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Senator Seward

Ranking Republican On Finance, Seward’s Other Assignments Made

Ranking Republican On Finance,

Seward’s Other Assignments Made

Seward

ONEONTA – In addition to serving as ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced he will also serve on the education, finance, higher education, insurance and rules committees.

As longtime chairman of the Insurance Committee, he said he looks forward to serving there, and in particular on Education and Higher Education, he said.

State Of State Includes Senator, Both Mayors, Chair Of County Board

CHAMBER ANNOUNCES LINEUP

State Of State Includes

Senator, Both Mayors,

Chair Of County Board

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce today announced the lineup for its annual State of the State Breakfast, scheduled as it’s been traditionally done on the day after New Year’s Day.

The headliners are state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Cooperstown’s new mayor, Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch and her Oneonta counterpart, Gary Herzig, and David Bliss, chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives.

Seward Appointed Top Republican On Finance Committee

Seward Appointed

Top Republican On

Finance Committee

Newly In Minority, Senator

Vows He’ll Fight For Upstate

In September 2015, Senator Seward brought then-newly minted Majority Leader John Flanagan of Long Island to The Otesaga to confer with key community leaders. Clockwise from front are Tunnicliff Inn proprietor Frank Leo, Hall of Fame Vice President Ken Meifert, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, retired assemblyman Tony Casale, Bassett Hospital’s then-president Vance Brown, Flanagan, Seward, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy, Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, and Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Otsego County’s state senator, Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced he has been named ranking Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee by the Republican leader, John Flanagan.

With Seward on the committee, “Our budget priorities will be widely known and well-articulated, and we will stand up for taxpayers at every turn,” Flanagan said in announcing the appointment.

Seward Hosts Reality Check Members

Seward Hosts Reality Check

Members of Realty Check and Advancing Tobacco Free Communities Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties met with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in his Oneonta District Office. Standing behind the senator are, from left, Brea Fyfe (Oneonta Community Christian School), Jasmine Neill (Sharon Springs Central School), Ava Valetutto (Sharon Springs Central), Linda Wegner (ATFC-DOS Program director), Bonnie Peck (Reality Check Youth Engagement coordinator).
GOP – And One Democrat Gather For Pancake Feast

GOP, And One Democrat, 

Gather For Pancake Feast

Dave Bliss, Republican chair of the Otsego County Board and a Rotarian, pours coffee for state Sen. – and candidate – Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago at the traditional Cooperstown Rotary Club Election Day pancake breakfast at the Vets’ Club. With the senator are, from his left, daughter-in-law of two months Kelly Ann, daughter Lauren, wife Cindy and son Ryan. Seward is being challenged today by Democrat Joyce St. George, Margaretville area. Inset, Democratic kingmaker Richard Sternberg joined the Republican table that includes, at left, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. and County Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner; at right is Republican County Chair Vince Casale, who is also a top adviser to Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Devlin is being challenged by Republican Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper who appears on the Democrat line.  Sinnott Gardner is unopposed.  “I like these people,” said Sternberg.   The polls are open across Otsego County until 9 p.m.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Knowledge Worker, Not Industry, Is Our Future, Speaker Says

WORKFORCE SUMMIT 2018

Knowledge Worker,

Not Industry, Is Our

Future, Speaker Says

Cleinman Wins Seward’s Support

To Launch ‘Come Home’ Campaign

If Boise, Idaho, and Bozeman, Mont., could create vibrant economies based on knowledge workers, so can Oneonta, business consultant Al Cleinman told today’s Workforce Summit at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Senator Seward said he would support Cleinman’s “Come Home” initiative, and expand it to include “Stay Home.”

COOPERSTOWN – After a rousing salute to “knowledge-based industry,” a local businessman with a national clientele, Al Cleinman, today announced he intends to lead a “Come Home to Oneonta” campaign.

Cleinman was addressing the Workforce Summit at The Otesaga, where attendees learned we have more jobs than people.  The day was organized by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and the office of state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, who immediately warmed up to Cleinman’s idea.

The idea is to lure back some of the 75,000 living Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta graduates – executives, consultants, business owners and tech employees who can work anywhere – to reposition the local economy.

Seward Announces $30K State Grant To Fund West Oneonta Alert System

Seward Announces $30K Grant

To Fund W. Oneonta Alert System

West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department Chief Water Schmitt (seated) demonstrates the department’s new omni-directional alert and voice mass notification system for state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  Seward presented a $30,000 state grant this evening to help pay for the new alert system.  (Jeff Bishop photo)

 

Seward Announces $200K For 3 Libraries In County

Seward Announces $200K

For 3 Libraries In County

Final Touches Funded In Worcester Building
The new Worcester-Schenevus Library on Worcester’s Main Street is due for completion in late summer or fall. This photo was taken in February.

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced almost $200,000 in state grants for three local libraries, including $92,388 to bring the new Worcester Free Library to completion.

The Edmeston Free Library receives $75,610 for renovations, inside and outside, to a donated building.  And Hartwick’s Kinney Memorial Library received $10,509 for paving the parking lot and driveway in the hamlet.

Seward Bill OK’d For Baseball To Be NY Official Sport

Seward Bill OK’d

For Baseball To Be

NY Official Sport

Assembly, Governor Must Now Act

On CCS Fourth Graders’ Request

State Sen. Jim Seward

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward’s bill designating baseball New York’s official state sport has passed the Senate, the Milford Republican’s office announced today.

“It is time that we formally recognize baseball as our official state sport,” Seward said.

“Baseball is known as our national pastime but the game has deep roots and a rich history here in New York State,” he continued.  “From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in storied Cooperstown, to the Mets and Yankees – the pinnacles of Major League Baseball, to countless college, high school, and Little League teams, New York State is clearly the epicenter of baseball history and greatness. “

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