Seward Seeks Local Purple Heart Recipients

Senator James L. Seward today urged area recipients of the Purple Heart Medal and their families to get registered for induction in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. The hall is slated to open in November in Vails Gate, Orange County, the heart of New York’s historic Hudson Valley region."Athletes, actors and musicians have countless halls of fame and other venues to celebrate their accomplishments. Now, I am happy to report, heroes of a higher order will also have a hall in their honor," said Senator Seward.

August 28, 2006
August 25, 2006

Gov Okays Seward-morelle Fishing Promotion Plan

The governor has signed legislation (S. 3232-A) that would boost sport fishing as an important part of New York's tourism economy. Seward sponsored the measure with Sen. James Wright (R-Watertown). The bill was a legislative priority of the Conservation Alliance of New York (CANY)."New York State has tremendous water resources -- lakes, streams, brooks and creeks -- set in beautiful, picturesque landscapes.

August 17, 2006

Seward: Revoke Nyri Tax Credits

State Senator James L. Seward said today that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should revoke tax incentive rates for transmission line proposals that will, once completed, have guaranteed returns on their investments. Incentives adopted by FERC would apply to New York Regional Interconnect's proposed transmission line, a 200 mile power line running from Oneida County to Orange County.

August 8, 2006

More Than $56 Million Approved For Disaster Aid

Senator James L. Seward said today that state and federal officials report that more than $56 million in disaster assistance has been approved for New Yorkers affected by the June flooding.More than 11,300 persons have registered for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designed to assist flood victims with temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related needs as they begin rebuilding their lives. More than $18.3 million has been approved for housing, and more than $4 million has been approved for serious disaster-related needs.

August 7, 2006

Seward To Bloomberg: Bite The Big Apple And Pay Your Bills

State Senator James L. Seward says he will initiate a campaign to revoke New York City's filtration avoidance determination (FAD) from the EPA if the city won't step up to the plate and pay for Schoharie County's expenses related to emergency preparedness. Seward announced his intention in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The FAD allows the city to avoid building an expensive water filtration facility.

August 4, 2006

Seward Requests Emergency Help For Canadarago

State Senator James L. Seward has asked the state emergency management office (SEMO) for its intervention and assistance with the continued high water and flooding at Canadarago Lake. Seward wrote to SEMO Director John Gibb to request his agency's help at the lake, where properties are still flooded."I would like to see SEMO organize an emergency dredging program and coordinate removal of silt and debris which are contributing to a high lake level," Seward said.

August 3, 2006

One Month Left To Register For Fema Disaster Aid

New Yorkers affected by the June flooding have only 30 more days to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible federal disaster assistance, Senator James L. Seward said today.August 1 marks the halfway point in the 60-day registration period. It’s important that those who may need to register for aid do so as soon as possible, Seward added.

August 1, 2006

Gov't Flood Aid Won't Boost Your Taxes

New Yorkers who receive disaster grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or New York State will not pay additional taxes, lose their Social Security benefits or other government benefit programs, Senator James L. Seward said today.Disaster assistance for temporary housing, home repair, to repair or replace personal property, or for other serious needs does not count as income and will not be taxed.

July 31, 2006

State Reps Urge Gov To Ink Nyri Reform

State lawmakers across a wide swath of central New York targeted by New York Regional Interconnect for a 200 mile long electric power line have urged the governor to sign legislation (S. 8349-A) that would restrict the use of eminent domain by private companies when siting certain electric or gas transmission lines, Senator Seward said today in releasing the text of the letter. "A coalition of state legislators from both parties worked together with our constituents to get this bill passed to reform the use of eminent domain in New York," Senator Seward said.

July 28, 2006

Gov Inks Seward Health Bill

The governor has signed legislation into law that would ensure the continued availability of health insurance through local chambers of commerce for sole proprietor business owners, Senator James L. Seward, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, said today. Senate bill 6015-B limits the premium differential for sole proprietors to 15 percent of the rate established for group coverage if they purchase group health insurance through chambers of commerce and other associations.

July 27, 2006

Empire Zones At Last

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Milford) announced empire zones today for three counties in his senatorial district -- Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties. The empire zones were created by the legislature and governor last year for the remaining 12 counties in the state without zone designations. They are being named over a period of three years, with the final round beginning in 2007."This is great news and the fruit of a lot of work by local officials, business groups and area legislators," Seward said.

July 26, 2006

Seward Offers Flood Faqs

Senator James L. Seward andFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today offered frequently asked questions about disaster aid.Commonly asked questions about disaster aid: Q: Does FEMA charge a fee for a home inspection?A: No. FEMA never charges for an inspection.Q: I have applied for disaster assistance before, do I need to apply again?A: Yes. Even if you applied for assistance for a previous disaster, you must apply again for this disaster.Q: Will FEMA assistance affect my Social Security check?A. No.

July 24, 2006

Sba Disaster Loans Surpass $1.7 Million

More than $1.7 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is going to NewYorkers who suffered damages from the record-setting June floods, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said low-interest loans from the U.S.

July 20, 2006

Seward Announces Helplines For Flooding Victims

Senator James L. Seward today announced a special number for those who have already applied for state disaster assistance and would like to check the status of their applications. Persons may call the following number:

Individual & Family Grants (IFG): 1-888-329-7540: This number is for those who have applied for the New York State Individual and Family Grants Program under Governor George E. Pataki’s flood relief program. The helpline will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 18, 2006

Fema Disaster Aid Includes Housing Assistance

Senator James L. Seward said today the goal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster housing program is to provide financial assistance to aid flood victims in addressing their needs for temporary housing and home repairs. "Flooding victims should take every opportunity to ensure they are getting the most aid possible," Seward said. Temporary Housing: Rental assistance for temporary housing may be available if the home is uninhabitable because of the disaster.

July 18, 2006

Flood Help Centers Open Until 8 P.m. Daily

Senator James L. Seward said today thatthe 15 disaster assistance service centers throughout the flood ravaged counties remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends.

July 18, 2006

Seward Reminds Flood-affected Farmers Of Assistance


State Senator James L. Seward and New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick H. Brennan today reminded farmers in flood-affected counties to make use of government assistance that may be available to them.

July 17, 2006
July 13, 2006

Disaster Aid Helps Farmers Too

Senator James L. Seward said today thatthose who live onfarms or ranches and theirprimary residences were damaged by the severe flooding that began on June 26 canregister for state and federal disaster aid. Farmers and ranchers, who suffered damages to their homes and personal property, are encouraged to call and register for disaster aid with the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."Some farmers couldn't get their milk to market because roads were closed and had to dump milk," Senator Seward said.

July 12, 2006