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Senate Plan Would End Gas Tax Windfall

State Senator James L. Seward today called for a cap on the gasoline sales tax to provide immediate price relief to motorists, and proposed spending the state's accumulated gas tax "windfall" to help seniors stay warm this winter."The state reaps a windfall because gas taxes are tied to the price of gas. The windfall generated by soaring gas prices should go back to people where it will do the most good," said Seward.

September 1, 2005
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Seward: Free Credit Reports Available Sept 1

Senator James L. Seward today said that consumers will be able to get free credit reports once per year beginning September 1, 2005. "Because of changes in the law, each of the three nationwide consumer reporting companies is now required to provide people with free copies of their credit reports once every 12 months, on request," Seward said. "People should take advantage of this important opportunity to check their records."Seward noted that credit reports are important records of a person's financial history, and that knowing its contents can be helpful.

August 26, 2005
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Seward Announces Beaver River Deal

State Senator James L. Seward today announced that an agreement reached between the State of New York, the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society and the Beaver River Property Owners' Association would permit the restart of rail service into the hamlet of Beaver River Station. Rail service ended in 2002 and the cost of insurance made a permit too costly for the family that previously held it.

August 25, 2005
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Senate Helps With Town Patrol Boat

State Senator James L.

August 23, 2005
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Seward Backs Property Owners' Protections

State Senator James L. Seward today announced he's backing senate legislation that would protect individual property rights following a U.S. Supreme Court decision (Kelo v. City of New London) that broadened the authority of local governments to take private property through eminent domain powers. The legislation (S. 5938), filed with Sen.

August 10, 2005
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Seward Hails Prescription Drug Law

Legislation just signed into law by the governor will help seniors and other consumers shop for prescription drugs, Senator James L. Seward said today.Seward hailed legislation signed into law by the governor last night that will require prescription drug prices to be posted online to give consumers easy access to the drug price list, allowing them to electronically comparison shop for prescription drugs on the Internet and help senior citizens save money. The law (S.1936-A, Chap.

August 5, 2005
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Cortlandville Gets State Award

Governor George E. Pataki today announced more than $132 million in low-interest, long-term loans to 26 communities throughout New York State for projects that prevent water pollution and protect local drinking water supplies. The loans are provided through the New York State Revolving Funds (SRF), regarded as a leader among the nation's SRF Programs.One significant project is right in Cortland County, Senator James L. Seward said.

August 3, 2005
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Seward Award Boosts Greene Plan

State Senator James L. Seward today announced $50,000 in state funding toward the preparation of an updated Greene County comprehensive economic development plan. The total cost will be shared by the state, the county, the Greene County IDA and the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.Seward announced the award at a kick off meeting of the Greene County Partnership on Tuesday, August 2, at the county emergency operations and training center in Cairo."Greene County is an attractive and convenient location for business development," Senator Seward said.

August 3, 2005
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Governor Announces Protection Of 2,500 Acres In Otsego County

Governor George E. Patakiwas in OneontaSaturday toannounce the acquisition of three properties totaling more than 2,500 acres in Otsego County, including 1,036 acres in the Towns of Milford and Maryland that is being donated to the state for a new state park. The property was a gift from the family of Robert V.

August 1, 2005
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Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Direct Wine Shipments

The New York State Senate approved legislation (S.5731) on Friday sponsored by Senator George H. Winner, Jr. (R-C, Elmira) to authorize the direct shipment of wine into and out of New York State. The bill reflects a three way agreement between the senate, the governor, and the assembly."This new law will begin to embrace the modern economy in New York State’s grape-and-wine industry," said Senator Winner, who represents the state’s largest wine-producing region in the Finger Lakes.

July 26, 2005
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Otsego Seniors To Get New Wheels

Otsego County's senior citizens will benefit from state awards totalling $35,000 announced by Senator James L. Seward and Assemblyman Bill Magee at the seniors' annual picnic today at Glimmerglass State Park. The funds, $15,000 from the senate and $20,000 from the assembly, have purchased two new vehicles for the county to be used to transport seniors and to support the office for the aging's outreach activities, Seward said. "The office for the aging provides important services for the senior citizens of our county," Senator James L. Seward said.

July 20, 2005
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Senate To NYC: Open Up Lands

A bi-partisan vote of the New York State Senate rebuffed New York City's management of their lands in its upstate watershed. "The city’s behavior in managing the watershed is putting the 1997 watershed agreement at risk," said Senator James L. Seward, who represents portions of the New York City watershed in Schoharie and Greene Counties. Seward was joined in his effort by Senator John Bonacic.

July 14, 2005
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Unadilla Youth Bound For Environmental Camp

State Senator James L. Seward has announced that Molly Ahearn of Main Street, Unadilla, has been selected to attend a DEC environmental education camp this summer from August 7 - 13. Ahearn, 12, will attend Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor in the Catskill Forest Preserve.Legislators can sponsor one student, aged 12 to 17 for one of the state’s four DEC camps, free of charge.

July 14, 2005
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Bipartisan High Speed Rail Task Force Appointed

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (R-I, Brunswick) today announced the creation of the Senate Task Force on High Speed Rail, a panel that will study the best way to link New York’s cities with high-speed trains, dramatically reducing travel time, stimulating new employment and firmly reestablishing New York’s place as a national transportation innovator and technology leader.

June 30, 2005
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Senate Passes Sweeping Public Authorities Reform

The New York State Senate yesterday passed the Public Authorities Accountability Act of 2005, (S.5927) sponsored by Senator Vincent L.

June 24, 2005
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Senate Passes Work Zone Safety Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.4885-B), sponsored by Senator Thomas Libous (R-C, Binghamton), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, designed to enhance driver education, increase the accountability of drivers and create a more sensible work zone in which to travel. The legislation was passed as part of a three-way agreement between the senate, the governor, and the assembly."We must protect our families and workers from the potentially deadly consequences of reckless drivers or tragic accidents," said Senator Libous.

June 24, 2005
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Senate Passes Procurement Lobbying Legislation

The New York State Senate today passed a bill (S.5873), sponsored by Senator George Winner (R-C, Elmira), that would enact comprehensive reforms to more effectively regulate the lobbying of government entities. The landmark legislation represent the most sweeping reform and overhaul of the state’s lobbying law in generations."We’re finally shining a light on the practice of government contract lobbying. This new law will provide a great deal of disclosure and transparency," said Senator Winner.

June 23, 2005
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Senate Presses For Assembly Action On Sex Offender Legislation

Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and members of the senate majority conference today called on the Assembly to act on legislation approved by the senate to strengthen Megan’s Law and the state’s Sex Offender Registry to protect the public from sexual predators.Senators were joined at a Capitol news conference today by Mark Lunsford of Florida. Lunsford’s nine year old daughter Jessica was killed by a convicted sex offender in Florida earlier this year.

June 20, 2005
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Seward: Bill Will Help Emts

Local emergency medical technicians will be able to respond to accident scenes and save more lives under legislation passed by the senate, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services, said the state senate has passed S. 4669, which allows EMTs to carry automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in their personal vehicles."This issue was brought to my attention by the Cincinnatus EMS squad," Seward said.

June 15, 2005
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Governor, Seward Announce Schoharie, Greene Trail Grants

Governor George E. Pataki and Senator James L. Seward today announced nearly $1.6 million in grants for 23 trail-related projects across the state as part of the federal Recreational Trails Program. Projects in the 51st Senatorial District received funding, said Senator James L. Seward."The Empire State’s vast trail system offers a wide variety of opportunities for four-season recreation and exciting outdoor activities for New Yorkers and visitors," Governor Pataki said.

June 14, 2005
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