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Seward Calls For Help For Overburdened Taxpayers

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.

June 4, 2009

Seward And Butler Take You Out To The Ballgame

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.

June 2, 2009

Keep Drug Dealers Out Of Schools

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.

May 28, 2009

Stop Drug Dealers From Working At Schools, Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes

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.

May 26, 2009

Seward Pays Tribute To Fallen Otsego County Soldier

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.

May 26, 2009

Open Your Wallets on June 1st

 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.

May 21, 2009

Senator Seward Invites Nominees for "Women of Distinction"

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.

May 15, 2009

MTA Bailout Lets Down Upstate

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.

May 14, 2009

Change Needed In Volunteer Firefighter Driver Requirements

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.

May 12, 2009

Fight For STAR

  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.

May 7, 2009

Seward Launches Petition Drive To Restore STAR Rebate Checks

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.”

May 7, 2009

Seward Opposes MTA Bailout

ALBANY, 05/06/09— Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on the MTA bailout deal:

“Just like the ill-advised state budget, the MTA bailout was negotiated in secret, will drive up taxes statewide and cost New York business heavily.

May 6, 2009

Summer DEC Camperships Now Available

ALBANY, 05/04/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited area youth to apply for DEC environmental education camp.

May 4, 2009

State Funding Assists Livestock Farmers

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.’’

May 4, 2009

Wanted: Stimulus Accountability

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?

May 1, 2009

Seward Meets With Herkimer Chamber

Middleville, N.Y. - The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce held its 41st annual Membership Meeting Luncheon Thursday at the Crystal Chandelier Restaurant on Route 28.

Executive Director John Scarano started off the meeting by congratulating the nearly 500-member-strong Chamber on its continued success despite the hardships that the current economic conditions have inflicted on small businesses around the country. He stated, “Herkimer County is a place where businesses can grow in a caring, compassionate environment, in a county where dreams can come true.”

April 30, 2009

Local Infrastructure Projects Receive Funding

 ONEONTA, 05/01/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) today announced the award of federal funding for infrastructure projects throughout the 51st district.

April 30, 2009

Senator Seward Joins Greene County In Supporting Autism Awareness

COXSACKIE - More than 250 supporters of autism awareness came out Sunday afternoon to walk for the cause in Coxsackie.

The walk kicked off just after 2 p.m. in front of the Coxsackie Village Hall on Mansion Street, with Autism Connection of Greene County President CarolAnn Luccio leading the way.

Greene County legislators were also on hand to present a check for $3,080 from the Greene County Youth Fund to The Autism Connection. The check is part of a total of $5,580 provided by Greene County.

April 27, 2009

Senator Seward Meets With Tompkins County Students

Students from the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES New Visions Program visited Albany on Tuesday and met with state Sens. James L. Seward, R-51st Dist., and George Winner, R-53rd Dist.

High school seniors from schools throughout Tompkins and Seneca counties met with the senators to discuss their program, which focuses on environmental and agricultural sciences.

"These students, who are all on their way to college next year, are our next generation of leaders," Seward said. "I appreciate hearing their thoughts on the environment, the economy and other current issues."

April 24, 2009

STAR Has Fallen

Senate Democrats held a recent press conference in New York City touting a plan to revive the STAR property tax rebate checks.  Unfortunately this is nothing more than a desperate attempt to divert attention from their votes to eliminate the tax relief program.  They stole the car last month.  Now they want to return it.

April 23, 2009