Senate Releases Review Of Gov's Budget

The New York State Senate Finance Committeereleased its analysis of the 2006-07 proposed governor'sbudget which concludes that past tax reductions and increased accountability in state spending have strengthened the state’s financial picture, resulting in a record-high reserves, as well as a strong surplus that should be used to fund tax cuts and increase investments in education, health care and job creation efforts."It means that we can return tax dollars to New York's hard working, overburdened taxpayers," said Finance Committee Member Senator James L. Seward.

January 27, 2006

Senate Moves To Protect Children From Criminals

In a continuing effort to protect New Yorkers, especially innocent children, from becoming victims of violent child abusers and sex offenders, State Senator James L. Seward and Senate Republicans today announced the introduction of "Nixzmary’s Law," legislation that requires a sentence of life without parole for parents or guardians who kill a child.

January 24, 2006

Seward Announces Gilboa Dam Bills

At the monthly meeting of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) unveiled new legislation that would boost safety and inspection requirements at the Gilboa and other New York City-owned dams.

January 20, 2006

Seward Comments On Gov's Budget

State Senator James L. Seward (R-C- I/Milford) commented on Governor Spitzer's proposed $120.6 billion state budget."The governor has offered some significant proposals that merit our attention as a starting point for budget discussions."I am glad to see him join the state senate in calling for property tax relief. The state senate has already passed a massive property tax relief plan, and I will fight for additional, genuine, property tax relief for the hardworking overburdened taxpayers I represent.

January 17, 2006

Senators Join Panel To Craft Extension Of Megan's Law

The New York State Senatetoday announcedappointments to a joint legislative conference committee on legislation that would mandate lifetime registration for sex offenders.The senateappointed Senator Dean Skelos (R, Rockville Centre), the author of the original Megan’s Law 10 years ago, to serve as co-chair of the conference committee.Also appointed wereSenator Michael F. Nozzolio (R-C, Fayette), chairman of the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections, Senator John Flanagan (R-C, East Northport) and Senator Nicholas Spano (R-C-I-WF, Westchester).

January 13, 2006

Seward Calls For A 'no Tax' State Budget

Senator James L. Seward and Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today called on Governor Pataki not to include any new state tax increases in his proposed 2006-07 Executive Budget, to be released next week."Taxpayers are paying too much in all taxes, especially property taxes," Seward said. "My view is that we should have a budget without a penny more in taxes.""Despite enacting billions in tax cuts over the past eleven years, the hard working taxpayers of New York are still over burdened by high taxes," Senator Bruno said.

January 13, 2006

Seward Unveils 2006 Legislative Program

In press conferences across his district, New York State Senator James L. Seward (R-C-I/Milford) outlined his 2006 legislative program, with the centerpiece an on-time budget and property tax relief. Seward unveiled his agenda as he toured his district."We face challenges in our area that need tough leadership, real change and a willingness to confront the status quo," Seward said.

January 12, 2006

Senate To Act On Sex Offender Legislation

The New York State Senate has approved legislation sponsored by State Senator James L. Sewardand members of the senate majority conference(S.6019) requiring the lifetime registration of sex offenders and prevent sexual predators from coming off the state sex offender registry later this month.

January 10, 2006

Seward Blasts New D.m.v. Inspection Rule

State Senator James L. Seward has criticized the state Department of Motor Vehicles for enacting a new rule that will cut by two-thirds the time motorists have to get their vehicles inspected.The new rule, to take effect in 2007, gives motorists ten days to get their vehicles inspected in the month their inspection stickers expire instead of the entire thirty days. Stickers will expire on the 10th, 20th or 30th day of the month, meaning people could be driving with expired inspections when they think they are well within the month.

January 10, 2006

Legislature Okays Bills On Illegal Guns

The New York State Legislature has okayed two pieces of legislation that would increase penalties for those who injure or kill police officers, and toughen current laws that will crack down on the criminal misuse and possession of illegal guns.

December 23, 2005

Senate Majority Proposes $2.4 Billion Property Tax Relief Plan

In an effort to reduce the enormous burden of some of the highest property taxes in the country, Senator James L. Seward andmembers of the senate majority conference today proposed the REBATE-NY plan, a comprehensive, 24 point plan to provide more than $2.4 billion in school and municipal property tax relief over the next three years, including direct rebate checks to property taxpayers, expanding the STAR program and the property tax circuit breaker, and encouraging consolidation and sharing of local government services.

December 22, 2005

Seward Announces Cortland Area Senate Grants

At a press conference Tuesday at the City of Cortland Fire Department, State Senator James L. Seward announced a total of $ 295,000 in grants through the New York State Senate to area municipalities and organizations. At the city fire department, Seward unveiled a $10,000 award to fund a new defibrillator to replace an old unit in poor condition.

December 13, 2005

Seward Announces Little Falls Awards

At a press conference at the Little Falls Fire Department on Tuesday, Senator James L. Seward unveiled two senate grants included in the 2005-2006 state budget. Seward was joined at the event by the city fire chief, Robert Parese, Mayor Ted Wind, Legislators J. Keith Davy, Dennis Korce and Raymond Smith, and Little Falls Town Supervisor Robert Gardinier. Seward said that $15,000 had been set aside in the budget for the City of Little Falls and $5,000 for the Town of Little Falls.

December 9, 2005

Seward Announces Herkimer Public Health/ems Award

At an all-day drill for police and fire first responders in Herkimer County, State Senator James L. Seward announced a $9,000 state senate grant to fund completion of the county's GIS (geographic information system) project. The award pays the final costs of the $29,000 project, originally funded with a 2004 federal bioterrorism preparedness grant."The senate funding helps complete an important, potentially lifesaving project without further burdening local property taxes," Seward said.

December 1, 2005

Seward Outlines City Steps On Gilboa Dam

New York State Senator James L. Seward today released the text of a letter he has sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging the mayor to adopt five key points in an action plan for the Gilboa Dam."The city has been appropriately cautious and that's commendable," Seward said. "But going forward, we need to build the new dam on five important blocks in the foundation. Based on the comments, concerns and suggestions from citizens and officials, I have urged the mayor to take the following steps:1.

November 30, 2005

Local Courts Get State Awards

ALBANY, 11/22/05 -- Area justice courts are in line for state grants under the state's justice court assistance program, Senator James L. Seward said today. The funding helps purchase equipment and facility upgrades under the 2005-2006 state budget. "The grants help local governments fulfill an important function of government -- provide local courts," Senator Seward said. "In addition, the funds help reduce pressure on local finances and local taxes.

November 22, 2005

A Thanksgiving Message

While I typically devote this section of the website to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, craft and pass laws that would improve our lives, this week I wanted to take a momentary departure to observe one of the governmental roots of Thanksgiving.

The following proclamation was issued by President George Washington in 1789, and is considered the first governmental observance of what we know today as Thanksgiving.

November 18, 2005

Seward Announces Education Grants

Senator James L. Seward today announced $205,000 in grants for area school districts for projects ranging from an after school program to emergency building expenses. Seward unveiled the awards at a ceremony at Oneonta's Greater Plains Elementary School. "All of these awards will help provide important local and educational services, reduce families' expenses, and reduce burdens on property taxpayers," Seward said.

November 17, 2005

Seward Sponsors Breast Cancer Screening, Forum

Area residents are invited to two local events on the topic of breast cancer sponsored by State Senator James L. Seward, Breast Cancer Options and the Greene County Healthy Women's Partnership. In addition, Seward is offering a special breast cancer screening through a mobile mammography van to those who sign up in advance.The screening will take place on Monday, November 14, at the Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy Street, Catskill, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Women who want to sign up for an exam should call 1-888-423-3366.

November 10, 2005

Seward Announces Local Economic Development Grants

LITTLE FALLS, 11/9/05 -- At a press conference today in Little Falls with the Herkimer County IDA and local officials, Senator James L. Seward today unveiled $100,000 in economic development initiatives through the state senate that will help retain and boost jobs in Herkimer County.Seward announced $50,000 for an expansion of N.E.P. Glass in a new location in the Town of Little Falls and $50,000 for Empire Fibreglass Products of Little Falls to acquire more production area. The funds, which will be administered by the Herkimer County IDA, will assist N.E.P.

November 9, 2005