ALBANY, 01/11/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.
ALBANY, 01/12/11 — One Ilion teenager and dozens of regional other tobacco prevention advocates met with state representatives at the capitol on Tuesday.
Chelsea Blovat, a senior at Ilion Senior High School, spent the day in Albany with about 25 other youth leaders from Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties as representatives for Reality Check, a youth-based, adult-mentored group that wants to see the end of tobacco use and advertising.
“We were able to go and see some of our legislators and were able to talk to them and invite them to events in the near future,” said Blovat in a phone interview Tuesday.
ALBANY, 01/18/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined with other members of the Senate Health Committee and health care experts during a public roundtable to discuss the most effective and efficient methods to reform New York State’s Medicaid program.
“Today’s discussion served as a solid starting point that will help move us toward useful improvements of the state’s Medicaid system,” said Senator Seward. “New York spends over $1 billion each week on Medicaid. Clearly, changes must be made.”
Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Health Chair: Senator Kemp Hannon and Senate Standing Committee on Insurance Chair: Senator James L. Seward Public Meeting: To examine the issues and challenges confronting New York State in its attempt to implement a State Heath Insurance Exchange Place: Room 124, Capitol Building, Albany, New York Time: 11:30 A.M. Contact: Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2200 or Alison Cooper (518) 455-3131 Media Contact: Laura Brookmeyer (516) 739-1700 or Jeff Bishop (607) 432-5524 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
COOPERSTOWN, 05/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state senate recently approved a special legislative resolution he sponsored calling on the governor to proclaim May 8 – 14 as Williams Syndrome Awareness Week in the State of New York.
“Williams syndrome is a relatively unknown genetic disorder, yet it affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide,” said Senator Seward. “Generating public awareness about Williams syndrome is an important step in supporting patients who suffer from the disorder, along with their families, improving care and advancing future research.”
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).
ONEONTA, 07/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review safety measures at the Devil’s Kitchen hiking area in the Town of Hunter.
“Two fatal hiking accidents this year at Devil’s Kitchen have prompted concerns that must be evaluated,” said Senator Seward. “The Department of Environmental Conservation should take steps to assess the trail’s safety and to ensure proper warnings are present.”
ONEONTA, 10/17/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5889-B) that will reform the cost administration of New York State’s Medicaid system through a phased-in state takeover - gradually eliminating the local share traditionally paid by county governments and funded by property taxes.
“After working for years to convert the masses in Albany, a property tax cap is finally in place,” said Senator Seward. “The cap is a major milestone but it needs to be linked to substantial mandate relief for local governments – a step we can take by exorcising the biggest mandate demon – Medicaid.”
ONEONTA, 11/01/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded an administrative decision to reschedule the due date for an “extra” mandated Medicaid payment from counties in 2012. The slight postponement will save homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars statewide.
“Local elected leaders are already dealing with enough bureaucratic red tape and increased costs without adding an unintentional calendar quirk to the equation,” said Senator Seward. “By reversing the mandate that would have forced counties to write an additional check in 2012, taxpayers will avoid a costly expense.”
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.