James L. Seward's Press releases

Seward & Lopez Fight DMV Fee Hikes

SCHOHARIE, 09/18/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I - Schoharie) were joined by Schoharie County Clerk M. Indica Jaycox, Greene County Clerk Mike Flynn, Columbia County Clerk Holly C. Tanner and Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola, along with elected officials, including eight area town supervisors, at a press conference held this morning outside of the Schoharie County Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. 

September 18, 2009
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Seward To AG Cuomo - Dairy Industry Investigation Needed

ONEONTA, 09/14/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the attorney general to investigate how the dairy industry may be shortchanging farmers. “Our hard working farmers put in an honest day’s work.  We need to make sure the rest of the dairy industry is doing the same,” said Senator Seward.  “While many upstate farmers are going out of business, dairy processors and co-ops are reporting record profits.  Something just doesn’t add up.”

September 14, 2009
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Seward Applauds RESTORE-NY Awards

ALBANY, 9/2/09  --  State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded funding for area projects through the RESTORE-NY program, an initiative developed in 2006 with the intent to rehabilitate and refurbish buildings in communities across the state.

“The funding will help provide a needed boost to the region and important community projects,” Seward said. “Governor Pataki and the legislature came up with the concept so that we could direct state dollars to downtown areas in particular in order to help local communities restore  buildings and return them to usefulness. The result will be improved communities and a broader tax base.”

September 1, 2009
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Seward Announces Child Care Grants - Vital Support For Working Families

CORTLAND, 08/20/09 – At the YWCA of Cortland County, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, special funding to provide for essential child care programs for working families.

August 19, 2009
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Seward Announces Herkimer County Fair Funding

FRANKFORT, 08/18/09 – During the opening ceremony for the 2009 Herkimer County Fair, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, a $15,000 senate grant toward a new pavilion on the fairgrounds.

“The senate funding will help this growing county fair showcase local agriculture and draw additional exhibitors and fair-goers to the grounds in Frankfort,” said Senator Seward. “Other community events held at the fairgrounds will also be able to take advantage of this new pavilion.”

August 17, 2009
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Price To Drive Goes Up September 1st

ONEONTA, 08/11/09 – Every New Yorker that drives a car, a truck, a motorcycle, an ATV or a boat will be paying more as the latest round of massive tax and fee hikes approved in the state budget takes effect next month, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) said today.    “In upstate New York driving is a necessity,” said Senator Seward.  “People depend on their motor vehicle to get to work, go grocery shopping and travel to the doctor.  Many New York City politicians don’t seem to care that the average upstate family will now be forced to pay an extra $100 a year to maintain a needed lifeline.”  

August 12, 2009
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Worcester, Oneonta Bridge Construction Nears

ONEONTA, 08/10/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that railroad funding toward the cost of the replacement of two railroad bridges in Otsego County has been received by local officials and construction work should begin shortly.

Otsego County will replace the Brooker Hollow Road bridge in the Town of Worcester and the Town of Oneonta will replace the railroad bridge spanning State Route 7 and Pony Farm Road in the Town of Oneonta. 

August 10, 2009
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Extend Comment Period For Natural Gas Drilling Regs

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. 

August 3, 2009
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Seward & Lopez Make Plea For Struggling Farmers

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.”

August 3, 2009
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Federal Transportation Funds Available

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.”

July 28, 2009
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Seward Announces Local Housing Grants

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.

July 16, 2009
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Seward Calls On Governor To Rethink Highway Signs

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.”

July 14, 2009
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Impasse Ends; Coalition Wins Key Reforms

 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.

July 10, 2009
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Long-Term Leadership Solution A Must

ALBANY, 07/02/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the fight for senate leadership:

“It is clear the stalemate in Albany has gone on too long.  We need a long-term bipartisan operating plan, so we can get back to the significant issues of our state.

July 1, 2009
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Seward Calls For Binding Arbitration To Settle Senate Leadership Dispute

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.

June 24, 2009
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Vital Local Bills Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on this week’s extraordinary session of the state senate:

“With all of the controversy surrounding senate leadership, the governor’s call of a special session did force all senators to be in the senate chamber at one time.

June 24, 2009
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Senate Reform Coalition Operating Agreement Would Allow Session To Move Forward In Bipartisan Fashion

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.

June 22, 2009
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Senator Seward Honors "Woman of Distinction"

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.

June 11, 2009
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Seward Hails New Senate Leadership Coalition

ALBANY, 06/08/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is hailing a historic new bipartisan leadership coalition, elected today to bring reform to the state senate.

June 8, 2009
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Local Woman Named To State Panel

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.

June 2, 2009
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