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Governor Announces Protection Of 2,500 Acres In Otsego County

Governor George E. Patakiwas in OneontaSaturday toannounce the acquisition of three properties totaling more than 2,500 acres in Otsego County, including 1,036 acres in the Towns of Milford and Maryland that is being donated to the state for a new state park. The property was a gift from the family of Robert V.

July 31, 2005
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Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Direct Wine Shipments

The New York State Senate approved legislation (S.5731) on Friday sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to authorize the direct shipment of wine into and out of New York State. The bill reflects a three way agreement between the senate, the governor, and the assembly."This new law will begin to embrace the modern economy in New York State’s grape-and-wine industry," said Senator Winner, who represents the state’s largest wine-producing region in the Finger Lakes.

July 25, 2005
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Otsego Seniors To Get New Wheels

Otsego County's senior citizens will benefit from state awards totalling $35,000 announced by Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Bill Magee at the seniors' annual picnic today at Glimmerglass State Park. The funds, $15,000 from the senate and $20,000 from the assembly, have purchased two new vehicles for the county to be used to transport seniors and to support the office for the aging's outreach activities, Seward said. "The office for the aging provides important services for the senior citizens of our county," Senator James L. Seward said.

July 19, 2005
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Senate To NYC: Open Up Lands

A bi-partisan vote of the New York State Senate rebuffed New York City's management of their lands in its upstate watershed. "The city’s behavior in managing the watershed is putting the 1997 watershed agreement at risk," said Senator James L. Seward, who represents portions of the New York City watershed in Schoharie and Greene Counties. Seward was joined in his effort by Senator John Bonacic.

July 13, 2005
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Unadilla Youth Bound For Environmental Camp

State Senator James L. Seward has announced that Molly Ahearn of Main Street, Unadilla, has been selected to attend a DEC environmental education camp this summer from August 7 - 13. Ahearn, 12, will attend Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor in the Catskill Forest Preserve.Legislators can sponsor one student, aged 12 to 17 for one of the state’s four DEC camps, free of charge.

July 13, 2005
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Bipartisan High Speed Rail Task Force Appointed

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (R-I, Brunswick) today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on High Speed Rail, a panel that will study the best way to link New York’s cities with high-speed trains, dramatically reducing travel time, stimulating new employment and firmly reestablishing New York’s place as a national transportation innovator and technology leader.

June 29, 2005
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Senate Passes Sweeping Public Authorities Reform

The New York State Senate yesterday passed the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, (S.5927) sponsored by Senator Vincent L.

June 23, 2005
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Senate Passes Work Zone Safety Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4885-B), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C, Binghamton), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, designed to enhance driver education, increase the accountability of drivers and create a more sensible work zone in which to travel. The legislation was passed as part of a three-way agreement between the senate, the governor, and the assembly."We must protect our families and workers from the potentially deadly consequences of reckless drivers or tragic accidents," said Senator Libous.

June 23, 2005
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Senate Passes Procurement Lobbying Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5873), sponsored by Senator George Winner (R-C, Elmira), that would enact comprehensive reforms to more effectively regulate the lobbying of government entities. The landmark legislation represent the most sweeping reform and overhaul of the state’s lobbying law in generations."We’re finally shining a light on the practice of government contract lobbying. This new law will provide a great deal of disclosure and transparency," said Senator Winner.

June 22, 2005
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Senate Presses For Assembly Action On Sex Offender Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today called on the Assembly to act on legislation approved by the senate to strengthen Megan’s Law and the state’s Sex Offender Registry to protect the public from sexual predators.Senators were joined at a Capitol news conference today by Mark Lunsford of Florida. Lunsford’s nine year old daughter Jessica was killed by a convicted sex offender in Florida earlier this year.

June 19, 2005
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Seward: Bill Will Help Emts

Local emergency medical technicians will be able to respond to accident scenes and save more lives under legislation passed by the senate, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services, said the state senate has passed S. 4669, which allows EMTs to carry automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in their personal vehicles."This issue was brought to my attention by the Cincinnatus EMS squad," Seward said.

June 14, 2005
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Governor, Seward Announce Schoharie, Greene Trail Grants

Governor George E. Pataki and Senator James L. Seward today announced nearly $1.6 million in grants for 23 trail-related projects across the state as part of the federal Recreational Trails Program. Projects in the 51st Senatorial District received funding, said Senator James L. Seward."The Empire State’s vast trail system offers a wide variety of opportunities for four-season recreation and exciting outdoor activities for New Yorkers and visitors," Governor Pataki said.

June 13, 2005
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Fire Department Gets State Grant

At a visit Friday in Cherry Valley Senator James L. Seward announced a $10,000 state grant for the Cherry Valley Fire Department. The funds will be used to purchase a thermal imaging camera for the department, which senses body heat to detect people trapped inside burning buildings. "I am proud to be here to help support an important part of rural New York -- our fire departments and the selfless volunteers who give of their time day in, day out," Sen. Seward said.

June 9, 2005
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Seward Announces 'woman Of Distinction'

Senator James L. Seward today announced that Catherine T. Andrews of Mount Vision has been selected as a 2005 New York State "Woman of Distinction". "I am proud to honor Catherine T. Andrews as a woman of Distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of our community," said Senator Seward.Catherine Andrews has devoted much of her life toward the concerns of others. Catherine has taken care of cancer patients and others in need, to improve their quality of life.

June 7, 2005
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Senate Moves To Strengthen Megan's Law

Ten years after the enactment of legislation creating New York State’s Sex Offender Registry, the New York State Senate will act today on the "Tenth Anniversary Omnibus Sex Offender Registration Reform Act." The bill (S.4793-B) would strengthen Megan’s Law in 25 ways, including: mandatory notification by police when a registered sex offender moves into a community, lifetime registration of all sex offenders, requiring information about all levels of sex offenders to be posted on the Internet, and GPS monitoring for the worst offenders.

"For the last decade, Megan’s Law has empowered

June 7, 2005
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Middleburgh Resident Named Senate 'woman Of Distinction'

Senator James L. Seward today announced that R. Carol Coltrain of Middleburgh has been selected as a 2005 New York State "Woman of Distinction." "I am proud to honor R. Carol Coltrain as a woman of distinction and prouder still of the recognition she has earned from her neighbors, colleagues and friends for her achievements on behalf of her community," said Senator Seward.Putting "service above self" is a major influence for R. Carol Coltrain of Middleburgh.

June 7, 2005
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Cortland Memorial In Line For State Aid

Senator James L. Seward announced today that Cortland Memorial Hospital would benefit from a state grant of $250,000 to the Community Hospital Network of Central New York, a consortium of four component hospitals that focuses on developing management tools and broadly applicable solutions to the problems faced by health care institutions."The funding to the network provides specific help to Cortland Memorial Hospital," Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I-/Milford) said.

June 5, 2005
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State Sales Tax Drops June 1

New York consumers will save an estimated $560 million over the next year as a result of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax from 4.25 percent to 4 percent beginning June 1, 2005."When we imposed the .25 percent bump as a temporary measure to help the state get through a tough time, we said it was temporary and set a date for its expiration. The reduction is not deferred, delayed or defeated," Senator James L. Seward said. "This is about shaving back what the state takes from its citizens and keeping the promise we made that the tax would sunset.

May 26, 2005
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May 24, 2005
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Local Woman Named To State Panel

Ann Brigid Sullivan of Grove Street, Morris, has been confirmed by the state senate for a term on the board of visitors of the Broome Developmental Disabilities Services Office, 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.Sullivan is a homemaker and parent of six children with disabilities. She has served on the board of governors of NYS Association for Retarded Citizens for 16 years and the board of directors of ARC Otsego for 18 years.

May 23, 2005
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