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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
ONEONTA, 05/14/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today said the pending expiration of ‘Power for Jobs’ will endanger thousands of upstate jobs created through the low-cost energy program.
As the calendar pages continue to turn and a state budget remains in limbo, the level of concern continues to rise. Individuals from all walks of life call my office, send letters and e-mails, or simply stop me on the street to ask about the status of the state’s fiscal plan. Their concern is warranted. As the budget stalemate extends from days to weeks to months, the negative effects extend to more and more families and business across the state.
ILION, 05/11/10 — Freedom Group’s COO, Joseph B. Gross, today announced that the Remington Arms facility in Ilion, New York, will add 100 manufacturing jobs as it relocates certain production from its Marlin factory in North Haven Connecticut. The 194-year-old Ilion Firearms Plant, which is the Mohawk Valley’s largest employer and the nation’s longest continuous manufacturer, will receive $5.9 million in building improvements, equipment and machinery investment over the next two years.
I was recently afforded the great honor of meeting with a number of senior citizens from the 51st senatorial district who were visiting the Capitol to take part in the annual “New York State Senior Citizens’ Day Celebration.”
ALBANY, 05/05/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) says legislation (senate bill 7686) approved by the state senate today, would authorize payment for capital construction projects, putting people back to work and clearing the way for vital infrastructure work.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and with the high number of reported cases in New York, it is important to arm yourself and your family with the tools to avoid the disease when possible, and detect and treat when necessary.
Lyme disease is an infection, caused by bacteria, that is spread by the bite of an infected tick. Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system and/or heart. Over 77,000 cases of Lyme disease have been reported to the New York State Department of Health since reporting was first required in 1986. When detected early, it usually can be treated with oral antibiotics. If left untreated, it often causes serious health problems.
RICHMONDVILLE, 04/30/10--Senator James L. Seward (R,C,I-Oneonta), Assemblyman Pete Lopez (R,C,I-Schoharie), and Mark Galasso, President of Lancaster Development, Inc., today launched their “No Work Here” construction signs campaign in Richmondville. The campaign is meant to spur greater public awareness of the increasing loss of construction jobs on local roadway projects as a result of inaction on the state budget, and to urge Albany’s three legislative leaders to take substantive action to protect working families.
ALBANY, 04/29/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced legislation that clears the way for weapon manufacturers, including Remington Arms, to produce and repair firearm silencers for law enforcement and military agencies has been signed into law.
“The legislation opens the door to an exciting new job front for Remington Arms,” said Senator Seward. “By erasing a legal barrier, Herkimer County’s number one employer can now set its sights on a new segment of the firearm industry.”
Senate bill 2721, cosponsored by Senator Seward, will allow properly licensed weapon companies like Remington to manufacture and repair firearm silencers for governmental/military use only.
ALBANY, 04/27/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have enacted a property tax cap and provided middle-class taxpayers with relief from soaring property taxes was defeated this week in a party line vote.
The state budget impasse continues in Albany and unfortunately, the log jam doesn’t look like it will break anytime soon.
One reason the budget is late is because political leaders have failed to open up the process and begin public, bipartisan conference committees as required by law. For a number of years, informal conference committees, made up of rank and file lawmakers, met in full view of the public and the media to hammer out a final budget agreement. The process worked so well that in 2007, the process was formalized and adopted into law.
ALBANY, 04/20/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Agriculture Committee defeated senate bill 2247b, also known as the Farm Worker Fair Labor Practice Act.
“Defeating the so called, farm worker labor bill is a clear victory for our upstate farmers, farm workers and the agriculture industry,” said Senator Seward. “The bill, supported mainly by New York City politicians, would have forced farms to close, while driving up costs for the few survivors.”
LEEDS, 04/20/10 - An assembly of business, municipal and education leaders from Greene and Columbia counties as well as from Berkshire County in Massachusetts heard Monday how Greene County is positioned well to reap the benefits of the fabricator Global Foundries in the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County.