James L. Seward's Press releases

Seward Applauds Budget Agreement

ALBANY, 03/28/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the budget agreement announced by the governor and legislative leaders:

“The budget agreement balances the books in Albany and accomplishes the goals I announced I would pursue at the start of the year – lowering state spending, ending tax hikes, and providing incentives for upstate job growth.

“The agreement also restores some funding for needy school districts and eliminates numerous costs shifts to local governments, both necessary steps to help keep local property taxes in check.

March 28, 2011
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Senator Seward Seeks "Women of Distinction" Nominees

ALBANY, 03/18/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today plans for the state senate’s 14th annual Women of Distinction celebration.

The senate will honor distinguished women from throughout the state at a May 24th Albany reception, where each honoree’s photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the exceptional contributions of exemplary New York women.

March 18, 2011
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Budget Conference Committees Start Fine-Tuning State Budget

ALBANY, 03/16/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key joint budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.  Senator Seward will serve on the higher education subcommittee and the education subcommittee.

Regarding his higher education subcommittee assignment Senator Seward said:

“Our SUNY schools and community colleges are vital on two fronts – providing a quality, affordable education for our young people and driving our upstate economy.  As we develop a final state budget, I will be working to ensure our state’s higher education system will remain an attainable dream for our young people and their families and an economic engine for our region.”

March 16, 2011
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Senator Seward Applauds Passage of Low-Cost Power Program

ALBANY, 03/08/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of “Recharge NY,” creating a new, permanent program that would provide low-cost power to help businesses create and retain jobs.

“As the author of the original ‘Power for Jobs’ legislation, I am pleased to support a worthy replacement that will continue to provide a real lifeline for our upstate businesses,” said Senator Seward.  “By plugging in to ‘Recharge NY’ businesses will be able to lower their electricity bills, create and retain jobs, and generate economic growth.”

March 8, 2011
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Seward Bill Favored By Cortland County Sportsmen Passes Senate

ALBANY, 02/28/11 – Cortland County sportsmen and women will be allowed to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear under legislation (S.1683) passed by the senate, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) said today.

“This is common sense legislation that mirrors regulations already in effect in neighboring counties allowing the use of rifles while hunting big game,” said Senator Seward.  “More importantly, Cortland County sportsmen and women, who collectively have an impeccable safety record, strongly support the change.”

February 28, 2011
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Seward Named to Key Leadership Post

ONEONTA, 02/23/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named assistant majority leader on conference operations, a post that puts him in the top leadership of the state senate.

“The new position allows me to work closely with senate leadership in establishing priorities and directing important legislation to the senate floor,” said Senator Seward.  “New York is extremely diverse, and it is vital that upstate has a voice at the table to fight for our unique concerns - I am proud to be that voice.”

Senator Seward has also been named to three key budget review subcommittees with the purpose of analyzing the governor’s budget proposal and recommending constructive revisions.

February 23, 2011
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Lifesaving Legislation Receives Senate Approval

ALBANY, 02/14/11 – The New York State Senate today passed potentially lifesaving legislation (S.2387) that would allow emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to carry an automated external defibrillator (AED) in their personal vehicles.

“Clearing the way for trained first responders to carry AEDs at all times could be the difference between life and death for a heart attack patient,” Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee said.  “By cutting away bureaucratic red-tape and ensuring trained emergency professionals have the tools they need, lives can be saved.”

February 14, 2011
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State Grant Helps Bring 100 Jobs To Mohawk Valley

ILION, 02/11/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined  Herkimer County economic development officials for an update on improvements at Remington Arms including the relocation of a portion of the Marlin product line from Connecticut and the addition of nearly 100 full-time manufacturing jobs.

“Remington Arms is a long standing community leader and strong economic development partner,” said Senator Seward.  “I was pleased to support Remington’s pursuit of state funds for this expansion and am excited to see how quickly the manufacturer has gone from design phase to reality, adding much needed, good paying jobs in upstate New York.”

February 11, 2011
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Confusing Mailing Sparks Concern

ONEONTA, 02/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today issued a consumer alert concerning a mailing that has raised concerns from several area residents. The letter to area residents appears to be a warning from National Grid, but is in fact not affiliated with the energy provider, Seward says.

“Often times the phrase ‘buyer beware’ is associated with advertising practices, but when essential services like electricity become part of the equation people deserve to have all of the facts,” said Senator Seward.  “Preying on homeowners through the use of borderline scare tactics is simply wrong and the use of such methods should be exposed.”

February 11, 2011
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Save on Auto Insurance, Cut 'Fraud Tax'

ALBANY, 02/08/11 – Fraud Costs New York, a statewide coalition dedicated to curbing the rampant auto-insurance fraud that costs New Yorkers millions of dollars each year, today praised State Senator James Seward for introducing legislation that would reduce fraud, abuse and the associated costs in the New York no-fault system.

New Yorkers now pay the fourth highest premiums in the nation for auto insurance due in large part to an outdated system that is rife with fraud and abuse.  In 2010, no-fault fraud cost New Yorkers more than $241 million, a cost absorbed by all drivers in the form of higher premiums. 

February 8, 2011
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Governor's Budget Proposal Sets Right Tone

ALBANY, 02/01/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal is harsh, but realistic, and takes into account the difficult financial circumstances we face.  There is plenty of hurt to go around and there will be shared sacrifices; they are necessary to put New York back on sound fiscal footing.

February 1, 2011
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Seward, Butler Call Strategy Session To Save Herkimer Home

ALBANY, 01/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I – Newport) are working to save Herkimer Home from the state budget chopping block.

“With state park use on a steady rise due to the economic crunch, it makes no sense to shutter Herkimer Home,” stated Senator Seward.  “The cost to operate the historic Herkimer County site is low, but the return is high – local businesses receive an economic bump, and the educational value to visitors is priceless.”

January 24, 2011
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Seward Applauds Passage of Job Creation & Taxpayer Protection Act

ALBANY, 01/19/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today announced senate approval of the Job Creation and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011, a three-part plan to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs and ensure fiscal responsibility through the enactment of a two percent state spending cap and requiring a two-thirds “super majority” vote to raise taxes. 

“These job-creating, cost cutting measures are exactly what New Yorkers are demanding,” said Senator Seward.  “Approving these bills to open the 2011 session sends a clear message that the senate shares the priorities of the people and is taking firm action to turn these goals into reality.”

January 19, 2011
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Seward Joins Medicaid Reform Roundtable

ALBANY, 01/18/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined with other members of the Senate Health Committee and health care experts during a public roundtable to discuss the most effective and efficient methods to reform New York State’s Medicaid program.

“Today’s discussion served as a solid starting point that will help move us toward useful improvements of the state’s Medicaid system,” said Senator Seward.  “New York spends over $1 billion each week on Medicaid.  Clearly, changes must be made.”

January 18, 2011
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Senator Seward Receives Key Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – 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 2011 – 2012 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS Insurance – chair, Agriculture,  Education, Finance,  Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 11, 2011
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Senator Seward Named Chairman of Senate Insurance Committee

ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance needs in the new senate session after being named chairman of the senate insurance committee.

“Finding quality, affordable health insurance is a constant struggle for families and businesses.  As chairman of the senate insurance committee, I will help guide state policy and ensure more people have proper coverage,” Seward said.  “Fighting fraud that drives up insurance costs for everyone, including the state, will also be a priority.”

Seward previously served as senate insurance committee chairman from 1999 through 2008.

January 11, 2011
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Extreme Makeover New York

ONEONTA, 01/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today outlined his legislative agenda for the 2011 session of the New York State Senate.  Seward’s plan, dubbed “Extreme Makeover: New York” focuses on smart budget cuts, property tax relief, economic development and government reform.  

“New York is ready for a complete overhaul.  My ‘Extreme Makeover: New York’ initiative includes calculated cost cutting that will provide our state with financial stability, tax relief that will help people with their own bottom line, business stimulating actions aimed at jumpstarting job growth and government reforms to restore public confidence in Albany.

January 7, 2011
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Senator Seward Applauds State of State Address

ALBANY, 01/05/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“The governor’s state of the state message was a slam dunk.  Styled more like an upbeat high school pep rally than a monotonous political speech, he hit on all the right themes and seemed to energize legislators and all New Yorkers on hand.

“The message of fiscal responsibility rang through and is one I have been promoting for some time.  The state has been spending too much, and needs to cut back through the use of a hard spending cap, Medicaid reform, and state agency consolidations.

January 5, 2011
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Senator Seward Sworn In For New Term

ONEONTA, 01/01/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) took the oath of office today for another term at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown. 

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Seward addressed the standing room only crowd, vowing to attack the challenges facing New York head-on: 

“The landscape in Albany is changing.  There will be new players, including a new governor, and a new senate majority which I am proud to be part of.  I am also hopeful that there will be a renewed spirit of cooperation with an eye toward positive accomplishments that will benefit our entire state.

January 3, 2011
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Seward Renews Call For Open Review Of OWB Regs

ONEONTA, 12/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is again calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full, open review of proposed outdoor wood boiler (OWB) regulations.

“Energy costs are rising on a daily basis and upstate homeowners and farmers struggling to make ends meet are constantly searching for economical and environmentally sound methods to keep expenses in check,” said Senator Seward.  “I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s efforts in revising outdoor wood boiler regulations but local concerns have not been adequately addressed.”

December 20, 2010
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