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Seward Announces Local Housing Grants

ONEONTA, 07/16/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced today that local governments and not-for-profit housing organizations across the 51st senatorial district have been awarded over $3.6 million in grants to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.

July 16, 2009

Seward Calls On Governor To Rethink Highway Signs

ONEONTA, 07/14/09 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) is calling on the governor to stop wasting taxpayer money on needless road signs marking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects.

“A plan to post specially designed road signs identifying economic stimulus project work sites is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars,” said Senator Seward.  “I thought the idea behind the stimulus money was to get people back to work, not promote government.  These signs are simply a shameless plug that wastes the public’s money.  Try explaining to an out of work father or mother or a small businessman trying to afford health insurance for his employees how a big green sign is helping stimulate the economy.”

July 14, 2009

Impasse Ends With Key Reforms

I am pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus, the new and improved New York State Senate is back in business.  Admittedly the Albany impasse lasted a bit longer than I had expected or hoped, but key reforms are now being enacted that will change the culture in the senate and clear the way for policy changes that will mean a great deal to upstate New York.

Since the start of the year the New York City political bosses ran the show in Albany and the results have not been good for upstate New York. 

July 10, 2009

Impasse Ends; Coalition Wins Key Reforms

 ALBANY, 07/10/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the end of the senate impasse:

“The senate has returned to the people’s business after winning reforms to make the senate more transparent and accountable and limit the power of legislative leaders.  People will benefit from a more democratic, bipartisan institution.

July 10, 2009

Stay Afloat On New York's Waterways

With summer here and long warm days ahead many people will be headed out on our numerous bodies of water to enjoy a day of boating.  Whether it is a lazy day on a sail boat, an adventure in a canoe or an exhilarating afternoon water skiing there is no better place to enjoy yourself than on the waterways of upstate New York.  Certainly though, many things should be considered before you set out.

July 3, 2009

Long-Term Leadership Solution A Must

ALBANY, 07/02/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the fight for senate leadership:

“It is clear the stalemate in Albany has gone on too long.  We need a long-term bipartisan operating plan, so we can get back to the significant issues of our state.

July 2, 2009

Seward Calls For Binding Arbitration To Settle Senate Leadership Dispute

ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on the fight for senate leadership:

“It has become apparent that the governor’s calls for special sessions have not stopped the circus at the Capitol and more definitive action must be taken.  That’s why today I joined with my senate reform coalition colleagues in calling for binding arbitration to resolve the leadership dispute.

June 24, 2009

Vital Local Bills Approved By Senate

ALBANY, 06/24/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on this week’s extraordinary session of the state senate:

“With all of the controversy surrounding senate leadership, the governor’s call of a special session did force all senators to be in the senate chamber at one time.

June 24, 2009

Senate Reform Coalition Operating Agreement Would Allow Session To Move Forward In Bipartisan Fashion

ALBANY, 06/22/09 - The Senate Reform Coalition today proposed a new governing structure that provides for the bipartisan designation of committee co-chairs, equal membership on committees, equal resources for both conferences and a jointly prepared active list of legislation. The plan was developed in an effort to forge a bipartisan compromise that will enable the Senate session to move forward.

June 22, 2009

Greene County Seniors Dish Up Some Winning Recipes

The Daily Mail

By Chris Redwing

CATSKILL — A lively and welcoming crowd, combined with a wide assortment of homemade dishes ranging from hearty pot roast to no-bake oatmeal cookies resulted in the rousing success of the first Senior Citizen Cookoff in roughly 30 years.

June 22, 2009

Crack A Book This Summer

The school year is winding down and children across the state are on the cusp of summer vacation.  While this is certainly a time to enjoy the outdoors, family vacations and a few lazy days, I hope that families will take some time to stop by the local library and take part in the New York Statewide Summer Reading Program.

June 19, 2009

Time Is Now For Real Reform

Recent events in Albany have sparked a new day of reform that will mean a great deal for the residents of New York state.  The changes came amidst a dramatic, historic week at the Capitol, and the results will mean a more open, transparent government that will provide equitable representation for all New Yorkers.

June 12, 2009

NY Government Merger Bill Draws Criticism

The Daily Mail

By Susan Campriello

CATSKILL — State legislators representing Greene County agreed that consolidation of municipal governments and services could alleviate property tax increases, but hope certain changes can be made to the bill before it is sent to Gov. David A. Paterson for signature.

The New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act passed a June 1 state Senate vote of 46-16.

It passed a June 3 vote in the state Assembly of 118-26.

June 10, 2009

Drug Laws Worry Lawmakers

The Daily Star

By Jake Palmateer

A state law that took effect Monday allows some convicted felons to have criminal records hidden from prospective employers, including school districts, day-care centers and nursing homes.

June 9, 2009

Seward Hails New Senate Leadership Coalition

ALBANY, 06/08/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is hailing a historic new bipartisan leadership coalition, elected today to bring reform to the state senate.

June 8, 2009

TEA Time In New York

For those of you who have been following state politics recently you are almost certainly aware of the new state budget enacted at the beginning of April.  I voted against this plan for several reasons.  It taxes too much, fails to create much needed upstate jobs and it includes record state spending.  These are among the reasons why New York is struggling right now with deep economic and fiscal issues.  I believe, however, that we can turn things around and a new plan, the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA) is the start.

June 5, 2009

Seward Calls For Help For Overburdened Taxpayers

ALBANY, 06/04/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today joined his Republican colleagues in the senate in unveiling the “Taxpayer Empowerment Act” (TEA), a five part program that addresses the causes of New York’s fiscal and economic problems – spending too much and taxing too much.

June 4, 2009

Seward And Butler Take You Out To The Ballgame

HERKIMER, 06/02/09-- New York State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta)  and Assemblyman Marc Butler (R/C/I-Herkimer) today invited area baseball fans to join them for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs regular season opener on Friday, June 5th in Little Falls.

“I am excited to see the baseball season get underway for the Diamond Dawgs and look forward to joining their fans at Veterans Memorial Park on Friday night,” said Senator Seward.

June 2, 2009

Keep Drug Dealers Out Of Schools

Each day when parents send their children off to school they worry about many things.  Do they have their lunch?  Have they finished their homework?  Are they ready for their spelling test?  But parents shouldn’t have to ask, “Is my child’s bus driver a drug dealer?”  Unfortunately under a provision included in the new state budget, that final question will soon become a legitimate one.

May 29, 2009

Stop Drug Dealers From Working At Schools, Day Care Centers, Nursing Homes

ALBANY, 05/27/09 -- Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) is co-sponsoring a bill that would fix a dangerous problem created by the so-called Rockefeller drug law reforms enacted as part of the 2009-10 state budget.  Under the budget measure which takes effect on June 8th, courts may seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their convictions when they apply for employment.

May 27, 2009