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Cut Government Mandates - Save Local Tax Dollars

As local governments seek creative ways to save money they often look to the state for assistance.  One of the most important avenues I have long pursued is mandate relief.  During the recent special legislative session in Albany we were able to take a step in the right direction by passing a bill aimed at encouraging efficiencies that would ultimately benefit local property taxpayers.

November 13, 2009
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Full-Fledged Strategy Needed To Lift New York

ALBANY, 11/09/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor David Paterson’s budget message:

“While I appreciate the governor’s effort and stand ready to work with him, his budget plan lacks the comprehensive and complete strategy needed to solve New York’s fiscal challenges.

November 9, 2009
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Hands On The Wheel

A new law took effect this month which will increase safety on our highways in New York.  While it was already illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving, the new law also bans reading, typing and sending text messages while behind the wheel.  The law is meant to limit driver distraction and in turn enhance highway safety.   This measure is long overdue and one I have supported for several years.

Our lives are filled with distractions and as a result individuals have become accustomed to multi-tasking.  Certainly, this is a skill which comes in handy in many instances, but when driving a motor vehicle it is important to focus on a single pursuit – arriving safely at your destination.

November 6, 2009
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DEC Extends Public Comment Period For Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Regs

ONEONTA, 11/04/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) extension of the public comment period on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications. 

November 5, 2009
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New York's Greatest Export - People

As the birds fly south for the winter, they are joined by a host of New Yorkers.  While the birds will return when the weather improves next spring, the people are only coming back if our economy makes an about face.

According to a recently released study by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, we are losing residents in droves.  From 2000 to 2008, New York experienced the nation's largest loss of residents to other states—a net domestic migration outflow of over 1.5 million, or 8 percent of its population at the start of the decade.  This rate of loss means our most valuable resource, our people, is being eroded at an alarming pace.

October 30, 2009
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Don't Cut Public Out Of Gas Drilling Process

ONEONTA, 10/29/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold additional public hearings for those interested in commenting on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications. 

October 29, 2009
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Schuyler Lake Fire Department Construction Fund Receives Boost

SCHUYLER LAKE, 10/26/09 – Joined by members of the Schuyler Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, $15,000 to help with construction of a new fire station.

October 26, 2009
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Clean Water Projects Receive Stimulus Funds

10/23/2009 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today unveiled grant funds for clean water projects in Cooperstown and Richfield Springs.  New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Acting President Matthew Millea joined Senator Seward and other state and local dignitaries to announce the funding, provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

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October 24, 2009
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Flu Season

Each time you turn on the television, listen to your radio or open a newspaper you are inevitably bombarded with stories about the flu.  Certainly, this year more than any other time in recent memory, the warnings need to be taken seriously. 

First, we are dealing with more than one challenge this year.  The seasonal flu, a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses is making the rounds just like any other year.  Along with that threat, we are also combating H1N1, or the swine flu.

October 23, 2009
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October Is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

EDMESTON, 10/21/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined students and staff at Pathfinder Village in recognizing October as Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

October 22, 2009
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Dairy Farmers Make Their Plea - Forum At State Capitol Addresses Growing Milk Crisis

ALBANY, 10/19/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today heard from dairy farmers and industry leaders from across the state regarding the ongoing milk crisis which has been described as a “depression” for farmers.

“The stories of hardship experienced by many of our upstate farmers are heart-wrenching,” said Senator Seward.  “Many family farms that have been part of our landscape for generations have already disappeared, and if we fail to act now, more will be forced into foreclosure.”

October 19, 2009
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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and after my urging the governor to recognize this very special event, he has officially designated this Down Syndrome Awareness Month in New York state as well. 

In calling on the governor to make the official proclamation, I stressed the opportunity to increase awareness of Down syndrome and to promote inclusion and acceptance of individuals born with the condition.  I am pleased he accepted the opportunity and issued the statewide proclamation.

October 16, 2009
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Governor's DRP Misses The Mark

ONEONTA, 10/15/09— Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on the governor’s deficit reduction plan:

“Since last spring when the governor signed off on a record spending budget that raised taxes by more than $8 billion, I have been calling for commonsense cuts, tax rollbacks and real help for our small businesses to improve our state’s economy.  It’s about time the governor and other Democrat leaders who came up with the out of control budget get the message.

October 15, 2009
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Drug Dealers Protection Act Takes Hold

ONEONTA, 10/12/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) said today that thousands of drug felons are much closer to being set free and put back into our communities, as a result of drug law changes that senate Democrats pushed through as part of the 2009-10 state budget. 

October 12, 2009
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Steps To Economic Recovery

The governor recently ordered $500 million in across the board cuts to 2009-2010 state agency spending.  The directive focused on each agency’s non-personal service budget; in other words, operating costs outside of salary and benefits.  The targeted expenses include things like travel, printing, vehicles, leases, energy, postage, consultant contracts and equipment.  It is a step in the right direction, but it is only a step.

Each and every elementary school student at some point learns how to read and construct a pie chart.  Well, if we were creating such a chart to illustrate the steps to economic recovery needed in New York, state agency spending cuts would represent only a small sliver. 

October 9, 2009
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Seward Takes Message To The People

The Daily Mail

By Jim Planck

CATSKILL — State Senator James Seward, R-Oneonta, held a town hall meeting at Catskill Middle School Tuesday night, giving attendees an overview of the current condition of state government and fielding questions from constituents.

“It’s no secret that we’ve had a very busy and interesting time in Albany this year,” Seward said.

October 7, 2009
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What's In Your Mailbox?

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Over the past few years, at about this time, I have reminded homeowners to check their mailbox for their STAR rebate check.  Unfortunately, this year, no such reminder is needed.  Thanks to the governor and his Democrat colleagues, that check is not in the mail.

October 2, 2009
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Federal Farm Assistance Step In The Right Direction

ONEONTA, 10/02/09 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded anticipated federal funding aimed at assisting struggling dairy farmers and renewed his call for additional long term solutions. “The federal funding provides a quick infusion of cash that will help farmers with the ongoing milk price crisis,” said Senator Seward.  “Now we need to continue to work toward a viable, long term solution that will reestablish our farming future in upstate New York.”

October 2, 2009
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Seward Invites Public To Weigh In On Drilling

ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications. 

October 1, 2009
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Downtown Cortland Receives Improvement Funding

CORTLAND, 09/28/09 – Joined by area merchants and local community leaders, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, a $12,500 senate grant toward improvements throughout downtown Cortland.

September 28, 2009
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