James L. Seward's Press releases

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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"Jason's Law" Receives Jumpstart from Seward

ALBANY, 03/19/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) recently welcomed the Rivenburg family to the Capitol to discuss strategies for strengthening truck driver safety and to advance legislative resolutions urging the federal government to enact "Jason's Law." 

March 19, 2010
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Save Now - $500 million in Medicaid Reforms

ALBANY, 03/17/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues in announcing results of a preliminary report on Medicaid fraud in New York along with specific proposals to save half a billion dollars in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

March 16, 2010
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Budget Work Cannot Wait

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.

March 2, 2010
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Seward Bands With Farmers - Fights Farm Labor Bill

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.”

March 1, 2010
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Seward Takes In Student Masterpieces

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.

February 23, 2010
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Seward Backs New Medicaid Fraud Task Force

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.

February 2, 2010
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Seward Announces Funding For Healthier Kids

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.

February 1, 2010
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