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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Random, predatory violence has grown in America. Last year, Rose Morat, a 101-year-old Queens woman, was brutally attacked and mugged on her way to church. The same attacker went on to beat and mug 85-year-old Solange Elizee just a half an hour later.
Our elderly are particularly vulnerable to attacks from youthful, agile thugs. They often can not and do not fight back.
The past two state budgets have increased state spending dramatically, and last year the governor's proposed budget offered one of the largest increases in state spending in history. In addition, the governor's budget -- which we still have to work from, in spite of his resignation -- has proposed massive tax increases on hardworking New Yorkers to pay for spending hikes. To make matters worse, the assembly majority has recommended a $1.5 billion tax increase.
Senator James L. Seward said today the 2008-09 health and mental hygiene state budget bill passed by the legislature today (S. 6808) includes restoring $85 million in state funds cut by the governor for nursing homes this year. The additional funds, known as "rebasing aid," will phased in over a two year period, resulting in a total restoration of $170 million for the state's nursing homes. The state budget also includes an additional $15 million for nursing home recruitment and retention activities.
Senator James L. Seward today announced that the Hudson Correctional Facility will remain open as a result of final budget negotiations, despite the proposal by former Governor Eliot Spitzer to close it and three other correctional facilities.
In Cooperstown today Senator James L. Seward announced a senate grant of $10,000 for the Cooperstown Concert Series, which offers musical entertainment to Cooperstown and its environs. The funding will help offset artists' fees incurred by the organization as it provides a variety of musical, theatrical and dance performances to the public.
State Senator James L. Seward today took aim at a 'farm tax' in the Spitzer/Paterson budget that he said would raise costs for farmers buying more acreage or anyone starting out in agriculture. The budget proposal advanced in the Spitzer/Paterson budget would significantly raise the state's real estate transfer filing fee on land sales, which would hit farmers who buy and sell agricultural property, or someone starting out in agriculture.
Senator James L. Seward was in Herkimer today to meet with Herkimer County's police chiefs and inspect new video equipment purchased for each department and the state police with $50,000 in state funding secured by Seward. He was hosted by the chiefs of Herkimer County's police departments and Sheriff Chris Farber.
"I have enormous respect for the men and women who serve in law enforcement and place their lives at risk each and every day," Senator Seward said.