ONEONTA, 10/04/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on ‘Common Core’ state standards and associated New York State assessment testing:
“I have been hearing from a great many on the new assessment tests that follow the 'Common Core' state standards. I appreciate everyone’s comments and thoughts.
“Common Core by itself does not mean more tests – but they will be different tests. The New York State assessment testing, which began in April of this year, is mandated by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. New York, as a state, is not requiring more assessments. But the federal government is.
SYRACUSE, 10/01/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I--Oneonta) today, took part in a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing, "The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing our Progress." This was the second in a series of four hearings being convened by the committee under State Senator John J. Flanagan (R/C/I-East Northport), chairman.
The hearings present an opportunity to review reforms embarked upon in 2010 by the New York State Board of Regents. The hearings also focus on several major issues confronting educators including state assessments, the implementation of common core state standards and the protection of student privacy.
ONEONTA, 09/30/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta) will be in Onondaga County, Tuesday, October 1st at Syracuse City Hall.
Senator Seward will take part in a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing, “The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing our Progress.” This is the second in a series of four hearings being convened by the committee under State Senator John J. Flanagan (R/C/I-East Northport), chairman.
ONEONTA, 09/30/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $25,000 to assist Margaretville Central School with budgetary needs.
“Our schools are faced with growing financial demands while, at the same time, student needs are also on the rise,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with Margaretville Central School in ensuring that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.”
ONEONTA, 09/24/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced his strong support for a swift solution to a billing situation that has placed Early Intervention Program services for hundreds of special needs children at risk.
“Worried parents and dedicated providers alike have contacted me in regard to the newly created complexities in the Early Intervention (EI) Program payment system,” said Senator Seward. “Providers are not being paid, and, more significantly, children in need of vital services are going without the care they desperately need. Swift action must be taken to correct this detrimental situation.”
ONEONTA, 09/20/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will fund a major streetlight replacement project in downtown Oneonta.
“The City of Oneonta is in the midst of a complete downtown renaissance – new merchants, new residents, new storefronts and new infrastructure,” said Senator Seward. “This legislative grant will assist in the redevelopment and translates to a greener downtown through energy efficiencies and cost savings.”
CORTLAND, 09/12/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today continued to advance his multi-prong strategy to enhance the state’s response to natural disasters.
“In recent years we have seen the number and severity of natural disasters spiral increasingly upward,” said Senator James L. Seward. “It is vital that we, as a state, prepare for future natural disasters by constructing better protections for our homes, businesses and infrastructure, streamlining our response, and ensuring that financial resources are available.”
As you take time to remember those who tragically lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, I offer the straightforward sentiment that has been repeated countless times since that horrific day – never forget.
The nearly 3,000 lives in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania, the courageous acts of men and women in uniform and strangers on the street, and the resiliency to rebuild lives in the face of adversity – never forget.
MORAVIA, 09/09/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $43,000 to assist Moravia Central School with expenses related to new curriculum demands.
COOPERSTOWN, 09/06/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a $250,000 legislative grant he secured will assist with restoration and preservation at Hyde Hall in Cooperstown.
HERKIMER, 08/29/13 - Senator James L. Seward today joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo as he issued $13.6 million in state aid checks to 1,206 homeowners, renters, businesses and farmers affected by July flooding across the Mohawk Valley, Central New York and Niagara County.
New legislation will require all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Tax Department in order to receive STAR exemptions in 2014 and subsequent years. Registration will begin on August 19 and continue through December 31, 2013. The NYS Tax Department will mail instructions to all current Basic STAR recipients on how to register. Senior Citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR exemption are not affected by the new registration requirement.
CORTLAND, 08/13/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that a recently adopted senate resolution includes, at his insistence, $250,000 to provide assist with the “Cortland Repertory Theatre Downtown” project.
FRANKFORT, 08/06/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today presented the family of United States Army Sergeant Dominick J. Licari with the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.
ALBANY, 08/01/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced legislation he sponsored that will allow Herkimer County to choose a county public health director from outside the county has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo. The legislation (S.3949/A.5666) follows a home rule request from the Herkimer County Legislature.
ONEONTA, 07/26/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has initiated a full study of traffic issues along New York State Route 8 in Chenango County approaching the Chobani plant.
ONEONTA, 07/22/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today announced his continued support for Schoharie County’s inclusion in the federal disaster declaration for flooding damage in late June/early July.
HERKIMER, 07/17/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials today to announce the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.
HERKIMER, 07/12/13 – Mohawk Valley state senators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I–Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), Senator Hugh T. Farley (R/C/I-Schenectady) and Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) today announced a multi-prong strategy to assist local businesses and residents recover and rebuild from devastating June/July flooding.