Senate Eyes Crackdown On Medicaid Fraud

Senator James L. Seward,Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, Deputy Majority Leader Dean G.

April 11, 2005

Seward Views Flood Damage

Senator James L. Seward was in Cortland this week to meet with local officials and residents following the floods of April 2-4. Seward visited right after the senate ended its weekly session, stopping in Cortland to meet with Mayor Tom Gallagher and legislature Chairman Scott Steve to look at the damage caused by the floods."I have been in direct contact with the director of the state emergency management office," Seward said.

April 7, 2005

Senate Moves On Bill To Keep Sexual Predators Off The Streets

The New York State Senate will act today on legislation (S.3273) that provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators after they’ve completed their prison sentence to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence."It's simple -- this is about protecting our children and ending the nightmare of child abductions by predators," Senator James L. Seward said.

April 4, 2005

Senate Passes Public Protection And General Government Budget Bills

The New York State Senate has approved the 2005-06 public protection and general government budget legislation (S.550E, S.3666) that includes a $57 million increase in aid to localities and would continue the operation of several correctional facilities, including Camp Pharsalia in Chenango County and the Greene Correctional Special Housing Unit in Coxsackie."This legislation will restore and add funding to areas of the budget that are critically important to the safety and well-being of every New Yorker, including funds for law enforcement, corrections, and homeland se

April 3, 2005

State Budget Passed

The last of the bills constituting the 2005-2006 state budget has been approved. New York has its first on-time state budget in 20 years, Senator Seward noted, which restores TAP, boosts school aid, provides property tax relief through a cap on the local share of Medicaid, and limits new fees and taxes."A real victory in producing an on-time budget that meets the needs of our residents," Senator James L. Seward commented.

March 31, 2005

New Budget Boosts 2 Greene School Districts

Senator James L. Seward announced today that the new 2005-2006 state budget being passed on time will include a provision that will boost the building aid ratios for the Windham-Ashland-Jewett and Hunter-Tannersville School Districts."This is direct help to local taxpayers who fund improvements and upgrades to their school buildings," Senator Seward said.

March 30, 2005

State Budget Helps Little Falls

The 2005-2006 negotiated legislative state budget includes $100,000 in aid for Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget combines existing revenue sharing programs and includes aid for seven cities previously omitted from the state’s supplemental municipal aid program."Seven cities are currently left out of special municipal aid that all other cities currently receive, including Little Falls," Seward said.

March 29, 2005

Seward: New Budget Will Cap Medicaid

The new state budget that will be approved by the legislature this week will include a cap on counties' expenses for Medicaid, Senator James L. Seward said today. The savings, resulting from cost controls, a cap, and accelerated state assumption of the Family Health Plus program, will help ease pressure on county property taxes. The Medicaid cap will save counties in Seward's 51st District more than $43 million per year when fully enacted in 2009. Total aggregate savings through 2009 exceed $122 million.

March 28, 2005

Seward: Victory In Empire Zone Fight

Senator James L. Seward today said that the legislature has agreed to additional empire zones for counties without them, capping a three year struggle to secure the job-producing tool for Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties."This week the legislature agreed that the new state budget should include provisions for the addition of 12 new zones over the next four years," Seward said.

March 23, 2005

Committee Okays Health Insurance Bills

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Insurance approved four bills today that would make health insurance more affordable for employers and help reduce the ranks of the state’s 3 million uninsured. Senate bills 79, 414, 1372 and 1405 were all approved by the panel and sent to the full senate for its consideration."Health insurance costs continue to rise for all employers and employees," Senator Seward, chairman of the committee, said.

March 21, 2005

State Fire Grants Available

The state is accepting applications from rural fire departments for grants under the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services."I hope that upstate rural departments will take advantage of the grants available under this important program," Seward said.

March 18, 2005

Senate Approves Bills To Get Racetrack Vlts On Lin

The New York State Senate has approved two bills that would help get video lottery terminals (VLTs) up and running at Yonkers and Aqueduct Raceways.

March 17, 2005

Senate Passes $2.3 Billion Tax Cut Plan

The senate version of the state budget passed this week includes almost $1 billion in business tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy, and almost $1 billion in direct school property tax relief. The plan includes tax credits for biotechnology, a small business health insurance tax credit, a direct school property tax relief rebate program, expansion of the Empire Zone program, and adopting a single sales factor to boost manufacturing jobs and investment in emerging technologies.

March 16, 2005

Senate Okays 2005-06 Higher Education Budget Legislation

The New York State Senate has approved the higher education portion of the 2005-06 state budget that restores and appropriates additional funding to higher education including restorations for the tuition assistance program (TAP), State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY) and funds for independent colleges and universities.

March 15, 2005

Senate Passes Education Budget

The state senate has passed the 2005-06 education budget,which provides for an increase of $626 million in formula driven and other educational assistance to schools across New York State. The senate budget adds $425 million to the governor’s proposed $201 million increase over last year. The senate proposes setting aside $325 million in Sound Basic Education Aid proposed by the executive in a special reserve fund for education.

March 15, 2005

Health Budget Okayed By Senate

The senate’s 2005-06 New York State budget restores nearly $730 million in cuts to hospitals, nursing homes and health care that were proposed by the executive, while also taking steps to rein in the spiraling cost of Medicaid to local property taxpayers.The senate budget bills restore $730 million in cuts to New York’s health care system, preserving vital programs and services that help protect public health, and reject new and higher taxes on hospitals and nursing homes, as well as cuts in payments for home health aides.Measures are also included in the senate

March 15, 2005

Senate Budget Helps Little Falls

The 2005-2006 state budget proposed by the New York State Senate Republican Majority includes $100,000 in special aid for Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The senate’s budget embodies positions advanced by the senate Republican majority going into budget discussions and conference committees, and was passed today."Seven cities are currently left out of special municipal aid that all other cities currently receive, including Little Falls," Seward said.

March 14, 2005

Senate Budget Plan Expands Empire Zones

The 2005-2006 budget resolution that will be adopted by the New York State Senate next week will facilitate empire zones in Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties, State Senator James L. Seward said today. The three counties in the 51st Senatorial District are currently without their own zones."The senate's position going in to budget talks with the assembly is that each county should have its own zone," Seward said. "Working with local officials, I have made the addition of zones a budget priority for those counties in my district without them.

March 11, 2005

Senate Passes Death Penalty Legislation

In observance of National Police Week, the New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. "I believe it is a deterrent and it is also simple justice," said State Senator James L. Seward, who voted for the measure. "While I support a comprehensive death penalty statute for all ofthose who kill in premeditated circumstances, this is one step forward, and it contains important safeguards.

March 9, 2005

State Announces Funds To Protect Water Quality

Governor George E. Pataki today announced $6.7 million for 32 projects to help farmers protect the state’s soil and water resources from agricultural runoff. The funding is available through the New York State Agricultural Non-point Source Abatement and Control Program (ANSCAP) and includes $600,000 statewide for planning initiatives. The projects also will serve as the implementation arm of the Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program. Locally, Cortland, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties are recipients, Senator James L.

March 7, 2005