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August 24, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 24, 2012

The Daily Star

The Daily Star — Seward is one of the good guys

In Albany there are plenty of villains and very few good legislators to go around. State Sen. Jim Seward is one of the good   guys.

Since being elected to the state Senate in 1986, he has been a champion of property tax reform. He strongly supported the   STAR program, the Farm School Property Tax Refund program, the 2 percent property tax cap, ending property taxes on silos   and grain bins, and property tax relief programs for veterans and volunteer first responders.

He has been a strong advocate for local schools and colleges. He has worked around the clock in each session, securing funding   for the schools and colleges in his district to bring more technology education to his district to prepare children for tomorrow’s   economy. He also has worked to make sure children with special needs are not left behind by cuts to special education.

He worked to start the Power for Jobs program to help lower electric costs. He also worked to allow Chamber of Commerce, Farm   Bureau and other business, labor and trade associations the ability to buy and sell health and other insurances in volume   to offset costs. He worked to allow businesses with 50 or fewer employees to receive a tax credit of 10 percent for their   health insurance premiums.

Because of the respect of his peers in the Senate, he was asked to chair task forces on Volunteer Emergency Services and State   and Local Preparedness. He established a low-interest loan program to assist departments for capital and equipment needs,   increased funding for first responder training, and amended the traffic laws to allow young people who join fire departments   to drive at night to calls and for meetings and training.

All Republicans need to return to Albany this very good advocate.

Duane Martin

South Kortright