James L. Seward's Press releases

State Aid To Help Pick Up Repair Tab To Rebuild From Irene & Lee

ONEONTA, 04/11/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s announcement that New York State will cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs resulting from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

April 11, 2012
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Seward Invites Nominees For Veterans' Hall Of Fame

ONEONTA, 04/09/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates them worthy of induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

“The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life,” said Senator Seward.  “Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a hall of fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.”

April 9, 2012
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Bright Future For Historic Herkimer Home

HERKIMER, 04/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) today announced continued state funding that will keep General Herkimer Home open and provide for future needs at the historic site.

“When Herkimer Home was threatened last year I vowed to do everything in my power to protect this vital piece of local history,” said Senator Seward. “In 2011, I was able to secure $100,000 in state funding to provide for the immediate needs at Herkimer Home and begin future planning. I am pleased to announce that another $100,000 allocation is included in the 2012-2013 budget securing the future of Herkimer Home.”

April 4, 2012
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Statement On Education Aid

ALBANY, 03/29/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2012-2013 state budget:

“Providing our upstate rural schools with the resources they need to help our students achieve more in the classroom has always been a high priority of mine.  This year I fought diligently to funnel more state dollars to high need, low wealth districts – keeping in mind New York’s fiscal condition.  The final per-pupil aid figures reflect that successful effort.”

March 29, 2012
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State Budget Includes Funding To Combat Hydrilla

Albany, 03/28-12 —State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Tom O’Mara (R/C-Big Flats), and Mike Nozzolio (R/C-Seneca Falls) announced today that the 2012-2013 state budget includes $800,000 in funding to assist local efforts to stop the spread of the invasive aquatic plant hydrilla, which was found last year in the Cayuga Inlet.

The trio of state lawmakers has been working closely with local leaders and other state officials to urge both houses of the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide increased state support to begin a more aggressive, effective eradication program this spring.

March 29, 2012
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State Budget Deal Meets Upstate Needs

ALBANY, 03/27/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the state budget agreement:

“The announced budget agreement sets New York on course to approve an on time spending plan for a second consecutive year.  More than the timeliness, the plan meets upstate needs, provides incentives for private sector job growth and closes a $3.5 billion budget gap without raising taxes.

“One item I fought hard for was funding for our rural, low-wealth school districts and additional aid was included in the final agreement.  Community colleges also benefited, ensuring quality, affordable higher education for our young people.

March 27, 2012
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Seward Focuses on Agriculture

ALBANY, 03/19/12 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act” to promote the purchase of locally grown or produced food.

Senator Seward co-sponsored the bill (S.2468) which requires state agencies with food contracts to buy at least 20 percent of their food from New York sources.

“Agriculture is New York’s number one industry,” said Senator Seward.  “In recent years, agribusinesses have taken on all shapes and sizes – large dairy farms, small alpaca ranches, roadside vegetable stands - encouraging the use of their products will help our upstate economy grow.”

March 19, 2012
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All Crimes DNA Law Will Help Protect New Yorkers

ALBANY, 03/15/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that the New York State Senate has passed legislation that will implement the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. 

“DNA is a proven crime-fighting tool.  Expanding its use provides police and prosecutors with the means to put more lawbreakers behind bars and offers another layer of protection for the public,” said Senator Seward.  “More crimes will be solved, more criminals will be brought to justice and more innocent individuals will be exonerated through the databank expansion.”

March 15, 2012
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Budget Conference Committees Convene

ALBANY, 03/14/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key joint budget conference committees which held their first meetings today in Albany.  Senator Seward will serve on the higher education subcommittee and the education subcommittee.

March 14, 2012
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Seward Applauds Passage of Senate Budget

ALBANY, 03/12/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on passage of a senate budget resolution for fiscal year 2012-2013:

“Passage of a senate spending plan is an important step toward final enactment of an on-time state budget that controls spending, cuts taxes and includes vital job creation tools.  The plan closes a $2 billion deficit and builds on last year’s success.

“The senate budget resolution cuts taxes on businesses and provides incentives to hire new employees – steps needed to accelerate private sector job growth in New York state.

March 12, 2012
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Senate Passes Mandate Relief For NY Businesses

ALBANY, 02/29/12 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation to repeal the notification provisions of the Wage Theft Protection Act, a costly mandate on every employer in the state.

Senator Seward co-sponsored the bill (S.6063A) which amends the labor law by eliminating a costly wage reporting requirement which costs employers time and money while doing nothing to help employees or create jobs.

February 29, 2012
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Senate Republicans Cut Spending Saving Taxpayers Millions

ALBANY, 02-29-12 - The Senate’s Republican Majority has reduced senate spending by $7.8 million over the last six months and $11.1 million in the last year alone, saving hardworking taxpayers millions of dollars while creating a leaner, functional and more efficient state government.                                                                               These figures were released tod

February 29, 2012
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Electrical Service Upgrade Needed in Laurens

ONEONTA, 02/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has called on New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to upgrade electrical service in the Town and Village of Laurens in Otsego County.

A number of constituents have contacted Senator Seward concerning frequent power outages.  Seward recently convened a meeting with representatives from the Town and Village of Laurens, Laurens Central School District and NYSEG to discuss the unacceptable situation.

February 23, 2012
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Unatego School Forum Letters Delivered To Governor's Education Czar

ALBANY, 02/15/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met with Governor Cuomo’s Deputy Secretary for Education David Wakelyn and delivered over 600 letters signed by parents, educators and other concerned citizens at a recent forum at Unatego High School.  Senator Seward also attended the forum which was designed to facilitate a discussion on proposed state budget cuts and the impact on Unatego and similar schools.

February 15, 2012
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Senate Targets Illegal Prescription Drug Abuse

ALBANY, 02/13/12 – With the abuse of illegally-obtained prescription narcotics growing rapidly, the New York State Senate today passed several bills to curb the black market in prescription painkillers.

Senate approval of the bills followed a roundtable discussion on the issue of abuse of prescription painkillers.  This was a second in a series of public meetings discussing legislation to combat prescription drug abuse and to examine improving New York’s prescription reporting system.

February 14, 2012
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Senate Passes Package of School Bus Bills

ALBANY, 02/06/12 – The New York State Senate today passed a series of school bus bills that will ensure child safety and enhanced communication.

A bill, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward R/C/I-Oneonta), that would give school districts the option to put their website on their school buses (S.2371) was among those receiving approval.

February 6, 2012
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Seward Starts Fine Tuning State Budget

ONEONTA, 02/02/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to two key senate budget sub-committees which will review the governor’s budget proposal and offer recommendations for modifications.  Senator Seward will serve on the health sub-committee and the education sub-committee.

Regarding his health subcommittee assignment Senator Seward said:

“A number of important issues are included under the health heading – a state takeover of Medicaid, creation of a health insurance exchange, and funding for vital public health programs,” said Senator Seward.  “Ensuring the public’s needs are met while keeping state spending in check will be a primary focus.”

February 3, 2012
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Senator Seward Urges Small Businesses, Farmers, Non-Profits To Apply For Flood Assistance

ALBANY, 01/23/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that applications are now being accepted for the Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storm Lee Business Flood Recovery Grant Program. 

“Many small businesses, farms and non-profits damaged during Irene and Lee were already operating on a tight budget before the storms and are unable to afford costly repairs on their own,” said Senator Seward.  “This state grant program will help fill the gaps that private insurance, federal grants and other assistance programs haven’t covered.”

January 23, 2012
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Senator Seward Joins Senator Farley On Library Committee

ALBANY, 01/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he was named to a newly created Senate Select Committee on Libraries.  This 19-member bipartisan body was established on January 10th through passage of a senate resolution.

“Our libraries play a vital role in our communities,” Seward said.  “As a long-time advocate for libraries, I look forward to furthering my role in promoting their benefits and assisting them in addressing their needs.”

The select committee is authorized to conduct meetings, conferences and public hearings to gather information and to make recommendations on library related legislative proposals.

January 19, 2012
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Senator Seward Comments On Governor's Budget Proposal

ALBANY, 01/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:

“The governor’s budget proposal is a sound continuation of last year’s effort to rein in state spending without raising taxes or resorting to new borrowing.  I believe the plan hits close to the mark on a number of my key priorities and provides a solid starting point for this year’s budget discussion.

January 17, 2012
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