(Cooperstown, New York)— State Senator James Seward was named Distinguished 4-H Alumnus on December 12, 2013 at the Annual Meeting of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties. Jim is the first documented New York Distinguished Alumnus to be listed in the National Directory.
ONEONTA, 12/12/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today joined State Senator John J. Flanagan (R/C/I – East Northport), chairman of the senate education committee, in calling on the New York State Education Department to rework the Common Core Learning Standards and associated testing.
ALBANY, 12/11/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 47 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds totaling more than $14.8 million through the third round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
ALBANY, 12/09/13 – New York Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and Senate Insurance Committee Chairman James L. Seward today introduced legislation to preserve New York State’s Early Intervention Program and make certain that children with special needs receive the care they need.
The legislation (S.6002) requires the state to make prompt payment to early intervention providers and ensures that retroactive payments will be made to providers who have been waiting for reimbursement since a new state system went into effect on April 1.
PHOENICIA, 12/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $20,000 state grant to assist with reconstruction and expansion of the Phoenicia Library.
“Our libraries are hubs for countless activities and are vital to our communities, especially in these tough economic times,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to partner with the Phoenicia Library and the many area donors to help rebuild and expand this indispensable local resource.”
ONEONTA, 12/05/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced conceptual agreement on a blueprint for Otsego County’s economic development leadership with the county IDA set to oversee the renewed effort.
“After hosting last month’s economic development summit, I have been meeting with key elected officials and business leaders to capitalize on what we learned and take the next step,” said Senator Seward. “Now, a definite course is established and we are prepared to embark on a new path toward future economic growth and prosperity in Otsego County.”
ONEONTA, 11/25/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that his three district offices will serve as drop off points for holiday cards to be sent to service members as part of the American Red Cross 2013 Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
“Sending a holiday card to a serviceman or woman is a simple, yet warmhearted way to deliver a personal thank you for the sacrifices they make to defend our freedoms year-round,” said Senator Seward. “I am extremely pleased to take part in this program and privileged that I can help facilitate this effort.”
Holiday cards may be dropped off at any of Senator Seward’s three district offices:
ONEONTA, 11/22/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today urged the new York State Parole Board to deny the release of David Dart, who murdered 18 year old Gillian “Jill” Gibbons in 1989 in Oneonta.
“This horrendous crime remains fresh in the minds of the victim’s family, her friends, and the community at large,” said Senator Seward. “I see no reason why this confessed killer should be afforded the opportunity to roam free after taking a young woman’s life in cold blood.”
ALBANY, 11/19/13 - New York State Senate Republicans today issued a comprehensive report on state taxes that calls for personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes and local property taxes to be reformed, simplified and reduced. The report makes sweeping recommendations for reducing the tax burden on all New Yorkers. The plan recommends enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap and dedicating surplus revenues to tax reductions.
ONEONTA, 11/19/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) recently hosted his second economic development summit in Otsego County. The event was broadcast/webcast live, thanks to SUNY Oneonta, and is now available on-line.
“A diverse group of nearly 200 elected officials, business leaders, and educators attended Otsego County Economic Development Summit II at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center,” said Senator Seward. “Now those who were unable to make it in person can watch this archived version.”
ONEONTA, 11/12/13 – A portion of New York State Highway 23 in Delaware County will be renamed in honor of United States servicemen and women under legislation signed into law this week. The legislation (S.3765-A) was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and pays specific tribute to members of VFW Post 487.
“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Senator Seward. “For those who made the ultimate sacrifice, trading their life for our freedoms, we cannot thank them enough; but we owe it to them to keep their memory alive.”
On Veterans Day, Americans should pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by our veterans. Whether combat veterans or Cold War veterans, all who served need to be given proper praise for a job well done. Our veterans have faced hardships that a non-veteran could never fully understand. Some have faced death in defending our nation’s freedom. Veterans possess the core American values of loyalty, duty, respect, honor, selfless service, personal courage, and integrity.
ONEONTA, 10/30/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced plans for his second economic development summit in Otsego County.
“In 2012, I brought Otsego County stakeholders together to pinpoint our economic development strengths and weaknesses with an eye toward formulating a unified strategy that would better our county’s future,” said Senator Seward. “The first summit rallied the troops, generated tangible success stories, and refocused everyone’s attention to our true needs. Now it is time to take the next step.”
ALBANY, 10/22/13 – A highly successful state loan program to assist first responders is changing with the times under legislation (S.3728B) signed into law today. The legislation was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) and increases the amounts of allowable loans under the emergency services loan fund.
“Our first responders put their lives on the line every time they answer an emergency call and need to be outfitted with the latest safety gear,” said Senator Seward. “Emergency equipment costs, like everything else, continue to rise, and it is essential that this successful loan program evolves to meet the changing needs of our fire and rescue squads.”
ONEONTA, 10/16/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s decision to cancel public forums on the implementation of the ‘Common Core’ learning platform and new state testing assessments:
“Commissioner King should immediately reverse his decision and reschedule public meetings across the state to gather comment and solicit opinion on the state’s roll out of the Common Core standards.
PREBLE, 10/16/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $250,000 state senate grant to help with the relocation and expansion of Northeast Transformer Services (NETS) to the town of Preble.
“Northeast Transformer Services (NETS) is a home-grown success story, melding a winning combination of old-school manufacturing with innovative ‘green’ technology,” said Senator Seward. “I am pleased to say that thanks to the commitment of New York State, and the efforts of local business leaders and elected officials, the company’s future triumphs will take place here in Cortland County, where strong roots already exist.”
ROXBURY, 10/11/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced a $100,000 state grant to assist Roxbury Central School with construction of the Numann Technology Center.
“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 Roxbury Central School to ensure that our students have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and thrive when they leave.”
HERKIMER, 10/08/13 – Mohawk Valley state legislators Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta), Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R/C/I-Rome), and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) today announced introduction of special legislation to assist Mohawk Valley property owners recovering from flooding during the summer of 2013.
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.