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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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Seward Brings $125k Grant For New York History Day

Seward Brings $125K Grant

For New York History Day

As some of the 500 visiting students from around the state file by, Farmers’ Museum President Paul D’Ambrosio, left, confers with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago on the economic impact and other benefits of New York History Day, underway today in Cooperstown. Seward dropped by to announce a $125,000 grant to to support the activity. D’Ambrosio said Seward’s continuing support allows the museum to more fully promote the activity statewide, hence the record turnout this year. Some 150 schools and 10,000 students statewide create projects – this year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise.” Projects are set up in the Louis C. Jones Center to be judged today, and statewide winners will compete for national honors June 10-14 at the University of Maryland. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Senate Creates School-Resource Officer Program

Senate Creates

School-Resource

Officer Program

Seward Supports, Praises Measure

Which Now Goes To NY Assembly

State Sen. Jim Seward

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:

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Seward Welcomes Scouts To Albany

Seward Welcomes Scouts To Albany

During the Boy Scouts’ annual “Report to the State Day,” state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, welcomed Boy Scouts from the throughout his district to the state Capitol in Albany yesterday, including Oneontans Benjamin Casola (Troop 23), Alex Casola (Pack 91), and Pack 91 Scoutmaster Pete Casola.
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Seward Joins Hartwick College, Teaching Politics At Alma Mater

Seward Teaches Poli-Sci

Class At His Alma Mater

Senator Seward drives home a point during a New York State politics class he’s teaching this semester at Hartwick College, his alma mater. (David Lubell/Hartwick College)

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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Railroad Inn Makes It Official

Railroad Inn Makes It Official

Proprietor Perry Ferrara makes it official, cutting the ribbon this evening on his Railroad Inn on Railroad Avenue, Cooperstown, at the start of a community reception. Others, from left, are Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, inn General Manager Bob Holt, Village Trustee Cindy Falk, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Perry’s wife Cathy, chamber President Danielle Henrici, and chamber Office Manager Hannah Bergene. The inn opened in time for Hall of Fame Weekend, but delayed the official opening until the summer rush was over. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Under New Law, All Suspects May Be Held At County Jail

Under New Law, All Suspects

May Be Held At County Jail

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.”

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