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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
As work begins in Albany on the 2010-2011 state budget, one of our primary focuses is saving money. New reports of the budget deficit continue almost daily and the dollar amounts are staggering. Moving forward, we must review every possible money saving option.
ALBANY, 02/02/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a new Medicaid task force aimed at clamping down on fraud and saving state taxpayers money while at the same time creating a more efficient system for those in need of health services.
Statewide unemployment in New York recently reached nine percent. Last year, the state lost 269,000 jobs and the governor is already projecting that another 40,000 will be lost in 2010. It is clear that we need to reverse this trend. That’s why I am proposing a major new jobs initiative designed to jump start our economy and get people working.
The 2010 Job Creation & Retention Plan is a comprehensive recovery blueprint which would add no spending to the state budget and would pay for itself through increased jobs and revenue from economic growth.
ALBANY, 01/26 /10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York’s economy, reduce business taxes and create thousands of new jobs.
“This plan provides real incentives that will improve our economic climate and get people working,” said Senator Seward. “It includes targeted assistance that will enhance current businesses and foster new growth translating to real recovery here in New York.”
ONEONTA, 01/24/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that personal income tax forms are available at his district offices in Oneonta and Cortlandville.
“Each year more people are taking advantage of electronic tax filing, but for those who don’t have access to a computer, or simply want to put pen to paper, the forms are still available,” said Senator Seward.
Governor Paterson recently unveiled his 2010 – 2011 budget proposal and while some ideas merit further examination others must be dismissed entirely if we are to promote economic development and job growth in upstate New York.
ALBANY, 01/19/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on Gov. Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget proposal: “The governor hit on many of the right talking points, but the real question is whether he will follow through in the finished product. If past results are any indication, the answer is no.
As we work our way through another upstate New York winter there are many exciting outdoor pursuits to help pass the time. Skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice fishing and simply riding a sled in the backyard with the kids are just some of the activities so many of use enjoy.
Unfortunately, the cold temperatures lead to an indoor activity none of us are too fond of- paying the heating and electric bills. When the days are shorter and the temperatures colder the home energy bills can sky rocket. The good news is that there are steps you can take to help keep your costs under control.