Two local fire departments will receive senate funding to assist with expenses from the June flood and a third will be able to make improvements to its station, Senator James L. Seward announced today. He was joined by local fire officials at the Unadilla Fire House in making the announcement. The Unadilla and Otego Fire Departments will each get $20,000 to help cover costs related to their response to the June 27 flood, and the West Oneonta Fire District is in line for $20,000 to assist with renovations and repairs to its building on County Route 8 in West Oneonta.
State Senator James L. Seward today called on State Comptroller Alan Hevesi to resign in light of a finding by the state ethics commission that he broke the law in having his state chauffeur drive his wife. "It's time for Mr. Hevesi to resign as state comptroller. In light of a finding -- and his admission that he broke the law -- the state's chief auditor is left without a shred of credibility. He has covered up his crime and refuses to take responsibility for it. "How can he certify a state budget or issue a finding critical of a town's financial management?"Mr.
Senator James L. Seward today announced that local community libraries in his district would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate."Our libraries are vital to our communities," Senator Seward said. "They provide books and periodicals -- the most important -- but they also offer a portal into a new information age that people use for job searches, genealogical purposes, and self improvement, among others. Libraries in some areas are community centers, and they are foundations of a free, democratic society.
Three Schoharie area organizations are in line for senate grants that promote agri-tourism in New York, Senator James L. Seward announced today.Seward, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said that the senate funds a special program that matches local support in order to develop or promote agricultural activities keyed to tourism."This an important program designed to boost the partnership of tourism and agriculture," Seward said. "Both are leading sectors of New York's economy, particularly so in our rural areas.
At the Cortland Downtown Partnership, State Senator James L. Seward today announced senate funding for the Partnership's business development program and other senate funding for initiatives of local interest to Cortland County.Seward said the Partnership's business development program would receive $25,000 in senate funds to help develop and enact a plan to strengthen the economy of downtown Cortland and foster the creation of new jobs.
State Senator James L. Seward today blasted a company for marketing an energy drink called "Cocaine" and he urged its boycott by convenience store owners and citizens."It is outrageous that a company would call its drink 'Cocaine,' making light of a deadly drug at the heart of the murders of innocent people and police officers across the globe," Seward said. "I urge citizens to boycott it and I urge local retailers to exercise their right not to distribute or sell it.
State Senator James L. Seward today announced a $25,000 senate grant for an aquifer study in the Town of Danby that will provide information for the town's use in planning and development. Seward unveiled the funding at the town hall in Danby just prior to a town hall style meeting with local residents of his senatorial district. "I commend the town board for looking at a critical issue like its future drinking water supply," Seward said.
State Senator James L. Seward today commented on the governor signing senate bill 8349-A, which prohibits the use of eminent domain by companies seeking to site electric transmission lines. "This is a good day for two reasons. First, we're moving to limit the government's use of eminent domain."Second, and to the point, the governor just unplugged NYRI's plan to site power lines through communities that don't want them. This may well topple their Frankenstein tower of deceit. Good.
State Senator James L. Seward will be in Cobleskill for events on Saturday, September 30.At 11:00 a.m., Seward will attend the Founder's Ceremony at Bassett Hospital of Schoharie on the hospital's grounds, 178 Grandview Drive, Cobleskill, as part of the hospital's 50th anniversary reunion.
At 5:00 p.m., Seward will attend he SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Awards ceremony at Prentice Dining Hall on the grounds of SUNY Cobleskill, where he will honored as an honorary alumnus in recognition of his support of SUNY Cobleskill.
Senator James L. Seward today announced that the 2007-2008 state budget includes, at his request, senate funding of initiatives of local interest to Herkimer County.AGENCY PROGRAM AMOUNTMillers Mills Grange #581 Building program/land acquisition $15,000Valley United Way Administrative expenses$5,000Van Hornesville FD Operating expenses$2,500 "The senate funding helps local programs and meets locally identified community needs that would not be possible without state assistance," Senator Seward said.
Senator James L. Seward and otherstate and federal officials today reminded those who were affected by the June floods that they have only one week left to register for disaster assistance.The registration deadline for both Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance and the New York State Individual and Family Grant Program is Monday, October 2, 2006."People who haven't applied should do so right away," Senator Seward said.
With milk prices paid to dairy farmers lower in 2006 than 2001, Senator James L. Seward has called for invoking the Rogers-Allen Act and an emergency, over-order price on Class 1 milk. Seward is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. "Dairy farmers in New York are being body-slammed by high fuel prices, high taxes, and higher energy costs at a time when the price they get for their product is lower than ever," Seward said. "The blend price for milk in 2001 was $15.12 per hundredweight and now it's about $12.76.
At a news conference in Middleburgh, State Senator James L. Seward announced that a total of $70,000 in grants has been awarded to the towns of Fulton, Wright, Seward and Middleburgh in Schoharie County to help finance energy efficiency projects."I commend these town governments for setting an example of energy efficiency and economy in government.
Michael Joseph Jr. of Divers Crossing Road, Marathon, has been confirmed by the state Senate to serve an additional term on the state Board of Real Property Services, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate. The senate confirmed the nomination on Friday in its special session. Joseph, former Marathon school superintendent, holds degrees from Syracuse University and SUNY Geneseo.
State Senator James L. Seward has asked the state Department of Transportation to reject plans by Adirondack Transit Lines ("Adirondack Trailways") to terminate service to Haines Falls and Tannersville in the Town of Hunter. The company had recently announced plans to seek a permanent route change that would cut service to Haines Falls and Tannersville. Seward sent a letter to the DOT's Transit Services Bureau asking the bureau to reject the proposed route change with its cut to Haines Falls and Tannersville."That gear has got to go in reverse," Seward said.
John K. Brust of Katikell Road, Central Bridge, has been confirmed by the state senate to serve an additional term on the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full Senate. Brust was confirmed by the senate in its special session last week. Brust is an environmental consultant and a principal in the engineering firm of Delaware Engineering, P.C.
Residents of Unadilla are invited to attend a town hall style meeting sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward on Monday, September 18, 2006, at the Unatego Jr. - Sr. High School on State Route 7, beginning at 7 p.m. .
Seward will open the meeting with brief remarks, followed by questions and answers. Seward said one topic he wants to focus on will be the June flood and the adequacy of state support for residents and municipalities.
Senator James L. Seward today urged area residents to fly their flags as a show of national unity on September 11 and in remembrance of those who died on September 11, 2001."Five years ago, the cowardly 9/11 attacks on America changed our lives forever. That horrific day, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives in New York City, Washington, and Pennsylvania, brought this country together like no other time before. "In those early days following 9/11, our neighborhoods were bathed in American flags as citizens mourned these tragic attacks.
Senator James L. Seward announced today that the deadlines have been extended to register for assistance to help aid recovery from uninsured or under-insured losses stemming from the late-June flooding. Registrations for the New York State Individual and Family Grant Program and federal aid, as well as programs administered by Empire State Development Corporation will now be accepted until Monday, October 2."I urge people to apply as soon as possible," Senator Seward said.