ONEONTA, 06/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong opposition to plans to site a second gas pipeline through portions of his district.
“Plans to make portions of my district a new thoroughfare for gas pipelines are not in harmony with what residents want or support,” said Senator Seward. “The concerns raised by local officials and residents alike are reasonable and understandable and provide strong evidence why the proposal submitted by Tennessee Gas Pipeline (Kinder-Morgan) should be soundly rejected.”
In a letter to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Secretary Kimberly D. Bose, Senator Seward writes:
ALBANY, 06/25/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2015 legislative session:
“New relief for middle-class homeowners, extension of the landmark property tax levy cap, and constructive education reforms, advanced in the final days of the legislative session, all represent significant wins on issues important to the people of my district.
“These accomplishments come on the heels of a fiscally-responsible, on-time budget approved earlier this year that provided record education aid to our schools, kept taxes in check, and boosted economic development initiatives.
ALBANY, 06/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced final legislative approval of a bill he sponsored establishing the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway. Senator Seward’s bill (S.5687) adds portions of New York State Routes 28, 42, and 214 in Delaware and Ulster counties to the New York State Scenic Byways System.
ALBANY, 06/17/15 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5866) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.
ALBANY, 06/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he sponsored (S.5153) to ensure the public is properly notified of the sex offender status of group home residents.
“The senate has acted on a number of bills this year meant to safeguard and inform the public in regard to dangerous sex offenders,” said Senator Seward. “Many times, these measures are needed to close previously undetected loopholes in our laws – that is the case in this instance.”
ALBANY, 06/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of bills to help decrease heroin deaths and put more drug dealers behind bars for peddling dangerous opioids.
“As a member of the Senate’s Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, I have worked to combat this deadly drug, which is tearing lives, families, and communities apart,” said Senator Seward. “Despite our progress last year in addressing this epidemic, which has reached every segment of our population, the heroin crisis is far from over.”
ONEONTA, 06/09/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he co-sponsors which would allow the New York State Parole Board to extend the period of time between reconsidering parole board denials from two years to five years when the inmate was sentenced for a violent crime.
ALBANY, 06/03/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to further protect animals and people from harm and cruelty as part of the legislature’s annual Animal Advocacy Day. The event brings together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners and advocates to raise awareness of important animal issues.
“Animals fulfill so many different roles in our society from pets to service animals and it’s up to us to make sure their health and well-being are priorities,” said Senator Seward. “These bills passed by senate will help protect animals and raise awareness about the many issues that impact their lives.”
ALBANY, 05/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsors that would create a public-private partnership to boost the economic viability of properties in the Belleayre Mountain region.
Senator Seward’s bill (S.1581) would authorize the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to operate and manage ski and recreational facilities located on properties in the vicinity of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
ALBANY, 05/20/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) announced today that the New York State Senate has acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent. The bill (S5597) would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.
ALBANY, 05/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) this week welcomed high school students from Cortland, and Otsego counties to Albany for the 15th annual Students Inside Albany conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.
“The Capitol is a living, breathing classroom and I am pleased to take part in this unique program,” said Senator Seward. “Offering students an inside glimpse at state government is a wonderful way to spark their interest in public service.”
ALBANY, 05/19/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to Anthony Gabriel, Jr. of Herkimer as a 2015 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.
“Anthony Gabriel is a true American hero, and more than worthy of inclusion in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame,” said Senator Seward. “Mr. Gabriel displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation and, upon returning home, dedicated himself to the betterment of his community. He also never lost touch with his military roots and continued to help prepare new soldiers while working to ensure his fellow veterans receive the respect and recognition they deserve.”
ALBANY, 05/19/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented the family of Andre Maurice of Richmondville with a legislative resolution during a special remembrance ceremony in Albany. The resolution formally recognizes the contributions Mr. Maurice made to the Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad and the community.
Maurice lost his life in the line of duty shortly after completing an emergency call on March 26, 2014.
ALBANY, 05/11/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently congratulated New York State’s top senior citizens as part of the New York State Office for the Aging 2015 Senior Citizens Day Celebration in Albany.
“Our senior citizens are vital community members who offer a great perspective on so many topics,” said Senator Seward. “The extremely active seniors honored today fulfill significant roles – serving on local municipal boards, teaching our young people about community engagement, and contributing positively to our future.”
ALBANY, 05/05/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today honored Patricia Kennedy of Oneonta as the 2015 Senate “Woman of Distinction” from the 51st senate district at the 18th annual senate Women of Distinction ceremony at the Capitol.
“Over the years, I have been fortunate to highlight a number of inspirational, trailblazing leaders through the senate’s Women of Distinction program, and this year is no different,” said Senator Seward. “Patricia Kennedy has been a driving force in the care of developmentally disabled individuals and her compassion for their well-being and innovative ideas have changed lives for the better.”
ALBANY, 04/29/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today lauded the release of federal and state funds totaling $37 million for flood recovery in Schoharie County:
“I am pleased that FEMA has finally taken this long overdue step to help aid Schoharie County’s recovery from Hurricane Irene. It is a credit to Congressman Gibson, state, and local officials who kept this vital need in the forefront.
ONEONTA, 04/27/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is urging the New York State Department of Public Service to act quickly on a request from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to extend natural gas service within the Village of Cobleskill.
“Affordable energy can be a true game-changer when it comes to attracting new businesses and jobs to our region,” said Senator Seward. “By extending a natural gas line within downtown Cobleskill, current employers and new businesses, along with residential customers, will all benefit.”
COOPERSTOWN, 04/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to continue the state’s participation in National History Day. The announcement coincides with the statewide judging of student projects taking place in Cooperstown April 26-27.