ONEONTA, 08/04/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to extend the public comment period on the draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.
ONEONTA, 07/31/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I – Schoharie) are calling on the governor to release a minimum of $60 million in federal stimulus funds to save New York farms.
“Milk prices are dropping and many of our dairy farmers are at the brink of financial disaster,” said Senator Seward. “We need to take immediate steps to protect our number one industry, or many small family run farmers will be forced out of business.”
ONEONTA, 07/28/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced applications are being accepted to help local governments fund “shovel ready” transportation projects.
"Local governments are struggling to keep property taxes down while maintaining their transportation and infrastructure systems,” said Seward. “Our upstate economy depends on well maintained highways to attract new companies and help existing businesses grow. Quality of life issues and the safety of our residents are also at stake.”
ONEONTA, 07/16/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that local governments and not-for-profit housing organizations across the 51st senatorial district have been awarded over $3.6 million in grants to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.
ONEONTA, 07/14/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the governor to stop wasting taxpayer money on needless road signs marking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects.
“A plan to post specially designed road signs identifying economic stimulus project work sites is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Senator Seward. “I thought the idea behind the stimulus money was to get people back to work, not promote government. These signs are simply a shameless plug that wastes the public’s money. Try explaining to an out of work father or mother or a small businessman trying to afford health insurance for his employees how a big green sign is helping stimulate the economy.”
ALBANY, 07/10/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the end of the senate impasse:
“The senate has returned to the people’s business after winning reforms to make the senate more transparent and accountable and limit the power of legislative leaders. People will benefit from a more democratic, bipartisan institution.
ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the fight for senate leadership:
“It has become apparent that the governor’s calls for special sessions have not stopped the circus at the Capitol and more definitive action must be taken. That’s why today I joined with my senate reform coalition colleagues in calling for binding arbitration to resolve the leadership dispute.
ALBANY, 06/22/09 - The Senate Reform Coalition today proposed a new governing structure that provides for the bipartisan designation of committee co-chairs, equal membership on committees, equal resources for both conferences and a jointly prepared active list of legislation. The plan was developed in an effort to forge a bipartisan compromise that will enable the Senate session to move forward.
ALBANY, 06/11/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) this week honored Jackie Hinckley of Richfield Springs as the 2009 Woman of Distinction for the 51st senate district at the 12th annual senate Women of Distinction ceremony.
ALBANY, 06/02/09-- Gretchen S. Sorin, of Springfield Center, has been confirmed by the state senate to serve as a member of the Central New York State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today. Seward is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which must consider nominations before they are acted upon by the full senate.
HERKIMER, 06/02/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Herkimer) today invited area baseball fans to join them for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs regular season opener on Friday, June 5th in Little Falls.
“I am excited to see the baseball season get underway for the Diamond Dawgs and look forward to joining their fans at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night,” said Senator Seward.
ALBANY, 05/27/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is co-sponsoring a bill that would fix a dangerous problem created by the so-called Rockefeller drug law reforms enacted as part of the 2009-10 state budget. Under the budget measure which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their convictions when they apply for employment.
COOPERSTOWN, 05/21/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined local veterans to launch the reissuance of the Purple Heart Stamp.
“As we approach Memorial Day it is important to remember those who have sacrificed so much for their country,” said Senator Seward. “The reissuance of the Purple Heart Stamp is one way we can honor those service members killed or wounded in service of our nation.
ALBANY, 05/15/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited local residents to nominate friends, coworkers and neighborhood leaders whose outstanding work on behalf of our communities makes them deserving of special recognition by the state senate as a New York "Woman of Distinction."
The senate will honor distinguished women from throughout the state at a June 10 Albany reception, where each honoree's photograph and biography will become part of a special exhibit proclaiming the special contributions of exemplary New York women.
ALBANY, 05/12/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is calling for a change in the vehicle and traffic law to allow volunteer emergency responders to operate fire trucks and other emergency vehicles without having to get commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL).
A little known 2005 amendment requires first responders to have CDLs to drive fire trucks except in the case of an emergency. The requirement means firefighters can drive to the scene of an emergency, but not back to the station. They are also unable to drive to training sessions or even in community parades.