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.”
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.
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
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:
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.”
The clock is ticking on the public comment period for those interested in registering their thoughts on revised natural gas drilling regulations. The topic has understandably generated a great deal of interest as the regulations will likely govern potential drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation for the foreseeable future.
HERKIMER, 12/09/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined law enforcement officials today for a demonstration of the new Herkimer County sheriff’s computer based pistol license and weapons tracking program.
“Herkimer County is one of only a handful of counties across the state utilizing this new, cutting-edge technology to issue pistol licenses,” said Senator Seward. “The system reduces paperwork for local officials while enhancing record keeping and streamlining the registration process for qualified gun owners.”
New York’s finances have been front and center over the past several weeks. Every time you opened the newspaper or turned on the television or radio another story concerning the budget deficit was making headlines. Now after multiple special sessions in Albany a budget deal has been finalized. However, this won’t be the last time you hear about the state’s financial situation.
While I typically devote my weekly column to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, craft and pass laws that would improve our lives, this week I wanted to take a momentary departure to observe one of the governmental roots of Thanksgiving.
Photo: Senator Seward arrives at Stiefel Labs, Oak Hill for a meeting on the plant's future in Greene County.
The Daily MailBy Hillary Hawke
DURHAM — Stiefel’s representatives and regional lawmakers met on Monday in a session closed to the public about parent company GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) stunningly unexpected announcement on Nov. 11 to close the Oak Hill site and phase out 262 positions.
ALBANY, 11/16/09 – Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today hailed the governor’s decision to drop plans requiring New York motorists to purchase new license plates in April at a cost of $25 per vehicle.
“I have been fighting the license plate scheme since it was first uncovered in the budget proposal earlier this year,” said Senator Seward. “More than 8,000 people in the 51st district joined me in the battle by signing my on-line petition and offering a resounding NO to the government cash grab. I am pleased that together, we can declare victory in this fight.”
Pictured, from left, HCCC Board of Trustees Chairman Donald Snyder, HCCC President Dr. Ann Marie Murray, SUNY Board of Trustees member Robert J. Bellafiore, SUNY Institute of Technology President Wolf Yeigh and Senator James L. Seward.
As local governments seek creative ways to save money they often look to the state for assistance. One of the most important avenues I have long pursued is mandate relief. During the recent special legislative session in Albany we were able to take a step in the right direction by passing a bill aimed at encouraging efficiencies that would ultimately benefit local property taxpayers.
A new law took effect this month which will increase safety on our highways in New York. While it was already illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving, the new law also bans reading, typing and sending text messages while behind the wheel. The law is meant to limit driver distraction and in turn enhance highway safety. This measure is long overdue and one I have supported for several years.
Our lives are filled with distractions and as a result individuals have become accustomed to multi-tasking. Certainly, this is a skill which comes in handy in many instances, but when driving a motor vehicle it is important to focus on a single pursuit – arriving safely at your destination.
ONEONTA, 11/04/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today applauded the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) extension of the public comment period on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.
As the birds fly south for the winter, they are joined by a host of New Yorkers. While the birds will return when the weather improves next spring, the people are only coming back if our economy makes an about face.
According to a recently released study by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, we are losing residents in droves. From 2000 to 2008, New York experienced the nation's largest loss of residents to other states—a net domestic migration outflow of over 1.5 million, or 8 percent of its population at the start of the decade. This rate of loss means our most valuable resource, our people, is being eroded at an alarming pace.
ONEONTA, 10/29/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to hold additional public hearings for those interested in commenting on the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.