James L. Seward's Press releases

Seward Joins Veterans For Reissuance of Purple Heart Stamp

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. 

May 21, 2009
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Senator Seward Invites Nominees for "Women of Distinction"

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.

May 15, 2009
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Change Needed In Volunteer Firefighter Driver Requirements

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.

May 12, 2009
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Seward Opposes MTA Bailout

ALBANY, 05/06/09— Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on the MTA bailout deal:

“Just like the ill-advised state budget, the MTA bailout was negotiated in secret, will drive up taxes statewide and cost New York business heavily.

May 6, 2009
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Local Infrastructure Projects Receive Funding

 ONEONTA, 05/01/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) today announced the award of federal funding for infrastructure projects throughout the 51st district.

May 1, 2009
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Otsego County Student Shadows Seward

ALBANY, 04/23/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was joined this week by Connor Adsit, an eleventh grade student at Cooperstown High School, as part of the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation’s 9th annual Students Inside Albany conference.

“The unique program offers students an inside look at how state government runs,” said Seward.  “I am pleased to take part, and show one of our state’s future leaders around the Capitol.” 

April 23, 2009
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Taxed Enough Already

 ONEONTA, 04/15/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on Tax Day Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Parties occurring in his district.

 “Hard working taxpayers are gathering throughout my district today to speak out against the ever growing tax burden they are forced to shoulder.  I join them in expressing my frustration with the rising cost of living in New York due in great part to ever increasing taxes.

April 15, 2009
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Consumer Outreach Won't Foot the Bill

ONEONTA, 04/09/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today criticized Governor David Paterson for announcing an outreach program for consumers who can’t pay their energy bills, just days after pushing through a massive utility tax hike that will make it even tougher for people to pay them.

April 9, 2009
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Transportation Projects Receive Federal Funding

ALBANY, 04/06/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) today announced the award of federal funding for transportation projects throughout the 51st district.

“These projects will spur economic development and create construction jobs while making necessary improvements to our Main Streets, bike paths and walkways,” said Seward. “Projects like these upgrade the quality of life for our residents and are needed to help attract visitors to our region.”

April 6, 2009
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Seward Celebrates Agriculture and Literacy

ATHENS, 03/26/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) attended Agriculture Literacy Day at Edward J. Arthur Elementary School in Athens today.

Senator Seward read to Michelle Whiting’s second grade class from the book, “The Empire State Investigator: The Applesauce Bandit.” The book was donated to the school by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County.

March 26, 2009
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Budget Logjam Needs to Break

ALBANY, 03/24/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on the closed state budget process:

“I am extremely disappointed with the lack of progress on the state budget. Promises of openness and reform by Democrats have come up short, and now we are a week away from the budget deadline with nothing to show to the public.

March 24, 2009
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Grants to Improve Upstate Health Care

ALBANY, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a number of physicians, hospitals, and health care facilities in the 51st district will receive funding under New York State’s Doctors Across New York program.

Under the program $15.6 million in funding is provided to offer loan forgiveness, grants and enhanced reimbursement to encourage new primary care and specialist physicians to practice in underserved areas.

March 23, 2009
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Senate Approves New Cortland County Seal

ALBANY, 03/12/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today the senate passage of a home rule request allowing Cortland County to update the official county seal.

“With Cortland County just celebrating its bicentennial it is an ideal time to officially update the county seal,” said Seward. “This new seal, which is already commonly recognized and used throughout the county as a logo, will now be used for official county and court documents.”

March 12, 2009
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Governor Backs Down on Tax and Fee Hikes

ALBANY, 03/11/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) commented today on Governor Paterson’s decision to back down on some tax and fee hikes proposed in his budget.

March 11, 2009
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Seward Leads GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 03/19/08-- Senate Democrats today rejected a pair of Republican-sponsored amendments that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

March 19, 2008
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