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Senate's Budget Cuts Property Taxes, Helps Schools

The state senate today will begin acting on a $120.6 billion 2007-08 state budget that redirects one billion dollars in spending proposed by the governor to achieve the senate's commitment to reject new taxes and provide tax relief, prevent devastating health care cuts, provide a fair aid distribution to all school districts, invest in job creation and make college more affordable."This is a good step forward toward my goal of an on-time budget," Senator James L. Seward said.

March 12, 2007
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Senate Budget Provides $60 Million In Relief To Dairy Farmers

Senate Republicans today voted to approve a new budget proposal that would provide $60 million in immediate financial assistance to dairy farmers across the state. In contrast, the budget proposals advanced by Governor Eliot Spitzer and the state assembly majority include no financial assistance package for the beleaguered dairy industry."This is the outgrowth of hearings we held across on the state on the plight of dairy farmers," Seward said.

March 12, 2007
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Seward Announces Grant For Local Energy Study

 Senator James L. Seward today announced $25,000 in senate economic development funding for a study to evaluate the feasibility of extending natural gas from northern to central/southern Otsego County. The study and grant will be administered by the village of Richfield Springs. The study is the culmination of discussions held by local elected officials, state representatives and economic development officials and facilitated by former county representative Alexander Shields of Richfield Springs.

March 8, 2007
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Senate Passes Landmark Ethics Reform Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative passage to landmark legislation that creates new ethics and lobbying reforms in state government.

March 7, 2007
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Workers’ Comp Bill Clears Senate

The New York State Senate has approved legislation to significantly reform the state’s workers’ compensation system. The bill (S.3322) would reduce employer costs, which are among the highest in the nation, by ten to fifteen percent and increase benefits for injured workers for the first time in more than a decade. The bill reflects an agreement announced last month by the senate, the assembly, and the governor.

March 6, 2007
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Senate Okays Civil Confinement Bill

The New York State Senate has passed legislation (S.3318) thatprovides for the confinement of sexually violent predators at a secure treatment facility after they’ve completed their prison sentences in order to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence.The bill reflects an agreement announced last week by the senate, the assembly, and the governor."This is a big step forward in protecting our children, making our streets safer and ensuring that no parentwill grieve the loss of a child abducted by a predator just let out of prison," S

March 6, 2007
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"civil Commitment" Agreement Reached

The governorand legislative leaders today announced an agreement on legislation that will help protect New Yorkers against repeat sex offenders. The legislation authorizes a new program of civil commitment of individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes, served their prison terms and yet remain a clear threat to commit additional sex crimes. "This was one of my key priorities this year," State Senator James L. Seward said. "We're protecting our kids by keeping sex predators away from the public.

March 1, 2007
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Seward Hails New Ag Commissioner

ALBANY, 2/27/07 -- On the floor of the state senate, state Senator James L. Seward praised the qualifications of area resident Patrick Hooker to serve as commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. Hooker is a resident of the Town of Columbia in Seward's district, and he was confirmed by the state senate today. Earlier, Seward spoke in favor of Hooker in hearings held by the Senate Agriculture and Finance Committees. "Pat Hooker knows agriculture and he knows the key players in agriculture policy throughout the state," Seward said.

February 28, 2007
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Seward: Stop Sales Of Drug-named Drinks

Naming energy or sports drinks for controlled substances would be prohibited under legislation introduced by State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford). Seward said he filed the bill (S. 3149) after constituents pointed out to him last year that a company was marketing a drink called "Cocaine" and promoting various alcoholic combinations of the energy drink on its web site with drug-related names.

February 27, 2007
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February 27, 2007
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C-town Chamber Gets Festival Grant

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will get $20,000 in a state senate tourism grant to help fund its yearly festivals, Senator James L. Seward announced today at a press conference at the chamber offices in Cooperstown. The senate funds will support the village's Pumpkin Festival and Snowfest Celebration by helping pay for advertising, and will match local tourism dollars. "The festivals draw significant off-season tourists to Cooperstown, and that's good for local businesses, employment and even our county's sales taxes," Seward said.

February 23, 2007
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Arts Guild Gets $250k Toward Arts Center

The Arts Guild of Old Forge, Inc. is in line for a $250,000 state senate grant to help fund its new multi-purpose center, Senator James L. Seward announced today at a press conference in Old Forge. Seward was in Old Forge for the announcement and a town hall meeting with his Webb constituents. The funding tops a previous senate grant of $100,000 for the guild provided by Seward for the initial phase of the project. The project includes construction of a 28,000 square foot energy efficient, state of the art center to showcase the visual and performing arts.

February 22, 2007
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Seward, Top Ag Official In Cortland To Meet Farmers

State Senator James L. Seward and state Agriculture Commissioner-designate Patrick Hooker will hold a special listening session with area farmers on Thursday, February 22nd, at the Cortland Holiday Inn. The event will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Upstate Agri-Economic Development Summit sponsored by the Cortland County BDC and Agricultural LDC. The session with farmers will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Topics are expected to include milk prices, options for state action, and factors that pressure farm costs, among others.

February 20, 2007
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Seward: Let People Vote On Comptroller, A.g. Vacancies

Senator James L. Seward announced today that statewide special elections would be held to fill vacancies in the offices of state comptroller and attorney general under two reform bills introduced today by Republican senators. "It's very simple - let the people decide," Seward said. "We live in a democracy, and filling a vacancy at the statewide level should be treated as such," said Senator Griffo, chair of the Senate Elections Committee. "New York should take the same approach to filling statewide vacancies as we do in local positions.

February 13, 2007
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Seward Discusses Comptroller Vote

"The news has been filled with stories in the last week about the choice of a new state comptroller to fill the position vacated by Alan Hevesi, who resigned after pleading guilty to theft. "I voted for Assemblyman DiNapoli. "The state constitution specifies that the state legislature will select a comptroller when a vacancy occurs. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I joined a panel of other legislators and three former comptrollersto interview various candidates.

February 9, 2007
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Seward: State Must Do More For Ski Areas

The state is taking action to help retain jobs at local ski resorts and at the businesses dependent on the tourists who patronize the resorts, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said the state Department of Economic Development would be authorizing an emergency appropriation of $225,000 for an "I Love NY" radio campaign to boost attendance at the ski resorts.

February 1, 2007
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Senate Unveils Higher Education Proposals

Senator James L. Seward, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, andthe senate majority conference have introduced a comprehensive package of proposals that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students, help families with soaring tuition expenses, provide new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York when they graduate and recognize the sacrifices and service of our military personnel by making it easier for New York’s servicemen and women to attend college.

January 30, 2007
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Seward Files Otsego Tax Relief Bill

 State Senator James L. Seward has filed legislation that would provide Otsego County with explicit authorization to issue refunds to taxpayers for the difference between the county's adopted tax levy in its 2007 budget and the adjusted levy resulting from this year's budget amendments. Senate bill 1656 was filed Tuesday, January 24."The county board has asked for special state legislation that would grant them very specific authority to issue refunds," Senator Seward said.

January 25, 2007
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Senate Passes Massive Property Tax Relief Plan

The New York State Senate today passed a three part plan (S.1) to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008, Senator James L.

January 23, 2007
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Seward's Committees Include Ag, Education

Two top areas of concern in the 51st senatorial district will be the focus of committee assignments received by State Senator James L. Seward, R-C- I/Milford for the new senate session beginning this month.

January 22, 2007
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