New York Farm Bureau Members Honor Seward

ALBANY, 03/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of  the “Circle of Friends” award from the New York Farm Bureau, one of the state’s leading and most respected agricultural advocacy organizations.

“Agriculture is our state’s number one industry.  It is vital to our economy and our way of life,” said Senator Seward.  “It is a great honor to work with our upstate farmers and agribusinesses and I will continue to do all I can to assist in their growth.” 

March 10, 2015

Seward Pledges Support For Student Resolution

HERKIMER, 03/09/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) met recently with Herkimer High School Freshman Class President Nicholaus Stallman to discuss education.

“In short order the state senate will adopt its own budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16, with an eye toward completing work on the state budget by the April 1 deadline,” said Senator Seward.  “My visit with Nicholaus was timely and helped illustrate just how important the state budget is for our students and their future.”

March 9, 2015

Seward Joins Frankfort-Schuyler For Youth Art Month

FRANKFORT, 03/06/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined art students at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School to announce that the state senate recently approved a special legislative resolution he sponsored calling on the governor to proclaim March 2015 as Youth Art Month in the State of New York.

“Art education is one of the many ways our students are able to express themselves and excel,” said Senator Seward. “Achievement in art can be linked to success in a number of other subject areas and the creative skills demonstrated are highly valued in business and in life.”

March 6, 2015

Senate Plan To Boost Family Farms

ALBANY, 03/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference to unveil their new “Grown in New York” initiative to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

March 5, 2015

Local Roads Matter

ALBANY, 03/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined a bipartisan group of 114 state legislators along with county and town highway superintendents from across the state to call for increased state funding for local highway improvements.  

March 4, 2015

Seward Calls For NY-SAFE Act Amendments

ALBANY, 03/02/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced the introduction of a legislative package to amend and repeal portions of  the NY-SAFE Act.  Two years has passed since the enactment of the governor’s NY-SAFE Act, yet there is no tangible evidence that the law has increased safety.

March 2, 2015

Seward Bill Part Of Senate Package To Protect Children, Victims From Sex Offenders

ALBANY, 02/26/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to protect children and victims from sex offenders.  A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3926) would bar sex offenders who are on parole, probation, or conditionally discharged from being upon the premises of any day care facility.

February 26, 2015

Committee Meeting: Insurance Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Insurance  Senator James L. Seward, Chair  12:30 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015  Room 124 CAP

February 25, 12:30 PM - 12:41 PM

Keep Sex Offenders Away From Their Victims & Schools

ONEONTA, 02/19/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2609) to prohibit sex offenders from residing near their victims or near any school.

“We must do all we can to safeguard children and victims from sexual offenders,” said Senator Seward.  “My legislation bars the most serious predators from residing near their victims or near a school and will close an existing loophole in addition to providing a needed layer of protection.” 

February 19, 2015

Maple Syrup On Tap At Senate Ag Committee Meeting

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York State Maple Producers President Dwayne Hill to the senate agriculture committee’s first meeting of the year.

“It was great to have one of my constituents, Dwayne Hill, on hand to open the first senate agriculture committee meeting of the 2015 legislative session,” said Senator Seward.  “I have visited Shaver-Hill Maple Farm, and, of course, enjoyed the superb products Dwayne and his family make and have been a longtime advocate for the Maple Producers Association.”  

February 11, 2015

Senate Call To End GEA Intensifies

ALBANY, 02/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Majority conference is joining his fight to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has devastated public schools.

“I recently introduced legislation to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and today, joined my colleagues to further advocate for the end of the GEA by providing necessary funding in the 2015-16 state budget,” said Senator Seward.  “To know that this issue is a top priority of the Senate Majority conference confirms how important it is to every school, every student, and every property taxpayer in New York State.”

February 10, 2015

Schoharie County Youth Bureau Meets With Senator Seward

ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.  

“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward.  “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special.  I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.” 

February 10, 2015

Seward Delivers State Honor To Ulster County Hero

ALBANY, 02/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently presented David Wilhelm of Kerhonkson with a New York State Legislative Resolution honoring his heroic rescue of eight passengers trapped in a van following a motor vehicle accident.

“David Wilhem’s extraordinary actions saved lives,” said Senator Seward.  “His fast-thinking and decisive action speaks volumes about his character and moral makeup and also showcased his military training which is ingrained in our veterans.” 

February 4, 2015

Seward Introduces Bill To End GEA

ONEONTA, 01/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2643) to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost New York school districts millions of dollars.

“I voted against the GEA when it passed in 2009 and have been working to erase this curse on our local schools ever since,” said Senator Seward.  “This hurtful policy was simply a cash-grab by the state that left schools reeling and trying to recover ever since.  It needs to end now.”

January 30, 2015

Cut New York’s Gas Tax

I’m sure you have seen national news stories touting gas for less than $2 per gallon and scoff because here in New York, while prices have dropped, we are still paying significantly more than in other states.  In fact, we lead the continental United States when it comes to the price at the pump – not a category where we want to be #1.

One of the main reasons gasoline costs are so high here – TAXES!

January 29, 2015

Senator Seward Seeks Local Nominations For Veterans' Hall Of Fame

This year’s Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just before the Memorial Day weekend observances.  Senator Seward  is accepting nominations for this year’s inductee until Friday, April 17, 2015. 

January 29, 2015

Seward Receives Committee Assignments

ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.


Insurance – chair

Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Higher Education, Mental Health, Rules

January 26, 2015

Cortlandville FD Names Seward Honorary Member

CORTLANDVILLE, 01/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was honored recently by the Cortlandville Fire Department.  At the department’s 2015 Inspection Dinner, Senator Seward was named an honorary member for his longstanding and continued support of the first responders.

“I was tremendously humbled to receive such a meaningful honor from the Cortlandville Fire Department,” said Senator Seward.  “The men and women who fearlessly respond to when called and put their lives on the line to protect others are true heroes.  I have always done all I can to help make their job safer and easier and am truly appreciative of this great tribute.”

The plaque presented to Senator Seward reads:

January 23, 2015


Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.  

January 22, 2015

Governor's State Of State/Budget Address - Right Themes, Details Needed

ALBANY, 01/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s combined State of the State and budget address:

“While the governor’s address touched on several items that I agree should be priorities in 2015 – lower taxes, career opportunities, upstate infrastructure, and education –  our strategies to address these priorities differ to some extent.

January 21, 2015