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Senator Seward Sworn In For New Term

ONEONTA, 01/01/11 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) took the oath of office today for another term at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown. 

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Seward addressed the standing room only crowd, vowing to attack the challenges facing New York head-on: 

“The landscape in Albany is changing.  There will be new players, including a new governor, and a new senate majority which I am proud to be part of.  I am also hopeful that there will be a renewed spirit of cooperation with an eye toward positive accomplishments that will benefit our entire state.

January 3, 2011
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Seward Renews Call For Open Review Of OWB Regs

ONEONTA, 12/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is again calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct a full, open review of proposed outdoor wood boiler (OWB) regulations.

“Energy costs are rising on a daily basis and upstate homeowners and farmers struggling to make ends meet are constantly searching for economical and environmentally sound methods to keep expenses in check,” said Senator Seward.  “I appreciate the Department of Environmental Conservation’s efforts in revising outdoor wood boiler regulations but local concerns have not been adequately addressed.”

December 20, 2010
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Help Rogers Continue Life Enriching Activities

ONEONTA, 12/09/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is calling on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to consider alternative strategies to keep the Rogers Environmental Center in Sherburne open.

“Rogers Environmental Center is a valuable educational asset not to mention a treasured outdoor recreational site,” said Senator Seward.  “The center boosts the quality of life for residents and visitors alike and enhances the local economy; a true upstate jewel.”

December 9, 2010
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Get Down To Business

As the new year approaches many may be thinking about making life changes.  One major step you can take is to start your own business.  Small businesses comprise 98 percent of all businesses in the state and employ more than half of New York’s private sector workforce.  New ventures can be seen popping up on our Main Streets every day.  Certainly, there are many more potential entrepreneurs waiting in the wings, ready to take a dream and turn it into a reality.

December 3, 2010
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Seward Calls On NYSDOT To Expedite Cortland County Road Work

CORTLAND, 12/01/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) to complete reconstruction work of the route 281 and 13 corridor in the Town of Cortlandville on the original timetable.

“Delaying reconstruction of this important thoroughfare restricts traffic flow and threatens the safety of the traveling public,” said Senator Seward.  “The route 281 and 13 corridor is growing and further delays of this project will stifle desired development and inconvenience local business owners.”

December 2, 2010
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Made In America

The holiday shopping season is upon us and consumers are being hit from all sides with a seemingly endless barrage of commercials and promotions as stores try to drum up business.  While there are a number of factors shoppers use to evaluate potential purchases, one that should be kept in mind is where products are made.

Shopping our local main streets is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit and at the same time help spark the local economy.  You can really add to the holiday cheer by making sure purchases include a “Made in U.S.A.” label.  In fact,  December is National Made in America Month.

November 26, 2010
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Agricultural Innovation In Greene County

The Daily Mail

Athens, 11/16/10 - It was an opera house in the 19th century, and a bowling alley and a gym in the 20th century. For the 21st century, Athens old Brook’s Opera House has become an operating brewery, soon to be pub and restaurant and eventually a concert hall.

On Monday, Crossroads Brewery was a vortex of craft brewers and elected officials sampling beer and listening to the Grateful Dead. But what looked like a high time on the surface had quite serious implications for Greene County.

November 22, 2010
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DOT Rest Stop Closures Threaten Public Safety

WORCESTER, 11/17/10 – Gathered at a rest area marked for closure, state Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Newport) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) announced today their opposition to a recent NYSDOT decision to shut down six highway rest areas.

“Weakening one of the few protective measures available to drivers on our roadways leaves all motorists, and in particular, truck drivers at risk,” said Senator Seward.  “While I understand the need to cut back in these tough fiscal times, I believe there are other areas that should be considered first.”

November 17, 2010
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Renewed Budget Transparency Needed

With Election Day now behind us and the political campaigns ended, it is time to get back to the people’s business.  Certainly, there is a great deal to be done.

New York State’s fiscal health must be considered a top priority.  While this is not a new revelation, it was reinforced by the latest spending and revenue report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.  According to the comptroller’s report, revenue for fiscal year 2010-2011 will be $943 million lower than expected and spending will be $288 million higher.  Simply put, the state budget doesn’t add up.

November 12, 2010
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A Time To Honor Our Veterans

On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans.  Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given proper praise for a job well done.  Our veterans have faced hardships that a non-veteran could never fully understand.  Some have faced death in defending our nation’s freedom.  Veterans possess the core American values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, personal courage and integrity.

November 5, 2010
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Economic Course Change Needed

Dead last.  Number 50 out of 50.  That’s where New York placed in the recently released ranking of state business climates by the non-partisan Tax Foundation.  The embarrassing showing is yet another example why the economy must be job one in Albany.

The Tax Foundation’s 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index (SBTCI) is a clear illustration of just how low New York has sunk when it comes to attracting new businesses and assisting those that already exist.  Cleary, those running the ship in Albany have steered far off course and run aground. 

October 29, 2010
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Mandate Relief On The Horizon

As local governments and school districts set to work preparing budgets for the next fiscal year, one term the public will hear quite a bit is “unfunded mandates.”  While you won’t find the phrase in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition really is quite simple.  Basically, an unfunded mandate is a requirement passed down from a higher authority with no money to pay for its implementation.

In many cases, such mandates come straight from Washington D.C.; other times Albany is the culprit.  While many may have respectable intentions, such as educating our children or providing public services, the result is that local governments are stuck with the cost of enacting the requirements.  Ultimately that cost is passed on to taxpayers.

October 22, 2010
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Socialize Safely In Cyberspace

The Internet is a revolutionary, world-changing innovation.  While it continues to enrich our lives in new and profound manners on a daily basis, there is a dark side that everyone should keep in mind.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security. The goal – encourage people to protect their computers and our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. 

October 15, 2010
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Clean Water Flows In Tompkins County

Ithaca Journal

Slaterville Springs, 10/08/10 - Longtime Slaterville Springs residents remember what happened in 1990 when a bridge project over Six Mile Creek punctured their aquifer and left 15-to-20 homes with no water -- the county had to bring in a pump to supply residents with water for almost a year, said Tompkins County Legislator Frank Proto, R-Caroline and Danby.

October 12, 2010
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Economic Boost For The Mohawk Valley

The Telegram

Ilion, 10/07/10 — Fermer Precision has partnered with a downstate company for a new product line.

Mark Cushman, vice president of operations at Fermer Precision, said its workers will make power transmission components that will be assembled by Rockland Standard Gear, located in Sloatsburg in Rockland County.

“It’s a real exciting day for two great New York state companies,” he said.

State Senator James Seward, R,C,I - Milford, took a tour of the facility before the start of the conference.

October 7, 2010
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to remind women to get mammograms.  It is also a perfect time to highlight a valuable resource available in New York – the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 39,840 women are expected to die from the disease in 2010 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

October 1, 2010
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Seward Ensures Timely Completion Of Otsego County Bridge Project

ONEONTA, 09/30/10 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) announced today that replacement of an Otsego County bridge has been expedited due to recent discussions with the local utility.

“A reconstructed Brooker Hollow Road bridge will provide safe passage to school students, families and individuals who rely on the span on a daily basis,” said Senator Seward.  “Completing the job as quickly as possible will alleviate any long term inconvenience.”

September 30, 2010
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Property Tax Cap Long Overdue

As school property tax bills arrive in mailboxes across upstate New York the volume of phone calls, e-mails and letters from concerned homeowners to my office rises daily.  The message from many is simple: “I don’t know how I am going to pay this bill.” 

Several dynamics are factoring in this year, creating some of the highest tax bills in our state’s history.

September 24, 2010
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Seward Makes Grade With Business Leaders

Unemployment in New York State is hovering at just over 8 percent according to recently released figures from the State Labor Department.  While we are doing somewhat better than the nation as a whole (9.6 percent unemployment rate for the month of August) it is not nearly good enough.

I have been fighting hard for necessary job creation tools that will help jumpstart our upstate economy and put New Yorkers back to work.  Recently, the Business Council of New York State recognized me for my record of standing up for measures that will help create jobs while consistently voting against higher taxes and out of control state spending.

The Business Council’s Voters' Guide is based on sponsorship and floor votes on various economic bills, including:

September 17, 2010
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Seward Surveys Safety Concerns At Greene County Hiking Area

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

HUNTER, 09/15/10 — NYS Senator James Seward, R-Milford, and NYS Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, met with emergency response leaders and local government officials in the Town of Hunter on Tuesday to discuss how to increase safety for hikers in the Platte Clove and Kaaterskill Falls areas.

The meeting came in the wake of recent fatalities in both areas, and Seward has called for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate what can be done to ensure hikers on State Forest Preserve lands do not fall to their deaths.

“We’re here to gather facts, information, and ammunition,” said Seward, “so that we can continue to press our case with DEC to take some action.”

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September 15, 2010
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