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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 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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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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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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Seward Hails 'cocaine' Demise

State Senator James L. Seward today hailed a decision by Redux Beverages of Las Vegas to pull its energy drink 'Cocaine' from store shelves nationwide. Seward called for a boycott of the product last year and asked store retailers to decline to carry the product."This is the product whose makers advertised it with drug slogans and promoted mixing it with alcohol to produce drinks with names related to cocaine use," Seward said.

May 8, 2007
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Legislature Okays Student Loan Reforms

The New York State Legislature has approved landmark legislation to protect students and their families from exploitation by conflicts of interest in the student-loan industry.

May 8, 2007
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Legislators Announce Computer Donation For Cobleskill Library

Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Pete Lopez today announced that the Community Library in Cobleskill has received six refurbished computers to support its educational activities. The computers were donated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA)."The Community Library serves as an important venue to enhance the educational and research opportunities of the Cobleskill area residents," said Senator Seward.

May 3, 2007
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Senate Plan Would Double Senior Citizen Property Tax Rebates

Senator James L. Seward and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today announced a plan to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens. Funds for the increased senior rebate checks would come from higher-than-projected state revenues realized at end of the 2006-07 state fiscal year."Seniors have trouble paying their taxes when they have fixed incomes and face higher taxes," Seward said.

May 1, 2007
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Senate Okays Canadarago Lake Bill

The state senate approved legislation today to allow three towns in Otsego County to create a Canadarago Lake protection and improvement district.Senate bill 2006, filed at the request of the Towns of Exeter, Otsego and Richfield, authorizes the towns to create a self-governing lake district to include the real property adjacent to Canadarago Lake.

April 25, 2007
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Senate Passes Domestic Violence Package

Senator James L. Seward said today that the New York State Senate has passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence. The bills commemorate observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week."The legislation updates, strengthens and modernizes our laws against domestic violence, and strives to recognize domestic violence for the serious crime it is," Seward said. Here is an outline of the bills passed by the senate today.

April 24, 2007
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Senate Funding Helps Frankfort Business Park

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) today announced a $500,000 grant for the Herkimer County IDA's 5S South Business Park in Frankfort. The funding under the Financial Assistance to Business (FAB) program will pay for improvements to the Village of Frankfort's water supply in order to provide water to the business park. "Partnership is the key to providing local solutions that produce jobs and a better quality of life," Seward said.

April 24, 2007
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Seward Announces $250k Hospice Grant

The 2007-2008 state budget includes $250,000 for the capital expansion program of Catskill Hospice and Palliative Care, Senator James L. Seward said today. "The funding will provide a shot in the arm for Hospice's efforts to update its campus in Oneonta," Seward said. "Thousands of families every year benefit from Hospice's service to patients and their families facing terminal illnesses. And Hospice helps reduce the cost of government services tremendously by providing end-of-life care at home instead of in institutional settings.

April 19, 2007
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