Don’t Let the Tax Cap Expire: Let’s KEEP THE CAP!

From creating the historic STAR and Enhanced STAR programs, to enacting property tax rebate legislation, the Senate Republican Majority has consistently led the fight to provide hardworking families with property tax relief. 

May 28, 2015

Senate Passes Seward Bill To Lift Belleayre

ALBANY, 05/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsors that would create a public-private partnership to boost the economic viability of properties in the Belleayre Mountain region. 

Senator Seward’s bill (S.1581) would authorize the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) to operate and manage ski and recreational facilities located on properties in the vicinity of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

May 21, 2015

Anthony J. Gabriel, Jr.

Anthony J. Gabriel, Jr. of Herkimer proudly served our nation for a total of 36 years in the United States Army. Enlisting as a buck Private in 1948, he eventually retired as a full Colonel in 1984. Mr. Gabriel performed at an exemplary level during his time in the European Theater, Korean War zones and while training his successors. 

In 1948, Mr. Gabriel was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, Company B, 1st Battalion, 18th Regiment in Lenggries, Germany. His assignment list was extensive in the G-3 section, and he served with nobility and courage. 

May 20, 2015

Senate Moves To Make Property Tax Cap Permanent

ALBANY, 05/20/15 –  State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) announced today that the New York State Senate has acted on one of its top end-of-session priorities by passing legislation to make the property tax cap permanent. The bill (S5597) would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.

May 20, 2015

Student Shadows Visit Senate

ALBANY, 05/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) this week welcomed high school students from Cortland, and Otsego counties to Albany for the 15th annual Students Inside Albany conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation.

“The Capitol is a living, breathing classroom and I am pleased to take part in this unique program,” said Senator Seward.  “Offering students an inside glimpse at state government is a wonderful way to spark their interest in public service.”

May 20, 2015

Herkimer County Veteran Enshrined In Senate Hall Of Fame

ALBANY, 05/19/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to Anthony Gabriel, Jr. of Herkimer as a 2015 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

“Anthony Gabriel is a true American hero, and more than worthy of inclusion in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame,” said Senator Seward.  “Mr. Gabriel displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation and, upon returning home, dedicated himself to the betterment of his community.  He also never lost touch with his military roots and continued to help prepare new soldiers while working to ensure his fellow veterans receive the respect and recognition they deserve.” 

May 19, 2015

Fallen Schoharie County EMS Worker Remembered

ALBANY, 05/19/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented the family of Andre Maurice of Richmondville with a legislative resolution during a special remembrance ceremony in Albany.  The resolution formally recognizes the contributions Mr. Maurice made to the Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad and the community.

Maurice lost his life in the line of duty shortly after completing an emergency call on March 26, 2014.

May 19, 2015

Senate Passes “The Domestic Violence Protection Act - Brittany’s Law”

ALBANY, 05/18/15 –  State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I) announced today that legislation he co-sponsors known as “The Domestic Violence Protection Act - Brittany’s Law” received senate approval for a fifth time.  

The legislation (S.513) would establish a statewide violent felony offender registry by requiring offenders to register with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services upon release from prison. The law is intended to increase the safety of all New Yorkers by providing access to the list of convicted violent offenders.

May 18, 2015

Uniting Employers With Well-Trained Workers

ALBANY, 05/15/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently took part in a public hearing hosted by the Senate Task Force on Workforce Development which included testimony from key employment leaders in the state.

May 15, 2015

Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Monday, May 18, 2015  Room 124 CAP

Printed No.





An act to amend the insurance law, in relation to distribution of dividends by domestic stock life insurers


May 18, 12:30 PM - 12:36 PM

Patricia E. Kennedy

Patricia E. Kennedy, Springbrook Chief Executive Officer, is a strategic leader dedicated to providing the most compassionate, skilled, and leading edge supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has established herself as a prominent figure among New York State’s strong special education and developmental disabilities service industry—guiding Springbrook through an unprecedented period of growth and transformation from a small local organization with 200 employees to a commanding statewide agency with over 1,200 employees, a $50 million operating budget, supporting over 850 individuals of all ages. 

May 13, 2015

Seward Honors Top Senior Citizens

ALBANY, 05/11/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently congratulated New York State’s top senior citizens as part of the New York State Office for the Aging 2015 Senior Citizens Day Celebration in Albany.

“Our senior citizens are vital community members who offer a great perspective on so many topics,” said Senator Seward.   “The extremely active seniors honored today fulfill significant roles – serving on local municipal boards, teaching our young people about community engagement, and contributing positively to our future.”  

May 11, 2015

Seward Advances Key Education Reforms

ONEONTA, 05/07/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation (S.5124) that will make major changes in New York State education policy.

May 7, 2015

Seward Honors 2015 Woman Of Distinction - Patricia Kennedy

ALBANY, 05/05/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today honored Patricia Kennedy of Oneonta as the 2015  Senate “Woman of Distinction” from the 51st senate district at the 18th annual senate Women of Distinction ceremony at the Capitol.

“Over the years, I have been fortunate to highlight a number of inspirational, trailblazing leaders through the senate’s Women of Distinction program, and this year is no different,” said Senator Seward.  “Patricia Kennedy has been a driving force in the care of developmentally disabled individuals and her compassion for their well-being and innovative ideas have changed lives for the better.”

May 5, 2015

Seward Welcomes New York State Champion Cooperstown Girls Basketball Team To Senate

ALBANY, 04/29/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today proudly welcomed the Cooperstown High School Girls Basketball team and their coach Mike Niles to Albany where they were honored during the senate session as the 2015 New York State Class C champions.

“The Cooperstown High School Girls Basketball team is made up of true trailblazers – capturing the school’s first state basketball title,” said Senator Seward.  “From the extra practices at the Clark Sports Center, to summer tournaments, to late nights at the Cooperstown High School gym, and, I’m certain, some time in neighborhood driveways shooting free throws, this team put the work in and the end result was a much sought after state title.”

April 29, 2015

Schoharie County To Receive Federal & State Funds To Construct New Public Safety Facility

ALBANY, 04/29/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today lauded the release of federal and state funds totaling $37 million for flood recovery in Schoharie County: 

“I am pleased that FEMA has finally taken this long overdue step to help aid Schoharie County’s recovery from Hurricane Irene.  It is a credit to Congressman Gibson, state, and local officials who kept this vital need in the forefront.

April 29, 2015

Seward Calls For Swift Review Of NYSEG's Natural Gas Plan For Cobleskill

ONEONTA, 04/27/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is urging the New York State Department of Public Service to act quickly on a request from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) to extend natural gas service within the Village of Cobleskill.

“Affordable energy can be a true game-changer when it comes to attracting new businesses and jobs to our region,” said Senator Seward.  “By extending a natural gas line within downtown Cobleskill, current employers and new businesses, along with residential customers, will all benefit.”

April 27, 2015

Seward Secures State Funding For History Program

COOPERSTOWN, 04/23/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to continue the state’s participation in National History Day.  The announcement coincides with the statewide judging of student projects taking place in Cooperstown April 26-27.

April 23, 2015

Senate Passes Comprehensive Environmental Package

ALBANY, 04/22/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to create new protections for natural resources, promote energy conservation, help create green jobs, and increase tourism through enhanced recreational opportunities. 

April 22, 2015

CARE Act Passes Senate

ALBANY, 04/21/15 – The New York State Senate today passed the “Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act” to educate and support the individuals who provide vital healthcare to loved ones.

The legislation (S.676), co-sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) would update New York’s Public Health Law and require hospitals to provide, at a patient’s request, discharge instructions and post-release care plans to a designated caregiver.

April 21, 2015