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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.