James L. Seward's Press releases

Area Counties Included In Federal Disaster Declaration

ONEONTA, 09/05/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today reminded residents and businesses in eligible counties to apply for federal disaster assistance. “Families and businesses in communities devastated by Irene are determined to rebuild and the federal disaster declaration is a helpful step in the ongoing recovery.  I encourage those who have suffered damage to apply with FEMA as soon as possible to begin the assistance process,” said Senator Seward.

Those who have suffered damage are able to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).  Registration forms and additional information can be found online at www.disasterassistance.gov.

September 6, 2011

Permit Suspension Prudent Course Of Action

ONEONTA, 09/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commended the decision to suspend certain permit requirements as homeowers and municipal workers rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

"As property owners work to safely return to their homes and local officials perform needed emergency repairs there is no time to wade through bureaucratic red tape,” said Senator Seward.  “Putting certain permitting requirements on hold removes a roadblock to recovery and allows vital work to take place immediately.”

September 1, 2011

Seward Views Storm Damage

PRATTSVILLE, 08/31/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for a tour of flood ravaged portions of upstate New York.

“The devastation is utterly astonishing,” said Senator Seward. “My heart goes out to the families and individuals who are demonstrating such amazing courage and fortitude in the face of this tragedy.

“I also want to commend the first responders, National Guard members and local elected officials who have worked tirelessly around the clock to protect life and property before, during and after the storm.”

August 31, 2011

Seward Appeals To Governor For Additional Disaster Relief

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today called on Governor Cuomo to support legislation for New York State to cover local expenses to repair public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Irene.

“At a time when local government officials are already working on the thinnest of margins, adding the repair costs associated with Hurricane Irene could be devastating for many small, rural municipalities,” said Senator Seward.  “The state’s emergency response to Hurricane Irene has been professional and swift, now long-term financial assistance is needed to help communities rebuild.”

August 29, 2011

Steps To Rebuild Following Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the efforts of Governor Cuomo and other state and local officials in continuing to keep residents informed of steps to take following Hurricane Irene.  Below is a press release issued by the governor’s office which includes vital information in regard to property losses and insurance claims.

"The days following a natural disaster can be confusing and stressful, but it is important for those who have suffered property damage to file an insurance claim as quickly as possible to help protect their financial future," Governor Cuomo said.

August 29, 2011

Statement on Hurricane Irene

ONEONTA, 08/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the effects of Hurricane Irene and the ongoing clean-up:

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene my thoughts and prayers go out to the many families and communities that have suffered significant losses and continue to cope with the aftermath of the storm. 

August 29, 2011

New Online Survey Seeks Job Growth Ideas

ONEONTA, 08/25/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced the launch of a new online survey, “The Next Steps to a Stronger Economy,” designed to gather public input on economic development initiatives to further private sector job growth. 

August 25, 2011

Seward Trumpets Musical Milestone

COOPERSTOWN, 08/25/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) recently presented a special legislative resolution from the state senate to the Cooperstown Community Band commemorating its 150th anniversary season.

The Cooperstown Community Band got its start in 1862 during the Civil War when 13 men left Cooperstown to serve as Doubleday’s Band in New York 66th Regiment.   Today, the band is made up of approximately 45 volunteer musicians from communities throughout Otsego County and neighboring counties ranging in age from 9 to 89.


August 25, 2011

Safety Review Of Cairo-Durham School Entrance Needed

ONEONTA, 08/18/11 – Following an appeal from State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) the NYS Department of Transportation will review safety measures on Route 145 at the entrance of Cairo-Durham Middle & High School where the recent death of a student has sparked concern.

“Highway safety is always one of my top concerns,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring safety near a school, where young lives are at stake, is an absolute priority.” 

August 18, 2011

Hartwick College To Host "New York Remembers" 9/11 Exhibition

ONEONTA, 08/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s decision to include Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture as a site of one of thirty “New York Remembers” exhibitions statewide marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

August 10, 2011

SUNY 2020 Will Spur Campus Development & Economic Development

ALBANY, 08/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation he co-sponsored establishing a rational tuition policy for State University of New York (SUNY) schools has been signed into law.

“Our SUNY schools are one of our state’s greatest assets; they provide our future innovators and leaders with a quality, affordable education while partnering with communities statewide and driving our local economies,” said Senator Seward.  “Establishing a rational tuition policy will aid students and parents as they plan for the cost of a college education.” 

August 9, 2011

Seward Bill Favored By Cortland County Sportsmen Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 08/04/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation allowing Cortland County sportsmen and women to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear has been signed into law.

“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.”

August 4, 2011

Seward Joins In Historic Announcement For Remington Arms & Ilion

ILION, 07/27/11 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) today joined the Village of Ilion and Remington Arms, LLC in announcing that Remington Arms is now a full requirements retail electric customer of the Village of Ilion municipal electric system. Earlier this year the village received an allocation of additional hydropower from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to support this provision of electric service and Remington Arms' recent project expansion and job retention in Ilion.

July 27, 2011

Seward Co-sponsors "Protect Our Children Act"

ALBANY, 07/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws.  The “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862) includes provisions related to the reporting of missing children, will shield children from cruel and repeated abuse and increases penalties for child predators.

The bill comes in the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, and includes more than two dozen provisions aimed at strengthening New York State laws.

July 21, 2011

Expanded Transition Period Needed For Prison Closures

ONEONTA, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined with several legislative colleagues in calling on Governor Cuomo to extend the transition period for employees affected by pending prison closures.

“Thousands of employees and their families are dealing with life altering decisions as a result of the governor’s prison closures,” said Senator Seward.  “The very least the state can provide is ample transition time for these dedicated workers who are about to have their lives uprooted through no fault of their own.”

July 21, 2011

Otselic Valley School Name Change Official

ALBANY, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation formally changing the name of Georgetown-South Otselic School District to the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic has been signed into law.

“This legislation formalizes the legal name of the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic and comes at the request of the school,” said Senator Seward.  “The change will allow the district to employ the commonly used  name when filing reports, applying for grants or entering into contracts.”

July 21, 2011

Seward Carries The Flag For Small Town Parades & Events

ONEONTA, 06/28/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the NYS Department of Transportation to abandon a new special use permit requirement for local parades and community events.

“New York state is infamous for overregulation,” said Senator Seward.  “One of my long-standing, top priorities has been to reduce red tape for businesses, schools and local governments, now it seems small town parades and special events also need protection.”

June 28, 2011

Statement On 2011 Legislative Session

ALBANY, 06/23/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2011 legislative session:

“Albany is functioning again and a number of my top priorities were realized during the 2011 legislative session as a result.  The prime focus was on economic issues – improving the bottom line for families, individuals and seniors and enhancing growth opportunities for our small businesses – and the accomplishments are evident.

June 24, 2011

Senate Passes Historic Property Tax Cap Legislation

ALBANY,  06/24/11 - The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.

“Property taxpayers in New York State are tapped out,” said Senator Seward.  “Enacting a property tax cap is a commonsense approach that will provide significant savings and help families and senior citizens afford to stay in their homes.

“Our small business owners, and in particular, our farmers, who are crumbling under the burden of out of control property taxes, will also receive much needed relief.  Now, instead of agonizing over skyrocketing tax bills, our business leaders can turn their attention to creating jobs and reviving our economy.”

June 24, 2011

Seward Bill Streamlines Commercial Insurance Regulation

ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5811) that will modernize the regulation of commercial insurance.  The legislation, sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), will exempt some large commercial insurance policyholders from certain state requirements.

“This legislation is a much needed step toward streamlining and modernizing insurance regulation in New York state,” said Senator Seward.  “The changes will also keep premium dollars right here, helping bolster an already robust insurance job market.”

June 21, 2011
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