James L. Seward's Press releases

Statement on Common Core

ONEONTA, 10/04/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on ‘Common Core’ state standards and associated New York State assessment testing:

“I have been hearing from a great many on the new assessment tests that follow the 'Common Core' state standards. I appreciate everyone’s comments and thoughts.

“Common Core by itself does not mean more tests – but they will be different tests. The New York State assessment testing, which began in April of this year, is mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. New York, as a state, is not requiring more assessments. But the federal government is.

October 4, 2013

Seward On Education Fact-Finding Mission

ONEONTA, 09/30/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Onondaga County, Tuesday, October 1st at Syracuse City Hall.

Senator Seward will take part in a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing, “The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing our Progress.” This is the second in a series of four hearings being convened by the committee under State Senator John J. Flanagan (R/C/I-East Northport), chairman.

September 30, 2013

Seward Sends Funding To Margaretville Central School

ONEONTA, 09/30/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $25,000 to assist Margaretville Central School with budgetary needs. 

“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with Margaretville Central School in ensuring that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.” 

September 30, 2013

Swift Fix To EI Program Billing Needed

ONEONTA, 09/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a swift solution to a billing situation that has placed Early Intervention Program services for hundreds of special needs children at risk.

“Worried parents and dedicated providers alike have contacted me in regard to the newly created complexities in the Early Intervention (EI) Program payment system,” said Senator Seward.  “Providers are not being paid, and, more significantly, children in need of vital services are going without the care they desperately need.   Swift action must be taken to correct this detrimental situation.”

September 24, 2013

Seward Lights Up Downtown Oneonta

ONEONTA, 09/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will fund a major streetlight replacement project in downtown Oneonta. 

“The City of Oneonta is in the midst of a complete downtown renaissance – new merchants, new residents, new storefronts and new infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will assist in the redevelopment and translates to a greener downtown through energy efficiencies and cost savings.” 

September 20, 2013

Seward Continues Push For Improved Disaster Prep & Response

CORTLAND, 09/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today continued to advance his multi-prong strategy to enhance the state’s response to natural disasters. 

“In recent years we have seen the number and severity of natural disasters spiral increasingly upward,” said Senator James L. Seward.  “It is vital that we, as a state, prepare for future natural disasters by constructing better protections for our homes, businesses and infrastructure, streamlining our response, and ensuring that financial resources are available.” 

September 12, 2013

9/11 - Never Forget

Dear Fellow New Yorker:

As you take time to remember those who tragically lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, I offer the straightforward sentiment that has been repeated countless times since that horrific day – never forget.

The nearly 3,000 lives in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, the courageous acts of men and women in uniform and strangers on the street, and the resiliency to rebuild lives in the face of adversity – never forget.

September 11, 2013

Grant Will Provide Moravia School Students With Tools They Need To Succeed

MORAVIA, 09/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $43,000 to assist Moravia Central School with expenses related to new curriculum demands. 

September 10, 2013

Seward Helps Historic Hyde Hall Face The Future

COOPERSTOWN, 09/06/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with restoration and preservation at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown. 

September 6, 2013

Flood Recovery Funds Delivered To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 08/29/13 -  Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.

August 29, 2013

STAR Registration Fact Sheet

New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years.  Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013.  The NYS Tax Department will mail instructions to all current Basic STAR recipients on how to register.  Senior Citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement.

August 19, 2013

Funding Announced For Cortland Repertory Theatre

CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project. 

August 13, 2013

Seward Pays Tribute To Fallen Herkimer County WWII Airman

FRANKFORT, 08/06/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented the family of United States Army Sergeant Dominick J. Licari with the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.

August 6, 2013

Herkimer County Can Hire Health Director From Outside

ALBANY, 08/01/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced legislation he  sponsored that will allow Herkimer County to choose a county public health director from outside the county has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The legislation (S.3949/A.5666) follows a home rule request from the Herkimer County Legislature.

August 1, 2013

NYSDOT Answers Call For Route 8 Traffic Study

ONEONTA, 07/26/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has initiated a full study of traffic issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant. 

July 29, 2013

Grants Available For Mohawk Valley Flood Victims

HERKIMER, 07/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today encouraged residents, business owners and farmers hit hard by recent storms to take advantage of available grants. 

July 25, 2013

Seward Pursues Flood Aid For Schoharie County

ONEONTA, 07/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced his continued support for Schoharie County’s  inclusion in the federal disaster declaration for flooding damage in late June/early July. 

July 22, 2013

Seward, Mohawk Valley Senate Delegation Advance Flood Recovery Strategy

HERKIMER, 07/12/13 – Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.

July 12, 2013

Seward Delivers Funding For A.O. Fox

ONEONTA, 07/08/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide medical equipment for A-O Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

“A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital is a recognized leader in the field of rural, community health care,” said Senator Seward.  “I am pleased to partner with the hospital as they update their patient care model to successfully meet new challenges while continuing to offer the best possible care.”

July 8, 2013

*** Updated Flood Information ***

ALBANY, 07/02/13 -- Governor Cuomo today activated the NYS Flood Helpline to aid residents affected by widespread flooding across areas of New York State. New Yorkers can call the helpline for assistance, including important local contact information for the Red Cross and Salvation Army, health and safety tips, where to go to receive a tetanus shot, what to do in case of an oil spill or power outage, mental health assistance, and for other recovery needs as well. Life threatening emergencies should be reserved for 911. NYS Flood Helpline: 1-888-769-7243

July 2, 2013
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