MILFORD, 04/25/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) toured the Cooperstown Brewing company recently to celebrate the bottling of the brewery’s five-millionth bottle of beer.
“The Cooperstown Brewing Company is a testament to what a small business can accomplish in upstate New York,” said Senator Seward. “I have been pleased to offer my support when possible and look forward to the company’s continued success.”
“Senator Seward knows that small companies create jobs and are the backbone of our economy in New York state,” said Cooperstown Brewing President Stan Hall. “The senator’s support has certainly helped us reach this major milestone.”
ALBANY, 05/24/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation eliminating the state gas tax for three key holiday weekends to help families cope with the rising cost at the pump.
“New Yorkers are facing increasing costs at every turn and soaring gas prices have many tapped out,” said Senator Seward. “Families need a break, especially over the summer holidays when many are traveling. A gas tax holiday would provide some much needed relief.”
ALBANY, 06/02/11 – New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I, Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes (D, Buffalo) today were joined by State University of New York (SUNY) officials in calling for the immediate passage of legislation establishing a rational tuition policy for SUNY.
Enactment of a five-year, fair, predictable and responsible tuition plan for SUNY will protect access and affordability, allow students and families to plan for the cost of their education, and ensure that additional tuition revenue is invested in campus improvements and program development.
ALBANY, 06/09/11 – Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I, Oneonta) and Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Health Senator Kemp Hannon (R/C/I, Garden City) joined today to announce legislation (S.5652) has been filed in the senate that will establish a blueprint for the development and implementation of the Health Insurance Exchange in New York State, mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.2382-A) that for the first time in state history would protect the right to hunt, trap and fish in New York. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), calls for a state constitutional amendment protecting the long-standing outdoor traditions.
“New York’s outdoor sporting traditions have deep roots,” stated Senator Seward. “Protecting the fundamental rights to hunt, trap and fish through a state constitutional amendment would ensure their continuation for generations to come.”
ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5811) that will modernize the regulation of commercial insurance. The legislation, sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), will exempt some large commercial insurance policyholders from certain state requirements.
“This legislation is a much needed step toward streamlining and modernizing insurance regulation in New York state,” said Senator Seward. “The changes will also keep premium dollars right here, helping bolster an already robust insurance job market.”
ONEONTA, 04/08/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) says the late state budget is now jeopardizing thousands of jobs and putting public safety at risk.
“The lack of urgency shown by some in Albany to set to work on a state budget is now sending individuals to the unemployment line,” said Senator Seward. “We need to start public conference committees immediately and complete a state budget to avoid a total state shut down.”
Along with pressing for ramped up budget work, Senator Seward is also calling on the governor to reverse his recent decision to suspend payments for ongoing state-funded capital construction projects until a new state budget is in place.
ILION, 02/11/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined Herkimer County economic development officials for an update on improvements at Remington Arms including the relocation of a portion of the Marlin product line from Connecticut and the addition of nearly 100 full-time manufacturing jobs.
“Remington Arms is a long standing community leader and strong economic development partner,” said Senator Seward. “I was pleased to support Remington’s pursuit of state funds for this expansion and am excited to see how quickly the manufacturer has gone from design phase to reality, adding much needed, good paying jobs in upstate New York.”
ONEONTA, 12/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is again calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full, open review of proposed outdoor wood boiler (OWB) regulations.
“Energy costs are rising on a daily basis and upstate homeowners and farmers struggling to make ends meet are constantly searching for economical and environmentally sound methods to keep expenses in check,” said Senator Seward. “I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s efforts in revising outdoor wood boiler regulations but local concerns have not been adequately addressed.”
ONEONTA, 12/09/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to consider alternative strategies to keep the Rogers Environmental Center in Sherburne open.
“Rogers Environmental Center is a valuable educational asset not to mention a treasured outdoor recreational site,” said Senator Seward. “The center boosts the quality of life for residents and visitors alike and enhances the local economy; a true upstate jewel.”