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Jim Seward

Seward Lists Achievements; St. George Introduces Self

Seward Lists Achievements;

St. George Introduces Self

In opening remarks in this evening’s state Senate debate that followed the sheriff’s race one, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, focused on the multiple grants obtained for projects in Oneonta, Cooperstown and beyond, and how Republicans in the state Legislature blocked $1 billion in new taxes in the Senate and $20 billion in the House. A relative newcomer in a district served by Seward since 1986, the Democratic challenger, Joyce St. George of the Margaretville area in southern Delaware County, spoke of her business experience and successful efforts to found a food bank. The debate is ongoing at this hour in The Fenimore Museum auditorium in Cooperstown.   Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Full House For New Senior Meal Site

It’s A Full House At

New Senior Meal Site

Sheila Bernier and Terri Coy, servers with the Trinity Serving Group, prepare plates for Sandy Andrews, Tom Rathbone, and Nancy Wycoff, Milford, at the inaugural Senior Meal Site this morning at the Milford United Methodist Church. 40 seniors gathered for a roast pork lunch with sweet potatoes, spinach and chocolate chip cookies, followed by a brief address from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. The lunch, part of a pilot program through the Office of the Aging, will be served the fourth Wednesday of every month. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SUNY Oneonta Cuts Ribbon On Welcome-Center Building

SUNY Oneonta Cuts Ribbon

On Welcome-Center Building

SUNY President Nancy Kleniewski, assisted by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Director of Admissions Karen Brown, cut the ribbon yesterday at the official opening of the campus’ Welcome Center, photo at right.  The building, across from the Hunt Union, hosts the Admissions & Recruitment Office, and will be an information center for prospective students and the parents, and the starting point of their visits to campus. (Jared Stanley photos for SUNY Oneonta)

Seward Announces Grant for Cooperstown Chamber
$100,000 FOR VISITORS CENTER

Seward Announces Grant

For Cooperstown Chamber

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Hazzard addresses an audience gathered at the theater in the Fenimore Art Museum, with Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, looking on. Seward announced a $100,000 State Grant for the Chamber of Commerce to help renovate the Visitor’s Center on Chestnut Street. Hazzard hopes to have some renovations completed by the beginning of the upcoming tourist season, but is aiming to have all of the renovations completed by the end of 2018. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Heights Cuts Ribbon On Latest Housing Complex

Oneonta Heights Cuts Ribbon

On $15.9M Housing Complex

Cutting the ribbon on this afternoon’s grand opening of Housing Visions’ latest apartment complex, Oneonta Heights, are, from left, Darren Scott of New York State Homes & Community Renewal; state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford; Rebecca Newman, Housing Visions president/CEO; Mayor Gary Herzig; tenants Christina, Romello, and Jayda Drayton and Wesley Hunter, Jim Wright and Czhaira Simpauco; Ben Lockwood, Housing Visions, and Andrew D’Agostino, Community Preservation Corps. The $15.9 million complex features 60 units for families and seniors and even has its own bus route. “This is the first step in addressing our housing problem.” said Mayor Herzig.  “Seventy five percent of families in Oneonta pay over 30 percent of their income on housing, and that is not sustainable.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Milford Opens New Community Center

Milford Cuts Ribbon On

New Community Center

Jim Seward, R-Milford, cuts the ribbon on the new West 1566 Community Center in Milford as Pastor Sylvia Barrett, left and Mayor Brian Pokorny, right, watch. The former American Legion building was acquired for a community center earlier this year, and has already hosted several events. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
SUNY Opens New Physical Science Building

SUNY President Cuts Ribbon

On Renovated Science Building

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon on the renovated, state-of-the-art Physical Science Building, assisted by Provost Jim Mackin, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  “This building will help our students not only be consumers of knowledge, but producers of it,” said Kleniewski.  Behind them are, from left, Chuck Rodriguez, Vanket Sharma, Fran and Albert Read, John Hall, Nicole Pereira, Tatiana Boba,William Holt and Assistant VP for Facilities Tom Rathbone, who has been overseeing the systematic renovations of the original 1960s-era buildings.  Tours were then given of the buildings and its classrooms, many of which feature glass observation walls to fit with the “Science On Display” theme of the building. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Area Democrats Talk Candidate Bagnall-Graham

Area Democrats Talk With

Candidate Bagnall-Graham

Ed Lentz, Oneonta, right, and Paul and Sarah Patterson, Oneonta, left, talk about the issues with Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, center, Sherburne, at a meet and greet hosted at the home of Daniel Butterman, a OCDC committee member. About a dozen people attended to discuss topics ranging from renewable energies, cell and internet services, taxes and keeping local businesses.  Bagnall-Graham is only the 4th candidate to run against Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in his 30 year term. "I want to do what is best for the residents." said Bagnall-Graham. "I want to debate (Seward) on the issues, but so far he has not responded to me." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ed Lentz, Oneonta, right, and Paul and Sarah Patterson, Oneonta, left, talk about the issues with Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, center, Sherburne, at a meet and greet hosted at the home of Daniel Butterman, a OCDC committee member, on Monday evening. A dozen people attended to discuss topics ranging from renewable energies, cell and internet services, taxes and keeping local businesses.
Bagnall-Graham is only the 4th candidate to run against Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in his 30 year term.
“I want to do what is best for the residents.” said Bagnall-Graham. “I want to debate (Seward) on the issues, but so far he has not responded to me.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
2nd Democratic Challenger Seeks Run Against Seward

2nd Democratic Challenger

Plans Run Against Seward

Jermaine Bagnall-Graham
Jermaine Bagnall-Graham

SHERBURNE – Today, Jermaine Bagnall-Graham made it official: He is running for the Democratic nomination to challenge state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, this fall for the 51st District Seat.

His prospective candidate was first reported two weeks ago on www.allotsego.com.

Audrey Dunning, a lawyer from Ilion, has already announced she intends to seek the nomination in the 51st, setting up a primary in advance of the general election.

POLLS OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M. FOR GOVERNOR, CONGRESS

POLLS OPEN UNTIL 9 P.M.

FOR GOVERNOR, CONGRESS

The Republican brain trust at the Cooperstown Rotary Election Day Pancake Feast included, clockwise from left, Theresa Casale and her husband Tony, the former assemblyman; county Sheriff Rich Devlin Jr., GOP County Chair Vince Casale, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and former county chair Sheila Ross.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Republican brain trust at the Cooperstown Rotary Election Day Pancake Feast included, clockwise from left, Theresa Casale and her husband Tony, the former assemblyman; county Sheriff Rich Devlin Jr., GOP County Chair Vince Casale, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and former county chair Sheila Ross. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Democratic County Chair Richard Abbate, who, a Cooperstown Rotarian, was flipping flapjacks in the kitchen, came out to shake hands with Vince Casale, his Republican counterpart.
Democratic County Chair Richard Abbate, who, a Cooperstown Rotarian, was flipping flapjacks in the kitchen, came out to shake hands with Vince Casale, his Republican counterpart.  In the background (and the kitchen) is Rotarian Doug Geertjens, the retired Cooperstown Elementary principal.

COOPERSTOWN – When the county’s Republican candidates can all be found partaking of pancakes and sausage in the front window of the Vets Club on Main Street, you can bet it’s Election Day.  And today, as Cooperstown Rotarians served their traditional Election Day pancake breakfast, it is.

Governor Cuomo is being challenged by Republican Rob Astorino.  Congressman Chris Gibson, R-19, who is expected at the Vets Club before noon, is being challenged by newcomer Sean Eldridge, the Democrat.  There are statewide races for attorney general and controller.

Locally, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. is unopposed.  The hottest local race, perhaps, is in the Town of Oneonta, where Town Board member Trish Riddell Kent, who was appointed Jan. 1, is being challenged by David Rowley, the retired school superintendent.

Polls are open until 9 p.m., with all Oneonta voting at Foothills, and all Cooperstown voting at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Church Hall.

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