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Grants Available For Mohawk Valley Flood Victims

HERKIMER, 07/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today encouraged residents, business owners and farmers hit hard by recent storms to take advantage of available grants. 

July 25, 2013
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Seward Pursues Flood Aid For Schoharie County

ONEONTA, 07/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced his continued support for Schoharie County’s  inclusion in the federal disaster declaration for flooding damage in late June/early July. 

July 22, 2013
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Flood Recovery Aid Headed To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 07/17/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials today to announce the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.

July 17, 2013
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Seward, Mohawk Valley Senate Delegation Advance Flood Recovery Strategy

HERKIMER, 07/12/13 – Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.

July 12, 2013
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Seward Delivers Funding For A.O. Fox

ONEONTA, 07/08/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide medical equipment for A-O Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

“A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital is a recognized leader in the field of rural, community health care,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with the hospital as they update their patient care model to successfully meet new challenges while continuing to offer the best possible care.”

July 8, 2013
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*** Updated Flood Information ***

ALBANY, 07/02/13 -- Governor Cuomo today activated the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York State. New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance, including important local contact information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety tips, where to go to receive a tetanus shot, what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage, mental health assistance, and for other recovery needs as well. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911. NYS Flood Helpline: 1-888-769-7243

July 2, 2013
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Seward EMT Recertification Bill Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 07/01/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced legislation he  sponsored that will extend the emergency medical technician five-year recertification demonstration program has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The legislation (S.5152/A.7170) provides active volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in certain counties with additional time to meet recertification requirements.

July 1, 2013
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*** Emergency Information For Herkimer County ***

HERKIMER, 07/01/13 --  The Herkimer County Emergency Operations Center has issued an update on the status of the flooding recovery efforts. Here's what residents in the affected areas should know:

TRAVEL

Residents are asked to avoid all unnecessary travel and to exercise caution when travel is required. Crews are still working to clear roadways of debris. Additional travel information for state roads can be found online at www.511NY.org.

EMERGENCY SHELTERS & MEALS

July 1, 2013
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Seward Partners With Schoharie Tac-Force

SCHOHARIE, 06/28/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $25,000 to provide equipment for the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Tactical and Rescue Force.

June 28, 2013
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Valley Reps Call For Disaster Aid For Herkimer County

HERKIMER, 06/28/13 -- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley are calling on the governor to formally request a federal disaster declaration for Herkimer County to assist with repair costs associated with flooding damage on June 27-28, 2013.

June 28, 2013
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Route 8 Traffic Study Needed

ONEONTA, 06/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a full New York State Department of Transportation study of traffic safety issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

June 24, 2013
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Productive 2013 Legislative Session Comes To A Close

ALBANY, 06/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2013 legislative session:

 

June 22, 2013
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Local Libraries Receive State Grants

ONEONTA, 06/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that community libraries throughout the 51st senatorial district have been awarded a total of nearly $350,000 in public library construction grant funds.

June 20, 2013
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Start-Up NY Part Of The Solution

ALBANY, 06/19/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the “Start-Up NY” economic development initiative:

June 18, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage To Bill Protecting Developmentally Disabled From Funding Cuts

ALBANY, 06/18/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced final legislative passage of a bill that would protect providers for services for developmentally disabled from state funding cuts.

June 18, 2013
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/18/13 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to crack down on welfare fraud and prohibit welfare recipients from using Cash Assistance for the purchase of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. 

June 18, 2013
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Senate Passes Package Of Bills To Assist Veterans

ALBANY, 06/12/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to help New York’s military veterans achieve success in business, employment and education.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3572) that would exempt veterans organizations from paying taxes on heating fuel was part of the package.

June 12, 2013
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Herkimer County HealthNet Receives Statewide Honor

ALBANY, 06/11/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today honored Herkimer County HealthNet during the Parks & Trails New York  annual award ceremony at the Capitol.  Herkimer County HealthNet received the Get Outdoors award for its commitment to developing and maintaining trails and playgrounds throughout the county.

June 11, 2013
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Cut Red Tape, Create Jobs

ALBANY, 06/10/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he sponsored to allow the legislature to eliminate or amend state regulations that overstep their original intent.  The bill (S.3462) was part of a bi-partisan senate package aimed at ridding New York State of unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 10, 2013
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Helping First Responders Afford Needed Equipment

ALBANY, 06/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored to increase the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.   Senator Seward’s  bill (S.3728B) will adjust the loan rates available to account for inflation and help departments with equipment purchases and other necessary upgrades.

June 5, 2013
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