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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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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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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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Ilion Woman Named To State Panel

June C. McCarrell of Third Street, Ilion, has been confirmed by the state senate for an extended term on the Board of Visitors of the Broome 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. McCarrell has been a parent advocate for developmentally disabled individuals and is past president of Herkimer County ARC.

October 31, 2007
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Oneonta Woman Reappointed To State Panel

    A. Marie Lusins of Oneonta has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Advisory Council to the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Senator James L. Seward said today.

October 31, 2007
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Cortland Woman Appointed To State Panel

Andrea Haenlin-Mott of Cortland has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Advisory Council to the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate. Haenlin-Mott, of Evergreen Street, Cortland, is ADA coordinator for Cornell University's facilities services.

October 31, 2007
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Schoharie Man Appointed To State Panel

Jeffry Luria of Central Bridge has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to serve on the Advisory Council to the Commission on the Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate. Luria, of Grovenors Corners Road, Central Bridge, is a forensic psychologist with the Schoharie County Department of Mental Health.

October 31, 2007
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Senate Okays Bill Stopping Drivers’ Licenses For Illegals

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would stop Governor Spitzer’s plan to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens by requiring a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State drivers' license or non-driver identification card.

October 22, 2007
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Seward Announces Cortland Ems Grant

At a local gathering of firefighters and EMTS at the Cortlandville Fire Department, Senator James L. Seward unveiled modern UHF pagers purchased with a senate grant of $100,000 Seward secured in the 2007-2008 state budget. "The senate funding helps local programs and meets locally identified community needs that would not be possible without state assistance," Senator Seward said.

October 16, 2007
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