James L. Seward's Videos

Seward Bill Key Part Of Senate Package To Protect New York's Motorists

ALBANY, 03/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to improve safety on New York’s highways.  The package included a bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3511) which targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.

March 23, 2015

Senate Makes Fashion Statement For World Down Syndrome Day

ALBANY, 03/18/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined his colleagues in the state senate in recognizing the tenth anniversary of “World Down Syndrome Day” and called on the governor to proclaim March 21, 2015 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of New York.

March 18, 2015

Seward Stresses Education Priorities At Budget Conference Committee Meeting

ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today during the first  education budget conference committee meeting restated his leading priorities in regard to the education budget.

“Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment, providing fair and equitable funding to our neediest schools, boosting aid to local libraries, and decoupling the governor’s ‘education reforms’ from the budget remain my top priorities as we work toward a fifth consecutive on-time budget,” said Senator Seward.

March 16, 2015

Seward Bill Part Of Senate Package To Protect Children, Victims From Sex Offenders

ALBANY, 02/26/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to protect children and victims from sex offenders.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3926) would bar sex offenders who are on parole, probation, or conditionally discharged from being upon the premises of any day care facility.

February 26, 2015

Governor's State Of State/Budget Address - Right Themes, Details Needed

ALBANY, 01/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s combined State of the State and budget address:

“While the governor’s address touched on several items that I agree should be priorities in 2015 – lower taxes, career opportunities, upstate infrastructure, and education –  our strategies to address these priorities differ to some extent.

January 21, 2015

Resolution Commending Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron

Senate Resolution J84


COMMENDING  the  Colonel Francis S. Gabreski Cadet

        Squadron from the Long Island Group of the Civil Air

        Patrol Color Guard upon the occasion  of  presenting

        the  colors  at  the start of the session of the New

        York State Senate


  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  that

the  quality  and  character  of life in the communities across New York

January 12, 2015

Senate Passes Seward Bill To Combat Heroin & Opioid Crisis

ALBANY, 06/19/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today spoke on the senate floor in support of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic.  The senate passed a package of eleven bills that were part of a three-way agreement between the senate, assembly and governor.  The package includes senate bill 7912, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.

June 19, 2014

Heroin Task Force Releases Report, Legislation

ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction.  The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.

May 28, 2014

Resolution Honoring Sergeant Shawn Farrell II

Senate Resolution No. 4858

BY: Senator Seward 

Mourning the untimely  death  of  Sergeant Shawn Farrell II of Accord, New York, and  paying  tribute to  his courageous actions as a member of the United States Army.

May 6, 2014

Senate Task Force Forum on Heroin and Opioid Addiction- Full Video

ONEONTA, 04/28/14- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today hosted the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in Oneonta.  The forum was one of fourteen being held statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

Senator Seward, a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, was joined by Senator Phil Boyle (R/C/I – Suffolk County), task force chairman, local health care professionals, addiction experts, law enforcement officials, and concerned citizens.

April 28, 2014

"Young Farmers NY" Will Fortify Our Farming Future

ALBANY, 03/04/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to unveil the “Young Farmers NY” plan to address issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and to preserve the future of family farming.  The initiative will support and encourage a new generation of farmers and help strengthen the state’s leading industry for decades to come.

March 4, 2014

Public Assistance Integrity Act Overwhelmingly Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 02/04/14 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act” to crack down on welfare fraud and prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance for the purchase of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or for casino gambling. 

The legislation (S.966), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would also prevent individuals receiving welfare from using their electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards to make ATM withdrawals from certain places, including liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs. 

February 4, 2014

Hit The Pause Button On Common Core

ALBANY, 01/23/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s appearance before the senate education committee in regard to the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and new state testing assessments:

“My message to Commissioner King is simple and direct – hit the pause button on Common Core. It’s the same message that parents, teachers, school administrators, and students have been sharing with me and it is the direction we need to take, not in a few months, but immediately.

January 23, 2014

Statement On Governor's Budget Proposal

ALBANY, 01/21/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:
“I share in the governor’s optimism that we will produce a fourth straight on-time state budget that keeps spending in check, enhances private sector job growth, and delivers meaningful property tax cuts.  

“We are working with a budget surplus, thanks to the fiscal responsibility exhibited over the last three years, and we must continue to budget in that vein.  In fact, I believe we need to enact a permanent state spending cap to ensure that budget restraint continues long-term.

January 21, 2014

NY Jobs For Heroes

ALBANY, 01/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined veterans and senate colleagues to call for passage of the “NY Jobs for Heroes Program” to support service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses. 

The legislation (S.2803B) co-sponsored by Senator Seward mirrors the highly successful federal program and is currently in use in nearly forty other states.  The senate has repeatedly passed the bill since its introduction in 2007, and Governor Cuomo offered his support for the concept during his recent State of the State address.

January 14, 2014

Statement on State of the State Address

ALBANY, 01/08/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:

“The governor’s address included several broad-brush proposals that I believe will be positive for upstate New York.   Improving our state’s economic development climate and cutting taxes are high priorities of mine, and I was pleased the governor focused a great deal of attention on these topics.   

January 8, 2014

Otsego County Economic Development Summit II - Full Video

ONEONTA, 11/19/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently hosted his second economic development summit in Otsego County.  The event was broadcast/webcast live, thanks to SUNY Oneonta, and is now available on-line.

“A diverse group of nearly 200 elected officials, business leaders, and educators attended Otsego County Economic Development Summit II at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center,” said Senator Seward.  “Now those who were unable to make it in person can watch this archived version.”

November 19, 2013

Honoring Our Veterans

Fellow New Yorkers:

On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans.  Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given proper praise for a job well done.  Our veterans have faced hardships that a non-veteran could never fully understand.  Some have faced death in defending our nation’s freedom.  Veterans possess the core American values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, personal courage, and integrity.

November 8, 2013

Seward, Senate Education Committee Question New School Standards

SYRACUSE, 10/01/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I--Oneonta) today, took part in a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing, "The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing our Progress." This was 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.

The hearings present an opportunity to review reforms embarked upon in 2010 by the New York State Board of Regents. The hearings also focus on several major issues confronting educators including state assessments, the implementation of common core state standards and the protection of student privacy.

October 2, 2013

Flood Recovery Aid Headed To Mohawk Valley

HERKIMER, 07/17/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials today to announce the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.

July 17, 2013
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