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Saving Gas This Summer

As motorists tighten their belts to beat the high cost of fuel, government should cut back too. I have proposed rolling back the tax on gas to relieve some of the pressure on motorists’ wallets.

May 2, 2008
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Seward Lists Local School Tax Checks

 Senator James L. Seward today released details of the property tax relief rebate checks that will be sent to area homeowners this fall. The checks are the centerpiece of the senate's effort to provide direct to the taxpayer real property tax relief to homeowners this year.

"While the STAR program continues to be a help in reducing the cost of school taxes to property owners, in some cases its value is limited by reassessments and higher school taxes," Seward said.

May 1, 2008
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Land Trust Steps Up The Pace Of Land Protection With Lta Award

A $51,000 grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program announced April16 puts Otsego Land Trust on a fast track to protect more working landscapes, wildlife habitatand open space than ever before in 2008. The program is funded through an appropriation

April 28, 2008
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Remington To Add Jobs, Grow In Ny

"We are getting results for the people of this area. I am pleased to join the governor, ESDC, Remington Arms and Herkimer County in announcing new manufacturing jobs for the Mohawk Valley at a great company that has served sportsmen and the law enforcement community for two centuries," State Senator James L. Seward said today in unveiling a $1.5 million senate capital grant that will facilitate new job creation at Remington Arms in Ilion.

April 21, 2008
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Seward Announces Funding For Fermer Precision

More jobs at a Herkimer County manufacturing company will result from an award announced today by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) at Fermer Precision in Ilion. Seward today announced that the 2008-09 state budget includes $300,000 for state-of-the-art, ultra-high precision, milling/turning machinery. The funding will help retain 25-30 workers and pave the way from an additional 10-15 jobs over the next year or so. The state award complements local investment.

April 21, 2008
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Budget Helps Our Farms

Agriculture continues to be New York’s number one industry, and there are many innovative opportunities in agriculture that will revitalize our economy. About 25 percent of the state’s land area, or 7.5 million acres, is covered by 35,000 farms. New York is among America’s major agricultural states, ranking number 2 in apples and maple syrup, number 3 in dairy, grapes, wine and corn silage, number 4 in pears, and number 5 in floriculture.

April 18, 2008
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Budget Helps Flood Prevention Efforts-canadarago Lake To Benefit

The new state budget will help address flood control and water pollution in the upper Susquehanna River area, including Otsego, Chenango, Delaware and Herkimer Counties, Senator James L. Seward said today. The funding will help local efforts to address flooding at Canadarago Lake.

April 16, 2008
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Seward Unveils Senate Grant For Danby F.d. Building Project

The Danby Fire Department is in line for a $15,000 senate grant for its construction project, Senator James L. Seward said. Seward announced the award at the fire department's fundraising dinner at the Holiday Inn in Ithaca on Saturday, April 12, where he met with the department's officers, supporters, residents, and constituents.

April 14, 2008
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Seward Gets 500k For Business Park

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-09 state budget includes $500,000 in senate funding for the Finger Lakes East Business Park, a project of the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency-Business Development Corporation. Seward unveiled the funding at the BDC office today.

April 11, 2008
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Budget Spends Less, Spends Better

The state legislature wrapped up the state budget on April 9 -- nine days after the start of the new fiscal year. We were faced with some extraordinary challenges, like a change in governors just before the start of the new fiscal year. We lost several days when governors came and went, the transition, questions about the new governor's marital life. Given all that, the budget got done in relatively short order.

April 11, 2008
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Seward: Coby Gets New Campus Funding

Senator James L. Seward today announced that SUNYCobleskill will receive more than $40 million toward two campus projects as part of SUNY's new five year capital plan in the new state budget. The bill will be passed today, April 9.

April 10, 2008
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Seward: Hccc Gets New Campus Project

Senator James L. Seward today announced that Herkimer County Community College's science lab renovation project has been funded as part of SUNY's new five year capital plan in the new state budget. The bill will be passed today, April 9.

The community college will receive $1.1 million in SUNY funding in the state's 2008-2009 budget for its science laboratory wing of Johnson Hall on the Herkimer campus. The entire project will cost $2.2 million. The state will pay half and local resources will cover the balance.

April 10, 2008
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Seward:thruway Backs Off Shorter Canal Hours

In a clear victory for business owners along the Barge Canal and recreational boaters, Senator James L. Seward announced today that the state thruway authority has reversed its plan to reduce operating hours on the state's canal system. The reversal is a win for tour boat operators and companies that rely on the canal system for their businesses.

April 8, 2008
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See If You Are Entitled To New York State Unclaimed Funds

You may be entitled to some of the over $8 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State. A simple internet search is all it takes to see if you are eligible.

April 8, 2008
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Seward Observes Ag Literacy Day In Greene Co

Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) will be in Greene County Tuesday, April 8, to observe Agriculture Literacy Day with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Farm Bureau.

Seward will spend the morning reading a book on maple sugaring to three second grade classes at Coxsackie Elementary School , 24 Sunset Blvd, Coxsackie. He will be joined by a representative of Farm Bureau.

April 7, 2008
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Seward: Keep Our Schools Safe

With the news daily reporting sexual abuse of students and school violence, it's important to be sure our state doesn't take a step back in protecting our school's students. That why the senate has announced action on a comprehensive plan to enhance school safety and ensure the well-being of millions of children.

April 4, 2008
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Oneonta Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Oneonta , Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

April 4, 2008
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Focusing On Property Tax Reform

I have received a volume of mail recently concerning rising assessments, community revaluations, and the effect of inflated home assessments in a down market. Many want to know how the reassessments will affect their property taxes, and why they pay more taxes than a family across the street in a similar home -- but in another town or village.

April 4, 2008
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Cortland Sees Aid Boost

The new state budget will provide both a restoration and an increase for the City of Cortland, Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget includes a $29.6 million increase in aid for cities to help ease the burden of local property taxes and assist them in meeting the needs of their residents. The increase was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate.

April 4, 2008
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Little Falls Gets City Funding Help

The new state budget restores an AIM (Aid and Incentives for Municipalities) funding increase for the City of Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The restored funding was part of the public protection and general government budget bills (S.6800-D, S.6806-C) passed by the senate Thursday.

Gov. Paterson cut the scheduled AIM increase for Little Falls by $18,235. The bill passed Thursday restores the cut to the agreed upon increase of $75,284, for a total AIM package of $911,772. Most municipalities had budgeted based on the scheduled increase.

April 4, 2008
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