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Senate Passes Education Budget

The state senate has passed the 2005-06 education budget,which provides for an increase of $626 million in formula driven and other educational assistance to schools across New York State. The senate budget adds $425 million to the governor’s proposed $201 million increase over last year. The senate proposes setting aside $325 million in Sound Basic Education Aid proposed by the executive in a special reserve fund for education.

March 15, 2005
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Senate Okays 2005-06 Higher Education Budget Legislation

The New York State Senate has approved the higher education portion of the 2005-06 state budget that restores and appropriates additional funding to higher education including restorations for the tuition assistance program (TAP), State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY) and funds for independent colleges and universities.

March 15, 2005
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Senate Budget Helps Little Falls

The 2005-2006 state budget proposed by the New York State Senate Republican Majority includes $100,000 in special aid for Little Falls, Senator James L. Seward said today. The senate’s budget embodies positions advanced by the senate Republican majority going into budget discussions and conference committees, and was passed today."Seven cities are currently left out of special municipal aid that all other cities currently receive, including Little Falls," Seward said.

March 14, 2005
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Senate Budget Plan Expands Empire Zones

The 2005-2006 budget resolution that will be adopted by the New York State Senate next week will facilitate empire zones in Greene, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties, State Senator James L. Seward said today. The three counties in the 51st Senatorial District are currently without their own zones."The senate's position going in to budget talks with the assembly is that each county should have its own zone," Seward said. "Working with local officials, I have made the addition of zones a budget priority for those counties in my district without them.

March 11, 2005
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Senate Passes Death Penalty Legislation

In observance of National Police Week, the New York State Senate has passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Martin Golden (R-C, Brooklyn), that would establish the death penalty for criminals who kill police officers. "I believe it is a deterrent and it is also simple justice," said State Senator James L. Seward, who voted for the measure. "While I support a comprehensive death penalty statute for all ofthose who kill in premeditated circumstances, this is one step forward, and it contains important safeguards.

March 9, 2005
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State Announces Funds To Protect Water Quality

Governor George E. Pataki today announced $6.7 million for 32 projects to help farmers protect the state’s soil and water resources from agricultural runoff. The funding is available through the New York State Agricultural Non-point Source Abatement and Control Program (ANSCAP) and includes $600,000 statewide for planning initiatives. The projects also will serve as the implementation arm of the Governor’s Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program. Locally, Cortland, Schoharie and Tompkins Counties are recipients, Senator James L.

March 7, 2005
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March 4, 2005
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Senator Seward Announces "countdown To April 1"

With the April 1st start of the state fiscal year now less than a month away, Senator James L. Seward announced an effort that will enable residents of the 51st Senatorial District to show their support for the senate's fight to pass a new state budget on time for the first time in 20 years. "Never have we had a greater opportunity to get a budget passed on time than we have this year," Senator Seward said. "Right now, as a result of the senate's budget reform efforts, everything is in place and a schedule has been set to get a state budget done before the deadline.

March 4, 2005
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Seward Announces Schoharie County Area Awards

State Senator James L. Seward today announced $90,000 in state funding for Schoharie County area organizations and municipalities.The awards cover projects that boost the local first responders and promote historic preservation."The awards help organizations and local governments afford important initiatives that might otherwise be out of their reach because of the cost or because they could pressure local taxes," Senator Seward said.

February 28, 2005
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Local Health And Research Initiatives Unveiled

At a Cooperstown ceremonyat M. I.Bassett Hospital, State Senator James L. Seward announced state awards for two key health programs that operate under the hospital's auspices. Nurse scholarships and training. Seward said that $50,000 in state aid would help fund scholarships for nursing students enrolled in the joint Bassett/Hartwick/Delhi nurse training program. Part of the funding would also help defray the expense of recruiting, training, supporting and hiring rural health care professionals at the hospital. Bassett Research Institute.

February 24, 2005
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State Announces Local 9-1-1 Awards

Local counties will be receiving state funds to upgrade their wireless 911 answering systems, Senator James L. Seward said today. Seward, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Emergency Volunteer Services, said the money will be used to help counties improve their public service answering points (PSAPS) to enhanced wireless 911."Local county dispatchers are seeing their volume of calls rise with the prevalence of cell phones and wireless 911 emergency calls, and the cost to county taxpayers is tremendous" Seward said.

February 18, 2005
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Seward Presents Cortland Youth Grant

At a press conference and announcement in Cortland today, state Senator James L. Seward unveiled a $32,000 grant to help fund expansion of the city’s Police Outreach Program (POP) to create the Community Outreach Partnership Center in Cortland’s east end. The expansion would include a city partnership with SUNY Cortland. "The program has been beneficial to the young people of the city, and it has expanded and improved relations between police officers, youth and neighborhoods," Sen. Seward said.

February 18, 2005
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Senate Okays Bills To Make New York H.a.v.a. Compliant

The New York State Senate has approved a comprehensive package of legislation which would bring the state into full compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). If enacted into law, these bills would improve and enhance voter access and free approximately $219 million in federal funds to modernize voting machines and improve procedures.In an effort to expedite the process and meet the federal deadlines, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L.

February 17, 2005
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Senate Passes Contingency Budget

The New York State Senate has passed legislation that would puta contingency budget in place that would be the first step towards implementing the Senate’s budget reform plan this year and would facilitate agreement on a new budget before the April 1st deadline.The contingency budget was submitted as a program bill to the legislature last Friday by Governor Pataki. It would maintain spending levels adopted by the legislature in the 2004-05 budget, with certain limitations and revisions.

February 15, 2005
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Seward In Cortland For Local Announcements, Meetings

State Senator James L. Seward will be in Cortland this week for local meetings and a funding announcement. On Thursday, February 17, his Cortland schedule will be as follows:*2:00 p.m. - Housing conference -- 30 Homer Avenue, Cortland;*3:00 p.m. - Funding announcement - Cortland Youth Bureau, The Community Center, 46 Elm Street, Cortland;*4:00 p.m. - Meets with Cortland chapter of the UUP, district office;*6:00 p.m. - Addresses Cortland County Legislature, Legislative Chambers, 60 Central Avenue, Cortland.

February 15, 2005
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Communities In 51st District Get Planning Grants

Senator James L. Seward said today that the Governor’s Office for Small Cities (GOSC) has awarded grants of up to $25,000 to help local communities create strategic plans for important local development projects. In Seward’s district, the villages of Catskill and Schoharie received awards, along with Chenango County. "The local awards are important for helping local governments create a roadmap to their futures, whether it’s economic development or simply local planning," Seward said.

February 7, 2005
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Athens Groups To See State Help

At an Athens ceremony today, State Senator James L. Seward unveiled state awards for local Athens cultural and arts agencies and community organizations. The grants cover funding for important local projects, including community recreation and historic preservation."This is an opportunity to celebrate those aspects of our communities that enhance our quality of life for our young people, our elderly and our families," Senator Seward said.

February 3, 2005
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Schoharie Landmark Gets Financial Boost

Lasell Hall, the historic building that serves as home to the Schoharie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will receive some significant energy efficiency work with help from a $20,000 grant arranged by State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Milford)."This home, in the heart of the Village of Schoharie, is a tangible and historic reminder of our nation’s history. Applying modern energy efficiency measures will help keep the building vital and functioning for future generations," said Senator Seward.

February 3, 2005
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Two Local Deer Management Meetings Scheduled

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will holdhearings on deer management issues in two locations in the 51st District,Senator James L. Seward said today. An Oneonta meeting for Region 4 is scheduled for Saturday, February 12 at 1 pm at the Oneonta Holiday Inn on Route 23 Southside.Travelers can take exit 15 off from I-88 and pick up Route 23 east. The Holiday Inn will be on the right side.

February 3, 2005
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Seward Announces Cortland Grants

State Senator James L. Seward today announced $40,000 in state funding for Cortland area organizations. The awards cover projects that boost the county fairgrounds and a local research library."The awards help organizations and local governments afford important initiatives that might otherwise be out of their reach because of the cost or because they could pressure local taxes," Senator Seward said.

February 1, 2005
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