ALBANY, 04/02/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that crucial funding to support local highway improvements is included in the 2015-16 state budget.
“Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the backbone of our state’s infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “County and town highway superintendents from throughout my district joined me in Albany last month at a rally calling for an increase in funding for our local roads and bridges – and their voices were heard.”
The 2015-16 state budget makes a record investment of $488 million to support local highway, road, and bridge repair projects including $438 million in Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPs) funding.
ALBANY, 04/01/15 -- State Senators John DeFrancisco, Mike Nozzolio and James L. Seward announced today that the new state budget includes a major win for one of Cayuga County’s key natural resources.
The senators announced that $600,000 in state funding has been awarded to the Owasco Watershed Lake Association to support ongoing and long-term efforts to improve water quality throughout the watershed.
ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senators James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam) announced today that they have secured $500,000 in this year’s state budget to promote economic growth and preservation measures for the Catskill Park.
Senators Amedore and Seward successfully fought for the funding after receiving a request from the Catskill Park Coalition.
ALBANY, 03/31/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the education aid portion of the 2015-16 state budget:
“This year, more than any other in recent memory, the education aid discussion drifted toward other issues. My focus remained steadfast – to deliver state dollars to our local schools to make sure every student will have access to a quality education.”
While we are still working to finalize a state budget, news flashes and rumors race across the Internet from various groups and the media, offering instant analysis of the talks – and frequent indictment of those who have long supported our local schools.
I hope you’re not believing everything you read in the press, or the breathless talking points being e-mailed by every group with a mailing list.
ALBANY, 03/25/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today proudly welcomed students from Cooperstown Central School to Albany as part of the 42nd annual “Music in our Schools Month” celebration.
“Performances like the ones coordinated by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), are a terrific showcase for the talent that exists in schools throughout the state,” said Senator Seward. “I enjoyed meeting with the students from Cooperstown and hearing the results of their hard work.”
Choirs, orchestras and bands from across the state travel to Albany throughout the month of March to perform in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of “Music in our Schools Month”.
ALBANY, 03/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to improve safety on New York’s highways. The package included a bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3511) which targets criminals who capitalize on vulnerable motorists in attempts to profit from insurance claims.
ALBANY, 03/18/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today joined his colleagues in the state senate in recognizing the tenth anniversary of “World Down Syndrome Day” and called on the governor to proclaim March 21, 2015 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the State of New York.
ONEONTA, 03/18/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the free senior scam prevention forums scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th in Moravia and Homer, and Thursday March 19th in Dryden have been POSTPONED until further notice due to inclement weather
The senior scam prevention forums will be rescheduled at a later date.
ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today during the first education budget conference committee meeting restated his leading priorities in regard to the education budget.
“Eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment, providing fair and equitable funding to our neediest schools, boosting aid to local libraries, and decoupling the governor’s ‘education reforms’ from the budget remain my top priorities as we work toward a fifth consecutive on-time budget,” said Senator Seward.
ALBANY, 03/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently presented Kelvin “Iron Lungs” Corbin with a New York State Legislative Resolution honoring his six-plus decades of service to the Cuyler Fire Department.
“Kelvin Corbin has displayed unwavering dedication to the citizens of Cuyler for sixty-four years,” said Senator Seward. “I have a great deal of respect for the men and women who answer the siren’s call, day or night, to protect lives and property. To do so in a volunteer capacity for such a prolonged period of time, as Kelvin has done, is even more impressive and deserving of special recognition.”
ALBANY, 03/13/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.
Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:
“The senate budget resolution accomplishes two of my primary goals – ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula. Moving forward, I will work to protect this vital funding for our students, and will also focus on the education ‘reforms’ proposed by the governor.”
ALBANY, 03/11/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the senate’s “Brighter Future” budget resolution for fiscal year 2015-16 set for adoption this week:
“Significant property tax relief for middle-class homeowners, an unprecedented education aid increase, meaningful new incentives to grow businesses, and a sustained plan to improve our upstate roads and bridges are among the highlights of the state senate budget resolution.
ALBANY, 03/11/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year honoree Misty Campbell of Herkimer to Albany.
“Misty’s accomplishments in the face of adversity prove that hard work and dedication pay off in the long run,” said Senator Seward. “Her achievements also confirm that strong educational programs, like those offered at Herkimer BOCES, can produce life changing results.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.