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Libraries Receive Construction Grants

ALBANY, 03/04/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that local community libraries in the 51st senatorial district have been awarded $421,032 in public library construction grant funds.

"Our libraries are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times" Seward said. "Local libraries are being counted on for so much more these days. Traditional book lending still accounts for a high volume of traffic, but more and more people are visiting libraries for other needs.”

March 4, 2009
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Where's The Reform?

After years of promising fundamental reforms to ensure greater transparency and accountability, the new senate Democratic majority has actually taken New York’s notoriously flawed state budget process and made it fundamentally worse on every level.  In fact, this year’s budget process has been more closed, more secretive and more dysfunctional than ever before.

February 27, 2009
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Governor's Ski Tax Falls Flat

WINDHAM, 02/20/09 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Peter Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) today called on the governor to eliminate his higher tax on ski areas.

“The budget proposed by Governor Paterson is filled with $6 billion in new taxes and fees that will strike at the heart of upstate New York businesses and families,” said Seward. “The additional 4 percent hike on ski lift tickets and lessons unfairly targets an industry already battling a tough economy.”

February 20, 2009
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It's Not Too Late To Fix Health Insurance

When Governor Paterson’s deficit reduction package hit my desk one of the first things that jumped out at me was an increase in health insurance taxes.  I fought the ill conceived legislation, but senate Democrats were unwilling to budge, and passed the plan anyway.  Now I am calling on the governor to use funds from the federal stimulus package to rescind his hike in health insurance taxes and right a very serious wrong.

February 20, 2009
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Budget Held Hostage To Politicians' Private Agendas

ONEONTA, 02/17/09 – With New York State facing a grave fiscal crisis, State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome) today called for urgent, non-stop action to resolve the serious flaws in Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2009-2010 state budget.

February 17, 2009
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Paying Back Our Troops

 The cost of a college education is high.  Every day college students and their parents wrestle with tuition bills, the cost of books and room and board.  Studies show that the expense is worth it.

Over time college graduates, on average, earn more than high school graduates. According to the Census Bureau, over an adult's working life, high school graduates earn an average of $1.2 million, associate's degree holders earn about $1.6 million, and bachelor's degree holders earn about $2.1 million.

February 13, 2009
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Job Creation Needs To Be Focus Of Federal Stimulus

ALBANY, 02/10/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) today commented on the federal stimulus package, and how it will be used once approved.

“As we deal with an economic crisis here in New York it is important that any federal stimulus dollars we receive are put to use creating and retaining jobs and strengthening our economy.

February 11, 2009
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Local Roads, Economy At Risk

ONEONTA, 02/06/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) says the governor’s budget plan will lead to unsafe roads and jeopardize long term transportation plans.

February 9, 2009
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SUNY Students Unfairly Targeted

I am proud to represent several State University of New York (SUNY) schools and public community colleges throughout the 51st district.  The campuses have grown over the years and are considered among the finest educational institutions in America.  Students leave these schools with a first-class education, extraordinary job skills, and a keen perspective on life. 

February 6, 2009
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 02/03/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is set to continue the fight for education and property taxpayers in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

Seward was named to the senate standing committees on education and higher education, two areas set to receive quite a bit of attention in the coming weeks.

February 3, 2009
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Deficit Plan Is Bad Deal For Upstate New York

ALBANY, 02/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented on the deficit reduction plan passed today in the state senate.

“The Democrats’ deficit reduction plan is a bad deal for upstate families, businesses, and New York as a whole.

February 3, 2009
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Budget Philosophy Needs To Change

Work is underway in Albany on the 2009 – 2010 state budget, but we are already off to a rocky start.  That is not to say that we can’t right the ship, but it is a job that will take a bit of work from all sides.

The biggest problem is that we are beginning the process from a flawed starting point.  The governor’s budget proposal that we are using as a jumping off point increases spending by 1 percent, and raises approximately 137 taxes and fees by more than $4 billion, all in an attempt to close a two year deficit approaching $15 billion.

January 30, 2009
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Seward Comments On Stimulus Package And State Budget

ALBANY, 01/27/09 – State Senator James L. Seward (R-I-C/Oneonta) today joined other members of the Senate Republican Conference to discuss the federal stimulus package and the state budget. Following the media conference Senator Seward issued the following statement.

“The federal stimulus package can be an enormous shot in the arm for all New Yorkers and our budget, but only if we use the money wisely.

January 27, 2009
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New Roots Charter School Needs Further Examination

ONEONTA, 01/23/09 – State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Winner (R/C/I-Elmira) are calling on the SUNY Charter School Institute to delay action on the application of an Ithaca-based charter school.

In a letter to the SUNY Charter School Institute, Seward and Winner requested officials “place a hold on the application of New Roots Charter School until several important questions that have been raised by the public are fully addressed.”

January 26, 2009
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Fitness Goals

So, here we are a month into the new year.  How is that New Year’s Resolution coming along?

For many individuals a top priority is losing weight.  Not a bad idea when put in the proper context.  Unfortunately so many people concentrate only on the numbers on the scale.  Health experts agree though that in order to achieve a healthy level of fitness you need to focus on a more well rounded lifestyle. 

January 23, 2009
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Seward Comments On Gillibrand Appointment

ONEONTA, 01/23/09 – Senator James L. Seward today commented on Governor David Paterson’s selection of Kirsten Gillibrand for U.S. Senator to replace Hillary Clinton.

January 23, 2009
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Excellence In Our Midst

 Our region is filled with great pieces of history; many are well known while others have yet to receive their due.  Now is the time to change that.I am issuing a call for nominations for the 2009 Erie Canal Heritage Award of Excellence.  The award honors and celebrates the significant places of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and recognizes excellence in advancing the goals of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan.

January 16, 2009
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Seward Backs Onc Boces

ONEONTA, 01/14/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for the continuation of the Otsego-Northern Catskill Board of Cooperative Educational Services (ONC BOCES) in its current configuration. Seward’s support comes as the New York State Education Department reviews the future of ONC BOCES. Senator Seward, in a letter to New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills stated “ONC BOCES fulfills a critical need as is and should not be subject to the tinkering of the state’s bureaucracy.” Seward said testimony from area educators, parents, resident, and even a review by the Rockefeller Institute of Government all back his claim.

January 15, 2009
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New York Can Return To Greatness

In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2009 session of the New York State Senate, Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C – Oneonta) outlined his agenda of job creation, new state efficiencies and property tax relief he dubbed “Return To Greatness.”

January 9, 2009
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Return To Greatness

Much like a sports franchise after a down year, the state needs to rebuild.  While there is some heavy lifting ahead, job creation and tax relief, combined with commonsense cuts can help spur our economy.

The governor has presented his budget, and his state of the state address, now it is time to take those unfinished pieces of the puzzle and create a completed solution that will return New York to greatness.

January 9, 2009
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