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Gov Oks Seward’s Safe Driving Initiative

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) announced that Governor David Paterson has signed Seward sponsored legislation that will establish an advisory panel to examine, assess and make recommendations on how to improve and expand drivers’ education in the state. The bill, senate 6985, passed both houses of the state legislature in June. The bill was inspired and heavily supported by the Gentile family of Cooperstown, who tragically lost their son Christopher Gentile in an automobile accident.

 

July 10, 2008
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Senate Passes Bill To Address Subprime Mortage Crisis

The New York State Senate today passed comprehensive legislation (S8143-A), sponsored by Senator Hugh Farley, to address the subprime mortgage crisis in New York by immediately assisting homeowners who are facing foreclosure from losing their homes while implementing critical reforms designed to help prevent them from losing their homes in the future.

The legislation is the result of an agreement reached between the Governor, the Senate and the Assembly, and announced publicly last week.

July 9, 2008
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Seward Sponsors Cell Phones For Soldiers Collection

Senator James L. Seward is inviting area residents to join him in support of the Cell Phones for Soldiers Project by dropping off unwanted cell phones at his district offices in Oneonta and Herkimer.

The used phones will be sent to ReCellular, which pays the not-for-profit organization Cell Phones for Soldiers for donated phones collected and eventually recycled. Each donated phone provides the equivalent of approximately one hour of talk time for soldiers serving abroad.

July 9, 2008
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Seward Announces Greenville Wastewater Grant

At the Greenville Town Hall, State Senator James L. Seward announced $100,000 in capital funding for improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

"Budget and property tax relief -- that’s the issue," Seward said. "It’s about helping a local government meet state mandates and provide services for their constituents and for economic development without hitting local wallets."

July 7, 2008
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Senate Passes Bill To Reform State’s Brownfields Program

 

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S8717) to reform the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program to better target financial incentives for the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites across the State. The Brownfields reform bill, which reflects an agreement between the Governor and the Legislature, will help revitalize New York’s urban areas while ensuring that the program is more accountable to taxpayers.

July 7, 2008
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Senate Passes “REPAIR Act”

The New York State Senate today passed the "New York State Responsibility, Performance, Accountability, Initiative and Results (REPAIR) Act" of 2008. This comprehensive measure (S154-B) would require all state agencies to develop long-term strategic plans, follow performance budgeting principles, and enable the public, the Division of Budget and the Legislature to better evaluate the fiscal management and actual performance of virtually all State government programs.

July 7, 2008
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Senate Passes Legislation To Crack Down On Video Game Violence

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a bill (S.6401-A), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island) that would take steps to crack down on video game violence and combat and reduce children’s exposure to violent and inappropriate materials within these games.

July 6, 2008
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Senate Passes Parole Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8614-A), sponsored by Senator Michael Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette) to address a court ruling that could have freed hundreds of prisoners without parole and affected thousands more who have been freed after serving their terms. The bill reflects a three-way agreement among the Senate, the Assembly, and the Governor.

In April, the Court of Appeals ruled that the state cannot impose post-release supervision on inmates as they exit prison when the judge who sentenced them neglected to require it.

July 6, 2008
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Seward Announces $100k Village Restoration

On the porch of the Cooperstown Village Hall-Library, State Senator James L. Seward announced a $100,000 capital grant for the village’s restoration of the village hall.

July 6, 2008
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Senate Passes School Bus Safety Legislation

The New York State Senate passed a bill (S.4579-A), sponsored by Senator Serphin Maltese (Queens), to protect the safety and security of our children by prohibiting individuals with a history of certain serious crimes from operating school buses.

July 6, 2008
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Seward Announces Local Education Grants

The Herkimer Elementary School Steel Drum Band will have new equipment for their area performances for schools and community organizations, Senator James L. Seward said today.

Seward was at the school to announce a $10,000 senate grant for the purchase of new steel drums for the band. He was joined by Superintendent Carol Zygo and band director James Traglia.

June 22, 2008
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Seward Offers Gas, Oil Leasing Info

Senator James L. Seward (R-I-C/Oneonta) is making information available to property owners concerned about, or interested in, gas and oil leasing.

June 22, 2008
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Fair Competition Panel Clears Senate

The New York State Legislature has approved legislation that would begin levelling the playing field for private owners of recreational facilities who compete with state attractions, Senator James L. Seward said today. Senate bill 6835B was approved unanimously by the senate and approved by the assembly earlier today. The bill would create a state panel to evaluate whether governmentally-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to golf, ski, camping and other recreation businesses operated by private entrepreneurs.

June 22, 2008
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Seward Unveils Energy Grant For Cherry Valley

New York State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R-C-I/Newport) announced today that the Village of Cherry Valley will receive a $45,000 grant to install energy efficiency measures in the village hall and at the village pump station.

June 22, 2008
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Senate Refills Snowmobile Fund

The state senate has passed legislation cosponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) to restore $1 million in funding to the state’s snowmobile trail fund that was swiped by the state Division of the Budget to pay the state’s bills in March. Senate bill 8144 was approved unanimously by the senate.

June 22, 2008
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Unadilla Man Named 'volunteer Of Valor'

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that Frank Slocum of Butternut Road, Unadilla has been selected as a 2008 New York State Senate "Volunteer of Valor."

"I am proud to honor Frank Slocum as a Volunteer of Valor and prouder still of the recognition he has earned from his colleagues at the department, neighbors and friends for his dedication to the Unadilla community" said Senator Seward, chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Emergency Volunteer Services.

June 9, 2008
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Senator Seward, New York State Senate Pass Important Conservation Incentive

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta), which would provide an important incentive for private landowners who engage in habitat conservation activities on their property. The Habitat Conservation Tax Credit (S.2179) would give eligible landowners a credit on their income taxes of 25% of the property taxes paid on land enrolled in a habitat conservation program.

June 9, 2008
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Dryden Man Named 'volunteer Of Valor'

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that Duane Edward Testut of Freeville has been selected as a 2008 New York State Senate "Volunteer of Valor."

June 9, 2008
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Senate Votes To Protect Herkimer Police, Corrections Off

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill correction officers and other law enforcement personnel. Seward said the measure would protect Herkimer police and correction officers.

June 4, 2008
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Seward Unveils Cooperstown Safe Driving Initiative, "safe Teen" Program

In Cooperstown today State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) unveiled a $35,000 senate grant to help begin a safe driving program for students at Cooperstown High School. Seward was joined by Superintendent Mary Jo McPhail, Principal Gary Kuch, Penney Gentile, mother of Chris Gentile, a Cooperstown senior killed in a car accident in April of 2007, and Mark Zimmerman from Royal Chrysler of Oneonta.

June 2, 2008
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