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Senator Jim Seward

There ARE Jobs In Select Fields, Conference Told

WORKFORCE SUMMIT 2018

There ARE Jobs

In Select Fields,

Conference Told

Jobs are available locally, but the workforce to fill them is shrinking through shrinking population and pending retirements, Christian Harris, state Department of Labor analyst, tells at Workforce Summit underway today at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown Central school board President Marcy Birch, also a businesswoman, and Superintendent Bill Crankshaw listen intently to Harris’ presentation. In the background is Mary Joe Ferrare of the Workforce Development Institute.

COOPERSTOWN – The good news is, if you want a job as a registered nurse, retail supervisor of information security analyst around here, you’ve got it.

The bad news is, young people aren’t participating in the workforce as before, and people generally are leaving the area.

Overall, if you really want to work, go into the hospital and healthcare fields.

That was the news Christian Harris, state Department of Labor analyst for the region that includes Otsego County, shared with 70 attendees at a Workforce Summit underway today at The Otesaga, co-sponsored by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce and State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.

Seward Delivers Funding To OFO To Combat Domestic Violence

Seward Delivers Funding 

To Fight Domestic Violence

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces funding for Opportunities for Otsego’s domestic-violence prevention program at OFO’s West Broadway headquarters Monday afternoon.   With him, from left, are OFO Crisis Intervention Director Will Rivera, Catholic Charities Executive Director Lynn Glueckert, Delaware Opportunities Executive Director Shelly Bartow and OFO CEO Dan Maskin. OFO and Catholic Charities of Otsego and Schoharie counties will receive $15,000 each, and $7,000 each goes to Delaware Opportunities and Liberty Resources (Chenango County). “These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Seward, “We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer. These agencies are lifelines and, in many cases, are all that stand between a domestic violence victim and further harm.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Seward’s Proclamation Raises Profile Of ‘2nd Chance Month’

Seward’s Proclamation Raises

Profile Of ‘2nd Chance Month’

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, presents a state Senate proclamation recognizing “Second Chance Month” to Ameen Aswad, executive director, Jail Ministry of Otsego County Executive Director Ameen Aswad, county Director of Community Services Susan Matt, and county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr.  “Once individuals have paid their debt to society, they will be returning to our communities and we all have a stake in their successful reintegration,” Seward said today. “Second Chance Month is an opportunity to recognize and support those who want to make an honest effort at a new life.” Second Chance Month is a national movement aimed at bringing awareness to the stigma and barriers those coming out of prison or jail face.

 

Jeff Katz Honored At Village Hall Reception

Jeff Katz Honored

At Village Hall Reception


Former Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz was celebrated this evening in the ballroom at Village Hall, where he was gifted a gavel, a print of the village and a proclamation by new mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, as well as remarks by friends, trustees past and present and state Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford. “I have been fortunate to serve with people of a like mind,” he said. “And I cannot say enough about all the people in this room. It’s nice to have people come to your side.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Day 1 of Otsego Health Fair Already ‘A Phenomenal Success’
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Day 1, And Otsego Health Fair

Already ‘Phenomenal Success’

At the first Otsego County Healthy Living Expo today, organizer Mathew Johnson, left, and Julie Dostal, right, look on as Bassett physician Richard Brown briefs state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, on National Take Back Week, an initiative to collect outdated prescriptions. Inset photo, Allistair, left, and Alex Scorzafava, center, present Michael Gardner, Milford, with a brand new bicycle provided by New York Central Mutual; the company will be giving out another 25 bike tomorrow (Saturday), when the Expo resumes from 10 to 4 in Foothills’ Atrium.  The event features 40 local organizations providing information on healthy living. Visitors can get information and resources, plus fresh produce courtesy of Pathfinder village.  You can pet animals from the Utica Zoo, listen to guest speakers, or have your feet checked for weight distribution.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Rebounding, Nardi To Explore Run Against Seward In 2018

Rebounding, Nardi To Explore

Running Against Seward In ’18

‘I Had A Lot Of Fun, Did A Lot Of Good,’ Democrat Says

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cathy Nardi at the end of today’s count.

COOPERSTOWN – Rebounding from her narrow loss in Republican-dominated District 3, Democratic newcomer Cathy Nardi said today she is forming an “exploratory committee” to consider challenging incumbent Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the state Senate’s 51st District next November.

“I really had a lot of fun and I think I did a lot of good,” said Nardi, who came within eight votes of defeating county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens.  With absent ballots counted today, the final tally was 561-543 for Clark, a lead a mere 10 votes could have shifted.

Senator, Commissioner of Agriculture Tour Ommegang Expansion

Seward, Ag Commissioner

Tour Ommegang Expansion

Richard Ball, state commissioner of Agriculture & Markets, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, tour the new expansion at Brewery  Ommegang with Doug Campbell, right, brewery president.  “The new construction will be for a grain-handling area.” explained Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “The room will be totally dry, so we will be able to process grains and yeast faster.”  Hops growing Upstate has been growing steadily in the last several years, beneficial to both businesses like Ommegang and farmers, Ball said. “The market is growing so fast.” he said. “It is a good day when we can celebrate the growth of a business that is putting out a good product.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SEWARD: MAKE BASEBALL NEW YORK STATE’S SPORT
CCS FOURTH GRADERS INSPIRE SENATOR

SEWARD: MAKE BASEBALL

NEW YORK STATE’S SPORT

Senator Seward has introduced a bill to make baseball the state sports. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – This idea is a home run.

Inspired by a suggestion from Anne Reis’ fourth-grade class at Cooperstown Central School, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has introduced legislation – Senate bill 4288 – to designate baseball as New York’s official state sport.

“Baseball is known as our national pastime but the game has deep roots and a rich history here in New York State,” said Senator Seward.

“From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in storied Cooperstown, to the Mets and Yankees – the pinnacles of Major League Baseball – to our recently crowned Little League World Series champions from Maine-Endwell, New York State is clearly the epicenter of baseball greatness,” said Seward.

Education Commissioner Elia Tours Laurens Central School

Education Commissioner Elia

Tours Laurens Central School

Bella Armenti, left, and Lindsey Charrigan, right, both students at Laurens Central School, show Senator Jim Seward and Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia the finer points of dissecting a sheep's  heart in their biology class. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Bella Armenti, left, and Lindsey Charrigan, right, both students at Laurens Central School, show Senator Jim Seward and Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia the finer points of dissecting a sheep’s heart in their biology class. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

LAURENS – Stopping into classrooms and talking with students were all on the agenda as Senator Jim Seward and MaryEllen Elia, Commissioner of Education, visited Laurens Central School this morning to tour the facilities and to discuss the needs of the teachers and changes in NY State testing standards.

Minimum Wage, Broadband Hot Topics At State Of The State Breakfast

Minimum Wage, Heroin Among

State Of State’ Breakfast Topics

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jim sewardHartwick College’s internship director Kirsten Oehl, top photo, thanked state Rep. Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, the congressional candidate, on his support of “experiential learning.”  “The gauntlet has been thrown,” she said.   She was speaking at this morning’s annual State of the State Breakfast, hosted by the Otsego Chamber of Commerce at The Otesaga.  At right, state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, speaks on importance of high speed broadband internet for the county and the ramifications for a 71 percent phased-in increase in the minimum wage.  He also announced he is arranging for the state Senate Task Force on Opioids Addictions to hold another hearing on the problem in the county this spring.   “We need to talk about local initiatives and what we can do to solve this heroin problem.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.COM)

Seward Announces $70,000 For Newly Remodeled Airport Terminal

Seward Announces $70,000 Grant

For Remodeled Airport Terminal

After two years of construction of the new terminal at the Oneonta Airport is finally completed. Mayor Gary Herzig, flanked by OJC student Joe Henness, Len Carson, Jeff Back, Dennis Finn, Ed May, Chris Kuhn and OJC student Nate Morris, cuts the ribbon at the Oneonta Municipal Airport, where the milestone was celebrated this afternoon. In remarks beforehand, Kuhn praised his students' work; "They did not disappoint. We've been involved with a lot of projects over the years, this has been the best so far." Mayor Herzig, who had lunch with former Mayor Sam Nader earlier today, recounted how Nader had considered the building of the airport the project he was most proud of. "For years the airport languished, and was even given up for dead.", said Herzig. "But you have brought back this facility for Oneonta's future. You have done us a real service." Senator Jim Seward hailed the work and announced he has secured a $70,000 grant to help complete the work. "First impressions mean a lot.", said Seward. "This terminal tells those who arrive in our community 'this is a great place to live, to visit and to work.'" Many cited the passion of current Airport Commissioner Dennis Finn, who worked at the airport in it's first days. "I love this place and people who come here love it, too" (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
After two years of construction, remodeling of the terminal at the Oneonta Municipal Airport is complete. Mayor Gary Herzig, flanked by OJC student Joe Hennessy, count Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, Airport Commission members Jeff Back, Dennis Finn and Ed May, OJC Director Chris Kuhn and OJC student Nate Morris, cut the ribbon on the renovated facility.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Seward praises the Job Corps work and, as a reward, announces an $80,000 grant to continue it.
Seward praises the Job Corps work and, as a reward, announces an $70,000 grant to continue it.

By IAN AUSTIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – At the ribbon cutting at the Oneonta Municipal Airport this afternoon, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, hailed the work with an announcement that he has secured a $70,000 grant to help complete the job. “First impressions mean a lot,” said Seward. “This terminal tells those who arrive in our community ‘this is a great place to live, to visit and to work.'”

In remarks beforehand, Oneonta Job Corps Director Chris Kuhn praised his students’ work on th terminal. “They did not disappoint. We’ve been involved with a lot of projects over the years, this has been the best so far.”

Governor Signs Bill Allowing Delaware County 2% Bed Tax

Governor Signs Bill Allowing

Delaware County 2% Bed Tax

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ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed legislation allowing Delaware County to enact a “bed tax” up to 2 percent on hotel and motel room rentals, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announced today.

The bill (S.5075/A.7316) follows a home rule request from the Delaware County Board of Supervisors and is now Chapter 205 of the laws of 2015

The estimated return of between $200,000 to $250,000 will be dedicated to promoting and developing Delaware County’s tourism industry.

Senator Seward Celebrates YMCA, Lunch Program

Senator Seward Celebrates

YMCA, Free Lunch Program

Senator Jim Seward stopped by the free lunch program in Neahwa Park  to visit the YMCA Lunch Bunch, who had just finished eating.  Seward was in town visiting the Y's Safety Around Water program at the Wilber Park pool.   In the front row: Eyden Nelson, Sasha Sloth, Tyler Ives, James Erikson, Seleyna Michols, Anya Sloth, Christina Merlino, Cameron Comstock, Herman Conklin. Back Row: Justin Norton, Ayden Nelson, Alex Smith, Ayden Dougherty, Mylee McIntyre, Malina Dukaczewizz, Sebastian Dukaczewizz, Spencer Volpe, Elizabeth Reynolds, Natalie Jackson, Jayden McIntyre and Brendan Halstead. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Senator Jim Seward was in Oneonta this morning to observe the YMCA’s “Safety Around Water” program and stopped by the free lunch program in Neahwa Park to visit the YMCA Lunch Bunch, who had just finished eating.  In the front row; Eyden Nelson, Sasha Sloth, Tyler Ives, James Erikson, Seleyna Michols, Anya Sloth, Christina Merlino, Cameron Comstock, Herman Conklin.
Back Row: Justin Norton, Ayden Nelson, Alex Smith, Ayden Dougherty, Mylee McIntyre, Malina Dukaczewizz, Sebastian Dukaczewizz, Spencer Volpe, Elizabeth Reynolds, Natalie Jackson, Jayden McIntyre and Brendan Halstead. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

Many Have Received Unclaimed Funds. Don’t Give Up

Many Have Received Unclaimed Funds. Don’t Give Up

The Freeman’s Journal/HOMETOWN ONEONTA

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 25-26, 2014

To the Editor:

After reading R. Scott Duncan’s letter in last week’s newspaper describing his difficulties retrieving funds through the state Office of Unclaimed Funds, I want to offer a few thoughts.

The mailing from my office was intended to notify individuals of this useful service and to help people access the more than $13 billion in unclaimed funds held by New York State through the comptroller’s office.
Unclaimed funds could come from an old savings account, utility deposit, a security dividend check or several other sources.

There is no charge to reclaim funds owed to you, and I have heard from a great number of constituents who have successfully retrieved their money – to date, nearly $375,000 has been returned statewide this year alone!

However, when claims are complicated by estate issues and other legal matters, there may be additional requirements to prove that you are the person who is legally allowed to collect the funds. The requirements are listed online at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/ and many of the forms needed may be found there as well.

The Office of Unclaimed Funds has an extremely detailed “Frequently Asked Questions” section that should be able to help with most concerns. If you require additional assistance, there is also a toll free phone number, 1-800-221-9311.

A link to the Office of Unclaimed Funds can also be found on my website, www.senatorjimseward.com.

JAMES L. Seward
State Senator
R-Milford

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