ALBANY, 09/22/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke in support of the Howe Caverns Resort and Casino proposal during the New York Gaming Facility Location Board public comment event in Albany:
“Successful casino applications should meet certain criteria. First and foremost is having broad economic impact in regions that are in great need of increased economic activity. Obviously, revenues for both local governments and the state, speed to market - applications that can be built and up and running expeditiously so those benefits can be quickly realized, and finally strong local support for a casino.
MARGARETVILLE, 09/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $32,000 in state grants to assist nine area libraries, including $16,000 to support capital improvements at the Fairview Public Library.
“Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with all of the libraries in my district and with the Fairview Public Library, in particular, to advance a major improvement project that will help provide universal access.”
LITTLE FALLS, 09/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to assist the Little Falls City School District with budgetary needs.
“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with the Little Falls City School District in making certain that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.”
ONEONTA, 09/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented SUNY Oneonta Director of Athletics Tracey Ranieri with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of her recent selection as an Under Armour Division III Athletic Director of the Year.
“Tracey Ranieri’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence is unparalleled and her leadership has raised the bar for all SUNY Oneonta coaches and student-athletes,” said Senator Seward. “Her dedication and talents are terrific assets for the greater Oneonta community and the entire SUNY system and I am extremely pleased to add a New York State Resolution to her trophy case.”
ONEONTA, 09/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today said that the New York State Department of Transportation will put a hold on the Route 80 project in order to review ownership and repair issues associated with the properties along State Route 80.
ONEONTA, 09/03/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that $75,000 in grant funds he secured will go to local domestic violence programs.
“These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need, who often have nowhere else to turn,” said Senator Seward. “The U.S. Surgeon General has identified domestic violence as the number one health problem affecting American women. We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer.”
The funding was set aside in the 2014-2015 state budget.
“Small businesses are among New York’s top employers and to keep them on top it is crucial that state government partner with these job creators,” said Senator Seward. “I am committed to advancing legislation that helps create an atmosphere conducive to job creation – cutting business taxes, lowering energy costs, and eliminating unnecessary government regulations.”
ONEONTA, 08/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) has received top marks from leading business advocacy group, Unshackle Upstate.
“Improving the economic development climate in New York means jobs, it means careers, and it means future success for our families and young people,” said Senator Seward. “Cutting unnecessary government red tape, improving our infrastructure, reducing taxes, and leveling the playing field for small businesses are just a few of the recent victories that will pay real dividends.”
ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the Middletown-Hardenburgh fire district to extend the district into the Village of Margaretville, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.
“Margaretville, Middletown, and Hardenburgh have worked together for some time to ensure area homes and businesses have excellent fire protection,” said Senator Seward. “Taking this legislative step will simply formalize the long-standing working agreement between the villages, towns, and the fire-district.”
ALBANY, 08/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, allowing the Town of Cortlandville to acquire a parcel of land for park purposes, has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.
“This legislation clears the way for new recreational opportunities for residents of Cortlandville and the surrounding communities at little or no cost to the town,” said Senator Seward. “As we continue to search for affordable, environmentally sound family activities, more and more people turn to our parks. This is a great way to showcase our natural beauty and get more people outdoors.”
SHERBURNE, 07/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined in the grand opening of the Sherburne Historic Park Society’s new museum building and announced a $50,000 state grant he secured to help with construction costs.
“The Town of Sherburne is a picture perfect example of upstate New York life with a rich history and traditions all its own,” said Senator Seward. “This new museum will serve as a testament to Sherburne’s past while adding to the quality of life for residents and offering tourists another reason to visit Sherburne - a plus for our local businesses.”
SCHENEVUS, 07/18/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $50,000 economic development grant he secured will assist with beautification efforts in Schenevus.
“The Town of Maryland, including the Village of Schenevus, is an idyllic location,” said Senator Seward. “By upgrading and further beautifying the community, the quality of life for residents improves and more visitors will be encouraged to stop by bolstering our local businesses.”
ONEONTA, 07/03/14 – A portion of New York State Highway 44/55 in Ulster County will be renamed in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II under legislation signed into law today. The legislation (S.7824) was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan.
ILION, 07/02/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $50,000 economic development grant he secured will assist with equipment purchases and job creation at Herkimer Foods in Ilion.
“Herkimer Foods is a true success story and the continued growth of this family-run business here in the Mohawk Valley is tremendous news,” said Senator Seward. “This economic development grant is a key ingredient that will help introduce more people to Original Herkimer Cheese while adding a facelift and new jobs at the Ilion home of this storied product and its’ tasty successors.”
ONEONTA, 07/01/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cortland’s tennis court rehabilitation project.
“SUNY Cortland is a well known leader in physical education and first-class facilities play a key role in achieving that status,” said Senator Seward. “This funding will help the school maintain the well-earned reputation and also provide recreation and fitness opportunities for students and community members.”
ONEONTA, 06/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that $2 million in capital funding he secured will be used for SUNY Cobleskill’s energy savings project.
“SUNY Cobleskill offers innovative student programs on a campus that is continually evolving to meet changing needs,” said Senator Seward. “This funding will help the school go even further by backing new green energy improvements that will lead to a more efficient, environmentally friendly campus – saving money and our natural resources.”
CORTLAND, 06/24/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with the cost of an emergency communications equipment upgrade for Cortland County law enforcement officials.
“It is imperative that our law enforcement officials and first responders have the tools they need when they are called into duty, starting with a reliable communication network,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will help Cortland County’s law enforcement officials do their job safely and efficiently, and will not come with an added cost to county taxpayers.”
ALBANY, 06/20/14 – The New York State Senate has passed legislation renaming a portion of New York State Route 44/55 in Ulster County in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II. The bill (S.7824) sponsored by Senator James L. Seward pays tribute to the young soldier killed on April 28th in Afghanistan.
“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Senator Seward. “Sergeant Farrell made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”
ALBANY, 06/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke on the senate floor in support of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The senate passed a package of eleven bills that were part of a three-way agreement between the senate, assembly and governor. The package includes senate bill 7912, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.