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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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Bassett’s Streck Reappointed To State Panel

William F. Streck, M.D. of Cooperstown has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to another term on the state’s Public Health Council, 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.

June 20, 2006
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Windham’s Dan Frank Appointed To State Panel

Dan Frank of Windham has been confirmed by the New York State Senate to a term on the state’s Passenger Tramway Advisory Council, 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.

June 20, 2006
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Seward Signs On Eminent Domain Reform

State Senator James L. Seward is cosponsoring legislation (S.8349) that would prohibit the use of eminent domain by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to acquire land for its power line. The bill could be voted on this week."The law needs to be reformed to protect private property," Senator Seward said. "Eminent domain, rightly understood, can be used for public projects like water, sewer, roads and bridges that result in the public good.

June 20, 2006
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Senate Okays Life-saving Defibrillator Bill

The New York State Senate has approved a measure sponsored by Senator James L. Seward that would permit first responders to possess automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). The bill, S. 4669, was suggested by first responders in Sen.

June 16, 2006
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Senate To Cop Killers: Pay With Your Life

The New York State Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) that will reinstate the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. The senate also passed a bill, sponsored by Senator Dale Volker (R-C-I, Depew) that would amend the state’s death penalty law to fix a provision that was ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals. "We need to send a clear message that if you kill a police officer you will pay with your life," said Senator James L.

June 13, 2006
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Senate Passes Property Tax Relief Legislation

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would provide almost $1 billion in much-needed relief to hardworking, overburdened taxpayers to help pay their school property taxes this fall. The bill represents an agreement with the state assembly."My priority this year has been tax relief for New York's overburdened, hardworking families," Senator James L. Seward said.

June 12, 2006
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State Senate Hearing On Nyri Set For Norwich

Senator James L. Seward said today that members of the public who want questions asked at a public hearing sponsored by the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Energy and Telecommunications may forward questions to him for consideration. Seward, who represents northern Chenango County and is former chairman of the committee, will participate in the committee's hearing scheduled for June 15 at Norwich High School Gymnasium, Midland Drive, Norwich.The hearing is open to public attendance.

June 5, 2006
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Seward Announces Ilion C.s. Grant

Senator James L. Seward today announced that Ilion Central School District is in line for a $100,000 senate grant to assist in cushioning the tax impact of its budget on local property taxpayers. "School districts face tremendous pressure with rising fuel costs, health insurance and higher pension contributions," Senator Seward said.

May 31, 2006
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Seward Urges Vets With Stolen I.d.s To Contact Feds

State Senator James L. Seward today urged veterans who are concerned that their personal information may have been stolen in the VA computer theft to contact the federal government’s special call center.Veterans may call by telephone -- 1-800-FED-INFO -- or visit the official government website http://www.firstgov.gov or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at http://www.va.gov/opa.

May 26, 2006
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Herkimer Reps Announce Unified Strategy Against Nyri Power Line

Herkimer County’s state and local legislators today announced a unified strategy to battle the transmission line being proposed by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) following a briefing in Albany with the state Public Service Commision sponsored by Senator James L.

May 26, 2006
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State Reps & Local Officials Announce Unified Strategy Against Nyri Power Line

Chenango County’s state legislators today announced a unified strategy to battle the transmission line being proposed by New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) following a briefing in Albany with the state Public Service Commision sponsored by Senator James L.

May 25, 2006
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Seward In Cortland For Local Talks

Senator James L. Seward will be in Cortland Friday, May 19, to meet with local business leaders and cut the ribbon on a local school playground project.

Seward will be at the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast at The Community Diner, 10 Main Street, Cortland at 8:30 a.m.

May 18, 2006
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Seward Offers On-line Petition Against Nyri

Senator James L. Seward has announced an on-line petition drive for residents to register their opposition to the plan of New York Regional Interconnect (NYRI) to string a power line from Oneida County to Orange County, through Herkimer and Chenango Counties in Seward’s district.Seward said residents can sign the petition on his website at http://www.senatorjimseward.com .

May 18, 2006
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Senate Passes Tough Auto Insurance Fraud Measures

The New York State Senate today passed tough legislation to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than one billion dollars a year, as well as legislation that would impose criminal penalties for staging auto accidents."Auto insurance fraud is more prevalent in New York State than anywhere in the nation and it’s costing every driver in New York State more money," Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said.

May 16, 2006
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Senators Win Public Hearing On Proposed Power Line

Senators Raymond Meier, James Seward, and Thomas Libous are calling for the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee to hold hearings on the power line project proposed by New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. The power line would cut through many communities in the senators’ districts stretching from Central New York, through the Southern Tier, to the lower Hudson Valley. Senator James Wright, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Telecommunications, has agreed that public hearings are appropriate and will convene them as soon as possible.

May 16, 2006
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Senate Passes Gas Tax Cap Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to legislation to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline, a plan that originated with the senate's actionin September following thejump in prices attributable to Hurricane Katrina.The bill would cap the state sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.

May 15, 2006
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May 11, 2006
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Legislature To Cap Gas Tax

Senator James L. Sewardsaid todaythe state legislature has reached agreement on a plan to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline. The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The bill would capstate sales taxes on gas at 8 cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.

May 10, 2006
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Legislature Lauds Evening Sun Columnist, Outdoorsman

The New York State Legislature put its stamp of approval on a resolution lauding Evening Sun columnist and outdoors writer Robert McNitt upon his induction into the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame last Saturday, State Senator James L. Seward said today. "I can't think of an individual more deserving of the induction than Bob McNitt," Senator Seward said.

May 5, 2006
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