ALBANY, 06/18/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced an agreement between legislative leaders and the governor on several bills aimed at fighting the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. The package includes a bill, sponsored by Senator Seward, to improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services.
ALBANY, 06/16/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsors granting peace officer status to officers and members of the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Tactical and Rescue Force. Senator Seward’s bill (S.7720) was the result of a dialogue between the Schoharie County Sheriff, the Tac-Force, and Schoharie County’s legislative team.
ONEONTA, 06/13/14 – A portion of New York State Route 44/55 in Ulster County will be renamed in honor of United States Army Sergeant Shawn Michael Farrell II through legislation introduced in Albany this week. The bill (S.7824) sponsored by Senator James L. Seward is expected to come to the senate floor for a vote prior to the scheduled end of the current legislative session on June 19, 2014.
ONEONTA, 06/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that community libraries throughout the 51st senatorial district have been awarded a total of over $685,000 in public library construction grant funds.
"Our libraries are community hubs, hosting countless activities that enrich lives young and old," Seward said. “Libraries are also some of the most historic landmarks we have and they are often in need of costly technological and accessibility upgrades that must be accomplished while still maintaining their traditional character.”
ALBANY, 06/09/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to fight the growing heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.7662) that would improve access to insurance coverage for substance abuse treatment and dependency services was part of the package.
ALBANY, 06/02/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a package of legislation to provide New York’s military veterans with tax relief, expanded benefits, and special honors. A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3572A) that would exempt veterans organizations from paying taxes on heating fuel was part of the package.
“Veterans groups do a great deal for their members and communities, removing a layer of bureaucracy and saving them a few dollars is the least we can do,” said Senator Seward. “My bill would provide veterans groups with the same exemption that is given to religious and charitable organizations.”
ALBANY, 05/28/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to release a report summarizing the findings of the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The report includes a comprehensive package of bills recommended for action this legislative session that target treatment, prevention, and law enforcement issues raised during extensive testimony provided by dozens of experts, parents, and concerned New Yorkers at forums held across the state.
ALBANY, 05/20/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to Edward Rossley of Bovina Center as a 2014 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.
“Edward Rossley 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. Rossley displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation and, upon returning home, dedicated himself to the betterment and safety of his community.
Edward F. Rossley wore multiple uniforms and proudly served our nation in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. His decorated military career is matched only by his continued devotion to his fellow service members and his commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of his community.
Mr. Rossley enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943, at the age of fifteen. He was assigned to the USS Burke, a destroyer escort for the Atlantic Fleet. Aboard the Burke, Seaman First Class Rossley engaged in sea combat operations during the battles for Guadalcanal and Tarawa.
ONEONTA, 05/16/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the announcement from Remington Arms that the Bushmaster and 1911 assembly lines will be relocated from Ilion, New York to Huntsville, Alabama:
ALBANY, 05/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today honored Mary Alice Bellardini of Homer as the 2014 Senate “Woman of Distinction” from the 51st senate district at the 17th 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. “Mary Alice Bellardini has been a driving force in the Homer community for the past six decades and shows no signs of slowing down.”
Mary Alice Bellardini is a trailblazing leader who has made countless contributions to present day Cortland County and the community’s future well-being. An elected offi cial, a driven champion of historic preservation and an insightful advocate for economic development, Ms. Bellardini has stayed true to hervalues while advancing ideals that have benefi ted the greater good.
ALBANY, 05/12/14 -- 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 2014 Senior Citizens Day Celebration in Albany.
“Our senior citizens are vital, instrumental members of our communities,” said Senator Seward. “The extremely active seniors honored today fulfill significant roles – volunteering with local ambulance companies, managing area food pantries, and holding elected office.”
ACCORD, 05/08/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented the family of Sergeant Shawn Farrell II with the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.
“The Liberty Medal is conferred on a select few, those who have distinguished themselves by meritorious action against hostile odds. Sergeant Shawn Farrell II was that type of individual,” said Senator Seward. “He served with courage, bravery and valor, and made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of his country.”
ALBANY, 05/06/14-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today congratulated Richard A. Ball following his unanimous confirmation by the New York Senate as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
“Today is a proud day for Schoharie County and a great day for New York agriculture,” said Senator Seward. “As a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, it was my pleasure to move the nomination of Richard Ball as commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and help usher the nomination through full senate confirmation.”
ONEONTA, 05/01/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a free heroin/opioid overdose prevention training class on Wednesday, May 7th at the FoxCare Center in Oneonta.
“A key aspect in the short term battle against heroin and opioid abuse is preventing overdose deaths,” said Senator Seward. “Training more individuals to administer the overdose reversal medicine Naxolone or Narcan will save lives, that’s why I am sponsoring this event and will be among those taking the class on May 7th .”