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Mandate Relief On The Horizon

As local governments and school districts set to work preparing budgets for the next fiscal year, one term the public will hear quite a bit is “unfunded mandates.”  While you won’t find the phrase in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition really is quite simple.  Basically, an unfunded mandate is a requirement passed down from a higher authority with no money to pay for its implementation.

In many cases, such mandates come straight from Washington D.C.; other times Albany is the culprit.  While many may have respectable intentions, such as educating our children or providing public services, the result is that local governments are stuck with the cost of enacting the requirements.  Ultimately that cost is passed on to taxpayers.

October 21, 2010
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Socialize Safely In Cyberspace

The Internet is a revolutionary, world-changing innovation.  While it continues to enrich our lives in new and profound manners on a daily basis, there is a dark side that everyone should keep in mind.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The goal – encourage people to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. 

October 14, 2010
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Clean Water Flows In Tompkins County

Ithaca Journal

Slaterville Springs, 10/08/10 - Longtime Slaterville Springs residents remember what happened in 1990 when a bridge project over Six Mile Creek punctured their aquifer and left 15-to-20 homes with no water -- the county had to bring in a pump to supply residents with water for almost a year, said Tompkins County Legislator Frank Proto, R-Caroline and Danby.

October 12, 2010
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Economic Boost For The Mohawk Valley

The Telegram

Ilion, 10/07/10 — Fermer Precision has partnered with a downstate company for a new product line.

Mark Cushman, vice president of operations at Fermer Precision, said its workers will make power transmission components that will be assembled by Rockland Standard Gear, located in Sloatsburg in Rockland County.

“It’s a real exciting day for two great New York state companies,” he said.

State Senator James Seward, R,C,I - Milford, took a tour of the facility before the start of the conference.

October 7, 2010
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to remind women to get mammograms.  It is also a perfect time to highlight a valuable resource available in New York – the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 39,840 women are expected to die from the disease in 2010 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

September 30, 2010
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Seward Ensures Timely Completion Of Otsego County Bridge Project

ONEONTA, 09/30/10 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) announced today that replacement of an Otsego County bridge has been expedited due to recent discussions with the local utility.

“A reconstructed Brooker Hollow Road bridge will provide safe passage to school students, families and individuals who rely on the span on a daily basis,” said Senator Seward.  “Completing the job as quickly as possible will alleviate any long term inconvenience.”

September 29, 2010
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Property Tax Cap Long Overdue

As school property tax bills arrive in mailboxes across upstate New York the volume of phone calls, e-mails and letters from concerned homeowners to my office rises daily.  The message from many is simple: “I don’t know how I am going to pay this bill.” 

Several dynamics are factoring in this year, creating some of the highest tax bills in our state’s history.

September 23, 2010
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Seward Makes Grade With Business Leaders

Unemployment in New York State is hovering at just over 8 percent according to recently released figures from the State Labor Department.  While we are doing somewhat better than the nation as a whole (9.6 percent unemployment rate for the month of August) it is not nearly good enough.

I have been fighting hard for necessary job creation tools that will help jumpstart our upstate economy and put New Yorkers back to work.  Recently, the Business Council of New York State recognized me for my record of standing up for measures that will help create jobs while consistently voting against higher taxes and out of control state spending.

The Business Council’s Voters' Guide is based on sponsorship and floor votes on various economic bills, including:

September 16, 2010
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Seward Surveys Safety Concerns At Greene County Hiking Area

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

HUNTER, 09/15/10 — NYS Senator James Seward, R-Milford, and NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, met with emergency response leaders and local government officials in the Town of Hunter on Tuesday to discuss how to increase safety for hikers in the Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Falls areas.

The meeting came in the wake of recent fatalities in both areas, and Seward has called for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate what can be done to ensure hikers on State Forest Preserve lands do not fall to their deaths.

“We’re here to gather facts, information, and ammunition,” said Seward, “so that we can continue to press our case with DEC to take some action.”

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September 15, 2010
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Pay A Visit To Your Local Library

As children head back to school, there is no shortage of interests competing for their time.  New friends, homework, sports and other extracurricular activities all have their place and each helps play a part in developing a well-rounded, successful child.  One pursuit that should also be added to the list is a trip to the local library.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time to make sure that all children have the smartest card of all – a library card.   Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. 

September 9, 2010
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Tips For Selecting Quality Day Care

Quality child care can assist parents in building their children’s self esteem, teach them how to get along with others and encourage them to explore the world around them.  Quality programs also provide a warm, nurturing environment where children feel secure and comfortable.  Some excellent programs have only a few children and are run from the provider’s home.  Other fine programs have many children and are located in large centers.  Finding the right program for you and your child may be hard work, but it’s worth the effort.

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September 2, 2010
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Seward Warns of Looming Clothing Tax

ONEONTA, 08/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is advising  families to do their back-to-school shopping as soon as possible in order to avoid a sales tax on clothing that will take another bite out of their finances after it goes into effect on October 1.     

August 30, 2010
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Move Over For Emergency Vehicles

Each and every day thousands of law enforcement and emergency workers risk their lives to protect the citizens of New York.  Throughout my time in the state senate, I have proudly partnered with these brave, caring men and women on a number of initiatives to assist them in performing their critical duties.

August 26, 2010
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Business Boost For The Mohawk Valley

“Bringing down the cost of doing business is the critical component of job creation in upstate New York.  That is why I have strongly advocated extending municipal electric service from the Village of Frankfort to the Frankfort 5S Business Park.  With final approval from the New York State Public Service Commission, the business park will now be equipped to offer manufacturers and other prospective tenants low cost power to go along with excellent transportation routes and a first-class local workforce.  All things considered, the “Pumpkin Patch” is now one of the premier sites for economic development in the Mohawk Valley.”

 

August 20, 2010
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Seward Named "Hero of Reform"

ONEONTA, 08/16/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that he has pledged his support to the “New York Uprising” reform agenda and has been named a Hero of Reform by the grassroots effort.

“I have fought for a number of key reforms during my time in the state senate,” said Senator Seward.  “With my support, legislation has been approved to open up the state budget process, create a more transparent senate and clean up Albany.  Unfortunately, over the last two years, one party rule has dominated state government and many of the landmark reforms have been ignored.”    

August 17, 2010
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Veterans ID Cards Available

ONEONTA, 08/16/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that military veterans in need of a new “ID” card can seek assistance in Oneonta this week.

Representatives from the Albany VA Hospital will be in Oneonta at the Veteran’s Club, 279 Chestnut Street, Thursday, August 19th from 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Officials will be taking ID photos during the event.  Veterans are asked to bring their DD214 or discharge papers. 

August 19, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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State Budget Disappoints

Finally, after long last, a state budget has received approval in Albany.  The spending plan was adopted 125 days late but all of that extra time did nothing to help generate a budget that New Yorkers can be proud of.

For the second year in a row, Albany leaders thumbed their noses at the concept of transparency.  In direct violation of the 2007 Budget Reform Law, the governor, and leaders in the assembly and senate huddled behind closed doors to fabricate the $136 billion plan.  Instead of convening open, bi-partisan conference committees to negotiate spending in full view of the public, three men from New York City decided they knew best. 

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August 5, 2010
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Budget Comes In Late, Comes Up Short

ONEONTA, 08/04/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the special legislative session and final approval of the state budget:

"Over four months past the April 1st deadline New York finally has a state budget, but the extra wait hardly helped produce a quality spending plan.  For the second year in a row, the state is being treated to a budget fabricated behind closed doors that raise taxes, spends at an unsustainable rate and fails to create any new jobs or improve New York’s economy.

August 4, 2010
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Springbrook Expansion to Bring Jobs, Improve Quality of Life for Developmentally Disabled Students and Families

“The Springbrook expansion will change lives for the better on several levels and will pay future dividends, both economically and socially.  The project will provide quality jobs at a time when the area economy needs a boost.  It will produce long term savings to the state, something every single taxpayer can appreciate.  And, most important, the expansion will improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families," said Senator Seward.

 

Springbrook project expected to create jobs, add school

By Jake Palmateer

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July 30, 2010
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Safety Review of Popular Greene County Hiking Trail Needed

ONEONTA, 07/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review safety measures at the Devil’s Kitchen hiking area in the Town of Hunter. 

“Two fatal hiking accidents this year at Devil’s Kitchen have prompted concerns that must be evaluated,” said Senator Seward.  “The Department of Environmental Conservation should take steps to assess the trail’s safety and to ensure proper warnings are present.”

July 29, 2010
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