ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has been appointed to the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, charged with improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these diseases.
“As chair of the Insurance Committee and representative of an area where tick-borne illnesses continue to spread, Senator Seward brings a valuable perspective that will help increase public awareness and prevent Lyme disease,” said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who made the appointment. If you’ve noticed an increase of ticks in your garden during the summer, it may be within your best interest to get in touch with a pest control company similar to terminix arizona (if you live in and around this area) to finally get this issue resolved. You don’t want to issue to get worse.
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined community, labor and business leaders from across the state to announce the launch of New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, a coalition supporting access to natural gas for manufacturing, power production, transportation and home heating.
“As I talk with business owners and prospective employers, the high cost of energy is always a top concern. Job creators weigh this issue greatly when deciding whether or not to come here, stay here, or grow here” said the senator. “We need reliable, affordable, clean energy to meet the needs of our current businesses and prepare for expansion. Natural gas needs to be an option.”
Seward Named To Panel
To Seek Technology Jobs
ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has been named to the state Senate Select Committee on Technology and Innovation, aimed at creating jobs in the technology field.
“A recent U.S. Census report showed more than 190,000 people left New York State last year. We must create new opportunities here at home to stop that exodus and reverse that trend,” said Seward.
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is calling on Time Warner Cable/Charter Communications and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review a recent decision to remove WBNG-TV, the Binghamton TV station, from the Otsego County cable television lineup.
“Many families and individuals depend on local television news and programming and the loss of WBNG is a public safety concern as well as a quality of life issue,” said Senator Seward. “A number of constituents, particularly those who live in the southern portion of Otsego County, have contacted me with their concerns over this channel change. I am hopeful that switch will be reconsidered.”
ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward’s bill to provide tax credits to employer who hire people who graduate from drug court or similar programs is part of a package of 48 recommendations in a special report from the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin & Opioid Addiction, his office announced today.
“A job is more than just a paycheck for someone in recovery. It is a symbol of self-worth and a validation that others have confidence in your abilities,” said the Milford Republican. “Employment is also a key incentive that will help motivate an addict to stay clean. By offering this tax credit, I am hopeful that more employers will show faith in individuals who have earned a second chance.”
COOPERSTOWN – It appears state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, will be facing a Democratic challenge this fall when he runs for his 21st term.
Two candidates have surfaced, according to Otsego County Democratic chair Richard Abbate of Cooperstown.
One is a woman attorney from Ilion, Herkimer County, Audrey Dunning, who appears to have the financing, he said. A press release is reportedly circulating, embargoed until 9:01 this evening.
The second is Jermaine Bagnall-Graham, Sherburne, who has asked the Chenango County Democratic Party for its support, and intends to do the same in Otsego, Abbate said. He works at the Bassett Healthcare Network.
ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today received the “2016 Y Champion” award from the Alliance of New York State YMCAs, which represents the 40 independent Ys across the state.
Oneonta Family YMCA Executive Director Frank Russo, who made the presentation, said, “Senator Seward has been a longtime friend of the Oneonta YMCA and has also stood strongly for all New York Ys. He clearly recognizes the important role YMCAs play in fostering healthy lives and communities.”
Assembly, Governor Must Agree On Impact Funds
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today included $400,000 in the Senate budget resolution – $200,000 each for the cities of Oneonta and Cortland – to help offset public safety costs generated due to being a SUNY host community.
“There is no doubt that hosting a SUNY school is a great benefit; however, there are added costs that local taxpayers must absorb,” said Seward. “…This special state funding will serve as a ‘pilot program’ and demonstrates the senate’s recognition of the need to assist our SUNY host communities.”
Seward On Conference Committees
For Education, Higher-Ed Budgets
Senator Also Alternate To Committee On Full State Budget
ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee made up of legislative leaders.
Regarding his education conference committee assignment Senator Seward said:
“The senate budget resolution completely erases the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and provides record funding for our schools. Moving forward, I will work to protect this investment in our future and ensure that our low-wealth, high-need rural schools receive their fair share of state aid.
‘Major Joint Center’ Envisioned In City
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, applauded today’s announcement of a $21.45 million grant to stabilize Fox Hospital’s finances and created a “major joint center” affiliated with the Oneonta facility.
“Fox Hospital is instrumental to our region’s health care needs and economic well-being,” said the senator. “In recent years, the rural health care model has evolved greatly and Fox is making significant changes to meet the new challenges and continue providing quality care for patients.”