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Seward: Hudson Correctional Stays Open

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.

March 31, 2008
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Seward Announces Cooperstown Arts Award

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.

March 25, 2008
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Seward: 'farm Tax' Must Be Defeated

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.

March 25, 2008
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Seward Inspects Police Car Cameras

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.

March 21, 2008
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Seward: Need Fair Competition In Recreation Industry

Saying the time has come to level the playing field for private owners of recreational facilities, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled legislation to create a state panel that would evaluate whether governmentally-owned recreational facilities constitute unfair competition to golf, ski, camping and other recreation businesses operated by private entrepreneurs.

March 20, 2008
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Seward Leads GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 03/19/08-- Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

March 19, 2008
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Seward Leads GOP Effort To Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 03/19/08-- Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

March 19, 2008
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Seward: Camperships Still Available

There’s still room in a DEC environmental education camp for a student from the 51st senatorial district, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward annually sponsors one student, age 12 to 17, to Camp Colby in the Adirondacks, one of the state’s four DEC camps, free of charge to the student or family. The cost is ordinarily $250 per week. Campers spend one week in hands-on activities that stress the wise use of natural resources, including hiking, stream sampling, birding, canoeing, archery, fishing and hunter safety education.

March 18, 2008
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Seward Comments On Gov's Message

Senator James L. Seward today issued the following statement:

"Gov. Paterson set the right tone in his message -- one of conciliation and bipartisanship, and the need to focus on governing the state without games and power plays. He has a relationship with the state legislature as former minority leader and a senator. He knows how to work together.

March 17, 2008
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Seward: Spitzer Raising Gas Tax, Motorist Fees

State Senator James L. Seward said today the governor's budget will raise costs for upstate motorists, including gas taxes by up to 5 percent annually and a big jump in auto insurance.

March 7, 2008
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Seward Plans 'hall Of Fame Game' Panel

Senator James L. Seward today said he would form a panel charged with developing an alternative to the annual Major League Baseball-sponsored Hall of Fame game held in Cooperstown each year and cancelled by MLB for 2009.

March 6, 2008
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Two Schoharie Schools In Line For Senate Help

Two school districts in Schoharie County will receive senate funding to help purchase needed equipment, Senator James L. Seward announced today.

The Middleburgh School District will receive $10,000 and the Gilboa-Conesville District is in line for $6,500 in special senate funding.

March 4, 2008
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Sherburne Library Gets Construction Grant

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that area libraries have been awarded state public library construction funds to assist with construction or renovation projects. The money is separate from special grants recently announced by Seward.

In Chenango County, the Sherburne Public Library will receive $9,938 to replace the front steps and railings at the building's entrance.

March 4, 2008
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Local Courts Get State Grants

Local justice courts are in line for state grants to help purchase equipment and fund other court expenses, State Senator James L. Seward said today. The funds come from the state's Justice Court Assistance Program, created by the legislature in 1999 and funded in the 2006-07 state budget. "Many of our rural town and village courts don't have the funds to get helpful equipment like computers and fax machines," Seward said.

March 4, 2008
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Cortland Libraries Get Construction Grants

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that area libraries have been awarded state public library construction funds to assist with construction or renovation projects. The money is separate from special grants recently announced by Seward

March 3, 2008
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Haines Falls Library Gets Construction Grant

State Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Peter Lopez today announced that the Haines Falls Free Library in Tannersville has been awarded $150,000 in state public library construction funds to assist with its renovation project.

March 2, 2008
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Webb, Ilion Libraries Get Construction Grants

State Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Marc Butler today announced that two Herkimer County libraries have been awarded state public library construction funds to assist with construction or renovation projects. The money is separate from special grants recently announced by Seward.

March 1, 2008
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Cobleskill Library Gets Construction Grant

State Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Peter Lopez today announced that the Community Library of Cobleskill has been awarded a state public library construction grant of $46,373to assist with its renovation project. The money is separate from special grants recently announced by Seward.

February 29, 2008
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Milford School Gets Energy Grant

The Milford Central School system will see a big boost in its energy efficiency as a result of a $100,000 grant announced today by State Senator James L. Seward.

"Schools serve many purposes, support various activities, and are open for public use -- in addition to school functions. A grant for energy efficiency will be a big help to controlling costs and reducing pressure on the school's budget.

February 25, 2008
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Schoharie Libraries To Get Senate Grants

 

While visiting the Community Library of Cobleskill, Senator James L. Seward announced that local community libraries in Schoharie County would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate.

February 22, 2008
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