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Seward Poll: No Drivers’ Licenses For Illegals

    Senator James L. Seward's on-line poll shows overwhelming opposition to Governor Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants, Seward said today.       Seward asked residents of his district to register their views in an on-line poll at his web site -- www.senatorjimseward.com. The question was "Do you support the governor's proposal to issue drivers' licenses to illegal aliens?"

October 9, 2007
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Seward, Schoharie Officials Oppose Drivers’ Licenses For Illegals

    Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez today joined Schoharie County Clerk Indica Jaycox, Earl Van Wormer, chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, County Sheriff John Bates and other officials in calling upon Governor Spitzer to rescind a policy change that will allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers' licenses in New York.

October 1, 2007
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Senate To Pass Bill Stopping Drivers’ Licenses For Illegal Aliens

    In an effort to stop an ill-advised order from Governor Spitzer that could jeopardize the safety and security of New Yorkers, the New York State Senate will act on legislation next month to prohibit the state from issuing drivers' licenses to illegal aliens, Senator James L. Seward said today. The legislation would require a social security number or proof of authorized presence in the United States to obtain a New York State driver's license.

September 28, 2007
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Seward: No Drivers' Licenses For Illegals

State Senator James L. Seward today said that he would oppose Governor Spitzer's plan to issue drivers' licenses to illegal aliens. Spitzer announced last week he would make drivers' licenses available to illegal immigrants through regulation."What is there about the word 'illegal' in 'illegal immigration' that the governor doesn't understand? " Seward said.

September 26, 2007
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Seward: Time To Drop School Property Tax

At a press conference at the home of a Cortland family, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation that would cut the burden of property taxes for families and senior citizens. Seward unveiled the plan at the home of Wes and April Petty on Main Street.

The New York "Stop Taxing Our Property" Reform plan (NY-STOP) offers the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional state funding.

September 6, 2007
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Senate Issues Report On Drivers’ License Plan

The New York State Senate Majority Task Force on Immigration has released a comprehensive report on Governor Spitzer’s plan to grant drivers' licenses to illegal aliens. The report, "Fiasco: The Governor’s Plan to Grant Illegal Aliens Driver’s Licenses in New York State" is the first legislative report that provides a detailed analysis of the withdrawn plan and its potential impact on New York State.

September 1, 2007
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Cancer Outreach Bill Signed By Governor

Community based breast cancer outreach organizations would be eligible for state grants for outreach programs to cancer survivors under the terms of legislation signed into law by the governor, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) said today. The governor signed S. 2932A on August 28, which establishes a program of state grants to organizations that offer counseling, education and outreach programs to survivors of breast cancer. The grants are subject to a budget appropriation.

August 30, 2007
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Gov Okays Seward Firefighter Bill

The governor has signed legislation sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward that will help protect certain firefighters' state tax credits. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Voluntary Emergency Services. "The new law will help our upstate volunteers in fire and emergency services," Seward said. "Our volunteers do a great job in our rural areas for little or no compensation, and they need to be supported.

August 24, 2007
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Fitness Booth At Cincinnatus Library

The Kellogg Free Library in Cincinnatus is hosting a special fitness kiosk courtesy of Senator James L. Seward.The presentation at the libary urges young people to take the New York State Senate's Youth Fitness Challenge. "The senate's youth fitness campaign is designed to encourage young children to get and stay fit by rewarding them for doing what they enjoy , like sports or swimming," Seward said.

August 14, 2007
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Seward Unveils Major Property Tax Overhaul

At a press conference at the home of a Catskill family, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation that would cut property taxes for families and senior citizens.

The New York "Stop Taxing Our Property" Reform plan (NY-STOP) offers the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional state funding.

July 13, 2007
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Jobs Grants Announced In Herkimer

Jobs and businesses in Herkimer County will be boosted as a result of $145,000 in state senate economic development awards announced today by State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) at a ceremony in Herkimer. He was joined by representatives of area businesses and local officials, including Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Len Hendrix and IDA Director Mark Feane. "There are two things on people's minds in our area: high property taxes and the economy," said Senator Seward.

June 29, 2007
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Senate Okays Seward Bill On Sex Offenders’ Bail

The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) that would help courts track the movements of those arrested and charged with sex offenses.

Senate bill 4909 gives judges the authority to revoke the bail of anyone charged with a sex offense if the offender changes his address and fails to notify the court.

June 27, 2007
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Cancer Outreach Bill Bound For Governor

Community based breast cancer outreach organizations would be eligible for state grants for outreach programs to cancer survivors under the terms of legislation approved by the state legislature, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford) said today. The state senate has given final legislative approval to S. 2932A, which establishes a program of state grants to organizations that offer counseling, education and outreach programs to survivors of breast cancer. The grants are subject to a budget appropriation.

June 26, 2007
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Mt Markham School Gets Name Change

The state senate has approved legislation to change the legal name of the Bridgewater, Leonardsville, West Winfield Central School District to the Mount Markham Central School District. Senate bill 6028 is sponsored by Senator James L.

June 25, 2007
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Seward Comments On Legislative Session

Senator James L. Seward commented on the senate session upon its close:"We had some successes this year with workers' compensation reform, ethics and budget reform, and adoption of a civil confinement law to keep sex predators committed.

June 21, 2007
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Senate Passes Seward Firefighters' Bills

The state senate has approved bills to boost recruitment efforts of local fire departments and EMS squads and to protect certain firefighters' state tax credits, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Voluntary Emergency Services. "Both bills will help our upstate volunteers in fire and emergency services," Seward said. "Our volunteers do a great job in our rural areas for little or no compensation, and they need to be supported.

June 20, 2007
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Local Land Trusts Get State Grants

Senator James L. Seward said today that the following local land trusts in his district had been designated to receive competitive matching grants through the state's environmental protection fund (EPF).

June 19, 2007
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Seward's Farm Safety Bill Ratified

The state senate has approved legislation filed by Senator James L. Seward designed to decrease farm equipment-auto accidents in New York.

June 19, 2007
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Seward Announces Ilion Grant

Residents of the Village of Ilion could see improved village parks and enhancements to the community swimming pool as the result of a $20,000 state budget award announced by Senator James L. Seward, (R-C-I/Milford). "Our community parks and playgrounds improve the quality of life in a community for residents, children and visitors," Senator Seward said.

June 14, 2007
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Senate Unveils Major Plan To Cut Property Taxes

Senator James L. Seward said today the New York State Senate unveiled major property tax reform legislation that could result in the complete elimination of residential school property taxes in school districts that vote to phase out property taxes over five years, with revenue replaced with additional state funding. "Property taxes are killing families and senior citizens --it's the number one issue I hear wherever I go," said Senator Seward.

June 13, 2007
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