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Seward Unveils New York Health Care Freedom Act

ALBANY, 04/14/10 – In an effort to protect health care options in New York, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today proposed a state constitutional amendment that would permit New York residents to opt out of the federally mandated requirement to purchase health insurance.

April 14, 2010
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Census - Count Me In

In case you haven’t heard, we are in the midst of counting everyone who lives in the United States, and your participation is needed and encouraged.  The census includes citizens and non-citizens – people of all ages, races and ethnic groups.  It is vital that everyone take part.

April 12, 2010
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Release State Funds - Get Construction Jobs Moving

ONEONTA, 04/08/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) says the late state budget is now jeopardizing thousands of jobs and putting public safety at risk.

“The lack of urgency shown by some in Albany to set to work on a state budget is now sending individuals to the unemployment line,” said Senator Seward.  “We need to start public conference committees immediately and complete a state budget to avoid a total state shut down.”

Along with pressing for ramped up budget work, Senator Seward is also calling on the governor to reverse his recent decision to suspend payments for ongoing state-funded capital construction projects until a new state budget is in place.   

April 8, 2010
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Crack Down on Sex Offenders

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.  The goal is to raise public awareness about sexual violence, focusing on sexual assault and rape, while at the same time, educating communities and individuals about how to prevent such horrific acts.

April 1, 2010
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Stronger Laws Needed To Lock Up Sex Offenders

ILION, 04/01/10 – At the start of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today introduced legislation to increase penalties for sex criminals.  The legislation comes in the wake of the recent indictment of Jeremy Snyder, a registered level-two sex offender charged with felony rape of an underage girl in Herkimer County. “This case is especially troubling, as this adult knowingly preyed on young girls after having been already convicted of a sex offense against a minor,” Senator Seward said.

April 1, 2010
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Two-Wheel Safety

The snow has melted (for the most part) and Spring has finally arrived.  One of the best ways to celebrate the change in season is by pulling the bicycle out of the garage and taking a ride.  Whether on your own, or with family or friends, a bike ride is a great way to get out and explore the neighborhood, and at the same time, improve your fitness.

One of the first things to take into account before hitting the road is your equipment.  If your bike has been stored away for the last few months it is essential that you perform some routine maintenance.  Here is a short check list to help get you started:

March 25, 2010
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Springbrook Set To Expand - Boosts Economy, Enhances Services For Children

By Denise Richardson

The Daily Star

A proposed school for autistic children will create 112 jobs, fuel the local economy and provide instruction and care for pupils sent to other states for services.

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March 24, 2010
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Medicaid Reform Equals Substantial Savings

Several weeks ago I detailed the need for Medicaid reform with a renewed focus on fraud and abuse of the system.  At the time, a special task force set to work searching for real savings.  The task force held hearings around the state and solicited expert opinion from those on the front line, district attorneys, county executives and other experts.  Now an initial report has been released.

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Combating Medicaid Fraud in New York State

March 19, 2010
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Save Now - $500 million in Medicaid Reforms

ALBANY, 03/17/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues in announcing results of a preliminary report on Medicaid fraud in New York along with specific proposals to save half a billion dollars in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

March 16, 2010
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Seward Celebrates Agriculture Literacy Week

By Susan CamprielloHudson-Catskill Newspapers

Students at Catskill Elementary School learned Monday the importance of trees to the environment and economy during a special Agricultural Literacy Week story hour. State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Oneonta, was the event’s guest reader.

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March 16, 2010
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Property Tax Relief is Overdue

For many people the great American dream is to own a home.  Unfortunately, once you achieve that dream in New York, the nightmare known as property taxes can keep you up at night.  According to the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group based in Washington, D.C., New York routinely leads the nation when it comes to high property taxes.  In fact, between 1977 and 2008, the Empire State ranked first of second in the country for its state-local tax burden compared to the U.S. average. 

March 11, 2010
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Education & Business Partner in Greene County

By Doron Tyler Antrim

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

GREENVILLE — A start-up biotechnology company is establishing a business incubator at Greenville High School, in what’s being hailed as a groundbreaking move that will enhance the relationship between educators and entrepreneurs.

March 11, 2010
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Strengthen Domestic Violence Laws

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, and there are more than 400,000 domestic violence incidents in New York state each year.  In addition, fifty percent of all women murdered in New York State are killed as a result of domestic violence.

March 4, 2010
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Budget Work Cannot Wait

ALBANY, 03/03/10 – State senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called for a full court press on development of the 2010-2011 budget. “The budget deadline is less than a month away and to date, very little has been accomplished concerning the 2010-2011 state budget.  We need to move forward now with a complete review of the governor’s proposal and set to work amending the plan for final approval.  Today’s five-way leaders meetings is a start, but we need to ramp up the work load.

March 2, 2010
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Seward Bands With Farmers - Fights Farm Labor Bill

ALBANY, 03/01/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today participated in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on senate bill 2247b, also known as the Farm Worker Fair Labor Practice Act.

“The bill, supported mainly by New York City politicians, would force farms to close, and drive one more industry, our top industry, out of New York state,” said Senator Seward.  “Ultimately, farm workers, who the bill is aimed at protecting, would wind up on the unemployment line, costing all New Yorkers.”

March 1, 2010
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Family Health Care Decisions Act

Imagine someone you love is incapacitated and unable to make decisions concerning his own well being.  Now imagine that there is no way you can help this individual because the proper paper work is not in place.  Even though you know very well the wishes of your loved one, your hands are tied. 

February 25, 2010
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Seward Takes In Student Masterpieces

ALBANY, 02/23/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today proudly welcomed students from Cairo-Durham Central School and Frankfort-Schuyler Central School to Albany for the New York State Art Teachers Association 20th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibit.

February 23, 2010
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The Future of Farming

As our world evolves and technological advances propel us forward at lightning speed, one constant remains – agriculture.  No matter how smart our cell phones become or how large our television screens grow,  agriculture persists as the economic, social and environmental binding force. 

February 18, 2010
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CPI gets $40,000 for Main Street

By Patsy Nicosia

Times Journal

COBLESKILL -- Cobleskill Partnership Inc.’s efforts to dress up Main Street got a welcome shot in the arm Friday when State Senator Jim Seward delivered a check for $40,000.

The grant will go toward CPI’s popular façade program, said President Brian Kaiser, with a portion set aside specifically for work on the Newberry’s building.

“I’m a firm believer that downtowns and Main Streets are the real heart of our upstate communities,” Senator Seward told a crowd of about 30 CPI members and SUNY Cobleskill representatives.

February 11, 2010
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Move 9/11 Terror Trials

Every American remembers certain moments in our nation’s history.  They remember where they were, they remember whom they were with.  These are the moments that define our country; exciting events like the Apollo moon landing, tragic occurrences like the assassination of President Kennedy and in our more recent history, the 9/11 terror attacks.

February 11, 2010
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