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Seward Pledges Real Property Tax Relief Through Major Medicaid Reform

ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.

“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward.  “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”

October 17, 2011
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Eye Exam Not Optional For Driving

ONEONTA, 10/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation requiring New York’s drivers to pass eye exams in order to renew their licenses. The legislation is in response to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ rash plan to eliminate the eye exam requirement.

“Operating a motor vehicle requires several skills starting with accurate eye sight,” said Senator Seward.  “Dropping the eye exam requirement for drivers is a roadmap to disaster and that is why I am co-sponsoring legislation (S.5904) that would guarantee this essential safety measure is not kicked to the curb.”

October 7, 2011
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DMV Plan To Drop Vision Tests Is Short-sighted

ONEONTA, 09/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to reverse plans to eliminate vision test requirements for drivers renewing their licenses.

“The DMV’s plan to drop eye tests for a driver license renewal is short-sighted and reckless,” said Senator Seward.  “Clear vision is essential for safe driving.  Allowing motorists to get behind the wheel with even a hint of question in regard to their eye sight is irresponsible.”

DMV Commissioner Barbara Fiala announced earlier this week the department’s plan to change its regulations so that motorists no longer have to submit to a simple eye test before they have their license renewed.

September 29, 2011
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Windham Flood Relief Receives Boost From Guardian

WINDHAM, 09/22/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with The Guardian Life Insurance Company in announcing special funding to assist flood victims in storm damaged Windham.

“Guardian is setting the example for how good neighbors treat one another in times of tragedy,” Seward said. “Touring storm damaged portions of my district, including Windham, I have witnessed people banding together – neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers – with a common goal of rebuilding.  Guardian is clearly on the front line of the reconstruction effort.”

September 23, 2011
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Seward Applauds National Grid's Emergency Economic Development Proposal

COBLESKILL, 09/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined officials with National Grid in announcing economic development aid for upstate communities hit hardest by recent storms.

“Our small businesses and farmers, many who have lost everything in the wake of Irene and Lee, are working diligently to rebuild.  Small towns and villages are also faced with a monumental task of repairing damaged infrastructure,” said Senator Seward.  “With budgets already stretched to the max, financial assistance is needed to help make people whole and I am pleased National Grid is stepping up to help energize the rebuilding effort.”

September 21, 2011
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Insurance Dept. MCC Returns To Greene, Schoharie Counties

ONEONTA, 09/19/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the New York State Insurance Department Mobile Command Center (MCC) will make additional stops in Greene County and Schoharie County to assist residents and business owners with insurance questions they may have following recent storms and flooding.

“As I continue to tour and meet with those who suffered storm damage it is clear additional support is needed to answer insurance questions,” said Senator Seward.  “The State Insurance Department Mobile Command Center is a tremendous resource and I am pleased to see it deployed once again to hard hit areas in my district.”

September 19, 2011
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Glimmerglass Festival Set To Expand

COOPERSTOWN, 09/17/11 – The Glimmerglass Festival hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking with State Senator James L. Seward on the planned future site of the company’s new rehearsal hall Saturday morning at 4152 U.S Highway 20 in Warren, New York.

“I very much recognize that not only is Glimmerglass a cultural icon, it is a big part of our economic region,” said Senator Seward. “People come here from all over the world to visit the opera. While they are here, they stay in our hotels and bed & breakfasts, dine in our restaurants and frequent our shops.”

September 19, 2011
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Herkimer County Added To FEMA Aid List

ONEONTA, 09/15/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance in the wake of Irene and Lee. Herkimer County was recently added to the list of counties eligible for both individual and public assistance as a result of Hurricane Irene. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery.  I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Seward.

September 15, 2011
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Additional Counties To Receive Federal Disaster Aid

ONEONTA, 09/13/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that additional federal aid is now available for residents and business owners that suffered flood damage as a result of Tropical Storm Lee.

“FEMA assistance is already helping many who suffered damage after Tropical Storm Irene tore through our region, now those hit a week later by Tropical Storm Lee will also receive assistance in rebuilding,” said Senator Seward. “I joined Governor Cuomo on an aerial tour of much of the damaged region and together we witnessed the flood devastation. I appreciate the governor’s advocacy in securing additional federal aid for those in need.”

September 13, 2011
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CWC Grants Will Help Rebuild Main Streets

ONEONTA, 09/13/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commended the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) for approving a special grant program for small businesses devastated by recent storms and flooding.

“As I toured communities ravaged by Tropical Storms Irene and Lee and met with business owners who have lost their livelihoods, each indicated the desire to rebuild but many lacked the means,” said Senator Seward.  “One of my first calls was to the Catskill Watershed Corporation seeking their assistance and I am pleased to learn of their swift and generous response.”

September 13, 2011
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Insurance MCC Dispatched To Greene & Schoharie Counties

ONEONTA, 09/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the New York State Insurance Department Mobile Command Center (MCC) will be in Greene County and Schoharie County to assist residents and business owners with questions they may have following recent storms and flooding.

“While touring storm damaged towns many of those who have lost everything expressed the need for some help in contacting their insurance companies,” said Senator Seward. “Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky joined me in meeting with many storm victims and I want to thank him for his quick response to their needs by dispatching the mobile command center.”

September 11, 2011
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"New York Remembers" Exhibitions Commemorate Tenth Anniversary Of September 11th

ONEONTA, 09/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today reminded New Yorkers that thirty “New York Remembers” exhibitions are now open statewide marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

“A decade has passed since the cowardly 9/11 attacks on America changed our lives forever,” said Senator Seward.  “Each and every community across our state felt the impact of that horrific day and in the days following the attacks, leaned on one another for support and compassion. I applaud Governor Cuomo for involving locations statewide in this tenth anniversary memorial – we shall never forget.”

September 9, 2011
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Important Insurance Information For Those Recovering From Irene

ONEONTA, 09/08/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today offered information provided by the New York Insurance Association (NYIA) for those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene in regard to filing an insurance claim or receiving other recovery assistance funding.

September 8, 2011
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Area Counties Included In Federal Disaster Declaration

ONEONTA, 09/05/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery.  I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Senator Seward.

Those who have suffered damage are able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).  Registration forms and additional information can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

September 6, 2011
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Permit Suspension Prudent Course Of Action

ONEONTA, 09/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commended the decision to suspend certain permit requirements as homeowers and municipal workers rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

"As property owners work to safely return to their homes and local officials perform needed emergency repairs there is no time to wade through bureaucratic red tape,” said Senator Seward.  “Putting certain permitting requirements on hold removes a roadblock to recovery and allows vital work to take place immediately.”

September 1, 2011
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Seward Views Storm Damage

PRATTSVILLE, 08/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for a tour of flood ravaged portions of upstate New York.

“The devastation is utterly astonishing,” said Senator Seward. “My heart goes out to the families and individuals who are demonstrating such amazing courage and fortitude in the face of this tragedy.

“I also want to commend the first responders, National Guard members and local elected officials who have worked tirelessly around the clock to protect life and property before, during and after the storm.”

August 31, 2011
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Seward Appeals To Governor For Additional Disaster Relief

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called on Governor Cuomo to support legislation for New York State to cover local expenses to repair public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“At a time when local government officials are already working on the thinnest of margins, adding the repair costs associated with Hurricane Irene could be devastating for many small, rural municipalities,” said Senator Seward.  “The state’s emergency response to Hurricane Irene has been professional and swift, now long-term financial assistance is needed to help communities rebuild.”

August 29, 2011
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Steps To Rebuild Following Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the efforts of Governor Cuomo and other state and local officials in continuing to keep residents informed of steps to take following Hurricane Irene.  Below is a press release issued by the governor’s office which includes vital information in regard to property losses and insurance claims.

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

August 29, 2011
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Statement on Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the effects of Hurricane Irene and the ongoing clean-up:

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene my thoughts and prayers go out to the many families and communities that have suffered significant losses and continue to cope with the aftermath of the storm. 

August 29, 2011
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Prepare For Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene may bring our area some rain and wind. We don’t know yet. But it’s wise to plan ahead.

August 26, 2011
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