ALBANY, 05/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the “Tax-Free NY” initiative unveiled by the governor and legislative leaders:
“As someone who represents a host of SUNY schools, I am encouraged by the ‘Tax-Free NY’ initiative and the goal of creating a more business friendly environment for campus communities across the state. A bold and innovative approach like this is needed to revive and advance our economy.
A United States Army Sergeant from January 1966 to September 1968, Kenneth Taylor proudly served our nation in Vietnam. When Sergeant Taylor retired from active service, his sense of duty and dedication to his country and fellow servicemen and women never waned. During his time in uniform and the years since, Sergeant Taylor has exhibited unparalleled leadership and service.
Rosalie M. Burgher has been a fixture for over six decades in the Ulster County Town of Olive, touching the lives of those who live in the close knit community. Throughout the years, she has been involved in the local school PTA, the American Legion Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and many other community organizations. Ms. Burgher’s greatest contribution was helping establish the Olive Free Library.
BOVINA CENTER, 05/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2013-2014 state budget includes, at his insistence, $100,000 to protect New York farmers through continuation of the highly successful New York Rollover Protection System (ROPS) Rebate Program.
“New York farmers face countless daily challenges yet continue to deliver – providing us all with sustenance and fueling our state’s number one industry,” said Senator Seward. “Making certain our farmers have proper safety equipment is crucial and that is why I have strongly supported the ROPS rebate program since its inception.”
ALBANY, 05/08/13 - The New York State Senate today passed legislation to crack down on auto insurance fraud which has led to injuries - even death - for innocent victims and costs hundreds of millions of dollars a year in higher premiums when New Yorkers already pay some of the highest auto insurance rates in the country.
The three bills approved today would significantly cut down on auto insurance scams by increasing penalties for those who commit or assist in the fraud and by giving more flexibility to insurance companies to prevent criminals from getting policies and continuing to commit auto fraud.
ALBANY, 05/07/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today honored Rosalie Burgher of Olive as the 2013 Senate “Woman of Distinction” from the 51st senate district at the 16th annual senate Women of Distinction ceremony at the Capitol.
COOPERSTOWN, 04/29/13 – 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 coincided with the statewide judging of student projects in Cooperstown.
ALBANY, 04/16/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed high school students from Otsego and Tompkins counties to Albany for the 13th 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.”
ALBANY, 04/15/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed Homer Central School junior Alice Jenkins to Albany for the 2013 YMCA Youth and Government Conference.
“The YMCA Youth and Government Conference is a terrific hands-on teaching tool to help students hone leadership skills and learn the inner-workings of our government,” said Senator Seward. “Alice Jenkins and her peers are our future leaders. It is great to see their interest in public service and creative vision to improve our community and society.”
ONEONTA, 04/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today invited local residents to nominate veterans from their community whose service on behalf of our nation designates them worthy of induction into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
“The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life,” said Senator Seward. “Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a hall of fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.”
The nomination process is not yet complete...please provide a 250 word (or less) biography of your nominee with a high-resolution digital photo to Senator Seward's Communication Director, Jeff Bishop <email@example.com> with "Veterans" as the subject.
ONEONTA, 04/08/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is joining in sponsoring legislation to end pension benefits for elected officials convicted of felonies. Senator Seward is also calling for added state funding to assist in the investigation of government corruption.
RICHFIELD SPRINGS, 04/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2013-2014 state budget includes, at his insistence, $150,000 to establish a Bassett Healthcare Network school-based health center (SBH) at Richfield Springs Central School.
“School-based health centers fill a great void in rural areas like those I serve,” said Senator Seward. “Bassett Healthcare has developed a successful operating model, the largest rural SBH program in New York State, and expanding services to Richfield Springs Central School will mean healthier children and added peace of mind for parents who choose to utilize the care option.”
ALBANY, 03/27/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on final senate approval of the 2013-14 state budget:
“The final state budget meets my central budget priorities – control spending, cut taxes and create jobs. The fiscally responsible plan keeps state spending below the same two-percent cap placed on school districts and local governments while providing significant tax breaks for middle class families, small businesses and manufacturers.
“I’m particularly pleased with the school aid portion of the budget. The vast majority of new money, almost $1 billion, will go to low and average wealth schools that need help the most.
ALBANY, 03/26/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2013-14 state budget:
“Students statewide should have access to a quality education that prepares them to move forward in life, regardless of where they live. The aid conversation in recent years reflects that belief and the distribution of state dollars once again this year is another step toward helping our upstate, low-wealth schools.”
ALBANY, 03/25/13 – As the 2013-14 state budget is finalized, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that local counties will receive a substantial increase in funding to support highway improvements.
“After meeting with county and town highway superintendents from throughout my district it was clear that the state needed to boost funding available through the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Plan (CHIPs),” said Senator Seward. “I fought hard for new money during the state budget negotiations and was successful in securing an additional $75 million in CHIPs funding – the first CHIPs increase in five years.”
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.