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Ommegang, Springbrook, YMCA Among Winners Of Otsego CFAs

CUOMO GRANTS TOTAL $4M LOCALLY

Ommegang, YMCA Among

Otsego Winners Of CFAs

Otsego County attendees today as Governor Cuomo announced $750 million in economic-development grants statewide included state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, second from right; County Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, sixth from right, and Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, fifth from left. In all, Otsego County received funding for 15 projects, ranging from $525,000 to Ommegang for the expansion of its hospitality center, to Springbrook for training, and to the Oneonta Family Y for renovations to the first and third floors.  The big winner was the Village of Cooperstown, which received $1 million, the largest grant, for its sewage-plant reconstruction.  In all, the county received $4 million, down from last year’s $7 million, which was a record.
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Seward Appointed To Panel Leading Lyme-Disease Fight

Seward Appointed To Panel

Leading Lyme-Disease Fight

Senator Seward

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.

SEWARD SUPPORTS PRO GAS COALITION

SEWARD SUPPORTS

PRO GAS COALITION

Senator Seward

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

Seward Named To Panel

To Seek Technology Jobs

Seward

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.

Seward Distributing Checks To Springbrook, Non-Profits

Seward Distributing Checks

To Springbrook, Non-Profits

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, toured Springbrook today, where he announced the residential community for people with disabilities will received a $576,000 state grant through the state Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program.  Seward will be awarding $2.8 million to nonprofits throughout his district, include $714,000 to Pathfinder Village and $873,000 to Arc Otsego.  Here, he confers during a stop at Springbrook with CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight.
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, toured Springbrook today, where he announced the residential community for people with disabilities will received a $576,000 state grant through the state Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program. Seward will be awarding $2.8 million to nonprofits throughout his district, include $714,000 to Pathfinder Village and $873,000 to Arc Otsego. Here, he confers during a stop at Springbrook with CEO Patricia Kennedy and COO Seth Haight.
10,000 ‘Pouches’ Donated To Deactivate Unused Pills
SEWARD, BASSETT, LEAF INVOLVED

10,000 ‘Pouches’ Donated

To Deactivate Unused Pills

Putting a human face on the problem, Rebekah Smith of Otego tells how, as a teenager, she became dependent on old pills left in people's medicine cabinets; she has been drug-free for six years. She was speaking today at a noontime press conference at The Otesaga, where state Sen. Jim Seward, Bassett CEO Vance Armstong, LEAF's Julie Dostal and drug company Mallinckrodt spokesperson Rhonda Sciarra announced the company's donation of 10,000 "medication deactivation pouches" to LEAF for distribution. Bottom left, Seward and Vance confer prior to the press conference; at left is Karen Dolan, from Bassett's marketing department. At bottom right, Sciarra shows how putting up to 45 pills in the pouch and addiing warm water, pills' potency can be elimiinated. The pouch can then be thrown away in household trash. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Putting a human face on the problem, Rebekah Smith of Otego (top photo) tells how, as a teenager, she became dependent on pills by removing old prescriptions from people’s medicine cabinets; she has been drug-free for six years. She was speaking today at a noontime press conference at The Otesaga, where state Sen. Jim Seward, Bassett CEO Vance Armstong, LEAF’s Julie Dostal and drug company Mallinckrodt spokesperson Rhonda Sciarra announced the company’s donation of 10,000 “medication deactivation pouches” to LEAF for distribution locally. Bottom left, Seward and Brown confer prior to the press conference; at left is Karen Dolan, from Bassett’s marketing department. At bottom right, Sciarra shows how putting up to 45 pills in the pouch and addiing warm water, pills’ potency can be elimiinated. The pouch can then be thrown away in household trash.  Malllinckrodt operates the Covidien methadone production plant in Hobert.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Seward Questions Time-Warner Cable For Removing Binghamton TV News

Seward Questions Time-Warner Cable

For Removing Binghamton TV News

Wbng_2009ONEONTA – 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.”

First Day Back, Seward Presides At Insurance Committee Hearing

First Day Back, Seward Presides

At Insurance Committee Hearing

His first day back in the state Senate after recuperating from a bladder-cancer operation in April, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, chaired an Insurance Committee meeting on legislation to clear hurdles for Uber, Lyft and similar ride sharing services from providing coverage to their drivers and passangers.
His first day back in the state Senate after recuperating from a bladder-cancer operation in April, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, chaired an Insurance Committee meeting on legislation to clear hurdles for Uber, Lyft and similar ride sharing services from providing coverage to their drivers and passangers.  Seated, from left, are Sen. Martin Golden, Sen. Neil Breslin, Seward, and Natalie Bernardi, the committee’s counsel/director.
Seward Bill Helps Employers Hire Drug-Court Graduates

Seward Bill Helps Employers

Hire Drug-Court Graduates

Senator Seward
Senator Seward

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.”

2 Democrats May Challenge Seward

BULLETIN

2 Democrats May

Challenge Seward

Jermaine Bagnall-Graham
Jermaine Bagnall-Graham
Audrey Dunning
Audrey Dunning

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.

YMCA’s Honor Senator Seward With ‘2016 Y Champion’ Prize

YMCA’s Honor Senator Seward

With ‘2016 Y Champion’ Prize 

Senator Seward, center, receives the 2016 Y Champion award from Oneonta YMCA Executive Director Frank Russo, left, and Alliance of NYS YMCAs Executive Director Kyle Stewart.
Senator Seward, center, receives the 2016 Y Champion award from Oneonta YMCA Executive Director Frank Russo, left, and Alliance of NYS YMCAs Executive Director Kyle Stewart.

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.”

Seward Adds $200,000 In Aid To Help Oneonta Police SUNY

Seward Adds $200,000 In Aid

To Help Oneonta Police SUNY

Assembly, Governor Must Agree On Impact Funds
Senator Seward
Senator Seward

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

Seward On Conference Committees

For Education, Higher-Ed Budgets

Senator Also  Alternate To Committee On Full State Budget
Senator Seward delivers opening remarks at the first meeting of the higher education conference committee. With him are State Sen. Kenneth LaValle and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick.
Senator Seward delivers opening remarks at the first meeting of the higher-education budget conference committee. With him are State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, center, and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick.

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.

Seward Praises News Of $21.5M For Fox

Seward Praises News

Of $21.5M For Fox

‘Major Joint Center’ Envisioned In City

Senator Seward
Senator Seward

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.”

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