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Senator Seward

New York State Of Baseball

New York State Of Baseball

The Upstate native who is MLB commissioner and the state senator representing the Baseball Capital of the World shakes hands outside the state Senate this morning.  Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr., a Rome native, was in Albany to receive the Italian American of the Year Award from the state Conference of Italian American State Legislators.  “He is doing great things to grow the game of baseball, and truly deserving of this special honor,” said Otsego County’s senator, Jim Seward.
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Again, Seward Wins Impact Aid For Oneonta’s Cost To Host SUNY

Again, Seward Wins Impact Aid

For Oneonta’s Cost To Host SUNY

Senator Seward

ONEONTA – For a second year, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Oneonta, has obtained “impact aid” – $194,500 this budget year – to offset public safety costs to the City of Oneonta from being a host community to a SUNY college.

“Our SUNY schools are a real asset – educating our future leaders, and helping drive the local economy,” said Seward in an announcement this afternoon.  “However, there is a financial trade-off that goes overlooked and local taxpayers should not be left holding the bag.  The SUNY Impact Aid funding is genuine mandate relief.”

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Ruffles Declares Run For County Treasurer

HE AIMS TO SUCCEED CROWELL

Ruffles Declares Run

For County Treasurer

Edmeston native Allen Ruffles, second from left, listens to state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, declare support for the deputy treasurer’s candidacy for the top job. At right is Treasurer Dan Crowell, who is supporting Ruffles. At right is the candidates family, wife Amy and children Mia and Cooper.

COOPERSTOWN – Citing his experience as deputy county treasurer, Allen Ruffles – raised in Edmeston, now living in Cooperstown – today officially announced his candidacy for Otsego County treasurer.

With wife Amy and their two children, Mia and Cooper, by his side, and flanked by the county’s top elected Republican, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and top elected Democrat, current County Treasurer Dan Crowell, Ruffles made the announcement in front of several family, friends and supporters at noon in front of the County Office Building.

“Throughout my life, commitment and dedication have been very important to me. As a teacher, youth coach, financial adviser, bank manager, member of the Army Reserves and now as your deputy county treasurer, these principles have always driven my desire to serve and give back to a community that has given so much to me,” Ruffles said during his announcement.

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‘Transformation’ Near, Hochul Says

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‘Transformation’

Near, Hochul Says

Cuomo Administration Approves

All Of Oneonta’s $10M Proposal

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul greets state Sen. Jim Seward, right, and other VIPs on entering Foothills’ upstairs theater early this afternoon. When she thinks of Oneonta, she said, she envisions how her hometown, Hamburg, was able to revitalize its downtown after the steel mills left Buffalo in the early 1980s, devastating Western NY. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Herzig welcomes Lieutenant Governor Hochul to the podium. At left is SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski; at right, county Democratic chair Richard Abbate.

ONEONTA – The whole thing.

Pretty much everything the Oneonta DRI Planning Committee asked for will be funded through $10 million pledged by the Cuomo Administration, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul told an upbeat gathering at 12:30 today in Foothills’ upstair theater.

“At the end of the day, this community will be transformed,” Hochul said of the DRI, (which stands for downtown redevelopment initiative).

The $10 million did not include an additional $4 million already received for the Food & Beverage Innovation Center planned on the Twelve Tribes’ site at the foot of Chestnut Street.

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Dostal ‘Drive, Devotion’ Cited At State Capitol Ceremonies
SEWARD’S 2017 ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’

Dostal ‘Drive, Devotion’ Cited

At State Capitol Ceremonies

Julie Dostal and Senator Seward pause outside the state Senate chambers this afternoon, where “Women of Distinction” ceremonies were held. (Jeff Bishop photo)

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, praised 2017 “Woman of Distinction” Julie Dostal for her “drive and devotion” this afternoon at state Capitol ceremonies.

Dostal, executive director of LEAF, the Oneonta-based drug-fighting agency, was among “Women of Distinction” from across the state who are designated annually by their state senatros.

“Julie Dostal has made it her life’s work to help others and it has been my privilege to partner with her on a number of occasions,” Seward declared. “Her drive and devotion are remarkable and the community at large is the beneficiary of her ongoing efforts.”

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Otsego Now Gets It, NY Experts Declare

Otsego Now Gets It,

NY Experts Declare

Developers Need Rail Access,

Shovel-Ready Sites, Panel Says

Northern Eagle Beverage President George Allen, host of today’s Otsego Now’s annual meeting, welcomes the 50 attendees. The subsequent panel included, at front table from left, MVREDC Executive Director Mike Reese, Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger, Empire State Development Corp. VP Jerry Janiszewski, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  To Allen’s left is Devin Morgan, Otsego Now board chair.  In the foreground are, at left, Fox Hospital President Jeff Joyner and Community Bank Vice President Jeff Lord and, at right, county Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-Oneonta.  (Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes moderates the panel, which underlined all the economic development agency is doing right.

ONEONTA – Otsego Now has been on the right track, a panel of top state economic-development experts reported the county IDA’s annual meeting at Northern Eagle Beverage this morning.

Jeff Janiszewski, Empire State Development Corp. senior vice president/strategic business development, was asked, in light of plans to redevelop the D&H yards, how common are manufacturers who need rail shipping.  Not a lot, he said, but “when it’s required, it’s really required,” and there are few such available development sites in the state.

When county Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, asked about the importance of “shovel ready sites” – such a site is being developed for a distribution center in Oberacker’s district – Janiszewski responded, Otsego County “lost out time after time after time, because you didn’t have locations prepared for development.”

The good news, he said, is that industrial site-selectors are approaching him, looking for spots on Interstate 88, and the Schenevus site – the SEQR review is just beginning – may be a tempting one for selectors seeking “product,” as shovel-ready sites are called in the business.

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Faso Plans Private Talks In Oneonta On Thursday

Faso Plans Private Talks

In Oneonta On Thursday

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Faso confers with Oneonta Community Health Center director Kay Stuligross during his April 8 visit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, is seeking to duplicate his meeting with a small group of Oneonta Community Health Center doctors and directors a week ago Saturday when he returns to the City of the Hills tomorrow.

The freshman congressman will be meeting with small groups — a half-dozen people each — at three sessions in state Sen. Jim Seward’s Oneonta office.

At 2:30 p.m., he will listen to environmental concerns; at 3, more on healthcare concerns, and 3:30, on general issues, a Faso spokesperson confirmed this morning.

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Seward Co-Chairs Key Budget Committee

Seward Leads Key Budget Committee

Senator Seward makes opening remarks as co-chairman of the state Legislature’s General Government/Local Assistance Budget Conference Committee.

ALBANY – With the April 1 state budget deadline approaching, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has been named co-chairman of the state Legislature’s General Government/Local Assistance Budget Conference Committee.  He will also serve as a member of the Education Budget Conference Committee.

“Bipartisan conference committees have been instrumental in producing six consecutive on-time budgets, and I am confident this process will deliver again this year,” said Seward.

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Seward, Farmers At ‘Taste Of NY’

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, samples maple vinegar produced by Ingles Maple Products in Richfield Springs during the New York Farm Bureau’s “Taste of New York” legislative reception in Albany this week.   From left are John VanDerwerken and Rebecca Russell, both representing NYCAMH, and the senator who, among others, met with  Otsego County Farm Bureau President Paul Greer, NYFB State Director, District 9, Darin Hickling and Harold Palmer,  the beef farmer and Town of Maryland supervisor.

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State Of The State? Iffy, Chamber Breakfast Told

State Of The State?  Iffy,

Chamber Breakfast Told

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski urges state legislators at this morning’s Otsego County Chamber “State of the State” breakfast to ensure the SUNY system is sufficiently funded – not just bricks and mortar, but operating funds that keep professors in place. She noted that the state only contributes 11 percent to its university system’s budget. More than 100 attendees heard state Sen. Jim Seward, and three of the four assemblymen representing parts of Otsego County – Bill Magee, Clifford Crouch and Pete Lopez – discuss challenges ranging from school funding to Uber. Mayors Gary Herzig of Oneont and Jeff Katz of Cooperstown also spoke. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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