Each time you turn on the television, listen to your radio or open a newspaper you are inevitably bombarded with stories about the flu. Certainly, this year more than any other time in recent memory, the warnings need to be taken seriously.
First, we are dealing with more than one challenge this year. The seasonal flu, a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses is making the rounds just like any other year. Along with that threat, we are also combating H1N1, or the swine flu.
ALBANY, 10/19/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today heard from dairy farmers and industry leaders from across the state regarding the ongoing milk crisis which has been described as a “depression” for farmers.
“The stories of hardship experienced by many of our upstate farmers are heart-wrenching,” said Senator Seward. “Many family farms that have been part of our landscape for generations have already disappeared, and if we fail to act now, more will be forced into foreclosure.”
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and after my urging the governor to recognize this very special event, he has officially designated this Down Syndrome Awareness Month in New York state as well.
In calling on the governor to make the official proclamation, I stressed the opportunity to increase awareness of Down syndrome and to promote inclusion and acceptance of individuals born with the condition. I am pleased he accepted the opportunity and issued the statewide proclamation.
ONEONTA, 10/15/09— Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today commented on the governor’s deficit reduction plan:
“Since last spring when the governor signed off on a record spending budget that raised taxes by more than $8 billion, I have been calling for commonsense cuts, tax rollbacks and real help for our small businesses to improve our state’s economy. It’s about time the governor and other Democrat leaders who came up with the out of control budget get the message.
ONEONTA, 10/12/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) said today that thousands of drug felons are much closer to being set free and put back into our communities, as a result of drug law changes that senate Democrats pushed through as part of the 2009-10 state budget.
The governor recently ordered $500 million in across the board cuts to 2009-2010 state agency spending. The directive focused on each agency’s non-personal service budget; in other words, operating costs outside of salary and benefits. The targeted expenses include things like travel, printing, vehicles, leases, energy, postage, consultant contracts and equipment. It is a step in the right direction, but it is only a step.
Each and every elementary school student at some point learns how to read and construct a pie chart. Well, if we were creating such a chart to illustrate the steps to economic recovery needed in New York, state agency spending cuts would represent only a small sliver.
CATSKILL — State Senator James Seward, R-Oneonta, held a town hall meeting at Catskill Middle School Tuesday night, giving attendees an overview of the current condition of state government and fielding questions from constituents.
“It’s no secret that we’ve had a very busy and interesting time in Albany this year,” Seward said.
Over the past few years, at about this time, I have reminded homeowners to check their mailbox for their STAR rebate check. Unfortunately, this year, no such reminder is needed. Thanks to the governor and his Democrat colleagues, that check is not in the mail.
ONEONTA, 10/02/09 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded anticipated federal funding aimed at assisting struggling dairy farmers and renewed his call for additional long term solutions. “The federal funding provides a quick infusion of cash that will help farmers with the ongoing milk price crisis,” said Senator Seward. “Now we need to continue to work toward a viable, long term solution that will reestablish our farming future in upstate New York.”
ONEONTA, 10/01/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas drilling applications.
CORTLAND, 09/28/09 – Joined by area merchants and local community leaders, Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the 2009-2010 state budget includes, at his request, a $12,500 senate grant toward improvements throughout downtown Cortland.
ONEONTA, 09/25/09 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded funding for area health care projects through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law of New York State (HEAL-NY), aimed at improving the state’s health care system.
HUNTER — Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) was recognized recently by the Ski Areas of New York (SANY) for support and dedication to the New York state ski industry and its beneficial effect on the state’s economy.
New York recently celebrated the state’s first ever Assisted Living Week. I was fortunate to mark this special occasion by meeting with residents and caregivers at several adult care/assisted living facilities within the 51st district. These unique facilities are filled with wonderful individuals extremely deserving of this distinctive honor.
New York State is facing a multi-billion dollar deficit. Families are making hard choices as they cut back during tough economic times. Certainly the last thing we should be doing is funding questionable organizations. That’s why I am joining the growing call to freeze all state funds slated to go to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), its sister organization, the New York Agency for Community Affairs (NYACA) and any other organizations that use state funds to contract with ACORN.
ONEONTA, 09/14/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the attorney general to investigate how the dairy industry may be shortchanging farmers. “Our hard working farmers put in an honest day’s work. We need to make sure the rest of the dairy industry is doing the same,” said Senator Seward. “While many upstate farmers are going out of business, dairy processors and co-ops are reporting record profits. Something just doesn’t add up.”
Ilion, N.Y. - Senator James Seward met with area firefighters on 9/11 to unveil senate initiatives that will provide funding to three local fire departments, allowing them the opportunity to upgrade their aging equipment.