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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, March 4, 2013 Room 124 CAP

March 4, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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Senator Seward Seeks "Women of Distinction" Nominees

ONEONTA, 02/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today plans for the state senate’s annual Women of Distinction celebration.

The senate will honor distinguished women from throughout the state at a May 7th Albany reception, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the exceptional contributions of exemplary New York women.

February 20, 2013
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February 14, 2013
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Cortland County Receives $6 Million Emergency Services Grant

ALBANY, 02/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today congratulated Cortland County on the receipt of a $6 million grant through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program to upgrade emergency communications.

“Emergency responders depend on a reliable communication network to do their job and save lives,” said Senator Seward.   “This grant award, the second received by Cortland County, will not only help protect homes and businesses but also means that firefighters, ambulance workers and police will be safer when answering emergency calls.  The funding also saves taxpayers from a major expense.”

February 12, 2013
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Moravia School Officials Join Seward At Capitol

ALBANY, 02/11/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today met with school officials from Moravia Central School at the Capitol in Albany. 

“After traveling to Moravia recently for a tour of the school and a chance to speak with students, teachers and administrators, I was pleased the contingent from Moravia Central School returned the favor by visiting me at the Capitol,” said Senator Seward.  “As I work to negotiate a state budget that meets the needs of our students, and helps hold the line on property taxes, it is important to hear, first-hand, from the educators and administrators on the front line.”

February 11, 2013
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Seward Convinces NYSEG To Improve Service In Laurens

ONEONTA, 02/11/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that after making multiple appeals, NYSEG is scheduled to take several steps to improve electrical service in the Town and Village of Laurens in Otsego County.

Senator Seward has met with local officials and New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) representatives to discuss the high number of outages within the Laurens area and call for service upgrades to improve reliability.

February 11, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, February 11, 2013 Room 124 CAP

Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin M. Lawsky will appear before the committee.

February 11, 12:30 PM - 1:07 PM
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Education Budget Proposal Under Review

 

SCHOHARIE, 02/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today made a special budget presentation to school superintendents and board of education members from Schoharie County school districts.  Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) joined Senator Seward for the presentation which focused on the governor’s 2013-2014 budget proposal and its impact on rural school districts.

February 6, 2013
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Turn Out The Lights On New York's Energy Tax

 

ALBANY, 02/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced opposition to the governor’s proposed extension of a utility tax surcharge which would cost businesses and homeowners almost $3 billion over the next five-years.

“I voted against this hidden fee when it was first adopted several years ago, called for its repeal,  and don’t want to see it imposed on rate payers a day longer than planned,” said Senator Seward.  “New York’s utility rates are among the highest in the nation, and if we are truly going to be open for business, we need to take meaningful steps to lower those costs.”

February 5, 2013
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Seward Starts Fine Tuning State Budget

 

ALBANY, 02/04/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to three key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications.  Senator Seward will serve on the education, health and higher education & arts sub-committees.

“State expenditures on education and health are leading concerns and effect a number of economic sectors,” said Senator Seward.  “Spending decisions made at the Capitol in these areas greatly influence the budgets of local schools, households, and governments.  Small business owners also closely monitor these issues because they impact their ability to operate and expand.

February 4, 2013
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/29/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2013 – 2014 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 29, 2013
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Governor's Budget Proposal Strikes The Right Themes

ALBANY, 01/22/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“Fiscal responsibility has been a key phrase in Albany over the last two years and this year’s budget proposal from the governor appears to maintain that goal.  Overall, I was pleased with the spending plan which offers a sound baseline to build on as we embark on budget negotiations.

January 22, 2013
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Senator Seward Says 2013 Time To "Tap Our Full Potential"

 

ONEONTA, 01/17/13 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2013 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today focused on the next steps to “tapping our full potential.”  Seward detailed his priorities which include passing comprehensive mandate relief measures to assist local governments and schools, further adjustments to the state education aid formula, and additional steps to bolster the state’s economic development growth.

January 22, 2013
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Statement from Senator Seward

 

ALBANY, 01/14/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on gun control legislation adopted by the senate:

 

“The rights of law abiding citizens who use firearms for sport, protection, and collection have suffered a considerable blow.  While the newly minted gun control laws offer some increased penalties for criminal use of guns and take a step toward keeping weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill, they overstep in many ways.

January 15, 2013
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State of State Reaction

 

ALBANY, 01/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“New York is headed in the right direction financially thanks in part to a strong working relationship between the legislature and Governor Cuomo that has evolved over the last two years.  As we embark on the 2013 legislative session I anticipate additional collaborations that will bring further improvements.

“The governor’s pledge to continue to hold the line on taxes is one I wholeheartedly endorse.  This has been a key piece of our state’s rebuilding foundation and one that must remain if we are to make further strides.

January 9, 2013
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Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012
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Thruway Toll Hike Plan Ditched

ONEONTA, 12/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the Thruway Authority’s announcement terminating plans to raise tolls on commercial vehicles:

“When the Thruway Authority floated a proposal to hike tolls on trucks and other commercial vehicles I was among a loud chorus of elected officials, business leaders and concerned citizens denouncing the plot.  

“Abandoning this ill-conceived toll hike plan is the right thing to do.  The Thruway Authority, like the rest of state government, needs to focus on cost saving measures to right the fiscal ship, instead of simply hiking the cost of doing business in New York.

December 17, 2012
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Seward Taps Into New Business

 

ONEONTA, 12/05/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today marked “Repeal Day” by visiting the under-construction Roots Brewing Company in Oneonta.

“Repeal Day” commemorates the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5th, 1933 ending prohibition.

New York’s craft brewing industry is expanding statewide, with several growing breweries locally,” said Senator Seward.  "Microbreweries and brewpubs, like Roots, meld together small business and agriculture while also expanding on the tourist trade - all mainstays of our local economy.”

December 5, 2012
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Historic Bipartisan Leadership Partnership Announced

 

ONEONTA, 12/05/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the announcement of a bipartisan partnership to govern the New York State Senate:

“Ensuring New York offers opportunities for future success – that’s what residents of the 51st senate district want and that’s what I care about.  The new bipartisan leadership coalition will produce those opportunities.

December 4, 2012
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