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Senate Targets Methamphetamine Labs

The New York State Senate will act today on a package of legislation that would crack down on the production of dangerously addictive methampetamines by establishing tough criminal penalties for possessing the materials used to make "meth" and operating the laboratories used to manufacture the drug."Rural areas get targeted for the production of meth, for various reasons," Senator Seward said.

May 17, 2005
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Senate Votes To Save Tax Dollars

The New York State Senate has approved legislation that would overhaul the state’s Medicaid fraud detection effort with the goal of dramatically reducing corruption and waste, and increasing the amounts of money returned to taxpayers."With estimates that Medicaid fraud could cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year, we have to bring the program under control, better coordinate our fraud-fighting effort and employ the latest technology to return those savings back to taxpayers," said Senator James L. Seward.

May 4, 2005
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Make On Time Budget The Rule, Not Exception

The New York State Senate approved a constitutional amendment that will forever end late budgets in this state by enacting reforms that this year helped lead to an on time budget for the first time in 20 years.In addition, the Senate gave first passage to a constitutional amendment (S.3195), sponsored by Senator Nicholas Spano (R-C-I-WF, Westchester), that would address concerns raised by the Court of Appeals, regarding the power and authority of the governor and the legislature in the budget process.The budget reform amendment (S.1), which passed the Senate una

May 4, 2005
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State Budget Protects Pharsalia

On a visit to Camp Pharsalia where he met with local correction officers, State Senator James L. Seward said the on time state budget includes important protections for Camp Pharsalia and its staff.

April 29, 2005
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Seward: State Must Deal With Sex Predators

With the budget done, State Senator James L. Seward said the legislature must use the balance of the session to push for reforms in laws dealing with sexually violent predators. "The rapes and murders of two girls in Florida by convicted sex offenders focus new light on the absolute urgency of keeping sexual predators behind bars," Senator Seward said. "New York has 19,665 registered sex offenders living in the state; 5,300 are classifed as level 3 offenders -- those posing the greatest risk.

April 29, 2005
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Senate Okays Dangerous Driver Legislation

The New York State Senate has approved a package of legislation designed to crack down on dangerous drivers who injure or kill innocent victims, Senator James L. Seward said today. The bills would make our streets more safe by increasing criminal penalties for dangerous drivers, especially those who run over pedestrians and leave the scene of the accident.

April 19, 2005
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Seward Announces Oneida-herkimer Empire Zone Plan

Senator James L. Seward, R-C-I, Milford, and Senator Raymond A. Meier, R-C, Western, announced that legislation was passed by the New York State Legislature to split the existing Oneida-Herkimer Empire Zone.The zones will effectively be split into 2 separate entities, a Oneida Empire Zone and a Herkimer Empire Zone. Each zone will amount to two square miles."As Herkimer County’s senator, I have been working to secure an empire zone for the county in order to boost their efforts to create jobs and promote business growth.

April 13, 2005
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Senate Eyes Crackdown On Medicaid Fraud

Senator James L. Seward,Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, Deputy Majority Leader Dean G.

April 12, 2005
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Seward Views Flood Damage

Senator James L. Seward was in Cortland this week to meet with local officials and residents following the floods of April 2-4. Seward visited right after the senate ended its weekly session, stopping in Cortland to meet with Mayor Tom Gallagher and legislature Chairman Scott Steve to look at the damage caused by the floods."I have been in direct contact with the director of the state emergency management office," Seward said.

April 8, 2005
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Senate Moves On Bill To Keep Sexual Predators Off The Streets

The New York State Senate will act today on legislation (S.3273) that provides for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators after they’ve completed their prison sentence to protect the public from criminals likely to commit repeated acts of sexual violence."It's simple -- this is about protecting our children and ending the nightmare of child abductions by predators," Senator James L. Seward said.

April 5, 2005
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Senate Passes Public Protection And General Government Budget Bills

The New York State Senate has approved the 2005-06 public protection and general government budget legislation (S.550E, S.3666) that includes a $57 million increase in aid to localities and would continue the operation of several correctional facilities, including Camp Pharsalia in Chenango County and the Greene Correctional Special Housing Unit in Coxsackie."This legislation will restore and add funding to areas of the budget that are critically important to the safety and well-being of every New Yorker, including funds for law enforcement, corrections, and homeland se

April 4, 2005
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State Budget Passed

The last of the bills constituting the 2005-2006 state budget has been approved. New York has its first on-time state budget in 20 years, Senator Seward noted, which restores TAP, boosts school aid, provides property tax relief through a cap on the local share of Medicaid, and limits new fees and taxes."A real victory in producing an on-time budget that meets the needs of our residents," Senator James L. Seward commented.

March 31, 2005
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New Budget Boosts 2 Greene School Districts

Senator James L. Seward announced today that the new 2005-2006 state budget being passed on time will include a provision that will boost the building aid ratios for the Windham-Ashland-Jewett and Hunter-Tannersville School Districts."This is direct help to local taxpayers who fund improvements and upgrades to their school buildings," Senator Seward said.

March 30, 2005
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State Budget Helps Little Falls

The 2005-2006 negotiated legislative state budget includes $100,000 in aid for Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The budget combines existing revenue sharing programs and includes aid for seven cities previously omitted from the state’s supplemental municipal aid program."Seven cities are currently left out of special municipal aid that all other cities currently receive, including Little Falls," Seward said.

March 29, 2005
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Seward: New Budget Will Cap Medicaid

The new state budget that will be approved by the legislature this week will include a cap on counties' expenses for Medicaid, Senator James L. Seward said today. The savings, resulting from cost controls, a cap, and accelerated state assumption of the Family Health Plus program, will help ease pressure on county property taxes. The Medicaid cap will save counties in Seward's 51st District more than $43 million per year when fully enacted in 2009. Total aggregate savings through 2009 exceed $122 million.

March 28, 2005
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Seward: Victory In Empire Zone Fight

Senator James L. Seward today said that the legislature has agreed to additional empire zones for counties without them, capping a three year struggle to secure the job-producing tool for Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties."This week the legislature agreed that the new state budget should include provisions for the addition of 12 new zones over the next four years," Seward said.

March 23, 2005
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Committee Okays Health Insurance Bills

The New York State Senate Standing Committee on Insurance approved four bills today that would make health insurance more affordable for employers and help reduce the ranks of the state’s 3 million uninsured. Senate bills 79, 414, 1372 and 1405 were all approved by the panel and sent to the full senate for its consideration."Health insurance costs continue to rise for all employers and employees," Senator Seward, chairman of the committee, said.

March 21, 2005
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State Fire Grants Available

The state is accepting applications from rural fire departments for grants under the Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant program, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward is chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services."I hope that upstate rural departments will take advantage of the grants available under this important program," Seward said.

March 18, 2005
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Senate Approves Bills To Get Racetrack Vlts On Lin

The New York State Senate has approved two bills that would help get video lottery terminals (VLTs) up and running at Yonkers and Aqueduct Raceways.

March 17, 2005
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Senate Passes $2.3 Billion Tax Cut Plan

The senate version of the state budget passed this week includes almost $1 billion in business tax reductions over the next four years to create jobs and strengthen the economy, and almost $1 billion in direct school property tax relief. The plan includes tax credits for biotechnology, a small business health insurance tax credit, a direct school property tax relief rebate program, expansion of the Empire Zone program, and adopting a single sales factor to boost manufacturing jobs and investment in emerging technologies.

March 16, 2005
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