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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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Seward: Farmers Need To Act For Dairy Aid

Applications are available for the state's Dairy Assistance Program enacted as part of the 2007-08 state budget, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, urged farmers to be sure that they file their applications by the April 27 deadline."The senate won $30 million in immediate help for our state's dairy farmers, who are being squeezed by higher prices for just about everything and falling milk prices," Seward said.

April 16, 2007
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Senate To Fund Damaschke Upgrade

Joined by Oneonta city officials at Neahwa Park's Damaschke Field, State Senator James L. Seward today announced a $250,000 state senate grant to help fund the renovation of historic Damaschke Field in Oneonta's Neahwa Park."This is about our history and our future," Seward said. "Damaschke Field is one of the oldest ballparks in America, where Babe Ruth hit a home run over the left field fence.

April 10, 2007
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Seward Wins Local Aid In State Budget

Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2007-2008 state budget includes, at his request, senate funding of initiatives of local interest to his district.

April 2, 2007
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Seward: Senate Delivers For Farmers

State Senator James L. Seward, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today said the state budget includes $30 million in additional funding for New York’s dairy farmers. The typical dairy farm should see a cash award of $7,500, with a cap of $15,000, Seward said."We fought for the aid for the state's dairy farmers because they're seeing historically low milk prices and jumping expenses, like fuel, energy and taxes," Seward said.

April 2, 2007
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Seward Discusses State Budget

Senator James L. Seward commented on the adoption of the 2007-2008 state budget:"The new state budget includes some of my key priorities that I set out as "must do" items this year, including property and business tax relief and help for our local schools.

April 1, 2007
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Senate Okays Otsego Tax Bill

The New York State Senate has approved legislation filed by State Senator James L. Seward that would provide Otsego County with explicit authorization to issue refunds to taxpayers for the county's overbilling of 2007 property taxes. Senate bill 3415 was passed March 28. "The county board has asked for the legislation, and the state senate has complied with the board's request for specific home rule legislation that would grant them the authority to issue refunds," Senator Seward said.

March 28, 2007
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Senate Oks Health Ins Mandate Bill

The state senate has approved legislation sponsored by Sen. James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) that would create a state panel to review proposed health insurance mandated benefits to analyze their costs and impact on the cost of health insurance. Senate bill 3020 was approved by the senate unanimously."Almost three million New Yorkers do not have health insurance, and for others, its rapidly escalating cost is putting affordable health coverage out of reach," Seward said.

March 27, 2007
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March 22, 2007
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Seward, Speenburgh Call For Tracking New York’s Missing Sex Offenders

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I-/Milford) today called on the governor to implement a three-point plan within the next sixty days to help identify the whereabouts of the more than 1,000 convicted sex offenders who have failed to comply with address verification requirements. Seward was joined by Greene County Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh, legislators Karen Deyo,Ray Brooks, Keith Valentine, Jim VanSlyke; Carol Stevens, county attorney, and Doug Brewer, county administrator.

March 19, 2007
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Flood Relief Included In Senate’s Budget

The state budget proposed by senate Republicans includes a $10 million financial assistance package to help counties throughout upstate New York that were hit by the devastating floods which occurred in June and November of 2006.

The senate's budget also includes a provision that will help to provide additional state aid to school districts in areas that suffered a reduction in property values of three percent or more as a result of the flooding.

March 13, 2007
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Senate Budget Increases School Aid By $514 Million

The Senate today approved its 2007-08 state budget plan for education that adds $358 million in school aid, which generates over $514 million on a school year basis, to the governor’s school aid package to ensure a fair distribution of school aid to districts throughout the state. The budget represents the largest school aid increase in the history of New York. In addition, the Senate education budget provides greater direct relief for property taxpayers and includes a plan to help students and their families afford the cost of higher education.

March 13, 2007
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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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