ALBANY, 01/17/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal:
“The governor’s budget proposal is a sound continuation of last year’s effort to rein in state spending without raising taxes or resorting to new borrowing. I believe the plan hits close to the mark on a number of my key priorities and provides a solid starting point for this year’s budget discussion.
ONEONTA, 01/12/12 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2012 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) opened up his legislative playbook and detailed his “Keys for Success.” Seward’s game plan focuses on economic development, mandate relief, reform of the education aid formula, and continued flood recovery assistance.
ONEONTA, 01/06/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today called for a reconfiguration of New York’s public education aid formula to better meet the needs of low-wealth, rural school districts.
ALBANY, 01/04/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address:
“Partnering with Governor Cuomo last year, we ended partisan gridlock and a number of successful initiatives were realized. Now it is time to continue our Empire State resurgence.
“The governor’s focus on creating private sector jobs runs parallel with my own. His innovative approach to utilizing public/private partnerships is especially appealing and I was pleased he singled out tourism as a sector in need of additional state support.
Help establish Senator Seward’s legislative agenda for 2012.New York is facing a number of significant challenges in 2012 – fortunately, steps are being taken to confront these obstacles head on.During the past year I worked in partnership with Governor Cuomo and my legislative colleagues to cut state spending, hold the line on taxes and help revitalize our economy. Great strides are being made but additional steps must be taken to capitalize on the momentum.
As I prepare to return to Albany, I want to know what issues are important to you.
ONEONTA, 12/20/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the announcement that counties in the 51st senate district will receive nearly $7 million through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program to improve emergency communications.
“A reliable communication network is an essential tool for emergency responders,” said Senator Seward. “These grants will help provide that tool, protecting the lives of those who live and work in upstate New York, while also ensuring the safety of our firefighters, ambulance workers and police. The funding will also offset a major expense that taxpayers simply cannot afford to shoulder on their own.”
COBLESKILL - 12/12/11- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) joined with local officials and area businesses at SUNY Cobleskill today to focus on newly-awarded state funds aimed at rebuilding flood ravaged communities and strengthening job creation in Schoharie County.
In today’s briefing, Senator Seward and Assemblyman Lopez drew attention to over $5 million dollars for growing the county’s economy and to $50 million approved for flood recovery in Schoharie County and in other declared disaster areas across New York State.
ALBANY, 12/08/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced additional details in regard to flood assistance legislation approved during this week’s special legislative session.
“As communities throughout my senate district and across upstate continue to rebuild from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, I am pleased the recently completed special legislative session produced some significant help,” said Senator Seward.
ALBANY, 12/07/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the Middle Class Tax Cut and Job Creation Plan which helps rejuvenate the upstate economy and includes special state funding to assist flood devastated communities.
“This plan means lower taxes - $690 million worth – for hard-working, middle class New Yorkers, the backbone of our communities. That’s money that will now flow through our local economy and create jobs. At the same time, we are cutting taxes for manufacturers helping them create additional jobs and continue to drive our economy forward,” Seward said.
ONEONTA, 12/04/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced the launch of an on-line petition drive in support of Medicaid reform legislation that he is co-sponsoring.
“Overburdened taxpayers in upstate New York and across the state are desperate for relief,” said Senator Seward. “The property tax cap was a great first step, but as I have said all along, it needs to be linked to mandate relief for local governments.
ONEONTA, 11/29/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced he is co-sponsoring legislation that will close a loophole in the state’s child abuse reporting requirements. The “College Coaches and Professionals Reporting Act” adds college coaches, athletic directors, professors, graduate assistants, administrators and college presidents to the list of mandatory reporters of child abuse in New York.
ONEONTA, 11/28/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined members of Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Storm and Recovery Task Force at a summit to assess the state's ongoing recovery efforts in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The meeting was held in the Town of Windham and included state agency commissioners, local elected officials, community representatives, and was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.
ONEONTA, 11/25/11 – 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, the state’s leading and most respected agricultural advocacy organization.
“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.”
Overburdened taxpayers in upstate New York and across the state are desperate for relief. The tax cap was a great first step but to actually cut property taxes, county governments need relief from unfunded mandates handed down by the state. Medicaid is the largest mandated budget item for every county in New York State and is the primary reason that New Yorkers pay the highest property taxes in the nation.
ONEONTA, 11/10/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented the following statement at a forum organized by the City of Oneonta, Otsego 2000, and the Otsego County Conservation Association regarding proposed natural gas drilling regulations:
“Thanks to City of Oneonta, Otsego 2000 and the Otsego County Conservation Association for organizing tonight’s hearing.
“Hydrofracturing and natural gas drilling have implications for generations to come and it is vital that everyone have an opportunity to be heard on this matter.
“This is a topic on which people of good conscience, and intent, disagree.
ONEONTA, 11/16/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today alerted residents and business owners who suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee of additional flood recovery resources now available. “I have joined Governor Cuomo and members of the Upstate Storm Recovery Task Force in meeting with those devastated by Irene and Lee and appreciate the continuing effort from state agencies to assist those in need,” said Senator Seward.
“The initial storms were devastating but the ongoing recovery is just as daunting. As families and business owners make life-altering decisions they need to know what specific government support is available to help them rebuild.
ONEONTA, 11/16/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) recently joined in the grand reopening of the Pony Farm Road bridge in the Town of Oneonta. The bridge connecting State Route 7 and Pony Farm Road had been closed since January 2008.
“Pony Farm Road businesses and residents rely on this bridge for improved access and safety,” said Senator Seward. “By leveraging public and private funding sources the long-awaited span was completed without impacting local taxes – a major plus.”
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