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Seward Announces $30K State Grant To Fund West Oneonta Alert System

Seward Announces $30K Grant

To Fund W. Oneonta Alert System

West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department Chief Water Schmitt (seated) demonstrates the department’s new omni-directional alert and voice mass notification system for state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  Seward presented a $30,000 state grant this evening to help pay for the new alert system.  (Jeff Bishop photo)

 

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Seward Announces $200K For 3 Libraries In County

Seward Announces $200K

For 3 Libraries In County

Final Touches Funded In Worcester Building
The new Worcester-Schenevus Library on Worcester’s Main Street is due for completion in late summer or fall. This photo was taken in February.

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced almost $200,000 in state grants for three local libraries, including $92,388 to bring the new Worcester Free Library to completion.

The Edmeston Free Library receives $75,610 for renovations, inside and outside, to a donated building.  And Hartwick’s Kinney Memorial Library received $10,509 for paving the parking lot and driveway in the hamlet.

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Seward Bill OK’d For Baseball To Be NY Official Sport

Seward Bill OK’d

For Baseball To Be

NY Official Sport

Assembly, Governor Must Now Act

On CCS Fourth Graders’ Request

State Sen. Jim Seward

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward’s bill designating baseball New York’s official state sport has passed the Senate, the Milford Republican’s office announced today.

“It is time that we formally recognize baseball as our official state sport,” Seward said.

“Baseball is known as our national pastime but the game has deep roots and a rich history here in New York State,” he continued.  “From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in storied Cooperstown, to the Mets and Yankees – the pinnacles of Major League Baseball, to countless college, high school, and Little League teams, New York State is clearly the epicenter of baseball history and greatness. “

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Beer Ice-Cream Bill Passes State Senate

Beer Ice-Cream Bill

Passes State Senate

Seward, Magee Collaborate On

Sherburne Entrepreneurs’ Idea

Senator Seward discusses his bill with Gilligan’s Island reps Gil Hodges, left, and Andy Lagoe.

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Oneonta, today announced Senate approval of a law he sponsored to allow the sale of ice cream made with beer and hard cider.

He was acting on the suggestion of a Chenango County business, the Gilligan’s Island ice cream parlor in Sherburne that already makes 30 flavors of ice cream, and has created beer and hard-cider flavors.

“Farmers and brewers already enjoy a great relationship and this legislation will clear the way for a new product that will capitalize on homegrown New York ingredients,” said Seward, who noted dairy and craft beer representatives have visited the Senate in recent weeks to share ideas for the future.

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EDITORIAL: Hail Doubleday! Historic Ballfield To Be Reinvented For 21st Century Fans’ Needs

Editorial, May 25, 2018

Hail Doubleday! Historic Ballfield To Be
Reinvented For 21st Century Fans’ Needs

Smart new bleachers and a multi-purpose building with rise behind the now-deteriorating third-base line.

Too much discussion about Doubleday Field in recent years has centered on how it
was once considered the Birthplace of Baseball, and now isn’t.
That’s not a productive conversation.
Let’s stipulate that boys played baseball in Phinney’s Field in the mid-1800s, as boys did across the country. Let’s stipulate that Abner Doubleday was at West Point in 1839, when he purportedly invented baseball here. Let’s stipulate that, yes, something with a bat and ball was played as far away as Poland as long ago as the Middle Ages.
No matter. Doubleday Field has played a central role in Cooperstown becoming the locus of the National Game, which in turn led to the founding of the National Baseball Hall of Fame here instead of Hoboken, which in turn fueled Otsego County tourism, which in turn led to the youth baseball camps that now underpin our cornerstone local industry.
In announcing a $1 million grant the other day toward $5.8 million in renovations, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, caught the personal dimension of that living history. He remembered seeing Mickey Mantle hit a single there, (although a pinch-runner took it from there.) One of the Wounded Warriors told him, with awe, the other year: “Babe Ruth sat in the dugout where I’m sitting now.”
In short, Doubleday Field IS historic.

So the renewed interest in renovating Doubleday Field is as welcome as it is overdue.
In addition to Seward’s Million, another $3 million is expected any day from the Empire State Development Corp., (which this week announced the opening of The Wick, a boutique hotel in

Mayor Tillapaugh showed this slide to the MVREDC to dramatize how obscure Doubleday Field is from Main Street, something the planned entryway would remedy.

Hudson, a $10 million project – the state DOES do this sort of thing, as it should.)
The resulting Doubleday Field – with a green swath leading from Main Street to the main entrance, a historic exhibit beneath the grandstand, and a multi-purpose building (offices, restrooms, a pressroom and space for public gatherings) – will cement this national icon further in community life.
Cooperstown’s new mayor, Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, immediately began promoting the project on taking office April 1, winning the endorsement of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Commission – necessary to receive the grant – just days after taking the oath.
She appointed her predecessor, Jeff Katz, as president of the Friends of Doubleday, which will assure continuity as things move forward.
Tillapaugh has a sensible priority list: As soon as the money is in hand, no matter how much, work will begin on the most important things first. No waiting.
This should assure that something – fingers crossed that is will be largely complete – will be in place in time to celebrate Doubleday Field’s centennial properly, sometime next year or in 2020.
Hail Doubleday!, (wherever or whenever baseball emerged from the primeval maw.)

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Seward Welcomes 4H Members

Seward Welcomes 4H Members

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, welcomes Otsego County 4-H Carson Guzy, left, of Cooperstown and Garrett Proskine, Gilbertsville, to the state Capitol in Albany during the 83rd annual 4-H Capital Days. “As a former 4-H member, I am pleased to see the program continuing to offer our young people a well-rounded education through core topics like agriculture, leadership and life skills and new offerings including robotics and engineering,” Seward said.
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SEWARD BRINGS $1M TO DOUBLEDAY REDO

SEWARD BRINGS $1M

TO DOUBLEDAY REDO

$3M More Hoped For From New York State

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, left, receives thanks from Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch this afternoon after he delivered a $1 million check toward the renovations of Doubleday Field. Behind them is Village Trustee Jim Dean. In the background is the third-base line, a major focus of a reconstruction plan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

An artist’s rendering show the prospective entrance to Doubleday Field, now a parking lot.

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.

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Morris Vietnam Veteran In Senate Hall Of Fame

Morris Vietnam Veteran

In Senate Hall Of Fame

Seward Hails McMillen For ‘Superior Bravery’
Vietnam Veteran Tom McMillen of Morris is surrounded by friends and wellwishers, including Senator Seward, third from left, after being inducted this morning into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. (Jeff Bishop photo)

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.”

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Drop-Off Point For Proper Flag Disposal Set Up Locally, Part Of Statewide Effort

Drop-Off Point For Proper Flag Disposal

Set Up Locally, Part Of Statewide Effort

Senator Seward hands off a used American flag to at the OGS Building Manager Jeremy Jasper at the Homer Folks Facility in Oneonta.

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.”

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