James L. Seward's News items

Drug Laws Worry Lawmakers

The Daily Star

By Jake Palmateer

A state law that took effect Monday allows some convicted felons to have criminal records hidden from prospective employers, including school districts, day-care centers and nursing homes.

June 9, 2009

Seward Calls For Help For Overburdened Taxpayers

ALBANY, 06/04/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined his Republican colleagues in the senate in unveiling the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA), a five part program that addresses the causes of New York’s fiscal and economic problems – spending too much and taxing too much.

June 4, 2009

Seward Pays Tribute To Fallen Otsego County Soldier

ALBANY, 05/26/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) this week presented the family of United States Army Corporal Michael Mayne with the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.

Senator Seward awarded the Liberty Medal to Corporal Mayne’s family during the Memorial Day services in Burlington Flats.  Corporal Mayne was killed on February 23, 2009, while on patrol in Iraq.

May 26, 2009

Seward Launches Petition Drive To Restore STAR Rebate Checks

ONEONTA, 05/07/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today launched a grass-roots petition drive to restore the STAR property tax relief rebate checks important to middle class families. “Providing tax relief to New York’s struggling homeowners has always been one of my top priorities,” said Seward.  “Families are struggling to make ends meet and the STAR rebate checks have provided real relief.”

May 7, 2009

Summer DEC Camperships Now Available

ALBANY, 05/04/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited area youth to apply for DEC environmental education camp.

May 4, 2009

State Funding Assists Livestock Farmers

New York livestock farmers may be moving closer to launching a slaughter and processing facility that will allow them to sell the meat raised on their farms.

The New York Farm Viability Institute recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Northeast Livestock Processing Service, to help livestock farmers improve profitability through sale of local, farm-raised meats. 

Senator James L. Seward and Assemblymember Peter D. Lopez announced the grant funds at events on May 1 at the SUNY Cobleskill Meat and Fisheries Lab and at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County Agro-Forestry Center. Senator James L. Seward said. ``this initiative is about giving new life to livestock farmers in our region.’’

May 4, 2009

Seward Meets With Herkimer Chamber

Middleville, N.Y. - The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce held its 41st annual Membership Meeting Luncheon Thursday at the Crystal Chandelier Restaurant on Route 28.

Executive Director John Scarano started off the meeting by congratulating the nearly 500-member-strong Chamber on its continued success despite the hardships that the current economic conditions have inflicted on small businesses around the country. He stated, “Herkimer County is a place where businesses can grow in a caring, compassionate environment, in a county where dreams can come true.”

May 1, 2009

Senator Seward Joins Greene County In Supporting Autism Awareness

COXSACKIE - More than 250 supporters of autism awareness came out Sunday afternoon to walk for the cause in Coxsackie.

The walk kicked off just after 2 p.m. in front of the Coxsackie Village Hall on Mansion Street, with Autism Connection of Greene County President CarolAnn Luccio leading the way.

Greene County legislators were also on hand to present a check for $3,080 from the Greene County Youth Fund to The Autism Connection. The check is part of a total of $5,580 provided by Greene County.

April 27, 2009

Senator Seward Meets With Tompkins County Students

Students from the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES New Visions Program visited Albany on Tuesday and met with state Sens. James L. Seward, R-51st Dist., and George Winner, R-53rd Dist.

High school seniors from schools throughout Tompkins and Seneca counties met with the senators to discuss their program, which focuses on environmental and agricultural sciences.

"These students, who are all on their way to college next year, are our next generation of leaders," Seward said. "I appreciate hearing their thoughts on the environment, the economy and other current issues."

April 25, 2009

NY Jets Land In Cortland

 CORTLAND, 04/20/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) today joined Governor David A. Paterson in announcing that the New York Jets will hold their 2009 training camp at the campus of SUNY Cortland. 

 “Bringing the New York Jets to SUNY Cortland is exciting news on many fronts,” said Senator Seward.  “This is a great opportunity for area fans to get an up close glimpse at their football heroes, while at the same time providing a major boost to the area economy.”

April 20, 2009

Seward Administers Oath for Coxsackie Leaders

ALBANY, 04/07/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) this week administered the oath of office to new Village of Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans and re-elected trustees.

Before the swearing-in Seward told the standing room only crowd on hand at the Coxsackie Village Hall that “holding office in local government is a vital and important service. It is also one of the most difficult because you see your constituents on the village streets each and every day.”

April 7, 2009

Seward Applauds the End of NYRI

ONEONTA, 04/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on reports that New York Regional Interconnect has withdrawn its application to construct a 190 mile electric transmission line across upstate New York:

“I have said all along the NYRI power line would be a bad deal for New York, and have worked diligently with citizens and local elected officials to shut the line down. The news today that NYRI is pulling the plug on their application should be celebrated by everyone in central New York.

April 3, 2009

Costly State Budget Hurts All of New York

ALBANY, 04/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on the state budget vote:

“New York has a budget, but there is very little good news in the spending plan. The budget, crafted entirely behind closed doors by the governor and other New York City leaders, will prove devastating to upstate New York families and businesses.

April 3, 2009

Seward Fights for Camp Pharsalia

ALBANY, 04/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) joined senate Republicans in offering an amendment to keep three minimum security prisons in upstate New York operating. Under the budget agreement announced by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver, and Senator Smith, Camp Pharsalia in Chenango County, Camp Gabriels in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County would be closed without the required twelve month notice required by law.

April 3, 2009

Senate Dems Oppose GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 04/03/09 - Senate Democrats today rejected a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

April 3, 2009

State Budget: Read What Others Are Saying

ALBANY,  03/31/09- Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) has called the state budget proposal an embarrassment that spends too much, raises taxes and fails to increase jobs.  Seward condemned the secret process that generated the budget bills involving Governor Paterson and his fellow New York City leaders.

Senator Seward is not alone, newspaper editors around the state are also roundly criticizing the budget.

Take That Poster Down - Syracuse Post-Standard

March 31, 2009

Seward and State Pay Tribute to Oneonta Student

ONEONTA, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented Oneonta Middle School student Charlotte McKane with a legislative resolution honoring her as a recipient of the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

March 23, 2009

Seward Named Great Hero

HERKIMER, 03/19/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was recognized today by the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley as a “Great Hero” award winner.

Senator Seward and fellow hero Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Herkimer) were honored during the 12th Annual Great Heroes Breakfast held at Herkimer County Community College.

“The Red Cross does so much for the community, helping families and individuals in their hour of need,” said Seward. “The hard-working volunteers that make up the Mohawk Valley chapter are the real heroes.”

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March 19, 2009

Seward Helps Raise Over $1 Million for Heart Association

UTICA 03/13/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) took part in the 38th Annual WIBX Heart Radiothon at Utica College, which helped raise over $1 million for the American Heart Association.

“Heart disease is the number one killer in America claiming 910,000 lives each year,” said Seward. “The American Heart Association’s research, education and advocacy efforts are vital in keeping the death toll from climbing higher. This local fundraising, which included a walk at SUNY Oneonta, shows the true heart of the Mohawk Valley and central New York.”

March 13, 2009

Senate Republicans Unveil "A Better Plan for New York"

ALBANY, 03/05/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and New York state senate Republicans today offered a comprehensive budget savings plan that spends less than the governor’s budget, rejects $6.2 billion in taxes and fees proposed by Governor Paterson, implements a spending cap to restrain future spending growth and helps businesses create jobs to strengthen the state’s economy.

March 5, 2009
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