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Senate Boosts State’s Disaster Prep

The New York State Senate has approved several bills that would boost state and local emergency preparedness, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward was the first chairman of the senate’s panel to look at emergency and disaster readiness following September 11.

March 21, 2006
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Senators Win City Response On Flood Control

State Senators John J. Bonacic and James L. Seward today announced that flood control measures have now started at a fourth DEP controlled reservoir. The DEP today opened a "waste channel" off the Ashokan.Two days ago, the DEP announced that flood control measures will also be a part of the redesigned Gilboa dam. In addition, the DEP, in the past few months, has initiated rain pack releases in the Neversink and Pepacton Reservoirs.

March 16, 2006
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Senate Budget Rejects Snowmobile Raid

The state budget approved by the senate on Monday, March 13, rejects the governor’s proposed $2.5 million raid on the state’s snowmobile trail fund, Senator James L. Seward said today.The governor's proposed 2006-07 state budget calls for sweeping $2.5 million in snowmobile trail funds into the state's general fund. Under the governor's plan, money available for snowmobile trails would drop from $3.4 million to $1.9 million. "I didn't vote for a trail fund in order to see it raided by the state and diverted to other purposes," Senator Seward said.

March 14, 2006
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March 13, 2006
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Senate Unveils Emergency Preparedness Package

Senator James L. Seward, Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today unveiled a comprehensive package of legislation that would greatly enhance the ability of state, local governments, businesses, and New York citizens to prepare and respond to any type of catastrophic event, whether man-made or natural, by requiring counties to enact preparedness plans, establishing standards for evacuating and sheltering nursing homes during emergencies, and increasing penalties for individuals who tamper with nuclear power plants.

March 8, 2006
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Senate Launches Attack On Medicaid Fraud

State Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled the toughest, most comprehensive plan to combat Medicaid fraud in the United States.The Medicaid Fraud Prevention and Recovery Reform Act of 2006 is a 10-point plan that would fight fraud and abuse at every step of the process, from billing and pre-payment review to investigation, civil recovery and criminal prosecution of Medicaid thieves.

March 7, 2006
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Senate Okays Gilboa Dam Disclosure Bill

Taking another step forward in its efforts to improve dam safety, boost disclosure and make New York City take greater responsibility for the operation, safety and maintenance of its dam, the New York State Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senators James L.

March 6, 2006
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Seward Wins Gilboa Dam Vote

The safety of residents in the Schoharie Valley downstream of the Gilboa Dam took a step forward today when the state senate approved senate bill 6415A, which requires the state Department of Environmental Conservation to undertake an enhanced inspection program of high hazard dams.The measure is sponsored by Senators James L. Seward and John Bonacic, whose districts host a number of NYC owned and maintained dams."The legislation will provide improved oversight and it requires more detailed state involvement in the regulation of dams like the one at Gilboa," Seward said.

March 1, 2006
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Senate Declares High Taxes Public Enemy #1

Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and other members of the senate majority conference today announced a package of more than $8.4 billion in tax cuts, focusing on property tax relief, help for small businesses and relief from high energy costs, that will be part of a budget plan the senate will act on in early March.The senate is estimating additional general fund revenues, above the governor’s projection, of $353 million in 2005-06 and $733 million in 2006-07.

February 28, 2006
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New Car Inspection Reg Dead -- For Real

State Senator James L. Seward today applauded the governor for shelving the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ plan to alter car inspections to expire at three different times within a month.Two weeks ago the D.M.V. issued a notice of withdrawal of its plan, but then said it would go ahead with its plan anyway using the state’s formal rule-making process. The governor’s announcement today terminates the idea."I commend the governor for standing up for hardworking, overburdened New York taxpayers and motorists," Seward said.

February 28, 2006
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Herkimer In Line For State Funding

At a press conference in Herkimer Senator James L. Seward unveiled more than $129,000 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities throughout Herkimer County. The funding will assist local entities and enhance tourism, social services, local government, emergency preparedness and voluntary emergency services in Herkimer County. Seward made the announcements at the Herkimer Village Hall, where he announced a $20,000 grant for improvements to the village's baseball fields.

February 23, 2006
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Senate Grant To Help Greene Tourism

Local tourism initiatives headlined senate grants announcedat a press conference in Catskill hosted by Senator James L. Seward. Seward unveiled $175,500 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities in Greene County. The funding will assist local entities and enhance tourism, health care, the arts and local planning in Greene County. Seward announced $34,000 in senate tourism marketing aid for the Catskill Association for Tourism Services (CATS).

February 23, 2006
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Assoc. Names Seward 2005 ‘senator Of The Year’

New York’s largest single-issue grassroots business coalition – the Employer Alliance for Affordable Health Care – honored Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) as 2005 Senator of the Year at a local event on Presidents' Day. The award is based on his unyielding support of affordable health care and dedication to keeping health insurance affordable for New York’s small businesses and sole proprietors.

February 21, 2006
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Seward Attacks Proposed Milk Tax

State Senator James L. Seward is opposing a proposed new federal tax on the state's dairy farmers, arguing that dairy farms in New York could be forced to close their barn doors.According to the Farm Bureau, the proposed 2007 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture includes a proposed 3 cent per hundred-weight (cwt.) assessment on milk production.

February 17, 2006
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Otsego Sees Local Budget Awards

At a press conference in Oneonta, Senator James L. Seward unveiled $580,000 in local senate initiatives to assist various programs and municipalities in Otsego County. The funding will assist local entities and enhance tourism, the arts, social services, economic development and voluntary emergency services in Otsego County. Seward made the announcements at the office of the Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street, where he announced a $100,000 grant for the new arts and theater center that sits on the location of the old West-Nesbitt feed mill.

February 17, 2006
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State Dmv Drops Inspection Reg

The state Department of Motor Vehicles threw in the towel on its plan to alter car inspections to expire at three different times within a month, State Senator James L. Seward said today.The D.M.V. issued a notice of withdrawal today (2/14) that will be published in the state register within two weeks. Anyone who has received a new inspection sticker since January 1, 2006 with three inspection periods on it can wait until the end of the month next year."This is great news for hardworking, overburdened New York taxpayers and motorists," Seward said. "I applaud the D.M.V.

February 14, 2006
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Flood Control Bill Passes Senate

In an unprecedented challenge to New York City's management of its upstate reservoir system, the New York State Senate yesterday passed legislation (S.1768-a), by State Senator John Bonacic (R/I/C - Mt. Hope) and Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Milford), which would mandate a draw down of the city's reservoir system in anticipation of water inflow from rain or melting snow. The bill would apply to the six city reservoirs West of the Hudson River.

February 14, 2006
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Task Force Formed On Lasalle Closing

Following a Capitol meeting with officials of Del Laboratories, Senator James L. Seward announced a special task force of state and local officials that would work to provide job retraining for employees and marketing of the LaSalle Laboratories property in Little Falls. The company produces color cosmetics and has employed 350 workers.

February 9, 2006
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Senate Moves To Help Small Businesses Grow

Senator James L. Seward, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today unveiled a major plan that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide more than $3.5 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses, when fully implemented."New York’s economy is driven by small businesses and the Senate wants to make them more competitive so they create more jobs," Senator Bruno said.

February 8, 2006
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Seward Gets State $ For Historic Jail

Herkimer County’s historic former jail, now a local museum, will be saving energy and money as a result of a grant announced today by State Senator James L. Seward, (R-C-I/Milford). Seward said he had secured a grant of $40,000 to help finance an energy efficiency project at the historic jail."The historic value of the old Herkimer County Jail will now be enhanced by modern energy-efficiency measures ," said Senator Seward. "The $40,000 grant will help to make needed improvements to the heating and lighting system at the former county jail.

February 8, 2006
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