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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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Seward Statement On Lake Veto

Senator James L. Seward commented on the governor's veto of legislation to authorize a Canadarago Lake District at local referendum:"The governor's veto is disappointing and represents a fundamental lack of understanding of the purpose of special districts and a complete lack of sympathy for the lakeside residents who have dealt with flooding and siltation over the years and have looked to their state officials for the opportunity to solve their own problems through a locally approved lake district.

June 13, 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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Senators Criticize Location Of Power Line Hearing Today

Senator James L. Seward and members of the New York State Senate Majority Conference voiced their opposition to a Department of Energy hearing on the designation of a National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (NIETC) being held in Rochester today. The senators, who are unable to attend the hearing because of senate session, have submitted written testimony and called on the Department of Energy to schedule another hearing at a location closer to the proposed path of the power line.

June 12, 2007
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Senate: Drunken Drivers Who Kill To Be Charged With Murder

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5517) that would create the new charge of aggravated vehicular homicide for drunken drivers who kill others. Senator James L. Seward supported the measure."Drunken driving is bad; killing someone while driving drunk is worse yet and has lifetime consequences for the victim's family," Seward said. Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where senators were joined by the family members of Katie Flynn.

June 6, 2007
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Senate Okays Article X Power Plant Bill

The New York State Senate has approved legislation (S.5908), sponsored by Senator James Wright (R-C-I, Watertown), that would reauthorize the state’s Article X law that applies to the siting of major electric generating facilities to help meet the demand for power by residents and businesses in New York State. The law expired on January 1, 2003."This is one way we can knock down the argument that downstate needs the NYRI transmission line," Senator James L. Seward said.

June 1, 2007
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Senate Passes Bill Requiring Mandatory Chemical Tests

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.4241), sponsored by Senator Betty Little (R-C-I, Queensbury), that would mandate chemical tests for operators of public vessels to determine if alcohol or drugs are a factor in accidents where serious injury, death or disappearance occurs, or when serious damage to the vessel or another vessel occurs.

June 1, 2007
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Milford's West Main Gets Rehab Funds

The Village of Milford is in line for state funding to resurface its West Main Street (County Route 44) from Route 28 in the village to the village limits, Senator James L. Seward announced today. The village will be receiving $50,000 in state multi-modal transportation funding to pay for the project."State funding reduces pressure on local finances," Seward said, "and the stretch of road is in dire need of resurfacing.

May 29, 2007
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Gov Inks Otsego Tax Bill

Governor Spitzer has signed legislation authorizing Otsego County to issue refunds to taxpayers for the county's overbilling of 2007 property taxes. The legislation was filed by Senator Seward and Assemblyman Magee (senate bill 3415). The senate passed the bill in March and the assembly passed it in May. The governor signed it on May 22."The county can now proceed with its plan to issue refunds," Senator Seward said.

May 24, 2007
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Legislature Honors Wwii Remembrance Ceremony

State Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Peter Lopez today presented a legislative resolution to the Uniszkiewicz family of Cobleskill commemorating a memorial service to be held in Bricquebec, France, that will honor the memory of Lt. Joseph Uniszkiewicz, brother of Cobleskill resident Leon Uniszkiewicz.

"This is a significant moment that mixes heroism, friendship and international goodwill," Seward said. "The legislature is recognizing the special circumstance that unites people of two nations who were great allies in World War II. We all commend Lt.

May 23, 2007
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Senate Okays Farm Relief Bill

The state senate gave final legislative passage to a bill sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Oneonta) that would provide relief to farmers from the potential high costs and red tape imposed by a new state regulation. Senate bill 3022 would exempt permanent farm buildings on working farms from the state's property maintenance code, which would subject barns and other farm structures to various new and unprecedented inspections.

May 22, 2007
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Senate Majority Launches Upstate Now

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the Senate Majority Conference today unveiled the Upstate Now agenda, a comprehensive job creation and economic growth plan that will transform and revitalize the upstate economy, generate billions of dollars in new investment, and create thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers. "This is about jobs and getting upstate turned around so young people can find and make the careers of their choice here in our area," said Senator James L. Seward.

May 15, 2007
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Senate To Act On Death Penalty Legislation

The Senate will act next weekonlegislation to correct a technical flaw inNew York'scapital punishment statute so that it withstands court muster, Senator James L. Seward said today. Legislation (S.2727) will be reported to the Senate floor thatwould amend the state's death penalty law to fix a provision that was ruled invalid by the state court of appeals.

May 14, 2007
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Seward, Hendrix Call For Tracking New York's Missing Sex Offenders

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I-/Milford) today called on the state to implement a three-point plan to help identify the whereabouts of the more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who are missing because they have failed to comply with state address verification requirements. Seward was joined by Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Leonard Hendrix, Sheriff Chris Farber and other Herkimer County officials and area police agencies.

May 10, 2007
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Senators Announce Cortland Biofuels Plant

New York State Senators James Seward (R/C/I-Milford) and Thomas Libous (R/I/C-Binghamton) today announced a state senate award of $4 million for the creation of the New York Center for Liquid Biofuels at Morrisville State College with a facility based in Cortland County. The grant for the center will help fund a biodiesel infrastructure in New York State through the construction of an oilseed crushing and biodiesel processing plant and extensive research in the use of biofuels and byproducts. The first phase of the project will directly create 20 jobs.

May 10, 2007
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Seward: Senate Delivers On Promise Of Help For Dairy Farmers

State Senator James L. Seward, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said today that checks averaging $5,000 each are in the mail to provide relief to nearly 5,100 strapped dairy farmers across New York State, thanks to a $30 million dairy assistance program that was spearheaded and championed by the state senate Republican majority in the 2007-2008 state budget. Applications are still being accepted for eligible dairy farms.

May 9, 2007
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