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Sen. Jim Seward

Senate Resolution, Pizza Welcome CCS Champs To Albany

Senate Resolution,

Pizza Welcome CCS

Champs To Albany

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, greeted the CCS Hawkeye state champion basketball team to the floor of the state Senate in Albany this afternoon. (Jeff Bishop photo)
The boys joined the senator in his Capitol office for a pizza feast.

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, welcomed the  Cooperstown Hawkeyes boys  basketball team and Coach John Lambert to the state Capitol this  afternoon, where they were honored as the 2019 New York State Class C champions.

Seward presented the boys with a Senate resolution recognizing their achievement – and a pizza lunch in his office in the Capitol building.

Seward Announces $1 Million In Grants For Damaschke Field

Seward Announces

 $1 Million In Grants

For Damaschke Field

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces $1 million in funding for improvements to Damaschke Field, including replacing the grandstand at a press conference this afternoon in front of the historic Oneonta ballpark.  Behind him are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing.  “We need to preserve historic features,” said Seward, who brought home a separate $1 million grant in May for Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field.  “We also need to prepare for the future.  Some upgrades are badly needed.”  About 1/3 of the money – it was obtained through  the state’s State and Municipal Facilities Program – will be required to raze the grandstand, whose steel girder are rotting.  Laing said there are a “lot of good ideas” on how to replace it that will be coming into focus in the months ahead.    He called the grant “absolutely incredible.”  A tour of the grandstand followed, including a cramped shower room, which home and visiting teams used to share.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Arlean M. Norton, 90; Businesswoman Also Worked For Senator

IN MEMORIAM:  Arlean M. Norton, 90;

Businesswoman Also Worked For Senator

Arlean Norton

ONEONTA – Arlean M. Norton, 90, a businesswoman and aide to state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, passed away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2018, at the Home of The Good Shepherd in Malta, with her son and daughter at her side.

She was born in Carbondale, Pa., on May 26, 1927, the daughter of Michael and Caroline Zagata.

NBT-Mang Insurance In Bank Financial Center

NBT-Mang Insurance

In Bank Financial Center

Now dubbed the NBT Financial Center, the ribbon was cut on the new offices of the NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, relocated from River Street to the NBT building at One Wall Street. Cutting the ribbon are NBT Vice President Jamie Reynolds and Tucker Lounsbury, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency president.  Others, from left, are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and, at right, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
After 71 Years, Oneonta Vet Receives Medals

71 Years After World War II,

Oneonta Vet Receives Medals

Surrounded by family and friends, Frederick Sousa, Army private first class, is honored for his World War II service seven decades after the fact by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, this afternoon at the Oneonta Vets’ Club. Sousa received eight awards, including the Medal For Merit, the Good Conduct Medal, European, African and Middle Eastern campaign medals, the Victory Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge Award, the Honorable Service lapel pin and the Bronze Star.  “I never thought this would happen,” Sousa told the gathering.  “It feels good to finally get recognized, and I wanted to have it happen in front of my children.” Sousa was injured while in France and should also be the recipient of the Purple Heart, but due to a fire in the military records archive in 1973, the proper paperwork has not yet been found. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Fire At Milford United Methodist Church

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BLAZE GUTTING

MILFORD CHURCH

Flames push out from under the front gable of the Milford United Methodist Church, which is on fire at this hour. The fire began in the rear, where the dining hall and church offices are located. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Fire Began In Dining Hall

At Rear, Spreads Throughout

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – Almost a dozen fire crews at this hour are battling a blaze at the Milford United Methodist Church at 89 Main St.

The crews, including Milford, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Mount Vision, Schenevus and several others appeared to have the blaze under control, but it was burning too hot to be extinguished.  It appeared likely the building will be a total loss.

Efforts are concentrating on the belltower at this hour (10 p.m.)

Senator Jim Seward Sworn In For 16th Term

Senator Seward Sworn In

For 16th Term In Albany

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was sworn for his 16th term as in the state Senate by state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma this afternoon at Foothills in Oneonta.  He represents and 51st District.  Holding the Bible is the senator’s wife, Cindy.  Randy Mowers was also sworn in for his first term to the Oneonta Town Board.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Seward On Conference Committee For Education, Higher Ed Budgets

Seward On Conference Committee

For Education, Higher Ed Budgets

From left, Senator James L. Seward, Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff D. Klein, Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie meet the media following the opening meeting of the general budget conference committee.
From left, Senator Seward, Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff D. Klein, Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie meet the media following the opening meeting of the general budget conference committee.

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has been named to the 10-legislator conference committee – five senators, five assemblymen – charged with negotiating budget differences between the two houses in the areas of education and higher education.

In a statement, Seward said the senate version, if it can be largely preserved, will achieve “two of my primary goals, … ending the disastrous Gap Elimination Adjustment and significantly raising school aid through a fair and equitable formula.”

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