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Hit By The Subprime Crisis? Here's Help

A sharp rise in the number of defaults on subprime and adjustable rate mortgages gave way to the current U.S. housing crisis, which quickly became one of the top issues of 2007. Borrowers were attracted to high-risk mortgages because of their initially low interest rates which, at the time, gave those with modest incomes the ability to purchase expensive homes. However, initial low rates quickly ballooned to levels that were unaffordable, resulting in widespread defaults and foreclosures.

January 14, 2008
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Seward: New Year Needs Three Step Focus; Real Solutions

In press conferences across his district kicking off the 2008 session of the New York State Senate, Senator James L. Seward outlined a plan he dubbed "Focus 1-2-3," saying the state legislature and governor must focus on 1) Genuine and structural property tax relief, 2) A comprehensive plan for economic growth, and 3) New measures to help cut energy costs for consumers.

January 14, 2008
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Seward, Griffo, Libous Announce Senate $ Flow To Fight Powerline

State Senators James L. Seward and Joseph Griffo (R-Rome) said today that more than $418,000 in senate funding pledged by the senate Republican majority to help battle NYRI's proposed power line had been disbursed to the agency handling the bills for Communities Against Regional Interconnect (CARI). CARI is the umbrella organization coordinating local opposition to NYRI's proposal and it comprises counties along the NYRI route.

January 9, 2008
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Boosting Our Math And Science Competitivenes

    One recurring theme heard in discussions about both education and economic development is the state's inability to produce and retain scientists and mathematicians -- critical fields in the state's drive to take advantage of growth in cutting edge high tech fields. Without a substantial number of students entering science and math based careers, New York can't attract and retain employers in the new lines of chip fab or semiconductor production.

December 31, 2007
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Boosting Our Math And Science Competitiveness

One recurring theme heard in discussions about both education and economic development is the state's inability to produce and retain scientists and mathematicians -- critical fields in the state's drive to take advantage of growth in cutting edge high tech fields. Without a substantial number of students entering science and math based careers, New York can't attract and retain employers in the new lines of chip fab or semiconductor production.

December 31, 2007
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New Lending, Consumer Laws Kick In January 1

    Additional property tax relief totaling $1.3 billion for New York families, a consumer bill of rights for airline passengers, and legislation to improve oversight of the mortgage lending industry highlight the list of new laws scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2008.

December 24, 2007
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Snowmobiling Brochures Available

    State Senator James Seward announced today the availability of informational brochures for snowmobilers this winter, available upon request at his Oneonta district office. The brochures include the "Snowmobile Trails Map," the "Snowmobiler's Guide," and "Snowmobiles: Answers for Enthusiasts."

    Every year thousands of people from New York and around the world enjoy the state's more than 11,000 miles of scenic snowmobile trails. The brochures are designed to act as a guide along these trails to help keep snowmobilers safe, and their environmental impact to a minimum.

December 19, 2007
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Oneonta Man Named To State Panel

Thomas W. O'Brien of Gifford Hill Road, Oneonta, has been confirmed by the state senate to serve on the State Environmental Board, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate.

December 19, 2007
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Little Falls Woman Reappointed To State Panel

Shirley Wilcox of E. Monroe Street, Little Falls, has been confirmed by the state senate for a new term on the Board of Visitors of the Central NY Developmental Disabilities Services Office, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate.

    Wilcox has a child with a handicapping condition and has been a parent advocate for developmentally disabled individuals.

December 19, 2007
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Senate Fights Computer Crimes Against Children

When the state senate returned to Albany to continue our ongoing work to provide property tax relief, boost our economy and protect the children of the state, we put on our priority list a key bill that's going to help us catch and nail those who prey on our children with the use of computers. It's horrible to think about and the news almost everyday includes some sickening tale of a person who has exploited children in some way and used the Internet to send photographs or other information to others with similar immoral interests.

December 17, 2007
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Schoharie School In Line For Challenge Grant

Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School is one of several rural schools in line for funding from the state senate through the Rural Education Advisory Committee, Senator James L. Seward said today.

The school will receive $ 185 for its transition team initiative, intended to offer incoming freshmen academic and social support in their move to a high school setting. Incoming high school freshmen will meet with faculty to discuss setting goals in high school, problems and concerns about their step into the high school environment.

December 12, 2007
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Cortland Schools In Line For Challenge Grant

McGraw Central and Cortland City School Districts are two of several rural schools to get grants from the state senate through the Rural Education Advisory Committee, Senator James L. Seward said today.

McGraw will receive $1,700 for its "Historical Living Museum" project, which will allow 8th grade students to apply research and biographical writing techniques along with oral presentation skills. Students will study the contributions and talents of certain historical characters and their impact on the development of the nation.

December 12, 2007
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Herkimer Schools In Line For Challenge Grant

Mount Markham Central School and Herkimer Central School are two of several rural schools to get grants from the state's Rural Education Advisory Committee, Senator James L. Seward said today. Mount Markham will be receiving $2,500 for its "Love Literacy" after school program. Its goal is to motivate and nurture kindergarten through fourth grade students' love of literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The goal is to boost student achievement for approximately forty at risk students.

December 10, 2007
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Seward Announces Tompkins Budget Award

Emergency preparedness in Tompkins County would be enhanced as a result of state funding for new communications equipment for first responders throughout the county, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward unveiled a senate funding initiative of $80,000 toward the county's cost of its county-wide emergency communications system upgrade. "The senate funding will help pay for a critical need right here in Tompkins County and will result in enhanced readiness and improved communication during an emergency.

December 5, 2007
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Seward Unveils New Tourist And Information Center In Little Falls

State Senator James Seward and Assemblyman Marc Butler joined local officials today at Little Falls City Hall, 659 Main St., to mark the completion of a new tourist and information center next to the city hall building."One reason we hope to re-invigorate the Scenic By-Way Trail with the sponsorship by the Chamber of Commerce is to take further advantage of grant and funding opportunities along the trail corridor," Seward said.

November 30, 2007
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Seward Announces Sharon School $$

New York State Senator James L. Seward announced today that Sharon Springs Central School will receive funding to improve energy efficiency and save district taxpayers money. Seward said the district would receive a $65,000 grant to replace lighting and add occupancy sensors at the school.

"When we can help school districts reduce energy consumption and save dollars, we're helping taxpayers and our environment both," Seward said.

November 30, 2007
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What Benefits Can Illegal Aliens Receive?

During the recent flap over Gov. Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal aliens, the question arose as to what benefits an illegal alien in New York can receive. Here is a quick look at what New York State grants to illegal immigrants.

Conservation.

November 21, 2007
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We Pause To Give Thanks

 

While I typically devote my weekly column to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, craft and pass laws that would improve our lives, this week I wanted to take a momentary departure to observe one of the governmental roots of Thanksgiving.

 

November 15, 2007
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November 14, 2007
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Protecting Victims Of Domestic Violence

During the recent flap over Gov. Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal aliens, the question arose as to what benefits an illegal alien in New York can receive. Here is a quick look at what New York State grants to illegal immigrants.

Conservation.

November 13, 2007
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