ONEONTA, 01/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading small business association.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy,” said Senator Seward. “I have consistently partnered with small businesses - advancing legislation to meet the needs of these vital job creators and economic engines.”
The NFIB “Guardian of Small Business” award recognizes state legislators who have, through their voting record, demonstrated strong support for our state’s small businesses and NFIB’s position on key issues facing them.
ONEONTA, 01/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) scaled-down and reconfigured design plan for road repairs along a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County:
“After strongly advocating for my constituent’s concerns, I am extremely pleased that the Department of Transportation (DOT) listened to property owners and incorporated their suggestions into a revised and reduced blueprint for work along Route 80. We now have a project that meets the safety needs of the motoring public, protects the environmental health of Otsego Lake, and will have no negative impact on homeowners.”
ONEONTA, 01/15/15 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2015 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today detailed his legislative priorities designed to meet the most pressing needs of his constituents. Among Seward’s priorities – tax cuts, economic development and job creation initiatives, infrastructure improvements, education aid, safeguards for police, and repealing the NY-SAFE Act.
ONEONTA, 01/14/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented The Arc Otsego Executive Director Joe Judd with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of his retirement after thirty-nine years of distinguished service.
“Joe Judd’s commitment and vision have lead The Arc Otsego through nearly four decades of service and growth,” said Senator Seward. “His dedication to those with developmental disabilities and their families has truly changed lives for the better. I have partnered with him over the years and am extremely pleased that the entire State of New York now knows of his wonderful work.”
ALBANY, 01/12/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to adopt the comprehensive Senate Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.
“By passing this landmark legislation to start the 2015 legislative session, the senate is underscoring the importance of these historic measures,” said Senator Seward. “This is not the first time I have voted to approve these measures and I hope the state assembly will finally take action and join the senate in adopting this legislation which will make positive changes in the lives of women.”
ONEONTA, 12/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the release of a health study from the Department of Health relating to high volume hydraulic fracturing:
“I have consistently said that any decision concerning hydraulic fracturing in New York State must be based on science and, like many, have awaited the release of the study from the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation related to drilling. Today the governor moved to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York, and while many disagree and litigation is likely, in light of the governor’s decision, we need to move on to develop a robust economic development strategy that capitalizes on our other resources.”
ONEONTA, 12/08/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the free senior scam prevention forum scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th at the Olive Free Library in West Shokan has been POSTPONED until further notice.
The senior scam prevention forum will be rescheduled at a later date.
ONEONTA, 11/25/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced a major consumer protection measure for life insurance policyholders he sponsored has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo.
Senator Seward’s bill (S.7320/A.9915) amends the Life Insurance Company Guaranty Corporation of New York (LICGCNY) Act to protect New York policyholders in the event of an insurance company’s bankruptcy.
ONEONTA, 11/24/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that he will be hosting a series of free senior scam prevention forums in Cobleskill, Olive, and Sidney in the coming weeks.
“Scam artists are becoming more and more sophisticated and senior citizens are quite often the targets of these ruthless criminals,” said Senator Seward. “Alerting seniors to some common schemes and arming them with the tools needed to steer clear of these devious crimes will go a long way toward safeguarding their financial savings and well being, that’s why I am sponsoring these events.”
ONEONTA, 11/17/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced $50,000 in state grant funds he secured to assist Onteora Central School and Roundout Valley Central School. Each school district will receive a $25,000 general assistance grant.
ONEONTA, 11/14/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the NYSDOT rest area along I-88 eastbound between exits 18 and 19 in Worcester is set to reopen by November 21.
“With the holiday travel season now upon us, I am extremely pleased that this rest stop, a critical component for highway safety, is set to reopen,” said Senator Seward. “I fought against the NYSDOT decision to shutter this and other rest areas four years ago, and reopening the site was among my top priorities this year.”
ONEONTA, 11/13/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded the governor’s announcement that New York State will cover the local portion of flood repair costs assumed by local governments during flooding in the summer of 2013.
“Immediately after the storms passed, I urged the governor to take this substantial unforeseen burden off the backs of local governments and taxpayers,” said Senator Seward. “Today’s announcement means a great deal to local leaders as they craft their own municipal budgets and work to stay within the property tax cap and meet local needs and priorities.”
DAVENPORT, 11/10/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R/C/I – New Hartford) today joined members of Davenport VFW Post 487 to announce that a portion of New York State Highway 23 is being renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women. The legislators and veterans unveiled a sign today commemorating the designation.
Anthony Moore with Davenport Memorial Post 487 contacted Senator Seward and requested that New York State Highway 23, through the Town of Davenport, be renamed to serve as a memorial to recently deceased members who served in Korea and fought in World War II, as well as the many veterans residing in the Town of Davenport.
ONEONTA, 10/29/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented Dr. David Leahy of Community Veterinary Center in Oneonta with a pen certificate from the governor commemorating the signing of senate bill 2742B into law.
The legislation amends the New York Veterinary Practice Act, clarifying that animal dentistry is a specialty included within the scope of veterinary medicine.
HERKIMER, 10/27/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $130,000 state grant he secured will assist with construction costs to shore up East German Street Extension along the West Canada Creek in the Town of Herkimer. Senator Seward made the announcement at the construction site as work on the project commenced.
“When you get right down to it, the first priority of a public official is the safety of those he represents,” said Senator Seward. “This grant is a key component of the funding needed to move this construction project forward and protect homes and infrastructure along East German Street Extension.”
News stories focused on Ebola have been constant over the past few weeks and months, and for good reason. Now that the virus has come to New York it is crucial that we take steps to contain the virus and ensure that strong protocols are in place to treat any infected individuals. Several training events and other forums have been held in recent weeks to ready our health care workers, including a Senate Health Committee roundtable with health and security officials from the public and private sectors taking part in the discussion.
ONEONTA, 10/21/14 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored, authorizing the City of Oneonta Common Council to provide tax exemptions for those building new homes in the city has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Senator Seward’s bill (S.5991) follows a home rule request from the City of Oneonta.
ONEONTA, 10/20/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today called on the State Department of Transportation (DOT) to reconfigure and expedite its plan for road repairs and resolution of property ownership issues associated with a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County.
“While the Department of Transportation (DOT) has put work along State Route 80 on hold since I advocated on behalf of property owners in September, several issues remain unresolved,” said Senator Seward. “In addition, homeowners and local government officials have been stonewalled when seeking tangible information on the status of the project and property ownership concerns.”
ONEONTA, 10/16/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced grant applications are now available for two new programs to assist our next generation of farmers. The programs are part of the “Young Farmers NY” initiative, a comprehensive plan, introduced by Seward and his senate colleagues earlier this year and enacted as part of the 2014-15 state budget.