Seward Highlights Accomplishments in 2013 Legislative Session
Republican State Senator Jim Seward who represents Cortland, Tompkins, and portions of Cayuga County is highlighting what he feels were some of the biggest accomplishments during this year’s legislative session.
Seward points to this year’s on time state budget as a sign of success during this most recent legislative session.
Seward says another big focus during the session was economic growth, he pointed to the recently approved Start-Up NY program aimed at bringing new companies to college campuses to create jobs.
Seward says he successfully fought for restoration of funding to community based agencies that serve the developmentally disabled.
Seward said he was disappointed that a number of initiatives passed in the Senate did not make it through the assembly.
There was no agreement on the women’s equality act; Seward says his senate colleagues took real steps to advance women’s equality. The Senate version of the bill protected domestic violence victims, would stop sexual harassment in the workplace and ensured equal pay for equal work. However, the legislation languished over partisan complaints about updates to state abortion laws.
Seward say he supports a public vote on Casino expansion, he says if full-scale casinos come to New York, upstate communities that welcome the economic tool will be first in line.
Seward did not talk about the passage of the NY SAFE Act approved by the Legislature in January. The legislation includes new regulations for gun owners and bans certain guns classified as assault weapons.
Seward voted against the law which has prompted lawsuits, protests, and a flurry of paperwork for County clerks, Judges, and Sheriff’s Departments.