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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Productive 2013 Legislative Session Comes To A Close

ALBANY, 06/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2013 legislative session:

 

June 22, 2013
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Public Assistance Integrity Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 06/18/13 – 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. 

June 18, 2013
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Cut Red Tape, Create Jobs

ALBANY, 06/10/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he sponsored to allow the legislature to eliminate or amend state regulations that overstep their original intent.  The bill (S.3462) was part of a bi-partisan senate package aimed at ridding New York State of unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes.

June 10, 2013
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Added Time For EMT Recertification

ALBANY, 05/23/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced introduction of legislation he is sponsoring that will extend the emergency medical technician five-year recertification demonstration program.  Senator Seward’s  bill (S.5152) provides active volunteer emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in certain counties with additional time to meet recertification requirements.

May 23, 2013
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Senate Adopts Pro-Family, Pro-Jobs Budget

 

ALBANY, 03/27/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final senate approval of the 2013-14 state budget: 

“The final state budget meets my central budget priorities – control spending, cut taxes and create jobs.  The fiscally responsible plan keeps state spending below the same two-percent cap placed on school districts and local governments while providing significant tax breaks for middle class families, small businesses and manufacturers.  

“I’m particularly pleased with the school aid portion of the budget.   The vast majority of new money, almost $1 billion, will go to low and average wealth schools that need help the most.  

March 27, 2013
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Senate Approves Tougher Penalties For Injuring K-9 Officers

ALBANY, 03/25/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of legislation he co-sponsored (S.1079) that would increase the penalty for killing or injuring a police animal.  The senate bill has received newfound attention following the shooting of FBI K-9 Ape in Herkimer at the conclusion of a standoff with an armed gunman who had already shot six people, four fatally.  

March 25, 2013
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Protecting Law Enforcement Animals

ALBANY, 03/19/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate and assembly colleagues to announce introduction of legislation that will give proper recognition to those who are often overlooked in law, law enforcement animals.  The bill (S.1079) increases the penalties for killing or injuring a police animal by making it a class D felony.  Under current law, killing or injuring a police animal is a class A misdemeanor.

March 19, 2013
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Seward Continues Fight For Needy Schools

ALBANY, 03/13/13 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) delivered opening remarks today during the joint budget conference committee on education meeting.  

Senator Seward served on the senate education budget subcommittee, and the plan that panel recommended to the full senate became part of the senate’s budget resolution passed on March 11.

The senate majority coalition plan:

*Jumps aid to public schools by 4.6 percent or $925 million (more than $400 million more than the governor’s plan;

*Increases the governor’s proposed restorations to the gap elimination adjustment (GEA) from $321 million to $620 million overall -- nearly doubling funding to reduce districts’ GEA and bringing it down to $1.5 billion;

March 13, 2013
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Long Overdue Tax Relief and Reforms for Middle Class Families

ALBANY, 03/04/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to unveil the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act, a package of tax relief and reform measures which will provide a major economic boost to New York’s struggling middle class families.

“The Family Tax Relief Act will give middle class families some much-needed breathing room by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Senator Seward.  “The plan takes aim at tax credits and exemptions that are long overdue for reform and provides direct tax relief that will put money back in the pockets of New York’s working class.”

March 4, 2013
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Turn Out The Lights On New York's Energy Tax

 

ALBANY, 02/05/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced opposition to the governor’s proposed extension of a utility tax surcharge which would cost businesses and homeowners almost $3 billion over the next five-years.

“I voted against this hidden fee when it was first adopted several years ago, called for its repeal,  and don’t want to see it imposed on rate payers a day longer than planned,” said Senator Seward.  “New York’s utility rates are among the highest in the nation, and if we are truly going to be open for business, we need to take meaningful steps to lower those costs.”

February 5, 2013
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