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Budget Comes In Late, Comes Up Short

ONEONTA, 08/04/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the special legislative session and final approval of the state budget:

"Over four months past the April 1st deadline New York finally has a state budget, but the extra wait hardly helped produce a quality spending plan.  For the second year in a row, the state is being treated to a budget fabricated behind closed doors that raise taxes, spends at an unsustainable rate and fails to create any new jobs or improve New York’s economy.

August 4, 2010
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Springbrook Expansion to Bring Jobs, Improve Quality of Life for Developmentally Disabled Students and Families

“The Springbrook expansion will change lives for the better on several levels and will pay future dividends, both economically and socially.  The project will provide quality jobs at a time when the area economy needs a boost.  It will produce long term savings to the state, something every single taxpayer can appreciate.  And, most important, the expansion will improve the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families," said Senator Seward.

 

Springbrook project expected to create jobs, add school

By Jake Palmateer

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July 30, 2010
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Safety Review of Popular Greene County Hiking Trail Needed

ONEONTA, 07/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to review safety measures at the Devil’s Kitchen hiking area in the Town of Hunter. 

“Two fatal hiking accidents this year at Devil’s Kitchen have prompted concerns that must be evaluated,” said Senator Seward.  “The Department of Environmental Conservation should take steps to assess the trail’s safety and to ensure proper warnings are present.”

July 29, 2010
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Seward Stands With Public

ONEONTA, 07/21/10 – State Senator James L.

July 21, 2010
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Seward Honors Youth Farmers

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - Teaching future generations the importance of farming was the goal behind the 63rd Annual Farmer's Museum Junior Livestock Show in Otsego County.

Farmers were joined by area officials at the educational event on the Iroquois Farm Show Grounds along County Highway 33 in Cooperstown - an event that is tradition in the summer months.

July 19, 2010
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New York Parks Offer Summer Time Fun

As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further than our local state parks.  July is Park and Recreation Month across the nation and here in New York we have many great reasons to celebrate. 

Our public parks and state lands are among our greatest resources, particularly in upstate, and they fulfill a number of roles.  They are a strong source of tourist dollars, drawing people from other parts of New York, neighboring states, and across the nation.  Along with generating money for the state, our parks also help support many other businesses, from small grocery stores, to souvenir shops selling locally produced keepsakes, to farm stands offering homegrown fruits and vegetables.

July 8, 2010
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State Legislature Pays Tribute To Fallen Trooper

ALBANY, 06/30/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R/C/I-Schoharie) announced today the passage of legislation renaming a portion of state route 32 in Greene County in memory of New York State Police Trooper David J. Lane.

July 7, 2010
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Gun Control Legislation Derailed

Legislation brought before the state senate recently, known as the microstamping bill, has generated quite a bit of publicity.  The measure is gun control under the guise of crime prevention.  I voted against the bill and am pleased to say it was pulled from the senate floor after failing to garner enough support for passage.   

July 1, 2010
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Business Fix Needed Now

The 2010-2011 state budget, being approved bit by bit through weekly budget extender bills, is continuing to come together.  The process is like crumbling up your medicine into tiny pieces and taking a little at a time rather than swallowing the pill whole.  Even worse, it is a prescription for failure for New York.

June 24, 2010
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Statement On Budget Extender Vote

ALBANY, 06/21/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the twelfth emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:

June 20, 2010
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Home Heating Hike Looms

ALBANY, 06/18/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today expressed concern that legislation approved in the senate this week will likely cause a dangerous shortage in the supply of home heating oil for upstate communities and force home heating costs to rise 20 percent this winter.

June 18, 2010
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Seward Votes "NO" On Eleventh Budget Extender Bill

ALBANY, 06/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the emergency appropriation bill which he voted against:

“While I am pleased a government shutdown was avoided, I cannot condone the piecemeal budgeting approach, and once again voted NO on the governor’s emergency budget extender bill, the same way I have voted on the previous ten extenders. 

June 14, 2010
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Cut It Out!

As Albany leaders continue to hold up the state budget, the frustration level grows daily.  Taxpayers from across the state are sick and tired of the ongoing stalemate and the serious consequences the late state budget has created.  I too am disturbed by the disregard to obey the law and convene public, bipartisan conference committees that would allow rank and file lawmakers to negotiate the budget in full view of the public.

June 10, 2010
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Senator Seward Enlists Taxpayers To Help Cut Wasteful Government Spending

ONEONTA, 06/04/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced the launch of “Cut It Out!: Citizens Cutting Government Waste” – an interactive new on-line tool that will enable concerned taxpayers to cast votes for specific wasteful spending items that they would like to see eliminated from the state budget.

June 7, 2010
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Local World War II Hero Inducted Into Veterans Hall Of Fame

ALBANY, 06/01/10-- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today honored Chester A. Scerra of Richfield as a 2010 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

June 1, 2010
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Reform Needed At New York Juvenile Prisons

As New York continues to deal with an unprecedented fiscal crisis, every dollar expended by the state should come under careful scrutiny.  We must ensure funds are being spent wisely for needed programs that are widely beneficial.  It is also vital that we examine the policymakers, and make certain they are of superior character as well.  Case in point – New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Commissioner Gladys Carrion. 

May 27, 2010
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Head of OCFS Must Go

ALBANY, 05/26/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined several senate colleagues in calling for the immediate resignation of New York State Office of Children and Family Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion for sanctioning a state-taxpayer funded sex-party at a youth facility that houses killers and other violent criminals.

May 26, 2010
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Seward Honors Oneonta "Woman of Distinction"

By Mark Boshnack

The Daily Star

ALBANY, 05/26/10 -- Years of service to her community have earned an Oneonta woman state recognition.

May 26, 2010
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Struggle Continues For Dairy Farmers

Over the past year I have met with dairy farmers and agribusiness officials on several occasions to discuss the ongoing milk price crisis.  Low milk prices have hurt famers across the nation, but the problem is particularly acute in New York because the cost of production is extremely high in comparison to other states.  The combination of low milk prices, high taxes, rising energy costs, along with other rising costs of production have forced many upstate farmers out of business.  It is a disturbing problem that shows no sign of lessening. 

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May 20, 2010
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Fight Continues For Dairy Farmers

ONEONTA, 05/20/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today renewed his call for additional federal assistance for struggling upstate dairy farmers. “Washington has provided the occasional quick fix, but the band-aid approach is not good enough to stop the bleeding,” said Senator Seward.  “Our farmers need a viable, long term solution that will reestablish our farming future in upstate New York.”

May 20, 2010
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