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Seward Urges Immediate Cap On State Gas Tax

Joined by a local officer of AAA, State Senator James L. Seward today called for a cap on state gas taxes to immediately roll back gas prices in our area and to stop state government from reaping a tax windfall at the expense of working families. He also kicked off a website petition effort to put pressure on state leaders.Senator Seward said his plan would cap the state’s sales tax on the first $2 of the per gallon price. The sales tax is pegged to the price of gas and rises along with gasoline’s per gallon price.

May 4, 2006
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State Senate Honors The Charitable Spirit Of Nascar Fans

The New York State Senate honored the spirit of NASCAR fans by joining in celebrating NASCAR Day 2006, the signature charitable event of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Foundation, which supports a wide range of worthy causes such as: enriching the lives of chronically ill children; expanding literacy; encouraging bone marrow donation; and fighting cancer."As big as NASCAR gets, the hearts of its fans are even bigger," said Senator James L. Seward.

April 27, 2006
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Senate Over-rides Vetoes

State Senator James L. Seward commented on the state senate’s over-rides of most of the governor’s vetoes:"The legislature adopted a budget on-time that included property tax relief, funding for colleges, tuition help for struggling middle class families, tax cuts for married couples and health care."New Yorkers pay the highest taxes in the country and they deserve a break.

April 26, 2006
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Senate Passes Comprehensive Package Of Dwi Legislation

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive package of DWI legislation that will keep repeat DWI offenders off the streets and increase the penalties for drunk driving, especially drunk drivers that severely injure or kill innocent victims, Senator James L.

April 24, 2006
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Senate Okays Greene Veterans’ Highway Bill

 Legislation renaming a portion of state route 23 in honor of Greene County’s veterans has cleared the state senate, Senator James L. Seward said today. Senate bill 6420B was approved unanimously by the senate on April 24.

April 24, 2006
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Seward In Old Forge

Senator James L. Seward will be in Old Forge this week for two events.Thursday, April 27 -- At 10:30 a.m. Senator Seward will speak to students in Mr. Kinney’s Participation in Government class at the Webb School District on Main Street. Seward will discuss his role as a senator and how legislation is prepared, debated and passed.At 12:00 noon, Senator Seward will attend the CAP-21 legislative luncheon at Trails End Restaurant, North Street, to discuss current Adirondacks issues, including the economy and housing.

April 23, 2006
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Seward Discusses Veto Options

Senator James L. Seward commented on the options facing the state legislature concerning vetoes by the governor of the legislature’s on-time budget. "The legislature assembled an on-time budget that put our families first. The governor vetoed more than $3 billion in funding for property tax relief, colleges, tuition help, tax cuts and health care.

April 23, 2006
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Seward Unveils Dolgeville "safe Community" Award

At a press conference in Dolgeville State Senator James L. Seward unveiled a $300,000 "Safe Community" senate grant to provide a safer street and new sidewalks on the village’s Helmer Avenue. The senate funds will also replace water lines that have lead joints and create a new storm drain system to reduce inflow of storm water into the village’s wastewater treatment plant. Seward was joined by municipal officials and area residents and business owners. Village officials have identified Helmer Avenue and its sidewalks as dangerous and in need of repair.

April 11, 2006
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Seward Comments On Governor's Vetoes

State Senator James L. Seward commented on the governor's vetoes of the legislature's on-time budget:"I disagree with the governor about his vetoes of our 'families first' budget. It's my view the tax cuts and restorations in the budget are constitutional and are in the best interests of the people of our area."People are sick of focusing on technicalities, posturing and legal battles. People want results from their government, and our on-time budget provided just that. "The governor has forecasted deficits every year and he has always been wrong.

April 11, 2006
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Senate Okays Bill For Local Option On Clothing Sales Tax

The New York State Senate gave final passage Monday to legislation (S.7193A) that gives localities an opportunity to act now to decide whether to eliminate the local share of sales tax on clothing and shoe purchases under $110 or continue collecting the local share of the tax."The elimination of the state share of the sales tax on clothing and shoe purchases under $110 was a big victory for families in New York State," Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said.

April 3, 2006
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April 2, 2006
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Budget Includes Ag Center, NYSha Grants

The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health and the New York Historical Society are in line for state help under the on-time state budget approved Friday, State Senator James L. Seward said today.The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) at the M.I. Bassett Hospital has been designated to receive $200,000 for its roll-over protective structure (ROPS) program. The program is intended to provide partial grants to farmers to retrofit tractors with roll bars to reduce the incidence of death due to rollovers.

March 31, 2006
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On Time!

Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) commented on the state budget following final action by the legislature on March 31."We have just wrapped up our second on-time state budget that cuts income and property taxes for the state’s hardworking, overburdened taxpayers. It does not contain a penny in new taxes or fees. The legislature approved record state dollars to our local schools that will help our students achieve more in their classrooms, reduce pressure on school property taxes, and help improve and modernize schools.

March 31, 2006
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Seward Secures $2.4 Mill Tc-3 Aid

The legislative budget agreement includes $2.4 million in additional funding toward Tompkins Cortland Community College’s master plan, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The funding in the SUNY capital budget will pay for additions to the college’s master plan, including a student center, biology labs and a health center. The money was not included in the governor’s proposed budget.

March 30, 2006
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Seward Secures Suny Cortland Building Aid

The legislative budget agreement includes $20 million for renovations to SUNY Cortland’s Bowers Hall Science Building, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The funding in the SUNY capital budget will pay for the rehabilitatation of two wings of the 140,000 square foot building, which houses the biology, chemistry, geology and physics departments.

March 30, 2006
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Seward Secures $17.8 Mill Suny Coby Aid

The legislative budget agreement includes $17.8 million in critical rehab funding for SUNY Cobleskill’s Wheeler and Frisbee Halls in the college’s original quad, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The funding in the SUNY capital budget will pay for additional laboratory space in the college’s Wheeler Hall and renovation of Frisbee Hall for administrative office and general classrooms use.

March 30, 2006
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Seward: Taxpayers Win In On-time Budget

Senator James L. Seward said today the new state budget assembled and agreed upon by the legislature in open budget conference committees includes his major goals of cutttng property taxes and providing tax relief for small businesses. In addition, Seward said the budget will be on-time for the second year in a row."The budget includes genuine relief for our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers, especially in the area of property taxes.

March 29, 2006
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Seward Hails Agreement On Aid For Local Governments

The legislature’s 2006-2007 budget agreement will provide significant new aid for cities, towns and villages in the 51st Senatorial District, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said the funding is intended to help ease the pressure of local property taxes. The budget agreement gives cities a significant increase above the governor's proposal (which was based on property wealth in a community) with 13 percent more than the governor's plan. In addition, the aid agreement offers a 20 percent across the board increase for towns and villages above the state’s current year budget.

March 27, 2006
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March 27, 2006
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Otsego County Woman Named To State Panel

Louisa Mary "Honey" Platt of County Highway 34, Westford, has been confirmed by the state senate for a term on the Board of Visitors for the New York State Home for Veterans and their Dependents at Oxford, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate.Platt retired as a clerk in the Otsego County Auditor’s Office and is currently Westford town clerk and tax collector.

March 22, 2006
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