CATSKILL — State legislators representing Greene County agreed that consolidation of municipal governments and services could alleviate property tax increases, but hope certain changes can be made to the bill before it is sent to Gov. David A. Paterson for signature.
The New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act passed a June 1 state Senate vote of 46-16.
It passed a June 3 vote in the state Assembly of 118-26.
For those of you who have been following state politics recently you are almost certainly aware of the new state budget enacted at the beginning of April. I voted against this plan for several reasons. It taxes too much, fails to create much needed upstate jobs and it includes record state spending. These are among the reasons why New York is struggling right now with deep economic and fiscal issues. I believe, however, that we can turn things around and a new plan, the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA) is the start.
ALBANY, 06/04/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined his Republican colleagues in the senate in unveiling the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA), a five part program that addresses the causes of New York’s fiscal and economic problems – spending too much and taxing too much.
HERKIMER, 06/02/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Herkimer) today invited area baseball fans to join them for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs regular season opener on Friday, June 5th in Little Falls.
“I am excited to see the baseball season get underway for the Diamond Dawgs and look forward to joining their fans at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night,” said Senator Seward.
Each day when parents send their children off to school they worry about many things. Do they have their lunch? Have they finished their homework? Are they ready for their spelling test? But parents shouldn’t have to ask, “Is my child’s bus driver a drug dealer?” Unfortunately under a provision included in the new state budget, that final question will soon become a legitimate one.
ALBANY, 05/27/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is co-sponsoring a bill that would fix a dangerous problem created by the so-called Rockefeller drug law reforms enacted as part of the 2009-10 state budget. Under the budget measure which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their convictions when they apply for employment.
ALBANY, 05/26/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) this week presented the family of United States Army Corporal Michael Mayne with the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.
Senator Seward awarded the Liberty Medal to Corporal Mayne’s family during the Memorial Day services in Burlington Flats. Corporal Mayne was killed on February 23, 2009, while on patrol in Iraq.
Starting June 1st, New Yorkers will be shelling out more of their hard earned cash as a result of tax increases passed as part of the 2009-10 state budget. These new taxes are just one of several reasons why I voted no on the budget, and continue to look for new avenues of tax relief.
ALBANY, 05/15/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the state senate as a New York "Woman of Distinction."
The senate will honor distinguished women from throughout the state at a June 10 Albany reception, where each honoree's photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of exemplary New York women.
You may have read recently about the protracted debate in Albany concerning a bailout for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). You may have also thought because it was a New York City issue, the outcome wouldn’t affect you. Unfortunately, that is not entirely the case.
The MTA bailout, which was finally approved earlier this month, will have very real consequences for upstate New York residents. Consequences that hardly seem fair considering most upstate residents will never set foot on a subway, bus or train covered under the MTA banner.
ALBANY, 05/12/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a change in the vehicle and traffic law to allow volunteer emergency responders to operate fire trucks and other emergency vehicles without having to get commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL).
A little known 2005 amendment requires first responders to have CDLs to drive fire trucks except in the case of an emergency. The requirement means firefighters can drive to the scene of an emergency, but not back to the station. They are also unable to drive to training sessions or even in community parades.
Providing property tax relief to New York’s struggling homeowners has always been a top priority of mine. That’s why I was extremely disappointed when the governor decided to drop the STAR rebate check program from this year’s budget. Now, though, there is a ray of hope that the STAR checks can be revived.
ONEONTA, 05/07/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today launched a grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks important to middle class families. “Providing tax relief to New York’s struggling homeowners has always been one of my top priorities,” said Seward. “Families are struggling to make ends meet and the STAR rebate checks have provided real relief.”
New York livestock farmers may be moving closer to launching a slaughter and processing facility that will allow them to sell the meat raised on their farms.
The New York Farm Viability Institute recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Northeast Livestock Processing Service, to help livestock farmers improve profitability through sale of local, farm-raised meats.
Senator James L. Seward and Assemblymember Peter D. Lopez announced the grant funds at events on May 1 at the SUNY Cobleskill Meat and Fisheries Lab and at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County Agro-Forestry Center. Senator James L. Seward said. ``this initiative is about giving new life to livestock farmers in our region.’’
Billions of dollars in federal money is coming to New York as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This so-called federal stimulus money is intended to create jobs and help our economy bounce back. The governor has applauded the funding and announced lists of transportation projects for every region of the state. But just how many jobs are being created?