Crucial funding to support local highway improvements has been included in the recently adopted 2015–16 state budget, including a pothole fund, according to State Senator James L. Seward.
The 2015-16 state budget makes a record investment of $488 million to support local highway, road, and bridge repair projects including $438 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding. Continue reading
By Sen. James Seward
The new state budget which was just passed in Albany addresses a number of the leading concerns people discuss with me on a daily basis.
The spending plan includes tax relief for hardworking families, a substantial increase ($1.4 billion) in school aid, help for those pursuing a college education, and key investments in our infrastructure. Continue reading
By Jay Lawson
A bipartisan group of 114 New York State legislators, along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state, has joined together in calling for increased state funding for local highway improvements.
State Senator James Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was among them, as the coalition was announced on Wednesday, March 4.
“Motorist safety and economic vitality depend on the condition of these roads and the state must step up and fund [their maintenance],” he said. Continue reading
by Sen. James L. Seward
A number of important issues are under discussion in Albany and development of the state budget is at the top of the list.
With just over a month to go before the March 31st deadline to complete work on the 2015–2016 New York State budget, the pace in Albany is starting to quicken.
My goal is to adopt an on-time spending plan that addresses the concerns that individuals discuss with me on a daily basis. Continue reading
By Sen. James L. Seward
As work on the state budget picks up steam, a great deal of attention will focus on the education portion of the spending plan.
This is a key area for a number of reasons.
The state support provided to schools helps districts educate our young people and prepare them for their next educational step or career opportunity.
Funds that flow from the state also have a major impact on local property taxes. Continue reading
By Sen. James L. Seward
A great many strides have been made in New York in recent years but true challenges lie ahead.
Like an artist, we start with the outline, which we have sketched out over the last few years.
While the outline is pretty good—four consecutive on-time state budgets, an end to runaway state spending, the lowest middle class taxes in sixty years, and a concentration on economic development—these are just the broad brushstrokes. Continue reading
Even though winter is still a few weeks away, the first chilly signs are being felt and a few snowflakes have been spotted in the air.
Skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice fishing and other winter recreational activities await here in upstate New York.
Unfortunately, the cold temperatures lead to an indoor activity none of us are too fond of—paying the heating and electric bills. Continue reading