ALBANY, 03/02/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced the introduction of a legislative package to amend and repeal portions of the NY-SAFE Act. Two years has passed since the enactment of the governor’s NY-SAFE Act, yet there is no tangible evidence that the law has increased safety.
ALBANY, 02/26/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced senate passage of a comprehensive package of legislation to protect children and victims from sex offenders. A bill sponsored by Senator Seward (S.3926) would bar sex offenders who are on parole, probation, or conditionally discharged from being upon the premises of any day care facility.
ONEONTA, 02/19/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2609) to prohibit sex offenders from residing near their victims or near any school.
“We must do all we can to safeguard children and victims from sexual offenders,” said Senator Seward. “My legislation bars the most serious predators from residing near their victims or near a school and will close an existing loophole in addition to providing a needed layer of protection.”
ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today welcomed New York State Maple Producers President Dwayne Hill to the senate agriculture committee’s first meeting of the year.
“It was great to have one of my constituents, Dwayne Hill, on hand to open the first senate agriculture committee meeting of the 2015 legislative session,” said Senator Seward. “I have visited Shaver-Hill Maple Farm, and, of course, enjoyed the superb products Dwayne and his family make and have been a longtime advocate for the Maple Producers Association.”
ALBANY, 02/10/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that the Senate Majority conference is joining his fight to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has devastated public schools.
“I recently introduced legislation to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment, and today, joined my colleagues to further advocate for the end of the GEA by providing necessary funding in the 2015-16 state budget,” said Senator Seward. “To know that this issue is a top priority of the Senate Majority conference confirms how important it is to every school, every student, and every property taxpayer in New York State.”
ALBANY, 02/10/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) today met at his Capitol office with members of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau.
“Youth Bureau programs are cost effective and enhance the quality of life in our rural communities along with developing future leaders,” said Senator Seward. “The preventive benefits these programs produce are immeasurable and the confidence they give the students involved is truly special. I am proud that a legislative grant I secured a decade ago helped initiate the Schoharie County program and I will continue to advocate for continued state funding for this and other vital youth programs.”
ALBANY, 02/04/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently presented David Wilhelm of Kerhonkson with a New York State Legislative Resolution honoring his heroic rescue of eight passengers trapped in a van following a motor vehicle accident.
“David Wilhem’s extraordinary actions saved lives,” said Senator Seward. “His fast-thinking and decisive action speaks volumes about his character and moral makeup and also showcased his military training which is ingrained in our veterans.”
ONEONTA, 01/30/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I- Oneonta) today announced that he has introduced legislation (S.2643) to eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has cost New York school districts millions of dollars.
“I voted against the GEA when it passed in 2009 and have been working to erase this curse on our local schools ever since,” said Senator Seward. “This hurtful policy was simply a cash-grab by the state that left schools reeling and trying to recover ever since. It needs to end now.”
I’m sure you have seen national news stories touting gas for less than $2 per gallon and scoff because here in New York, while prices have dropped, we are still paying significantly more than in other states. In fact, we lead the continental United States when it comes to the price at the pump – not a category where we want to be #1.
One of the main reasons gasoline costs are so high here – TAXES!
This year’s Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for Tuesday, May 19, 2015, just before the Memorial Day weekend observances. Senator Seward is accepting nominations for this year’s inductee until Friday, April 17, 2015.
ALBANY, 01/26/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) is set to fight for vital insurance, health, education and budget needs in the new senate session after receiving committee assignments.
CORTLANDVILLE, 01/23/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was honored recently by the Cortlandville Fire Department. At the department’s 2015 Inspection Dinner, Senator Seward was named an honorary member for his longstanding and continued support of the first responders.
“I was tremendously humbled to receive such a meaningful honor from the Cortlandville Fire Department,” said Senator Seward. “The men and women who fearlessly respond to when called and put their lives on the line to protect others are true heroes. I have always done all I can to help make their job safer and easier and am truly appreciative of this great tribute.”
ALBANY, 01/21/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today commented on Governor Cuomo’s combined State of the State and budget address:
“While the governor’s address touched on several items that I agree should be priorities in 2015 – lower taxes, career opportunities, upstate infrastructure, and education – our strategies to address these priorities differ to some extent.
ONEONTA, 01/20/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) was recently honored as a recipient of the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New York’s leading small business association.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy,” said Senator Seward. “I have consistently partnered with small businesses - advancing legislation to meet the needs of these vital job creators and economic engines.”
The NFIB “Guardian of Small Business” award recognizes state legislators who have, through their voting record, demonstrated strong support for our state’s small businesses and NFIB’s position on key issues facing them.
ONEONTA, 01/16/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the State Department of Transportation’s (DOT) scaled-down and reconfigured design plan for road repairs along a section of State Route 80 in Otsego County:
“After strongly advocating for my constituent’s concerns, I am extremely pleased that the Department of Transportation (DOT) listened to property owners and incorporated their suggestions into a revised and reduced blueprint for work along Route 80. We now have a project that meets the safety needs of the motoring public, protects the environmental health of Otsego Lake, and will have no negative impact on homeowners.”
ONEONTA, 01/15/15 – In media conferences across his district kicking off the 2015 session of the New York State Senate, State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today detailed his legislative priorities designed to meet the most pressing needs of his constituents. Among Seward’s priorities – tax cuts, economic development and job creation initiatives, infrastructure improvements, education aid, safeguards for police, and repealing the NY-SAFE Act.
ONEONTA, 01/14/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today presented The Arc Otsego Executive Director Joe Judd with a New York State Legislative Resolution in honor of his retirement after thirty-nine years of distinguished service.
“Joe Judd’s commitment and vision have lead The Arc Otsego through nearly four decades of service and growth,” said Senator Seward. “His dedication to those with developmental disabilities and their families has truly changed lives for the better. I have partnered with him over the years and am extremely pleased that the entire State of New York now knows of his wonderful work.”
ALBANY, 01/12/15 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined senate colleagues to adopt the comprehensive Senate Women’s Equality Agenda to enhance the rights of women and protect those who are most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.
“By passing this landmark legislation to start the 2015 legislative session, the senate is underscoring the importance of these historic measures,” said Senator Seward. “This is not the first time I have voted to approve these measures and I hope the state assembly will finally take action and join the senate in adopting this legislation which will make positive changes in the lives of women.”
ONEONTA, 12/17/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on the release of a health study from the Department of Health relating to high volume hydraulic fracturing:
“I have consistently said that any decision concerning hydraulic fracturing in New York State must be based on science and, like many, have awaited the release of the study from the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Conservation related to drilling. Today the governor moved to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York, and while many disagree and litigation is likely, in light of the governor’s decision, we need to move on to develop a robust economic development strategy that capitalizes on our other resources.”