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Summer Time Is Fair Time

 Summer is in full swing and one of the best ways to spend a day or night in upstate New York is enjoying some time at the local county fair.  Young or old, there is nothing better than the enchanting sights along the midway, the lighthearted sound of children laughing with excitement, or the enticing aroma of sausage sandwiches and fried dough.

July 30, 2009
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Federal Transportation Funds Available

ONEONTA, 07/28/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced applications are being accepted to help local governments fund “shovel ready” transportation projects.

"Local governments are struggling to keep property taxes down while maintaining their transportation and infrastructure systems,” said Seward.  “Our upstate economy depends on well maintained highways to attract new companies and help existing businesses grow.  Quality of life issues and the safety of our residents are also at stake.”

July 28, 2009
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Dairy Crisis Looms

   In our ever evolving world, one thing has not changed: farming remains the number one industry in New York state.  Despite that fact, many of our hard working farmers are being forced out of business, while others are in need of a lifeline to preserve this time honored tradition.

July 23, 2009
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Radio Station Expansion Increases Public Safety

The Daily Star

By Denise Richardson

ONEONTA _ SUNY Oneonta's public-radio staff is working to broadcast beyond Oneonta and reach more of Otsego County, station and college administrators said Wednesday.

July 23, 2009
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New Utility Tax Takes Effect

The Daily Star

By Jake Palmateer

ONEONTA - Area residents are starting to see a new charge on their utility bills.

A "conservation assessment" and an increase in a fee to fund the Public Service Commission are resulting in a 2 percent increase in energy bills, according to National Grid and New York State Electric & Gas.

The utility increases will hit residents and businesses alike, said state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford.

"We estimate for a family, it could cost an additional $200 a year for electricity," Seward said. "For businesses, you get up into the thousands of dollars."

July 21, 2009
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Stimulus Setback

A couple of months ago I made a plea for genuine oversight of the federal stimulus dollars flowing into our state.  While the governor’s office did enact a few minor measures, real checks and balances have not been instituted.

July 16, 2009
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Seward Announces Local Housing Grants

ONEONTA, 07/16/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that local governments and not-for-profit housing organizations across the 51st senatorial district have been awarded over $3.6 million in grants to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.

July 16, 2009
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Seward Calls On Governor To Rethink Highway Signs

ONEONTA, 07/14/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the governor to stop wasting taxpayer money on needless road signs marking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects.

“A plan to post specially designed road signs identifying economic stimulus project work sites is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Senator Seward.  “I thought the idea behind the stimulus money was to get people back to work, not promote government.  These signs are simply a shameless plug that wastes the public’s money.  Try explaining to an out of work father or mother or a small businessman trying to afford health insurance for his employees how a big green sign is helping stimulate the economy.”

July 14, 2009
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Impasse Ends With Key Reforms

I am pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus, the new and improved New York State Senate is back in business.  Admittedly the Albany impasse lasted a bit longer than I had expected or hoped, but key reforms are now being enacted that will change the culture in the senate and clear the way for policy changes that will mean a great deal to upstate New York.

Since the start of the year the New York City political bosses ran the show in Albany and the results have not been good for upstate New York. 

July 10, 2009
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Impasse Ends; Coalition Wins Key Reforms

 ALBANY, 07/10/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the end of the senate impasse:

“The senate has returned to the people’s business after winning reforms to make the senate more transparent and accountable and limit the power of legislative leaders.  People will benefit from a more democratic, bipartisan institution.

July 10, 2009
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Stay Afloat On New York's Waterways

With summer here and long warm days ahead many people will be headed out on our numerous bodies of water to enjoy a day of boating.  Whether it is a lazy day on a sail boat, an adventure in a canoe or an exhilarating afternoon water skiing there is no better place to enjoy yourself than on the waterways of upstate New York.  Certainly though, many things should be considered before you set out.

July 3, 2009
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Long-Term Leadership Solution A Must

ALBANY, 07/02/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the fight for senate leadership:

“It is clear the stalemate in Albany has gone on too long.  We need a long-term bipartisan operating plan, so we can get back to the significant issues of our state.

July 1, 2009
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Seward Calls For Binding Arbitration To Settle Senate Leadership Dispute

ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the fight for senate leadership:

“It has become apparent that the governor’s calls for special sessions have not stopped the circus at the Capitol and more definitive action must be taken.  That’s why today I joined with my senate reform coalition colleagues in calling for binding arbitration to resolve the leadership dispute.

June 24, 2009
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Vital Local Bills Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on this week’s extraordinary session of the state senate:

“With all of the controversy surrounding senate leadership, the governor’s call of a special session did force all senators to be in the senate chamber at one time.

June 24, 2009
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Senate Reform Coalition Operating Agreement Would Allow Session To Move Forward In Bipartisan Fashion

ALBANY, 06/22/09 - The Senate Reform Coalition today proposed a new governing structure that provides for the bipartisan designation of committee co-chairs, equal membership on committees, equal resources for both conferences and a jointly prepared active list of legislation. The plan was developed in an effort to forge a bipartisan compromise that will enable the Senate session to move forward.

June 22, 2009
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Greene County Seniors Dish Up Some Winning Recipes

The Daily Mail

By Chris Redwing

CATSKILL — A lively and welcoming crowd, combined with a wide assortment of homemade dishes ranging from hearty pot roast to no-bake oatmeal cookies resulted in the rousing success of the first Senior Citizen Cookoff in roughly 30 years.

June 22, 2009
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Crack A Book This Summer

The school year is winding down and children across the state are on the cusp of summer vacation.  While this is certainly a time to enjoy the outdoors, family vacations and a few lazy days, I hope that families will take some time to stop by the local library and take part in the New York Statewide Summer Reading Program.

June 18, 2009
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Time Is Now For Real Reform

Recent events in Albany have sparked a new day of reform that will mean a great deal for the residents of New York state.  The changes came amidst a dramatic, historic week at the Capitol, and the results will mean a more open, transparent government that will provide equitable representation for all New Yorkers.

June 11, 2009
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NY Government Merger Bill Draws Criticism

The Daily Mail

By Susan Campriello

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.

June 10, 2009
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Drug Laws Worry Lawmakers

The Daily Star

By Jake Palmateer

A state law that took effect Monday allows some convicted felons to have criminal records hidden from prospective employers, including school districts, day-care centers and nursing homes.

June 9, 2009
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