ALBANY, 03/03/10 – State senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called for a full court press on development of the 2010-2011 budget. “The budget deadline is less than a month away and to date, very little has been accomplished concerning the 2010-2011 state budget. We need to move forward now with a complete review of the governor’s proposal and set to work amending the plan for final approval. Today’s five-way leaders meetings is a start, but we need to ramp up the work load.
ALBANY, 03/01/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today participated in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on senate bill 2247b, also known as the Farm Worker Fair Labor Practice Act.
“The bill, supported mainly by New York City politicians, would force farms to close, and drive one more industry, our top industry, out of New York state,” said Senator Seward. “Ultimately, farm workers, who the bill is aimed at protecting, would wind up on the unemployment line, costing all New Yorkers.”
ALBANY, 02/23/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today proudly welcomed students from Cairo-Durham Central School and Frankfort-Schuyler Central School to Albany for the New York State Art Teachers Association 20th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibit.
ALBANY, 02/02/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a new Medicaid task force aimed at clamping down on fraud and saving state taxpayers money while at the same time creating a more efficient system for those in need of health services.
ONEONTA, 01/29/10 – Standing on a newly refurbished gymnasium floor, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes at his request, a $30,000 senate grant toward facility improvements at the Oneonta Family YMCA.
ALBANY, 01/26 /10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York’s economy, reduce business taxes and create thousands of new jobs.
“This plan provides real incentives that will improve our economic climate and get people working,” said Senator Seward. “It includes targeted assistance that will enhance current businesses and foster new growth translating to real recovery here in New York.”
ONEONTA, 01/24/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that personal income tax forms are available at his district offices in Oneonta and Cortlandville.
“Each year more people are taking advantage of electronic tax filing, but for those who don’t have access to a computer, or simply want to put pen to paper, the forms are still available,” said Senator Seward.
ALBANY, 01/19/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on Gov. Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget proposal: “The governor hit on many of the right talking points, but the real question is whether he will follow through in the finished product. If past results are any indication, the answer is no.
ONEONTA, 01/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today offered local residents with information on how to assist the Haiti relief efforts. "The thoughts and prayers of all New Yorkers go out to the people of Haiti in the wake of this devastating tragedy,” said Senator Seward. “New Yorkers have a long and proud tradition of providing aid and relief to those in need, and communities across our state are now pulling together to lend a helping hand during this time of great need.
ONEONTA, 01/08/10 -- In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2010 session of the New York State Senate, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) outlined his agenda of state spending cuts, property tax relief and business investments he dubbed “CSI – Upstate.”
ALBANY, 11/16/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today hailed the governor’s decision to drop plans requiring New York motorists to purchase new license plates in April at a cost of $25 per vehicle.
“I have been fighting the license plate scheme since it was first uncovered in the budget proposal earlier this year,” said Senator Seward. “More than 8,000 people in the 51st district joined me in the battle by signing my on-line petition and offering a resounding NO to the government cash grab. I am pleased that together, we can declare victory in this fight.”
ONEONTA, 11/12/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that more than 7,500 people have signed his online petition against a new state mandate that will require every New Yorker to purchase a new license plate in April whether he needs one or not, at a cost of $25 per vehicle.
ONEONTA, 11/04/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) extension of the public comment period on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.
ONEONTA, 10/29/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold additional public hearings for those interested in commenting on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.
SCHUYLER LAKE, 10/26/09 – Joined by members of the Schuyler Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, $15,000 to help with construction of a new fire station.