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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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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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