ALBANY, 06/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:
“While I am pleased a government shutdown was avoided, I cannot condone the piecemeal budgeting approach, and once again voted NO on the governor’s emergency budget extender bill, the same way I have voted on the previous ten extenders.
A couple of weeks ago, through this column, I voiced my concerns with the ongoing state budget stalemate. It is now June, and the budget is more than two months overdue, yet the political leaders in Albany still seem to lack a real sense of urgency.
As Albany leaders continue to hold up the state budget, the frustration level grows daily. Taxpayers from across the state are sick and tired of the ongoing stalemate and the serious consequences the late state budget has created. I too am disturbed by the disregard to obey the law and convene public, bipartisan conference committees that would allow rank and file lawmakers to negotiate the budget in full view of the public.
ONEONTA, 08/04/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the special legislative session and final approval of the state budget:
"Over four months past the April 1st deadline New York finally has a state budget, but the extra wait hardly helped produce a quality spending plan. For the second year in a row, the state is being treated to a budget fabricated behind closed doors that raise taxes, spends at an unsustainable rate and fails to create any new jobs or improve New York’s economy.
ONEONTA, 08/16/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that he has pledged his support to the “New York Uprising” reform agenda and has been named a Hero of Reform by the grassroots effort.
“I have fought for a number of key reforms during my time in the state senate,” said Senator Seward. “With my support, legislation has been approved to open up the state budget process, create a more transparent senate and clean up Albany. Unfortunately, over the last two years, one party rule has dominated state government and many of the landmark reforms have been ignored.”
With the state budget still unfinished, I have had no shortage of comments from constituents on the unacceptable situation. Letters to my office, e-mails through my website, and personal conversations at events around the district have all demonstrated a sense of public frustration. I echo the sentiment.
The 2010-2011 state budget is on its way to becoming one of the latest in state history. It was drawn up behind closed doors, and then adopted in piecemeal fashion and it still isn’t complete. Perhaps that is just as well, because when all is said and done, we will be saddled with a budget that spends over $136 billion, includes new and higher taxes, shuns property tax relief and decimates our upstate small businesses.