James L. Seward's Press releases

Keep Sex Offenders Away From Their Victims & Schools

ONEONTA, 02/19/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2609) to prohibit sex offenders from residing near their victims or near any school.

“We must do all we can to safeguard children and victims from sexual offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “My legislation bars the most serious predators from residing near their victims or near a school and will close an existing loophole in addition to providing a needed layer of protection.” 

February 19, 2015
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Maple Syrup On Tap At Senate Ag Committee Meeting

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York State Maple Producers President Dwayne Hill to the senate agriculture committee’s first meeting of the year.

“It was great to have one of my constituents, Dwayne Hill, on hand to open the first senate agriculture committee meeting of the 2015 legislative session,” said Senator Seward.  “I have visited Shaver-Hill Maple Farm, and, of course, enjoyed the superb products Dwayne and his family make and have been a longtime advocate for the Maple Producers Association.”  

February 11, 2015
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Senate Call To End GEA Intensifies

ALBANY, 02/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Majority conference is joining his fight to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has devastated public schools.

“I recently introduced legislation to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and today, joined my colleagues to further advocate for the end of the GEA by providing necessary funding in the 2015-16 state budget,” said Senator Seward.  “To know that this issue is a top priority of the Senate Majority conference confirms how important it is to every school, every student, and every property taxpayer in New York State.”

February 10, 2015
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Schoharie County Youth Bureau Meets With Senator Seward

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  

“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward.  “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special.  I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.” 

February 10, 2015
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Seward Delivers State Honor To Ulster County Hero

ALBANY, 02/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently presented David Wilhelm of Kerhonkson with a New York State Legislative Resolution honoring his heroic rescue of eight passengers trapped in a van following a motor vehicle accident.

“David Wilhem’s extraordinary actions saved lives,” said Senator Seward.  “His fast-thinking and decisive action speaks volumes about his character and moral makeup and also showcased his military training which is ingrained in our veterans.” 

February 4, 2015
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Seward Introduces Bill To End GEA

ONEONTA, 01/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2643) to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost New York school districts millions of dollars.

“I voted against the GEA when it passed in 2009 and have been working to erase this curse on our local schools ever since,” said Senator Seward.  “This hurtful policy was simply a cash-grab by the state that left schools reeling and trying to recover ever since.  It needs to end now.”

January 30, 2015
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Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.

SENATOR SEWARD 2015 – 2016 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015
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Cortlandville FD Names Seward Honorary Member

CORTLANDVILLE, 01/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was honored recently by the Cortlandville Fire Department.  At the department’s 2015 Inspection Dinner, Senator Seward was named an honorary member for his longstanding and continued support of the first responders.

“I was tremendously humbled to receive such a meaningful honor from the Cortlandville Fire Department,” said Senator Seward.  “The men and women who fearlessly respond to when called and put their lives on the line to protect others are true heroes.  I have always done all I can to help make their job safer and easier and am truly appreciative of this great tribute.”

The plaque presented to Senator Seward reads:

January 23, 2015
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Seward Named Guardian Of Small Business

ONEONTA, 01/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading small business association.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy,” said Senator Seward.  “I have consistently partnered with small businesses - advancing legislation to meet the needs of these vital job creators and economic engines.”

The NFIB “Guardian of Small Business” award recognizes state legislators who have, through their voting record, demonstrated strong support for our state’s small businesses and NFIB’s position on key issues facing them.   

January 20, 2015
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Seward Advocacy Prompts New Plan For Route 80 Project

ONEONTA, 01/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) scaled-down and reconfigured design plan for road repairs along a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County: 

“After strongly advocating for my constituent’s concerns, I am extremely pleased that the Department of Transportation (DOT) listened to property owners and incorporated their suggestions into a revised and reduced blueprint for work along Route 80.  We now have a project that meets the safety needs of the motoring public, protects the environmental health of Otsego Lake, and will have no negative impact on homeowners.”

January 16, 2015
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2015 Priorities - Turning NY Into A True Masterpiece

ONEONTA, 01/15/15 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2015 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today detailed his legislative priorities designed to meet the most pressing needs of his constituents.  Among Seward’s priorities – tax cuts, economic development and job creation initiatives, infrastructure improvements, education aid, safeguards for police, and repealing the NY-SAFE Act.

January 16, 2015
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Seward Honors Longtime Leader of The Arc Otsego

ONEONTA, 01/14/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented The Arc Otsego Executive Director Joe Judd with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of his retirement after thirty-nine years of distinguished service.

“Joe Judd’s commitment and vision have lead The Arc Otsego through nearly four decades of service and growth,” said Senator Seward.  “His dedication to those with developmental disabilities and their families has truly changed lives for the better.  I have partnered with him over the years and am extremely pleased that the entire State of New York now knows of his wonderful work.” 

January 14, 2015
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Senate Passes Historic Women's Equality Agenda

ALBANY, 01/12/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to adopt the comprehensive Senate Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination. 

“By passing this landmark legislation to start the 2015 legislative session, the senate is underscoring the importance of these historic measures,” said Senator Seward.  “This is not the first time I have voted to approve these measures and I hope the state assembly will finally take action and join the senate in adopting this legislation which will make positive changes in the lives of women.”

January 12, 2015
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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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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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