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Seward Takes In Student Masterpieces

ALBANY, 02/23/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today proudly welcomed students from Cairo-Durham Central School and Frankfort-Schuyler Central School to Albany for the New York State Art Teachers Association 20th Annual Legislative Student Art Exhibit.

February 23, 2010

The Future of Farming

As our world evolves and technological advances propel us forward at lightning speed, one constant remains – agriculture.  No matter how smart our cell phones become or how large our television screens grow,  agriculture persists as the economic, social and environmental binding force. 

February 18, 2010

CPI gets $40,000 for Main Street

By Patsy Nicosia

Times Journal

COBLESKILL -- Cobleskill Partnership Inc.’s efforts to dress up Main Street got a welcome shot in the arm Friday when State Senator Jim Seward delivered a check for $40,000.

The grant will go toward CPI’s popular façade program, said President Brian Kaiser, with a portion set aside specifically for work on the Newberry’s building.

“I’m a firm believer that downtowns and Main Streets are the real heart of our upstate communities,” Senator Seward told a crowd of about 30 CPI members and SUNY Cobleskill representatives.

February 11, 2010

Move 9/11 Terror Trials

Every American remembers certain moments in our nation’s history.  They remember where they were, they remember whom they were with.  These are the moments that define our country; exciting events like the Apollo moon landing, tragic occurrences like the assassination of President Kennedy and in our more recent history, the 9/11 terror attacks.

February 11, 2010

Grant To Help Renovate Historic Weller Library

By Jennifer Bogdan


MOHAWK — It's a financial challenge to refurbish a historic structure.

The Weller Library in Mohawk is no exception, according to library board President Edward View, who said the building is in need of $60,000 for renovations.

February 10, 2010

Medicaid Fraud Costs All New Yorkers

As work begins in Albany on the 2010-2011 state budget, one of our primary focuses is saving money.  New reports of the budget deficit continue almost daily and the dollar amounts are staggering.  Moving forward, we must review every possible money saving option. 

February 4, 2010

Seward Backs New Medicaid Fraud Task Force

ALBANY, 02/02/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a new Medicaid task force aimed at clamping down on fraud and saving state taxpayers money while at the same time creating a more efficient system for those in need of health services.

February 2, 2010

Job Creation Is Job One

Statewide unemployment in New York recently reached nine percent.  Last year, the state lost 269,000 jobs and the governor is already projecting that another 40,000 will be lost in 2010.  It is clear that we need to reverse this trend.  That’s why I am proposing a major new jobs initiative designed to jump start our economy and get people working.

The 2010 Job Creation & Retention Plan is a comprehensive recovery blueprint which would add no spending to the state budget and would pay for itself through increased jobs and revenue from economic growth.

January 29, 2010

Seward Calls For Passage Of Major New Jobs Initiative

ALBANY, 01/26 /10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today joined senate Republicans in announcing a major new jobs initiative designed to improve New York’s economy, reduce business taxes and create thousands of new jobs.

“This plan provides real incentives that will improve our economic climate and get people working,” said Senator Seward.  “It includes targeted assistance that will enhance current businesses and foster new growth translating to real recovery here in New York.”

January 26, 2010

Seward Offers Assistance For Tax Filers

ONEONTA, 01/24/10 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that personal income tax forms are available at his district offices in Oneonta and Cortlandville.

“Each year more people are taking advantage of electronic tax filing, but for those who don’t have access to a computer, or simply want to put pen to paper, the forms are still available,” said Senator Seward.

January 25, 2010

Terminate New Taxes

Governor Paterson recently unveiled his 2010 – 2011 budget proposal and while some ideas merit further examination others must be dismissed entirely if we are to promote economic development and job growth in upstate New York.

January 22, 2010

Seward: Budget Work Looms

ALBANY, 01/19/10 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on Gov. Paterson’s 2010-2011 budget proposal: “The governor hit on many of the right talking points, but the real question is whether he will follow through in the finished product.  If past results are any indication, the answer is no.

January 19, 2010

Seward Vows To Help Ashland Rebuild

By Michael Ryan

Hudson-Catskill Newspapers

ASHLAND — No empty promises were made when Senator James Seward visited the burned out firehouse/municipal hall in the town of Ashland, on Friday morning.

“I didn’t come with a big check for you,” said Seward, who was officially welcomed by Ashland Town Supervisor Richard Tompkins and local Fire Chief Randy Sutton.

“But I am here to let you know you aren’t alone and that we will do whatever we can to help you recover and rebuild. First we have to find out what you need, which is why I came here personally.

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January 15, 2010

Freeze High Energy Bills

As we work our way through another upstate New York winter there are many exciting outdoor pursuits to help pass the time.  Skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, ice fishing and simply riding a sled in the backyard with the kids are just some of the activities so many of use enjoy.


Unfortunately, the cold temperatures lead to an indoor activity none of us are too fond of- paying the heating and electric bills.  When the days are shorter and the temperatures colder the home energy bills can sky rocket.  The good news is that there are steps you can take to help keep your costs under control.

January 14, 2010

CSI - Upstate

ONEONTA, 01/08/10 -- In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2010 session of the New York State Senate, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) outlined his agenda of state spending cuts, property tax relief and business investments he dubbed “CSI – Upstate.”

January 8, 2010


As we start 2010 it is time for New York to embark on a new direction.  Our economic struggles have been well documented, particularly across the upstate region, and the time has come to change our thinking and generate a true rebirth.  Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and if we are to avoid plunging into the financial abyss some tough decisions are required.

January 7, 2010

State of the State Falls Short

ALBANY, 01/06/10 -- Senator James L. Seward today commented on Gov. Paterson’s State of the State address:

“As we start 2010 it is time for New York to take a new direction.   Last year we went to the edge of the cliff and in order to keep from going over we will need to make some difficult decisions. 

January 6, 2010

Authority Reform

While the debate over the state budget was rightfully grabbing headlines over the past few weeks, other pieces of important legislation were also discussed and voted on in Albany.  Among those receiving approval was senate bill 1537B, authority reform.  This important reform measure, which has been signed into law

December 31, 2009

'Tis The Season For Safe Shopping

While shopping our local main streets is still one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit and at the same time help spark the local economy, shopping online has also become a very popular way to purchase gifts.   Whether during the holiday season or any other time of the year, Internet shoppers can reduce their chances of becoming victims of online predators by following some simple tips.

According to the New York State Consumer Protection Board (NYSCPB), online shoppers should follow these safety guidelines:

December 17, 2009

Funding For Greene County Pop Warner Announced

CATSKILL, 12/12/09 – Joined by players, coaches and families, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, a $5,000 senate grant toward new equipment and lighting for the Greene County Pop Warner Football league.

“The senate funding will help improve the football experience for our young men and women,” said Senator Seward.  “For many of these athletes this is their first opportunity to take part in organized athletics, a step along what can be a very rewarding path.”

December 11, 2009