Bill Passes Senate

In an unprecedented challenge to New York City's management of its upstate reservoir system, the New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation (S.1768-a), by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Milford), which would mandate a draw down of the city's reservoir system in anticipation of water inflow from rain or melting snow. The bill would apply to the six city reservoirs West of the Hudson River.

February 14, 2006
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State Dmv Drops Inspection Reg

The state Department of Motor Vehicles threw in the towel on its plan to alter car inspections to expire at three different times within a month, State Senator James L. Seward said today.The D.M.V. issued a notice of withdrawal today (2/14) that will be published in the state register within two weeks. Anyone who has received a new inspection sticker since January 1, 2006 with three inspection periods on it can wait until the end of the month next year."This is great news for hardworking, overburdened New York taxpayers and motorists," Seward said. "I applaud the D.M.V.

February 14, 2006
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Task Force Formed On Lasalle Closing

Following a Capitol meeting with officials of Del Laboratories, Senator James L. Seward announced a special task force of state and local officials that would work to provide job retraining for employees and marketing of the LaSalle Laboratories property in Little Falls. The company produces color cosmetics and has employed 350 workers.

February 9, 2006
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Senate Moves To Help Small Businesses Grow

Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today unveiled a major plan that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide more than $3.5 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses, when fully implemented."New York’s economy is driven by small businesses and the Senate wants to make them more competitive so they create more jobs," Senator Bruno said.

February 8, 2006
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Seward Gets State $ For Historic Jail

Herkimer County’s historic former jail, now a local museum, will be saving energy and money as a result of a grant announced today by State Senator James L. Seward, (R-C-I/Milford). Seward said he had secured a grant of $40,000 to help finance an energy efficiency project at the historic jail."The historic value of the old Herkimer County Jail will now be enhanced by modern energy-efficiency measures ," said Senator Seward. "The $40,000 grant will help to make needed improvements to the heating and lighting system at the former county jail.

February 8, 2006
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Seward Cites Small Business Innovation In Awarding Grant

At a press conference in Cobleskill, Senator James L. Seward unveiled $350,000 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities in Schoharie County. Seward made the announcements at the office of the Cobleskill Partnership Enterprise Center, where he awarded a $30,000 grant to the center for technical assistance to renovate the library annex to become a multi-tenant business resource and community center. It will serve as a small business incubator offering wireless Internet access, video conferencing, voice over IP, and an on-site computer training lab.

February 6, 2006
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Seward Announces Suny Scholarship Opportunity

Senator James L. Seward has announced he is accepting applications for appointments to the State University of New York Maritime College under the state's cadet appointment program. Under the program, state legislators nominate eligible students to attend the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College as part of its prestigious regiment of cadets.

February 3, 2006
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Seward Hails Medicaid Takeover

Counties throughout the state have been able to hold the line and even reduce property taxes as a result of Medicaid reform and accountability measures proposed by the senate and enacted in the 2005 state budget, State Senator James L. Seward noted today. Seward applauded county officials for passing along $190 million in Medicaid savings to overburdened property taxpayers.In Seward's district, the Medicaid cap and assumption of the Family Health Plus program account for an estimated savings to counties of $15 million this year.

February 2, 2006
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Senate Announces Energy Plan

State Senator James L. Seward and the The New York State Senate today announced a comprehensive energy plan that would provide $350 million in relief from high energy costs to small businesses to help them create and retain jobs.

January 31, 2006
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Senate Releases Review Of Gov's Budget

The New York State Senate Finance Committeereleased its analysis of the 2006-07 proposed governor'sbudget which concludes that past tax reductions and increased accountability in state spending have strengthened the state’s financial picture, resulting in a record-high reserves, as well as a strong surplus that should be used to fund tax cuts and increase investments in education, health care and job creation efforts."It means that we can return tax dollars to New York's hard working, overburdened taxpayers," said Finance Committee Member Senator James L. Seward.

January 27, 2006
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Senate Moves To Protect Children From Criminals

In a continuing effort to protect New Yorkers, especially innocent children, from becoming victims of violent child abusers and sex offenders, State Senator James L. Seward and Senate Republicans today announced the introduction of "Nixzmary’s Law," legislation that requires a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child.

January 24, 2006
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Seward Announces Gilboa Dam Bills

At the monthly meeting of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) unveiled new legislation that would boost safety and inspection requirements at the Gilboa and other New York City-owned dams.

January 20, 2006
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Seward Comments On Gov's Budget

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C- I/Milford) commented on Governor Spitzer's proposed $120.6 billion state budget."The governor has offered some significant proposals that merit our attention as a starting point for budget discussions."I am glad to see him join the state senate in calling for property tax relief. The state senate has already passed a massive property tax relief plan, and I will fight for additional, genuine, property tax relief for the hardworking overburdened taxpayers I represent.

January 17, 2006
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