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State Offers Foothills Energy Incentives

ALBANY, 10/24/08 -- The Foothills Performing Arts Center's new building will be eligible for more than $140,000 in energy incentives under the New York Energy Smart program of the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) said today. "It means saving energy and reducing consumption in a performance venue where a lot of electricity is used," Seward said. "This is a pro-active way to reduce later energy consumption but at the start of a construction project." 

October 24, 2008
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Seward: NYRI Good For NYC, Not Upstate

ONEONTA, 10/21/08 -- In testimony before an administrative judge of the state Public Service Commission, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) said that the proposed New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) power line might be good for New York City, but it would be disastrous for upstate New York.

October 21, 2008
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Seward Announces Schoharie Police Grant

SCHOHARIE, 10/17/08 -- Joined by Schoharie County Sheriff John Bates, Jr. and Cobleskill Police Chief Michael O'Brien at the sheriff's office, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) today announced a $10,000 senate grant to help purchase equipment for the departments' cooperative efforts in executing warrants for violent offenders.

October 17, 2008
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Seward Funds Ag Incubator Project With Environmental Twist: Bio Fuel Component Linked To Ag Preservation

Coxsackie, Greene County--State Senator James Seward, a distinguished member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined Greene IDA and local officials today to announce a State funding initiative totaling $40,000 to enhance efforts to establish an Agriculture Incubator in Greene County. The innovative approach to utilizing public open space and habitat-protected land for related ag uses is unique to the region.

October 14, 2008
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CTM Unveils New Equipment

Local small business set for growth

FRANKFORT, 9/18/08 -- In Frankfort today, Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C) joined local officials and the leadership of Custom Tool and Model Corporation in the unveiling of new equipment key to the company's survival and growth. A state economic assistance grant secured by Sen. Seward for the company has helped purchase a new CNC lathe and add capacity to the shop floor. The funded was adminstered by the Herkimer County IDA.

September 18, 2008
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Seward: Prop Tax Rebates Coming

ALBANY, 9/15/08 -- Property tax rebates will be mailed out beginning this month and into October, and Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) urged area homeowners who didn't receive checks last year to apply this year.

"I have heard from some constituents that they didn't receive checks last year," Seward said. "They should be sure to apply this year."

Applicants may apply online at http://www.nystax.gov.

September 15, 2008
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Local Biz Gets Job Growth Help

ALBANY, 9/15/08 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today visited RPM Ecosystems LLC of Dryden and announced $100,000 for Tompkins County Area Development to assist the company.

The funding will help RPM, a sustainable, 'green' company, begin the second phase of a planned $1.8 million expansion on its 158 acre site in Dryden, including its 5,000 square foot international headquarters. The company, which currently employs 36 workers, estimates creating 55 new jobs over the next three years with a payroll averaging $1.7 million.

September 15, 2008
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Dryden Fire Dept Gets Senate Lift

DRYDEN, 9/5/08 -- At the Neptune Hose Fire Company in Dryden on Thursday, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced $ 100,000 in capital funding for the fire department's expansion and renovation of its firehouse. Seward spoke to more than 42 members of the department. He was introduced by President William Ackroyd. 

September 5, 2008
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Seward: Localities Eligible For Efficiency Grants

Goal is reduced pressure on property taxesALBANY, 8/26/08 -- The state is accepting applications from local governments for projects that involve municipal shared services and result in savings to local taxpayers, Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced today.

August 27, 2008
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Soccer Hall To Get New Field

ONEONTA, 8/7/08 -- On the heels of the annual induction ceremony at the National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, State Senator James L. Seward announced $ 300,000 in capital funding for the hall to construct an additional competition soccer field. Seward announced the economic development grant at the hall today.

August 11, 2008
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Schoharie Fire Training Facility Gets Senate Lift

In Schoharie County today, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced $ 250,000 in senate capital funding for Schoharie County’s planned fire training facility.

August 11, 2008
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Arts Guild Gets Senate Lift

At the site of the new Arts Center in Old Forge today, State Senator James L. Seward announced $270,000 in senate funding for several Old Forge programs and projects, including $200,000 for the Arts Guild’s community arts center. Seward was joined by local officials and residents.

August 11, 2008
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Senate Passes Property Tax Cap Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed property tax legislation and mandate relief bills designed to reduce costs for schools and ensure adequate resources for New York State’s students.

State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) said today that families in our area are facing two big challenges: paying their property taxes and paying for winter heating costs.

Seward, who voted for a bipartisan property tax cap recommended by the governor, commented on the plan:

August 8, 2008
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Senate Passes Bill To Keep Sex Offenders Off College Campuses

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.8500), sponsored by Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester) to prohibit level three sex offenders from living in student housing on college campuses.

August 2, 2008
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Will Your Insurance Cover Winter’s Fury?

With the comfortable autumn temperatures and beautiful fall colors that we have been enjoying recently it is difficult to think about winter, but winter is coming and as chairman of the state senate insurance committee, I want to offer some suggestions about how to prepare your home for winter storms to minimize property damage and how to best deal with your insurance company if you experience a loss.

August 1, 2008
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Gov Signs Jr. Hunter Bill

State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) today praised Gov. Paterson’s approval of legislation (S. 8228) allowing young people to hunt big game.

July 28, 2008
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Snowmobile Money Restored

It’s near 90 degrees in July and grass is getting brown, so it’s an odd time to write about snowmobiling. But recent events have put snowmobiling in the news, so we can think for a moment about brisk winter days and a new fall of snow in the woods and the hum of sleds on trails all across New York State.

This year brought some good news and bad news for snowmobilers.

July 22, 2008
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Gov Okays Seward Farm Safety Measure

The governor has signed legislation filed by Sen. James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) that would require all farm machinery to display the standard, reflective slow moving vehicle emblem to improve visibility when operating on public highways.

July 22, 2008
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Seward Calls For Special Session On Prop Taxes, Fuel

State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has urged Governor David A. Paterson to call a special session of the state legislature to address property tax relief and burdensome fuel costs. Seward, in a letter hand-delivered to the governor on Friday, July 18, said that property tax relief can not wait and that rising home heating costs will make the winter difficult for residents of his district.

July 22, 2008
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Seward Announces Pathfinder Capital Grant

At Pathfinder Village in Edmeston, State Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta) announced $100,000 in capital funding for renovations and improvements to two of the nine residences on the Edmeston campus. Seward was joined by Pathfinder Village CEO Edward A. Shafer, directors and staff.

July 18, 2008
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