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Seward Meets With Herkimer Chamber

Middleville, N.Y. - The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce held its 41st annual Membership Meeting Luncheon Thursday at the Crystal Chandelier Restaurant on Route 28.

Executive Director John Scarano started off the meeting by congratulating the nearly 500-member-strong Chamber on its continued success despite the hardships that the current economic conditions have inflicted on small businesses around the country. He stated, “Herkimer County is a place where businesses can grow in a caring, compassionate environment, in a county where dreams can come true.”

May 1, 2009

Senator Seward Joins Greene County In Supporting Autism Awareness

COXSACKIE - More than 250 supporters of autism awareness came out Sunday afternoon to walk for the cause in Coxsackie.

The walk kicked off just after 2 p.m. in front of the Coxsackie Village Hall on Mansion Street, with Autism Connection of Greene County President CarolAnn Luccio leading the way.

Greene County legislators were also on hand to present a check for $3,080 from the Greene County Youth Fund to The Autism Connection. The check is part of a total of $5,580 provided by Greene County.

April 27, 2009

Senator Seward Meets With Tompkins County Students

Students from the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES New Visions Program visited Albany on Tuesday and met with state Sens. James L. Seward, R-51st Dist., and George Winner, R-53rd Dist.

High school seniors from schools throughout Tompkins and Seneca counties met with the senators to discuss their program, which focuses on environmental and agricultural sciences.

"These students, who are all on their way to college next year, are our next generation of leaders," Seward said. "I appreciate hearing their thoughts on the environment, the economy and other current issues."

April 25, 2009

STAR Has Fallen

Senate Democrats held a recent press conference in New York City touting a plan to revive the STAR property tax rebate checks.  Unfortunately this is nothing more than a desperate attempt to divert attention from their votes to eliminate the tax relief program.  They stole the car last month.  Now they want to return it.

April 24, 2009

Otsego County Student Shadows Seward

ALBANY, 04/23/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was joined this week by Connor Adsit, an eleventh grade student at Cooperstown High School, as part of the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation’s 9th annual Students Inside Albany conference.

“The unique program offers students an inside look at how state government runs,” said Seward.  “I am pleased to take part, and show one of our state’s future leaders around the Capitol.” 

April 23, 2009

NY Jets Land In Cortland

 CORTLAND, 04/20/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) today joined Governor David A. Paterson in announcing that the New York Jets will hold their 2009 training camp at the campus of SUNY Cortland. 

 “Bringing the New York Jets to SUNY Cortland is exciting news on many fronts,” said Senator Seward.  “This is a great opportunity for area fans to get an up close glimpse at their football heroes, while at the same time providing a major boost to the area economy.”

April 20, 2009

Taxed Enough Already

Thousand of New Yorkers spent some time recently rallying against high taxes.  Tax Day Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Parties took place nationwide on April 15th, and several were held right here in the 51st district.  The Boston-like tea parties were an opportunity for people to vent their anger over their ever growing tax bills.  I too feel the frustration expressed by these hard working, overburdened taxpayers.

April 17, 2009

Taxed Enough Already

 ONEONTA, 04/15/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) commented today on Tax Day Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Parties occurring in his district.

 “Hard working taxpayers are gathering throughout my district today to speak out against the ever growing tax burden they are forced to shoulder.  I join them in expressing my frustration with the rising cost of living in New York due in great part to ever increasing taxes.

April 15, 2009

Health Care Costs Will Rise

Now that the new state budget is in place analysts from across New York have been weighing in on the plan.  Almost universally the reaction has been negative.  As time goes on, and people start to feel the effects of this budget first hand, I expect to hear more and more criticism.

April 10, 2009

Consumer Outreach Won't Foot the Bill

ONEONTA, 04/09/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today criticized Governor David Paterson for announcing an outreach program for consumers who can’t pay their energy bills, just days after pushing through a massive utility tax hike that will make it even tougher for people to pay them.

April 9, 2009

Seward Administers Oath for Coxsackie Leaders

ALBANY, 04/07/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) this week administered the oath of office to new Village of Coxsackie Mayor Mark Evans and re-elected trustees.

Before the swearing-in Seward told the standing room only crowd on hand at the Coxsackie Village Hall that “holding office in local government is a vital and important service. It is also one of the most difficult because you see your constituents on the village streets each and every day.”

April 7, 2009

Transportation Projects Receive Federal Funding

ALBANY, 04/06/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) today announced the award of federal funding for transportation projects throughout the 51st district.

“These projects will spur economic development and create construction jobs while making necessary improvements to our Main Streets, bike paths and walkways,” said Seward. “Projects like these upgrade the quality of life for our residents and are needed to help attract visitors to our region.”

April 6, 2009

Seward Fights for Camp Pharsalia

ALBANY, 04/03/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/I/C- Oneonta) joined senate Republicans in offering an amendment to keep three minimum security prisons in upstate New York operating. Under the budget agreement announced by Governor Paterson, Speaker Silver, and Senator Smith, Camp Pharsalia in Chenango County, Camp Gabriels in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County would be closed without the required twelve month notice required by law.

April 3, 2009

Senate Dems Oppose GOP Effort to Reduce Soaring Health Care Costs

ALBANY, 04/03/09 - Senate Democrats today rejected a Republican-sponsored amendment that would have reduced skyrocketing health care costs in New York, ensuring that affordable health coverage will continue to remain out of reach for many small businesses, New Yorkers and their families.

April 3, 2009

Costly State Budget Fails

A new budget is now in place for the state of New York, but I can’t say I am pleased.  The spending plan, which was approved shortly after the April 1 deadline, includes a great deal of bad news that will affect individuals, families and businesses across the state. 

April 3, 2009

Drug Dealers Protection Act

The Rockefeller Drug Laws, a series of stringent anti-drug measures passed in 1973 which were once considered among the strongest in the nation, were dramatically reformed in December 2004 and August 2005.  Now, once again, additional reforms are being considered.  These reforms though would do much more harm than good.  To put it quite simply this so called reform should be called the “Drug Dealers Protection Act.”

March 27, 2009

Seward Celebrates Agriculture and Literacy

ATHENS, 03/26/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) attended Agriculture Literacy Day at Edward J. Arthur Elementary School in Athens today.

Senator Seward read to Michelle Whiting’s second grade class from the book, “The Empire State Investigator: The Applesauce Bandit.” The book was donated to the school by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County.

March 26, 2009

Seward and State Pay Tribute to Oneonta Student

ONEONTA, 03/23/09 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented Oneonta Middle School student Charlotte McKane with a legislative resolution honoring her as a recipient of the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

March 23, 2009

The Budget Battle Continues

 The legislative session in Albany continues to move at a snail’s pace, thanks to what has become a major step backward in transparency and openness in the operation of state government.  Budget negotiations have been bottled up in closed door sessions constituting three leaders, all of whom hail from New York City.  All three are also Democrats, and the reason this point is important is because for years Democrats have been demanding more open door meetings, and calling for government reform.  Interestingly enough, when given the opportunity, they are quick to ret

March 20, 2009

The Value Of A Tune

March may be a tough month at times, winter weather lingers, time is running out to file your taxes, and at the state level, budget negotiations are grinding along.  But March is still music to my ears.

March 13, 2009