James L. Seward's Press releases

Safety Review of Popular Greene County Hiking Trail Needed

ONEONTA, 07/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review safety measures at the Devil’s Kitchen hiking area in the Town of Hunter. 

“Two fatal hiking accidents this year at Devil’s Kitchen have prompted concerns that must be evaluated,” said Senator Seward.  “The Department of Environmental Conservation should take steps to assess the trail’s safety and to ensure proper warnings are present.”

July 29, 2010
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Seward Stands With Public

ONEONTA, 07/21/10 – State Senator James L.

July 21, 2010
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State Legislature Pays Tribute To Fallen Trooper

ALBANY, 06/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) announced today the passage of legislation renaming a portion of state route 32 in Greene County in memory of New York State Police Trooper David J. Lane.

July 7, 2010
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Statement On Budget Extender Vote

ALBANY, 06/21/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the twelfth emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:

June 20, 2010
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Home Heating Hike Looms

ALBANY, 06/18/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today expressed concern that legislation approved in the senate this week will likely cause a dangerous shortage in the supply of home heating oil for upstate communities and force home heating costs to rise 20 percent this winter.

June 18, 2010
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Seward Votes "NO" On Eleventh Budget Extender Bill

ALBANY, 06/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:

“While I am pleased a government shutdown was avoided, I cannot condone the piecemeal budgeting approach, and once again voted NO on the governor’s emergency budget extender bill, the same way I have voted on the previous ten extenders. 

June 14, 2010
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Senator Seward Enlists Taxpayers To Help Cut Wasteful Government Spending

ONEONTA, 06/04/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the launch of “Cut It Out!: Citizens Cutting Government Waste” – an interactive new on-line tool that will enable concerned taxpayers to cast votes for specific wasteful spending items that they would like to see eliminated from the state budget.

June 7, 2010
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Local World War II Hero Inducted Into Veterans Hall Of Fame

ALBANY, 06/01/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today honored Chester A. Scerra of Richfield as a 2010 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 1, 2010
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Head of OCFS Must Go

ALBANY, 05/26/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined several senate colleagues in calling for the immediate resignation of New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion for sanctioning a state-taxpayer funded sex-party at a youth facility that houses killers and other violent criminals.

May 26, 2010
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Fight Continues For Dairy Farmers

ONEONTA, 05/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today renewed his call for additional federal assistance for struggling upstate dairy farmers. “Washington has provided the occasional quick fix, but the band-aid approach is not good enough to stop the bleeding,” said Senator Seward.  “Our farmers need a viable, long term solution that will reestablish our farming future in upstate New York.”

May 20, 2010
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Senator Seward Renews Call for Budget Conference Committees

ALBANY, 05/18/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the legislative leaders’ meeting to discuss the ongoing budget impasse:

May 18, 2010
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Failure To Preserve Power For Jobs A Travesty

ONEONTA, 05/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today said the pending expiration of ‘Power for Jobs’ will endanger thousands of upstate jobs created through the low-cost energy program.

May 14, 2010
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Senate Bill Clears Construction Road Block

ALBANY, 05/05/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) says legislation (senate bill 7686) approved by the state senate today, would authorize payment for capital construction projects, putting people back to work and clearing the way for vital infrastructure work.

May 4, 2010
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Seward, Lopez Launch "No Work Here" Campaign

RICHMONDVILLE, 04/30/10--Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-Oneonta), Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie), and Mark Galasso, President of Lancaster Development, Inc., today launched their “No Work Here” construction signs campaign in Richmondville.  The campaign is meant to spur greater public awareness of the increasing loss of construction jobs on local roadway projects as a result of inaction on the state budget, and to urge Albany’s three legislative leaders to take substantive action to protect working families. 

April 29, 2010
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Measure Favored By Remington Arms Signed Into Law

ALBANY, 04/29/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation that clears the way for weapon manufacturers, including Remington Arms, to produce and repair firearm silencers for law enforcement and military agencies has been signed into law.

“The legislation opens the door to an exciting new job front for Remington Arms,” said Senator Seward.  “By erasing a legal barrier, Herkimer County’s number one employer can now set its sights on a new segment of the firearm industry.”

Senate bill 2721, cosponsored by Senator Seward, will allow properly licensed weapon companies like Remington to manufacture and repair firearm silencers for governmental/military use only. 

April 29, 2010
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Property Tax Cap Needed For Real Relief

ALBANY, 04/27/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap and provided middle-class taxpayers with relief from soaring property taxes was defeated this week in a party line vote.

April 27, 2010
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Seward Plows Under Farm-Threatening Labor Bill

ALBANY, 04/20/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Agriculture Committee defeated senate bill 2247b, also known as the Farm Worker Fair Labor Practice Act.

“Defeating the so called, farm worker labor bill is a clear victory for our upstate farmers, farm workers and the agriculture industry,” said Senator Seward.  “The bill, supported mainly by New York City politicians, would have forced farms to close, while driving up costs for the few survivors.”

April 20, 2010
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Seward Unveils New York Health Care Freedom Act

ALBANY, 04/14/10 – In an effort to protect health care options in New York, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today proposed a state constitutional amendment that would permit New York residents to opt out of the federally mandated requirement to purchase health insurance.

April 14, 2010
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Release State Funds - Get Construction Jobs Moving

ONEONTA, 04/08/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) says the late state budget is now jeopardizing thousands of jobs and putting public safety at risk.

“The lack of urgency shown by some in Albany to set to work on a state budget is now sending individuals to the unemployment line,” said Senator Seward.  “We need to start public conference committees immediately and complete a state budget to avoid a total state shut down.”

Along with pressing for ramped up budget work, Senator Seward is also calling on the governor to reverse his recent decision to suspend payments for ongoing state-funded capital construction projects until a new state budget is in place.   

April 8, 2010
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Stronger Laws Needed To Lock Up Sex Offenders

ILION, 04/01/10 – At the start of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today introduced legislation to increase penalties for sex criminals.  The legislation comes in the wake of the recent indictment of Jeremy Snyder, a registered level-two sex offender charged with felony rape of an underage girl in Herkimer County. “This case is especially troubling, as this adult knowingly preyed on young girls after having been already convicted of a sex offense against a minor,” Senator Seward said.

April 1, 2010
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