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Drug Dealers Protection Act Takes Hold

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. 

October 12, 2009

Steps To Economic Recovery

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. 

October 9, 2009

Seward Takes Message To The People

The Daily Mail

By Jim Planck

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.

October 7, 2009

What's In Your Mailbox?

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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.

October 2, 2009

Federal Farm Assistance Step In The Right Direction

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.”

October 2, 2009

Seward Invites Public To Weigh In On Drilling

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. 

October 1, 2009

Downtown Cortland Receives Improvement Funding

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.

September 28, 2009

Seward Applauds Local Health Care Grants

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.

September 25, 2009

Seward Lifts Ski Industry

The Windham Journal

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.

September 25, 2009

Special Time For Senior Citizens

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.

September 25, 2009

Seward Disappointed In Lieutenant Governor Court Decision

ONEONTA, 09/22/09 – Senator James L. Seward today commented on The Court of Appeals decision allowing Governor David Paterson to appoint a lieutenant governor.

“I am disappointed in the Court of Appeals decision which flies in the face of lower court rulings and hands an unelected governor new power and authority not defined in our state constitution.

September 22, 2009

Cut ACORN From The State Funding Tree

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.

September 18, 2009

Seward To AG Cuomo - Dairy Industry Investigation Needed

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.”

September 14, 2009
September 14, 2009

Emergency Response Grants Unveiled on 9/11

The Evening Telegram

By Julie McCaulley

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.

September 11, 2009

Be Prepared

We just recently passed the anniversary of the terrorist attack on our nation on September 11, 2001 and it is important to continue to learn from the tragic event. Since that fateful date we have made great strides in areas of national security and defense.  We have also worked extremely hard at the federal, state and local levels to upgrade our emergency preparedness as we ready ourselves for potential man-made and natural disasters.

Click here for the complete Red Cross Ready plan.

September 11, 2009

Back To School

Summer will soon turn to fall and along with the change of season will come a change in lifestyle for our young people as school bells ring once again.  For many students it is a return to a familiar routine, but for some it is the start of a whole new world.  For all of us, it is a time to think of safety first. According to a news story released in July 2008, 750,000 people illegally pass a school bus every day in the United States.  In New York State alone, approximately 50,000 drivers fail to stop as required by law.  This illegal practice endangers the lives of children trying to get to and from school. 

September 4, 2009

Senator Seward Puts The "O" In Oneonta Theatre

News Channel 2 - WKTV

ONEONTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - An historic theatre in Downtown Oneonta is getting a facelift thanks to a state grant.

Multimedia Watch The Video Senator James Seward was at the Oneonta Theatre on Chestnut Street, where he announced $10,000 to help restore the landmark and assist with general operating expenses.

Senator Seward recalls standing outside the theatre as a child waiting to see the latest disney film.

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September 3, 2009

Seward Applauds RESTORE-NY Awards

ALBANY, 9/2/09  --  State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today applauded funding for area projects through the RESTORE-NY program, an initiative developed in 2006 with the intent to rehabilitate and refurbish buildings in communities across the state.

“The funding will help provide a needed boost to the region and important community projects,” Seward said. “Governor Pataki and the legislature came up with the concept so that we could direct state dollars to downtown areas in particular in order to help local communities restore  buildings and return them to usefulness. The result will be improved communities and a broader tax base.”

September 2, 2009

Return To Albany

  In short order I will join my colleagues in state government and return to Albany for a special legislative session.  The agenda, most likely, will be limited to a few housekeeping matters and one extremely difficult bookkeeping task – how to close a $2.1 billion dollar budget gap.

 There are no simple answers to this complex financial problem and a brief special session is merely providing a band-aid to a gushing wound.  Sound, fundamental policy shifts are needed if we are going to stem the bleeding and make a long term recovery.

August 28, 2009