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Statement on Hydraulic Fracturing Ban

ONEONTA, 12/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the release of a health study from the Department of Health relating to high volume hydraulic fracturing: 

“I have consistently said that any decision concerning hydraulic fracturing in New York State must be based on science and, like many, have awaited the release of the study from the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation related to drilling.  Today the governor moved to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York, and while many disagree and litigation is likely, in light of the governor’s decision, we need to move on to develop a robust economic development strategy that capitalizes on our other resources.”

December 17, 2014
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*** SENIOR SCAM PREVENTION FORUM IN OLIVE POSTPONED ***

ONEONTA, 12/08/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the free senior scam prevention forum scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th at the Olive Free Library in West Shokan has been POSTPONED until further notice.

The senior scam prevention forum will be rescheduled at a later date.   

December 8, 2014
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New Law Provides Consumer Protection For Life Insurance Policyholders

ONEONTA, 11/25/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced a major consumer protection measure for life insurance policyholders he sponsored has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  

Senator Seward’s bill (S.7320/A.9915) amends the Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York (LICGCNY) Act to protect New York policyholders in the event of an insurance company’s bankruptcy.

November 25, 2014
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Empowering Seniors To Fight Scam Artists

ONEONTA, 11/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a series of free senior scam prevention forums in Cobleskill, Olive, and Sidney in the coming weeks.

“Scam artists are becoming more and more sophisticated and senior citizens are quite often the targets of these ruthless criminals,” said Senator Seward.  “Alerting seniors to some common schemes and arming them with the tools needed to steer clear of these devious crimes will go a long way toward safeguarding their financial savings and well being, that’s why I am sponsoring these events.”

November 24, 2014
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Ulster County Schools Receive State Grants

ONEONTA, 11/17/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $50,000 in state grant funds he secured to assist Onteora Central School and Roundout Valley Central School.   Each school district will receive a $25,000 general assistance grant. 

November 17, 2014
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I-88 Rest Stop In Worcester To Reopen

ONEONTA, 11/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the NYSDOT rest area along I-88 eastbound between exits 18 and 19 in Worcester is set to reopen by November 21.

“With the holiday travel season now upon us, I am extremely pleased that this rest stop, a critical component for highway safety, is set to reopen,” said Senator Seward.  “I fought against the NYSDOT decision to shutter this and other rest areas four years ago, and reopening the site was among my top priorities this year.”

November 14, 2014
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State To Pick Up Local Flood Costs

ONEONTA, 11/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the governor’s announcement that New York State will cover the local portion of flood repair costs assumed by local governments during flooding in the summer of 2013.

“Immediately after the storms passed, I urged the governor to take this substantial unforeseen burden off the backs of local governments and taxpayers,” said Senator Seward.  “Today’s announcement means a great deal to local leaders as they craft their own municipal budgets and work to stay within the property tax cap and meet local needs and priorities.”

November 13, 2014
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State Highway Named In Honor Of Delaware County Veterans

DAVENPORT, 11/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta)  and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R/C/I – New Hartford) today joined members of Davenport VFW Post 487 to announce that a portion of New York State Highway 23 is being renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women.  The legislators and veterans unveiled a sign today commemorating the designation.

Anthony Moore with Davenport Memorial Post 487 contacted Senator Seward and requested that New York State Highway 23, through the Town of Davenport, be renamed to serve as a memorial to recently deceased members who served in Korea and fought in World War II, as well as the many veterans residing in the Town of Davenport.

November 10, 2014
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Oneonta Vet Prompts New Law Across Finish Line

ONEONTA, 10/29/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented Dr. David Leahy of Community Veterinary Center in Oneonta with a pen certificate from the governor commemorating the signing of senate bill 2742B into law.

The legislation amends the New York Veterinary Practice Act, clarifying that animal dentistry is a specialty included within the scope of veterinary medicine.  

October 29, 2014
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Seward Announces $130k Grant For Herkimer Infrastructure Project

HERKIMER, 10/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $130,000 state grant he secured will assist with construction costs to shore up East German Street Extension along the West Canada Creek in the Town of Herkimer. Senator Seward made the announcement at the construction site as work on the project commenced.

“When you get right down to it, the first priority of a public official is the safety of those he represents,” said Senator Seward.  “This grant is a key component of the funding needed to move this construction project forward and protect homes and infrastructure along East German Street Extension.”

October 27, 2014
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Prep For Ebola AND The Flu

News stories focused on Ebola have been constant over the past few weeks and months, and for good reason.  Now that the virus has come to New York it is crucial that we take steps to contain the virus and ensure that strong protocols are in place to treat any infected individuals.  Several training events and other forums have been held in recent weeks to ready our health care workers, including a Senate Health Committee roundtable with health and security officials from the public and private sectors taking part in the discussion.

October 24, 2014
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New Laws Open Doors For Oneonta Housing

ONEONTA, 10/21/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the City of Oneonta Common Council to provide tax exemptions for those building new homes in the city has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  Senator Seward’s bill (S.5991) follows a home rule request from the City of Oneonta.

October 21, 2014
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Seward Continues To Push DOT For Route 80 Solution

ONEONTA, 10/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconfigure and expedite its plan for road repairs and resolution of property ownership issues associated with a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County.

“While the Department of Transportation (DOT) has put work along State Route 80 on hold since I advocated on behalf of property owners in September, several issues remain unresolved,” said Senator Seward.  “In addition, homeowners and local government officials have been stonewalled when seeking tangible information on the status of the project and property ownership concerns.”

October 20, 2014
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Grants For Young Farmers Now Available

ONEONTA, 10/16/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced grant applications are now available for two new programs to assist our next generation of farmers.  The programs are part of the “Young Farmers NY” initiative, a comprehensive plan, introduced by Seward and his senate colleagues earlier this year and enacted as part of the 2014-15 state budget. 

October 16, 2014
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Seward, Mohawk Valley Colleagues Pledge Continued Support For Remington

ALBANY, 10/08/14 -- State legislators representing the Mohawk Valley have pledged their continued support to venerable Herkimer County manufacturer Remington Arms.  In light of the state’s adoption of strict new guns laws in 2013, recent out of state expansions, and the announcement of job layoffs in Ilion, the state elected officials publicly recommitted their unrelenting support for Remington and its employees. 

In a letter to Remington Chairman and CEO George Kollitides, the legislators wrote:

October 8, 2014
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Seward Announces $273,000 For Area Schools

MILFORD, 10/06/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $273,000 in state grants he secured to assist area schools, including $38,000 to support Milford Central School’s Career Opportunities in Rural Education (CORE) Initiative.

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward.  “Districts are often searching for new and innovative ways to help students prepare for the future, and I am pleased to help support these initiatives.”

October 6, 2014
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Seward Funding Aids Major Schoharie County Flood Project

MIDDLEBURGH, 09/29/14 –  The Schoharie Valley delegation of U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, New York State Senator James L. Seward and New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez joined to announce funding for a major stream rehabilitation project for flood prone areas of Schoharie County and to reduce the financial impact on Schoharie County taxpayers.  

September 29, 2014
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Seward Throws Support Behind Howe Caverns Resort & Casino

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.

September 22, 2014
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Fairview Public Library Receives $16,000 Grant

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.”

September 19, 2014
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Seward Announces $100,000 Grant For Little Falls School

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.”

September 18, 2014
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