ALBANY, 04/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2014-15 state budget.
“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month to call for added state funding – and their voices were heard.”
After five years without any increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding, the new budget includes a second year of record funding - $438 million – for important local highway, road, and bridge repair projects.
ONEONTA, 04/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Monday, April 28 in Oneonta. The forum is one of twelve being held statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.
ALBANY, 04/11/14 – Dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority has New York State approval under legislation (S.6181/A.8406) signed into law today. The legislation was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.
OWASCO, 04/03/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the new 2014-15 state budget includes, at his insistence, $200,000 to implement the Dutch Hollow Brook Watershed Restoration Project.
“This grant protects Cayuga County’s natural resources and is a cost-effective down payment on our future,” said Senator Seward. “Owasco Lake provides drinking water to 50,000 residents. Additionally, it is the central feature of the local landscape and economy. We need to ensure its viability and vitality today and for generations to come.”
ALBANY, 03/27/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on assembly Democrats to join with senate Republicans in enacting a final state budget that will address the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has robbed school districts of millions of dollars in education aid.
“At the start of the year, I clearly stated that eliminating the GEA was one of my top priorities,” said Senator Seward. “This cash grab by the state has created a budgetary hole for schools throughout my district and statewide, forcing many to make dire decisions, harming education programs and eroding opportunities for our students.”
ALBANY, 03/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, to expand career opportunities for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses.
“Our military members fight to defend our freedoms and preserve our way of life,” said Senator Seward. “We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude, especially those who suffer combat injuries. After sacrificing to protect and secure the American Dream, we must make sure these heroes are able to realize their own dreams when they return home.”
ALBANY, 03/20/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he sponsors, allowing the dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA). Senator Seward’s bill (S.6181) follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.
ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to the newly created Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The task force will examine the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.
“Heroin use has reached epidemic proportions,” said Senator Seward. “Law enforcement resources are being stretched thin, public health costs are skyrocketing, and lives are being lost. Heroin is infiltrating all social, economic, and geographic sectors of our state and we need to take definitive action to halt this ugly trend.”
ALBANY, 03/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.
Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:
"The senate budget resolution increases school aid by $811.9 million from last year with a $541 million restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has hurt our area schools. Eliminating the GEA has been a top priority for me, and, to date, the senate is the only legislative branch to fully target this unfair hit on our area schools."
ALBANY, 03/14/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on passage of the senate’s budget resolution for fiscal year 2014-15:
“The senate budget plan fulfills many of the priorities expressed to me by families, employers, and community groups that make up my senate district. Approval of the plan also means we are on track to pass an on-time state budget for a fourth straight year.
“Among the highlights - property tax relief to combat the greatest expense families and business in New York face; education aid that will support our neediest schools; and job creation incentives which will help boost economic development.
ALBANY, 03/11/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voted no on all of the candidates for four vacancies on the New York State Education Board of Regents.
“I voted no on all nominees for three reasons – to express no-confidence in the incumbent regents seeking re-election, to challenge the flawed selection process used to choose the candidates, and, most importantly, to speak for frustrated students, parents and teachers fed up with the failed implementation of Common Core.
ALBANY, 03/10/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today stated that he will be voting against the re-election of four members of the New York State Education Board of Regents when balloting is held Tuesday, March 11.
“The shoddy implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards along with the Board of Regents’ increased reliance on high-stakes tests have clearly damaged our educational system in New York State. Parents, teachers, and school administrators alike have voiced their well-warranted concerns with the tense situation these new polices have created in our classrooms.
ALBANY, 03/04/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to unveil the “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming. The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.
ALBANY, 02/26/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, extending a 2011 law to ensure the neediest public libraries can access and utilize special construction grants from the state.
Senate bill 6329 extends to March 31, 2020 key provisions of the public library construction grant program that were scheduled to sunset in 2015.
Mallinckrodt is providing a lock box at the Oneonta police station for people to dispose of their unused, unwanted, or expired medications. This is the most recent installment of Mallinckrodt’s continued efforts for patient safety and education.
ONEONTA, 02/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voiced his opposition to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to provide free college educations for prison inmates:
“I talk to parents and high school students on a regular basis and one of their top concerns is college. Our young people study, stress over test scores, and work extremely hard just to gain entrance to the schools of their choice. Meanwhile, their parents scrimp, save, sacrifice, and, in many cases, take on extra jobs and loads to help with tuition bills. I can’t imagine telling these hard-working families that while they are doing everything right, a criminal sitting in a jail cell is being handed an opportunity their children don’t have.
ALBANY, 02/13/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to four key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications. Senator Seward will serve on the education, general government/local assistance, health, and higher education & arts sub-committees.
“State finances as they relate to education, local government, and health play a vital role in the daily lives of all New Yorkers,” said Senator Seward. “These segments of the budget form the foundation for the overall state spending plan and wise decisions must be made in these areas to ensure a fiscally responsible final product that meets real needs.