Unadilla Man Named 'volunteer Of Valor'

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that Frank Slocum of Butternut Road, Unadilla has been selected as a 2008 New York State Senate "Volunteer of Valor."

"I am proud to honor Frank Slocum as a Volunteer of Valor and prouder still of the recognition he has earned from his colleagues at the department, neighbors and friends for his dedication to the Unadilla community" said Senator Seward, chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Emergency Volunteer Services.

June 10, 2008

Senator Seward, New York State Senate Pass Important Conservation Incentive

The New York State Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C-Oneonta), which would provide an important incentive for private landowners who engage in habitat conservation activities on their property. The Habitat Conservation Tax Credit (S.2179) would give eligible landowners a credit on their income taxes of 25% of the property taxes paid on land enrolled in a habitat conservation program.

June 10, 2008

Dryden Man Named 'volunteer Of Valor'

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that Duane Edward Testut of Freeville has been selected as a 2008 New York State Senate "Volunteer of Valor."

June 10, 2008

Senate Votes To Protect Herkimer Police, Corrections Off

The New York State Senate has passed legislation, cosponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill correction officers and other law enforcement personnel. Seward said the measure would protect Herkimer police and correction officers.

June 5, 2008

Seward Unveils Cooperstown Safe Driving Initiative, "safe Teen" Program

In Cooperstown today State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) unveiled a $35,000 senate grant to help begin a safe driving program for students at Cooperstown High School. Seward was joined by Superintendent Mary Jo McPhail, Principal Gary Kuch, Penney Gentile, mother of Chris Gentile, a Cooperstown senior killed in a car accident in April of 2007, and Mark Zimmerman from Royal Chrysler of Oneonta.

June 3, 2008

Seward Announces Coxsackie/athens Budget Awards

At the village hall in Coxsackie, Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-2009 state budget includes, at his request, several senate initiatives for local governments and property taxpayers in Coxsackie and Athens. Seward was joined by local officials from the town, village, library and school district.

May 30, 2008

Seward: Initiative May Help Solve Local Crime

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) was in Greene County today to announce an innovative program that may help locate missing persons and solve "cold" homicide cases. Seward was joined by Greene County Sheriff Gregory Seeley and Catskill Police Chief David Darling and a representative of the family of Audrey Herron, missing since 2002.

May 28, 2008

Helping Our Returning Veterans

New York State is home to about 1.2 million veterans. That’s why we should give soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen the support they should have from a state that is grateful for all they have sacrificed.

The senate has just unveiled a package of legislation that would provide greater benefits and protections to New York’s military personnel.

May 22, 2008

Seward Lends A Hand With Veterans' Memorial

State Senator James L. Seward today announced a $5,000 senate grant for the Sharon Springs American Legion Post 1269’s monument project to honor local casualties of World War II and the Korean War. Seward announced the funding at Sharon Springs Central School with legion and school officials.

The legion plans to add sections commemorating five SSCS graduates who gave their lives in World War II and the Korean War to the original World War I monument located at the school.

May 19, 2008

Gov To Sign 'myspace' Predator Bill

Senator James L. Seward praised Gov. David Paterson today for signing legislation Seward cosponsored (S.6875A) that would protect children and teens from sexual predators on the Internet.

"This is about protecting children from cyber predators -- the pond scum that use 'My Space' and ‘FaceBook to befriend young people and then prey on them," Senator Seward said. "I commend the governor for signing legislation I cosponsored that will update our sex offender laws for the Internet age."

May 16, 2008

Senate Moves To Track Sex Offenders

What could be more important than protecting our children from sex predators? In school, at day care centers, on the Internet -- it doesn’t matter -- we must do all we can to ensure our children’s safety.

That’s why the New York State Senate has passed a package of bills that would make it more difficult for sex offenders to evade tracking by law enforcement and to work in jobs that include substantial contact with children. Here’s a roundup.

May 16, 2008

Track The Status Of Your Income Tax Refund

If your state or federal income tax returns indicate that you are going to be receiving a tax refund this year, you can check the status of your refund over the internet using a service offered by New York State and the federal government. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) both allow individuals to track the status of their tax refunds online through their respective websites.

May 15, 2008

Seward Announces Tompkins Budget Awards

At Dryden’s village hall, Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2008-2009 state budget includes, at his request, senate funding for several initiatives of local importance to the villages of Dryden, Freeville and Groton. Seward unveiled the awards with local officials.

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May 9, 2008

Senator Seward Fights For Lower Gas Prices

With gasoline prices now approaching $4 per gallon and putting a strain on New York’s hardworking families and small businesses, SenatorSeward announced the Senatehas approvedlegislation to provide much needed relief at the gas pump by suspending New York State’s gasoline taxes during the summer travel season.

May 8, 2008

Senate Launches “Accountability In Government Spending” Plan

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the Senate Majority Conference today launched its "Accountability in Government Spending" plan, a major initiative designed to save taxpayer money, reduce government waste and unnecessary spending, and ensure greater openness and accountability throughout State government. As efforts increase to reduce State spending, these measures would provide a much more detailed accounting of how State government actually spends tax dollars.

May 7, 2008

Seward Bill Will Help Emts

Local emergency medical technicians will be able to respond to accident scenes and save more lives under legislation passed by the senate and inspired by an EMS squad in the 51st district, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services, said the state senate has approved S. 3027, which allows EMTs to carry automatic external defibrillators (AED) in their personal vehicles.

May 5, 2008

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

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

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

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