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 .”
ALBANY, 04/29/14 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.3051) that would designate the Herkimer Diamond as the official state mineral. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), celebrates the distinctive quartz crystals from the Mohawk Valley.
ONEONTA, 04/28/14- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today hosted the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in Oneonta. The forum was one of fourteen being held statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.
Senator Seward, a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, was joined by Senator Phil Boyle (R/C/I – Suffolk County), task force chairman, local health care professionals, addiction experts, law enforcement officials, and concerned citizens.
ONEONTA, 04/25/14- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Otsego County, MONDAY, April 28th, at SUNY College at Oneonta.
Senator Seward, a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction, will host a roundtable discussion to solicit input from area stakeholders on the growing epidemic of heroin abuse. Senator Phil Boyle (R/C/I – Suffolk County), task force chairman, will also take part in the forum along with local health care professionals, addiction experts, law enforcement officials, and concerned citizens.
A key aspect in the short term battle against heroin and opioid abuse is preventing overdose deaths. Naxolone or Narcan is a prescription medicine that can revive someone who is overdosing. Currently, in order to obtain this life-saving medication, you must complete a brief training class.
On Wednesday, May 7th, I will be partnering with Friends of Recovery of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc., and Otsego County Addiction Recovery Services to conduct a training class that meets New York State Department of Health requirements. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes Narcan.
ONEONTA, 04/23/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today encouraged area job seekers to attend the upcoming Nano Utica Job Fair to be held April 29 in Utica.
“Residents from Herkimer County, northern Otsego County and beyond, who live in close proximity to Utica should take advantage of this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an exciting new venture,” said Senator Seward. “Nano Utica is set to transform our state’s economy and will help position New York as a new high-tech hotbed.”
ONEONTA, 04/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on a meeting he convened of local stakeholders to discuss the future of emergency psychiatric services in Otsego County and the surrounding region:
“The decision by Bassett Medical center to terminate inpatient psychiatric services has wide-ranging consequences. Today’s meeting of local stakeholders included a brief summary of what led to the decision, and more importantly, allowed for an open dialogue on actions to be taken to fill the pending treatment void.
ALBANY, 04/15/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2014-15 state budget.
“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month to call for added state funding – and their voices were heard.”
After five years without any increase in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding, the new budget includes a second year of record funding - $438 million – for important local highway, road, and bridge repair projects.
ONEONTA, 04/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction on Monday, April 28 in Oneonta. The forum is one of twelve being held statewide to solicit local input on the rise in use of heroin and other opioids in New York State and develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.
ALBANY, 04/11/14 – Dissolution of the Montgomery, Otsego, Schoharie Solid Waste Authority has New York State approval under legislation (S.6181/A.8406) signed into law today. The legislation was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) and follows a home rule request from the three member counties and the authority.
OWASCO, 04/03/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the new 2014-15 state budget includes, at his insistence, $200,000 to implement the Dutch Hollow Brook Watershed Restoration Project.
“This grant protects Cayuga County’s natural resources and is a cost-effective down payment on our future,” said Senator Seward. “Owasco Lake provides drinking water to 50,000 residents. Additionally, it is the central feature of the local landscape and economy. We need to ensure its viability and vitality today and for generations to come.”
ALBANY, 03/27/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on assembly Democrats to join with senate Republicans in enacting a final state budget that will address the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has robbed school districts of millions of dollars in education aid.
“At the start of the year, I clearly stated that eliminating the GEA was one of my top priorities,” said Senator Seward. “This cash grab by the state has created a budgetary hole for schools throughout my district and statewide, forcing many to make dire decisions, harming education programs and eroding opportunities for our students.”
ALBANY, 03/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate approval of legislation he co-sponsors, to expand career opportunities for service-connected disabled veteran owned small businesses.
“Our military members fight to defend our freedoms and preserve our way of life,” said Senator Seward. “We owe these men and women a great debt of gratitude, especially those who suffer combat injuries. After sacrificing to protect and secure the American Dream, we must make sure these heroes are able to realize their own dreams when they return home.”