By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, delivered $1 million needed for a $5.8 million renovation of Doubleday Field, long considered the Birthplace of Baseball, which marks its 100th birthday next year.
The grant Seward announced today is from the State & Municipal Facilities Program. The Village of Cooperstown has applied for another $3 million – earlier reports had it at $5 million – from the Empire State Development Corp., and Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch has said she hopes to hear positive news, perhaps as soon as the next few days.
That would give the village $4 million toward the project, and other sources are being sought to make up the $1.8 million. Tillapaugh has also said she has a priority list, so work can begin in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2020.
ALBANY – Thomas McMillen of Morris was inducted today into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was on hand to pay tribute.
“Tom displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation,” said Seward. “His two tours in Vietnam – first as an infantry platoon commander and later as a helicopter pilot – highlighted a rare skill set and demonstrated his desire to put country first. He was a gifted leader who took on new, demanding challenges throughout his military career and excelled at every turn.
“Our country is better because of Thomas McMillen.”
ONEONTA – With Memorial Day around the corner, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today took advantage of the Office of General Services drop-off location at the Homer Folks Facility to properly retire a used American flag.
He encourages others to do the same.
“The Stars and Stripes represent the sacrifices made by our service members in defense of our rights and freedoms,” said Senator Seward. “I appreciate the service being provided by OGS to collect worn flags for their proper, respectful retirement.”
Seward Supports, Praises Measure
Which Now Goes To NY Assembly
ALBANY – With the support of state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, the state Senate today adopted a package of school-safety measures that included authorizing schools to hire “qualified security personnel” and help pay for it.
“This comprehensive package includes real solutions that can be achieved quickly and will help return peace of mind to students, parents, and teachers,” said Seward. “Improving security systems, helping schools hire well-trained security personnel, and making certain that individuals who need mental health care can easily access these vital services are significant steps that together, will ultimately save lives.”
Here is a synopsis of the law, which was sent on to the state Assembly for action:
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is teaching where he once learned.
The senator, who received his degree from Hartwick College in 1973 and an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1999, has returned to his alma mater this semester as an adjunct professor of political science.
Seward is teaching “New York State Politics & Policy” for 20 students, drawing on three decades of experience in the state Senate. Prior to that, he served as an aide to state representatives, and was the youngest chairman of the county Republican Committee.
When college President Margaret Drugovich invited him to teach a course, “I couldn’t say yes fast enough,” said Seward. He is also keeping office hours on campus once a week.
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ALBANY – A bill allowing the Otsego County jail to be used as a pre-arraignment holding area for all local courts has been signed into law by Governor Cuomo, the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced yesterday.
“The legislation will lead to more efficient and cost-effective judicial proceedings in Otsego County,” said Seward. “A number of other counties throughout the state have instituted similar policies, and it makes sense for Otsego County to do the same.”