ONEONTA, 11/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that will close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements. The “College Coaches and Professionals Reporting Act” adds college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators and college presidents to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse in New York.
ALBANY, 01/31/12 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation, co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), for the largest expansion of the state’s DNA databank since it was created in 1994. The legislation (S.5560A) mirrors the databank expansion plan proposed by Governor Cuomo in his executive budget to require people convicted of all felonies, as well as misdemeanors in the penal law, to submit DNA samples.
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.
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.”
ALBANY, 03/22/12 – The New York State Senate today passed three bills to combat auto insurance fraud, which costs New Yorkers more than $1 billion a year, as well as legislation that would impose stronger criminal penalties for staging auto accidents. Recent cases of auto insurance fraud have uncovered massive crime rings, including doctors, lawyers and scam artists who staged accidents and used New York's no-fault insurance program as their own giant state-sponsored, ATM machine.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos, Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Senator James L. Seward and Senator Martin Golden today joined law enforcement, insurance advocates, business groups, and victims to press for the assembly’s passage of three auto insurance fraud prevention bills before the end of this year’s legislative session. Auto insurance fraud costs New Yorkers million of dollars each year and has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims.
ALBANY, 06/12/12 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that anti-insurance fraud legislation he sponsors, known as "Alice's Law", is number four on a list of tough anti-crime bills that the assembly needs to adopt before the end of the legislative session. Senate bill 1685, along with the other nine anti-crime measures have already passed the state senate.
ALBANY, 06/21/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2012 legislative session:
“Albany is results driven once again and for that reason there were plenty of notable accomplishments during the 2012 legislative session. We focused on solutions and accountability.
“For a second consecutive year we passed an on-time state budget that kept spending in check, rejected new taxes and fees, funds the reconstruction of our upstate roads and bridges and funnels additional education aid to our neediest rural schools.
ALBANY, 01/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:
“New York is headed in the right direction financially thanks in part to a strong working relationship between the legislature and Governor Cuomo that has evolved over the last two years. As we embark on the 2013 legislative session I anticipate additional collaborations that will bring further improvements.
“The governor’s pledge to continue to hold the line on taxes is one I wholeheartedly endorse. This has been a key piece of our state’s rebuilding foundation and one that must remain if we are to make further strides.
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.