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State Reps Urge Gov To Ink Nyri Reform

State lawmakers across a wide swath of central New York targeted by New York Regional Interconnect for a 200 mile long electric power line have urged the governor to sign legislation (S. 8349-A) that would restrict the use of eminent domain by private companies when siting certain electric or gas transmission lines, Senator Seward said today in releasing the text of the letter. "A coalition of state legislators from both parties worked together with our constituents to get this bill passed to reform the use of eminent domain in New York," Senator Seward said.

July 28, 2006
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Gov Inks Seward Health Bill

The governor has signed legislation into law that would ensure the continued availability of health insurance through local chambers of commerce for sole proprietor business owners, Senator James L. Seward, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, said today. Senate bill 6015-B limits the premium differential for sole proprietors to 15 percent of the rate established for group coverage if they purchase group health insurance through chambers of commerce and other associations.

July 27, 2006
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Empire Zones At Last

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Milford) announced empire zones today for three counties in his senatorial district -- Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties. The empire zones were created by the legislature and governor last year for the remaining 12 counties in the state without zone designations. They are being named over a period of three years, with the final round beginning in 2007."This is great news and the fruit of a lot of work by local officials, business groups and area legislators," Seward said.

July 26, 2006
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Seward Offers Flood Faqs

Senator James L. Seward andFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today offered frequently asked questions about disaster aid.Commonly asked questions about disaster aid: Q: Does FEMA charge a fee for a home inspection?A: No. FEMA never charges for an inspection.Q: I have applied for disaster assistance before, do I need to apply again?A: Yes. Even if you applied for assistance for a previous disaster, you must apply again for this disaster.Q: Will FEMA assistance affect my Social Security check?A. No.

July 24, 2006
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Sba Disaster Loans Surpass $1.7 Million

More than $1.7 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is going to NewYorkers who suffered damages from the record-setting June floods, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said low-interest loans from the U.S.

July 20, 2006
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Fema Disaster Aid Includes Housing Assistance

Senator James L. Seward said today the goal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster housing program is to provide financial assistance to aid flood victims in addressing their needs for temporary housing and home repairs. "Flooding victims should take every opportunity to ensure they are getting the most aid possible," Seward said. Temporary Housing: Rental assistance for temporary housing may be available if the home is uninhabitable because of the disaster.

July 18, 2006
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Flood Help Centers Open Until 8 P.m. Daily

Senator James L. Seward said today thatthe 15 disaster assistance service centers throughout the flood ravaged counties remain open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends.

July 18, 2006
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Seward Announces Helplines For Flooding Victims

Senator James L. Seward today announced a special number for those who have already applied for state disaster assistance and would like to check the status of their applications. Persons may call the following number:

Individual & Family Grants (IFG): 1-888-329-7540: This number is for those who have applied for the New York State Individual and Family Grants Program under Governor George E. Pataki’s flood relief program. The helpline will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 18, 2006
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Seward Reminds Flood-affected Farmers Of Assistance

 

State Senator James L. Seward and New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick H. Brennan today reminded farmers in flood-affected counties to make use of government assistance that may be available to them.

July 17, 2006
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July 13, 2006
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Disaster Aid Helps Farmers Too

Senator James L. Seward said today thatthose who live onfarms or ranches and theirprimary residences were damaged by the severe flooding that began on June 26 canregister for state and federal disaster aid. Farmers and ranchers, who suffered damages to their homes and personal property, are encouraged to call and register for disaster aid with the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)."Some farmers couldn't get their milk to market because roads were closed and had to dump milk," Senator Seward said.

July 12, 2006
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Second Senate Hearing On Nyri Power Line

ALBANY -- Senator Raymond A. Meier, (R-C, Western) and Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I, Oneonta) announced today that a second hearing of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee on the proposed NYRI power line project will be held Monday, July 17, 2006, from 6-9 p.m., at the New Hartford High School auditorium, 33 Oxford Road in New Hartford.

Senators Meier and Seward serve as members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications. Meier represents Oneida County, where the line is proposed to begin.

July 12, 2006
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Seward Offers Info On Filing For Flood Aid

Senator James L. Seward has offered sometips to speed disaster aid for those recovering from the floods of June 26-28.1. Register by telephone or online as soon as possible. Homeowners, renters, and business owners who had flood losses should call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) to apply for assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. You can also register online at www.fema.gov.

July 10, 2006
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Seward Announces New Comprehensive $25 Million Flood Relief Package

Senator James L. Seward and Governor George E. Pataki today announced that an additional $25 million in new aid would be made available to residents and small and large businesses affected by the devastating flooding that occurred last week in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan, Tioga and Ulster counties. The new aid package would build on the $35 million State Disaster Relief Program announcedlast week.

July 10, 2006
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Seward: State To Offer Flood Aid Package

State Senator James L. Seward today said a $35 million flood relief plan announced by the governor today will be critically important to the flood-ravaged areas of his district. The plan, announced by the governor today, includes help for local governments, families and businesses.Of the $35 million, $25 million will fund assistance for individuals and families and $10 million will fund what is usually local governments' share of two key FEMA relief programs -- public infrastructure and hazard mitigation.

June 30, 2006
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Senate Okays Eminent Domain Reform

The New York State Senate has approved legislation (S. 8349-A) sponsored by Sens. James L. Seward, Wm. Larkin, John Bonacic, Thomas Libous and Raymond Meier that would prohibit the use of eminent domain by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to acquire land for its power line.

June 23, 2006
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Legislature Okays Cortland Health Care Bill

A bill approved by the state legislature and now bound for the governor's desk will permit Cortland Memorial Nursing Facility to expand its adult day health care program by up to 16 slots if the facility is unable to accommodate individuals awaiting placement. The facility is currently at its maximum 24 spaces. Senate bill 7979 has been approved by both the senate and the assembly.

June 23, 2006
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Senate Okays Canadarago Lake; Richfield Bills

The state senate has approved legislation to create a Canadarago Lake protection and improvement district that would be subject to local voter approval.Senate bill 4650-A, filed at the request of the Towns of Exeter, Otsego and Richfield, authorizes the creation of a self-governing lake district to include the real property adjacent to Canadarago Lake.

June 23, 2006
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Senate Okays Ithaca College - Longview Bill

The state senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that would permit Ithaca College and Longview residential senior community to build a joint residential health care facility. Senate bill 126-A is sponsored by Senator Seward and Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton in the assembly. "This is a good fit for Ithaca College and Longview," Senator Seward said. "Ithaca has a formal program in gerontology and they together have a well-established relationship.

June 23, 2006
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Fishing Promotion Plan Heads To Governor

Fishing and tourism would be paired in new promotional efforts by the state under legislation (S. 3232-A) given final approval by the state senate today, Sen. James L. Seward said. The bill was a legislative priority of the Conservation Alliance of New York (CANY). "New York State has tremendous water resources -- lakes, streams, brooks and creeks -- set in beautiful, picturesque landscapes.

June 22, 2006
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