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Sen. Seward Announces Plan to Push SUNY Impact Legislation in Albany

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State Senator Jim Seward and Assemblywoman Barbra Lifton are throwing their support behind a bill that would provide additional money to communities like Cortland to offset the cost of hosting SUNY schools.

Sen. Jim Seward (right) joins Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin, City Police Chief Mike Catalano, Fire Chief Chuck Glover and Deputy Fire Chief Bill Knickerbocker to announce support for the SUNY Impact Aid Legisaltion

Sen. Jim Seward (right) joins Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin, City Police Chief Mike Catalano, Fire Chief Chuck Glover and Deputy Fire Chief Bill Knickerbocker to announce support for the SUNY Impact Aid Legislation

Seward was in Cortland yesterday promoting the SUNY impact aid legislation.

The proposal calls on the state to provide direct payments to communities to help defray the costs of additional police fire and code enforcement that comes along with hosting the colleges.

If the measure is approved, it could mean an additional $600 thousand dollars in revenue for the City of Cortland.

Half of that would go toward funding city services with the other half going directly to offset property taxes.

Seward says he was an advocate of the state-imposed property tax cap to help slow the growth in taxes, now it’s time for the state to enact meaningful mandate relief.

This proposal would provide relief to several communities.

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