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The Telegram
  • Seward, Assembly members sworn in for new term

  • State Senator James Seward and Assembly members William Magee and Claudia Tenney took the oath of office Tuesday at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.

    After the swearing-in ceremony, Seward addressed supporters and well-wishers, recounting recent legislative victories and vowing to continue to tackle the challenges facing New York.

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  • State Senator James Seward and Assembly members William Magee and Claudia Tenney took the oath of office Tuesday at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta.
    After the swearing-in ceremony, Seward addressed supporters and well-wishers, recounting recent legislative victories and vowing to continue to tackle the challenges facing New York.
    “New York state is moving in the right direction and we need to capitalize on the momentum and take additional steps to continue moving our state forward,” said Seward, R - Milford.
    “Over the past two years I have partnered with Gov. Cuomo and my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly to produce real results — passing on time, fiscally responsible budgets, placing a renewed emphasis on jobs and economic development and streamlining state government to better serve the people of our area and the state. Now that we are set to embark on a new legislative session I stand ready to fight for the interests of those I represent. I am hopeful the renewed spirit of cooperation will continue with an eye toward positive accomplishments. While there are challenges on the horizon, I am excited about the prospects that lie ahead and look forward to a successful 2013,” he added.
    Seward was first elected to the state Senate in 1986 and will serve his 14th term.
    He represents the 51st Senate District, which is made up off all or parts of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie, Tompkins and Ulster counties.
    Tenney, R - New Hartford, also addressed supporters and well-wishers after Tuesday’s ceremony and said as a small business owner, her focus will be on building private sector jobs.
    “We need to work on being more competitive as a state, because if we raise the minimum wage and increase costs to business owners, we are going to find ourselves falling in competitiveness,” she said. “All of us need to do our part to make New York state more business friendly.”
    Tenney represents the 101st Assembly District, which includes parts of seven counties — Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Delaware, Sullivan, Ulster and Orange.
    Magee, D - Nelson, represents the 121st Assembly District, which encompasses all of Madison County, most of Otsego County and a portion of Oneida County, and said an equitable distribution of state aid to ensure poorer school districts get what they deserve will be among his top priorities.
    “We also need to do something to make the agriculture community more efficient and pay less in taxes to continue to produce the food we eat everyday,” he added.
    Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller served as master of ceremonies for Tuesday’s event.
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