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 .”
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.