February 27, 2007

C-town Chamber Gets Festival Grant

The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will get $20,000 in a state senate tourism grant to help fund its yearly festivals, Senator James L. Seward announced today at a press conference at the chamber offices in Cooperstown. The senate funds will support the village's Pumpkin Festival and Snowfest Celebration by helping pay for advertising, and will match local tourism dollars. "The festivals draw significant off-season tourists to Cooperstown, and that's good for local businesses, employment and even our county's sales taxes," Seward said.

February 23, 2007

Arts Guild Gets $250k Toward Arts Center

The Arts Guild of Old Forge, Inc. is in line for a $250,000 state senate grant to help fund its new multi-purpose center, Senator James L. Seward announced today at a press conference in Old Forge. Seward was in Old Forge for the announcement and a town hall meeting with his Webb constituents. The funding tops a previous senate grant of $100,000 for the guild provided by Seward for the initial phase of the project. The project includes construction of a 28,000 square foot energy efficient, state of the art center to showcase the visual and performing arts.

February 22, 2007

Seward, Top Ag Official In Cortland To Meet Farmers

State Senator James L. Seward and state Agriculture Commissioner-designate Patrick Hooker will hold a special listening session with area farmers on Thursday, February 22nd, at the Cortland Holiday Inn. The event will be held in conjunction with the fifth annual Upstate Agri-Economic Development Summit sponsored by the Cortland County BDC and Agricultural LDC. The session with farmers will run from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Topics are expected to include milk prices, options for state action, and factors that pressure farm costs, among others.

February 20, 2007

Seward: Let People Vote On Comptroller, A.g. Vacancies

Senator James L. Seward announced today that statewide special elections would be held to fill vacancies in the offices of state comptroller and attorney general under two reform bills introduced today by Republican senators. "It's very simple - let the people decide," Seward said. "We live in a democracy, and filling a vacancy at the statewide level should be treated as such," said Senator Griffo, chair of the Senate Elections Committee. "New York should take the same approach to filling statewide vacancies as we do in local positions.

February 13, 2007

Seward Discusses Comptroller Vote

"The news has been filled with stories in the last week about the choice of a new state comptroller to fill the position vacated by Alan Hevesi, who resigned after pleading guilty to theft. "I voted for Assemblyman DiNapoli. "The state constitution specifies that the state legislature will select a comptroller when a vacancy occurs. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I joined a panel of other legislators and three former comptrollersto interview various candidates.

February 9, 2007

Seward: State Must Do More For Ski Areas

The state is taking action to help retain jobs at local ski resorts and at the businesses dependent on the tourists who patronize the resorts, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward said the state Department of Economic Development would be authorizing an emergency appropriation of $225,000 for an "I Love NY" radio campaign to boost attendance at the ski resorts.

February 1, 2007

Senate Unveils Higher Education Proposals

Senator James L. Seward, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee, andthe senate majority conference have introduced a comprehensive package of proposals that would make obtaining a college education more affordable for New York’s students, help families with soaring tuition expenses, provide new incentives to college students to keep them living and working in New York when they graduate and recognize the sacrifices and service of our military personnel by making it easier for New York’s servicemen and women to attend college.

January 30, 2007

Seward Files Otsego Tax Relief Bill

 State Senator James L. Seward has filed legislation that would provide Otsego County with explicit authorization to issue refunds to taxpayers for the difference between the county's adopted tax levy in its 2007 budget and the adjusted levy resulting from this year's budget amendments. Senate bill 1656 was filed Tuesday, January 24."The county board has asked for special state legislation that would grant them very specific authority to issue refunds," Senator Seward said.

January 25, 2007

Senate Passes Massive Property Tax Relief Plan

The New York State Senate today passed a three part plan (S.1) to significantly expand the Senate-initiated property tax relief rebate program to provide $2.6 billion in property tax relief this year and $3.4 billion in 2008, Senator James L.

January 23, 2007

Senate Okays Key Budget Reforms

The New York State Senate today passed budget reform legislation to increase accountability, openness and transparency in the state budget process and help ensure passage of on-time budgets. The bill (S.1322) reflects an agreement among the senate, gGovernor and assembly."For more than a decade, the senate majority has been fighting to reform the state budget process, not only to ensure that a budget is passed on time, but to make the budget more open and accountable," Senator Seward said.

January 22, 2007

Seward's Committees Include Ag, Education

Two top areas of concern in the 51st senatorial district will be the focus of committee assignments received by State Senator James L. Seward, R-C- I/Milford for the new senate session beginning this month.

January 22, 2007

Seward Looks At Ski Area Fix

State Senator James L. Seward said today the state senate is looking at ways to assist businesses hurt by the lack of activity at the state's ski resorts. Area ski resorts like Hunter and Windham Mountain and tourism-related businesses that support them are feeling the pinch of lack of snow and skiers, Seward said. The lack of snow has dampened the snowmobiling rush also, Seward said, and retailers, hoteliers and restaurants are suffering. "The drop in tourism and visitors to Greene County is significant, and it's affecting local businesses," Seward said.

January 18, 2007

Seward Unveils $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

Senator James L. Seward and senate Republicans today unveiled a small business and manufacturing assistance plan that would create jobs and grow small businesses in New York. Sewardannounced the plan following his tour of the district last announcing that property tax relief and help for small businesses would be part of his "Upstate Revival" agenda. The plan would provide $490 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

January 9, 2007

Seward Outlines 2007 Agenda

Saying "I wasn't re-elected to defend the status quo," State Senator James L. Seward outlined his 2007 legislative agenda at a press conference today, citing property taxes as his top priority."Three issues top our list of New Year's resolutions: No new taxes and fees; sigificant and additional property tax relief; and changes in state government," Seward said.No new taxes. "We must pass a state budget without new taxes or hidden fee increases," Seward said. "We did it in 2006, and we can and should do it again.

January 5, 2007

Area Arts Groups Get State Grants

State Senator James L. Seward today announced state grants for several area arts and cultural organizations. Seward said the grants broaden opportunities for the public to participate in local arts events and support local tourism attractions. "Local arts and cultural groups enrich the quality of life in our communities," Seward said, "and they are a special boon to our rural areas.

December 20, 2006

Seward To Announce $2 Million For Foothills

State Senator James L. Seward will announce $2 million in a special state senate grant for Foothills Performing Arts Center at its opening night gala of "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Friday, December 15, 8:00 p.m. at the center on 25 Market Street. The funding comes on top of $4 million included in the 2006 state budget and announced in March by Seward and $500,000 awarded by the governor, bringing total state support for Foothills to $6.5 million.

December 14, 2006

Hunter Man Named To State Panel

Russell R. Coloton, Jr., of Hunter, NY has been confirmed by the state senate to serve an additional term on the 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.Coloton, the president of Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl, holds a degree in ski area management from Gogebic College in Ironwood, Michigan.

December 13, 2006

Seward Offers State Help For Windham Program Focusing On Disabled

Windham's Adaptive Sports Foundation is in line for a $1.2 million state economic development award, State Senator James L. Seward announced today. Seward unveiled the funding at a press conference in Windham at the foundation. The funding will assist the foundation's capital campaign toward financing of the $3.8 million, handicapped accessible Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center and chair lift that connects the center to the Windham Mountain Ski Resort. "The sports center is a tremendous asset to the area and to those with disabilities," Senator Seward said today.

December 12, 2006

Seward Unveils Hyde Hall Funding

An $800,000 grant will restore an original access route to historic Hyde Hall and provide a 100 foot long historically correct walking bridge for patrons to enter the grounds of the hall, Senator James L. Seward announced at a press conference today. Seward was joined by representatives of Hyde Hall at the announcement.The grant comprises $640,000 in federal transportation funding and $160,000 in state dollars through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

December 7, 2006