ONEONTA, 08/25/11 – In a new video statement, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announces the launch of a new online survey, “The Next Steps to a Stronger Economy,” designed to gather public input on economic development initiatives to further private sector job growth.
Senator Seward says this year’s on-time state budget which cut spending, held the line on taxes and put forward job creating incentives was a positive start. He says further steps need to be taken to build on the successes of the legislative session.
ONEONTA, 08/25/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced the launch of a new online survey, “The Next Steps to a Stronger Economy,” designed to gather public input on economic development initiatives to further private sector job growth.
New York has clearly faced major economic challenges in recent years. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities. Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs here right in our local community.REAL PROGRESS / FUNDAMENTAL REFORMS
The positive steps we’ve taken to create a stronger economy include the following:
COOPERSTOWN, 08/25/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) recently presented a special legislative resolution from the state senate to the Cooperstown Community Band commemorating its 150th anniversary season.
The Cooperstown Community Band got its start in 1862 during the Civil War when 13 men left Cooperstown to serve as Doubleday’s Band in New York 66th Regiment. Today, the band is made up of approximately 45 volunteer musicians from communities throughout Otsego County and neighboring counties ranging in age from 9 to 89.
ONEONTA, 08/18/11 – Following an appeal from State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) the NYS Department of Transportation will review safety measures on Route 145 at the entrance of Cairo-Durham Middle & High School where the recent death of a student has sparked concern.
“Highway safety is always one of my top concerns,” said Senator Seward. “Ensuring safety near a school, where young lives are at stake, is an absolute priority.”
ONEONTA, 08/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded Governor Cuomo’s decision to include Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture as a site of one of thirty “New York Remembers” exhibitions statewide marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
ALBANY, 08/09/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation he co-sponsored establishing a rational tuition policy for State University of New York (SUNY) schools has been signed into law.
“Our SUNY schools are one of our state’s greatest assets; they provide our future innovators and leaders with a quality, affordable education while partnering with communities statewide and driving our local economies,” said Senator Seward. “Establishing a rational tuition policy will aid students and parents as they plan for the cost of a college education.”
ALBANY, 08/04/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation allowing Cortland County sportsmen and women to use a rifle while hunting deer or bear has been signed into law.
“This is common sense legislation that mirrors regulations already in effect in neighboring counties allowing the use of rifles while hunting big game,” said Senator Seward. “More importantly, Cortland County sportsmen and women, who collectively have an impeccable safety record, strongly support the change.”
ILION, 07/27/11 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I - Oneonta) today joined the Village of Ilion and Remington Arms, LLC in announcing that Remington Arms is now a full requirements retail electric customer of the Village of Ilion municipal electric system. Earlier this year the village received an allocation of additional hydropower from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to support this provision of electric service and Remington Arms' recent project expansion and job retention in Ilion.
ALBANY, 07/21/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would make sweeping, comprehensive changes to the state’s child protection laws. The “Protect Our Children Act” (S.5862) includes provisions related to the reporting of missing children, will shield children from cruel and repeated abuse and increases penalties for child predators.
The bill comes in the wake of Caylee Anthony’s tragic murder case and the murder of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn, and includes more than two dozen provisions aimed at strengthening New York State laws.
ONEONTA, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined with several legislative colleagues in calling on Governor Cuomo to extend the transition period for employees affected by pending prison closures.
“Thousands of employees and their families are dealing with life altering decisions as a result of the governor’s prison closures,” said Senator Seward. “The very least the state can provide is ample transition time for these dedicated workers who are about to have their lives uprooted through no fault of their own.”
ALBANY, 07/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) announced today that legislation formally changing the name of Georgetown-South Otselic School District to the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic has been signed into law.
“This legislation formalizes the legal name of the Otselic Valley Central School District at Georgetown-South Otselic and comes at the request of the school,” said Senator Seward. “The change will allow the district to employ the commonly used name when filing reports, applying for grants or entering into contracts.”
ONEONTA, 06/28/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the NYS Department of Transportation to abandon a new special use permit requirement for local parades and community events.
“New York state is infamous for overregulation,” said Senator Seward. “One of my long-standing, top priorities has been to reduce red tape for businesses, schools and local governments, now it seems small town parades and special events also need protection.”
ALBANY, 06/23/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the close of the 2011 legislative session:
“Albany is functioning again and a number of my top priorities were realized during the 2011 legislative session as a result. The prime focus was on economic issues – improving the bottom line for families, individuals and seniors and enhancing growth opportunities for our small businesses – and the accomplishments are evident.
ALBANY, 06/24/11 - The New York State Senate today passed historic property tax relief legislation that enacts a cap on the growth of local property taxes.
“Property taxpayers in New York State are tapped out,” said Senator Seward. “Enacting a property tax cap is a commonsense approach that will provide significant savings and help families and senior citizens afford to stay in their homes.
“Our small business owners, and in particular, our farmers, who are crumbling under the burden of out of control property taxes, will also receive much needed relief. Now, instead of agonizing over skyrocketing tax bills, our business leaders can turn their attention to creating jobs and reviving our economy.”
ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.5811) that will modernize the regulation of commercial insurance. The legislation, sponsored by the Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), will exempt some large commercial insurance policyholders from certain state requirements.
“This legislation is a much needed step toward streamlining and modernizing insurance regulation in New York state,” said Senator Seward. “The changes will also keep premium dollars right here, helping bolster an already robust insurance job market.”
ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S.1682) 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.
“Formed almost 500 million years ago and known worldwide, the Herkimer Diamond deserves to be properly recognized across New York,” said Senator Seward. “I am extremely proud that the state senate has approved legislation naming the Herkimer Diamond as the official mineral of New York State.”
ALBANY, 06/21/11 – The New York State Senate recently passed legislation (S.2382-A) that for the first time in state history would protect the right to hunt, trap and fish in New York. The legislation, sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta), calls for a state constitutional amendment protecting the long-standing outdoor traditions.
“New York’s outdoor sporting traditions have deep roots,” stated Senator Seward. “Protecting the fundamental rights to hunt, trap and fish through a state constitutional amendment would ensure their continuation for generations to come.”