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Seward:thruway Backs Off Shorter Canal Hours

In a clear victory for business owners along the Barge Canal and recreational boaters, Senator James L. Seward announced today that the state thruway authority has reversed its plan to reduce operating hours on the state's canal system. The reversal is a win for tour boat operators and companies that rely on the canal system for their businesses.

April 8, 2008
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See If You Are Entitled To New York State Unclaimed Funds

You may be entitled to some of the over $8 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible.

April 8, 2008
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Seward Observes Ag Literacy Day In Greene Co

Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) will be in Greene County Tuesday, April 8, to observe Agriculture Literacy Day with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Farm Bureau.

Seward will spend the morning reading a book on maple sugaring to three second grade classes at Coxsackie Elementary School , 24 Sunset Blvd, Coxsackie. He will be joined by a representative of Farm Bureau.

April 7, 2008
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Seward: Keep Our Schools Safe

With the news daily reporting sexual abuse of students and school violence, it's important to be sure our state doesn't take a step back in protecting our school's students. That why the senate has announced action on a comprehensive plan to enhance school safety and ensure the well-being of millions of children.

April 4, 2008
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Oneonta Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Oneonta , Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

April 4, 2008
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Focusing On Property Tax Reform

I have received a volume of mail recently concerning rising assessments, community revaluations, and the effect of inflated home assessments in a down market. Many want to know how the reassessments will affect their property taxes, and why they pay more taxes than a family across the street in a similar home -- but in another town or village.

April 4, 2008
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Cortland Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Cortland, Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

April 4, 2008
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Little Falls Gets City Funding Help

The new state budget restores an AIM (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities) funding increase for the City of Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The restored funding was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate Thursday.

Gov. Paterson cut the scheduled AIM increase for Little Falls by $18,235. The bill passed Thursday restores the cut to the agreed upon increase of $75,284, for a total AIM package of $911,772. Most municipalities had budgeted based on the scheduled increase.

April 4, 2008
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Protecting Our Seniors

Random, predatory violence has grown in America. Last year, Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman, was brutally attacked and mugged on her way to church. The same attacker went on to beat and mug 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half an hour later.

Our elderly are particularly vulnerable to attacks from youthful, agile thugs. They often can not and do not fight back.

April 4, 2008
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Senate Okays Spending Cap

The past two state budgets have increased state spending dramatically, and last year the governor's proposed budget offered one of the largest increases in state spending in history. In addition, the governor's budget -- which we still have to work from, in spite of his resignation -- has proposed massive tax increases on hardworking New Yorkers to pay for spending hikes. To make matters worse, the assembly majority has recommended a $1.5 billion tax increase.

April 4, 2008
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Budget Restores Governor's Cuts For Area Nursing Homes

Senator James L. Seward said today the 2008-09 health and mental hygiene state budget bill passed by the legislature today (S. 6808) includes restoring $85 million in state funds cut by the governor for nursing homes this year. The additional funds, known as "rebasing aid," will phased in over a two year period, resulting in a total restoration of $170 million for the state's nursing homes. The state budget also includes an additional $15 million for nursing home recruitment and retention activities.

April 2, 2008
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Libous, Seward Win Fight To Keep Camp Pharsalia Open

It took long efforts on Saturday and Sunday, but Senators Tom Libous and Jim Seward have won the fight to keep Camp Pharsalia and three other Upstate correctional facilities open.

March 31, 2008
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Seward: Hudson Correctional Stays Open

Senator James L. Seward today announced that the Hudson Correctional Facility will remain open as a result of final budget negotiations, despite the proposal by former Governor Eliot Spitzer to close it and three other correctional facilities.

March 31, 2008
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Seward Announces Cooperstown Arts Award

In Cooperstown today Senator James L. Seward announced a senate grant of $10,000 for the Cooperstown Concert Series, which offers musical entertainment to Cooperstown and its environs. The funding will help offset artists' fees incurred by the organization as it provides a variety of musical, theatrical and dance performances to the public.

March 25, 2008
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Seward: 'farm Tax' Must Be Defeated

State Senator James L. Seward today took aim at a 'farm tax' in the Spitzer/Paterson budget that he said would raise costs for farmers buying more acreage or anyone starting out in agriculture. The budget proposal advanced in the Spitzer/Paterson budget would significantly raise the state's real estate transfer filing fee on land sales, which would hit farmers who buy and sell agricultural property, or someone starting out in agriculture.

March 25, 2008
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Seward Inspects Police Car Cameras

Senator James L. Seward was in Herkimer today to meet with Herkimer County's police chiefs and inspect new video equipment purchased for each department and the state police with $50,000 in state funding secured by Seward. He was hosted by the chiefs of Herkimer County's police departments and Sheriff Chris Farber.

"I have enormous respect for the men and women who serve in law enforcement and place their lives at risk each and every day," Senator Seward said.

March 21, 2008
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Seward: Need Fair Competition In Recreation Industry

Saying the time has come to level the playing field for private owners of recreational facilities, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation to create a state panel that would evaluate whether governmentally-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to golf, ski, camping and other recreation businesses operated by private entrepreneurs.

March 20, 2008
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Seward Leads GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 03/19/08-- Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

March 19, 2008
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Seward Leads GOP Effort To Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 03/19/08-- Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

March 19, 2008
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Seward: Camperships Still Available

There’s still room in a DEC environmental education camp for a student from the 51st senatorial district, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward annually sponsors one student, age 12 to 17, to Camp Colby in the Adirondacks, one of the state’s four DEC camps, free of charge to the student or family. The cost is ordinarily $250 per week. Campers spend one week in hands-on activities that stress the wise use of natural resources, including hiking, stream sampling, birding, canoeing, archery, fishing and hunter safety education.

March 18, 2008
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