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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.