State Government

Moravia students ask Seward about state government, hot-button issues

2013-02-06T18:04:00Z 2013-02-07T03:15:27Z Moravia students ask Seward about state government, hot-button issuesRobert Harding The Citizen Auburn Citizen
February 06, 2013 6:04 pm  • 

MORAVIA | State Sen. Jim Seward went back to school Wednesday.

During a stop in Cayuga County, Seward, R-Milford, toured Moravia Central Schools and met with school administrators to discuss state education aid — one of the top issues on the senator's legislative agenda this year. 

State aid also came up when Seward met with students in Jan Hunsinger's Participation in Government class, where students had the opportunity to ask him questions about state government. 

Seward was asked about the gap elimination adjustment, or GEA. The GEA has been used by the state to balance the budget, but the adjustment has resulted in several school districts receiving less aid. 

"My strategy is to eliminate the gap elimination adjustment as fast as I can," he said. "We have been chipping away at it the last couple of years, but not aggressively enough to meet the needs of some of those districts like (Moravia)."

While state aid was covered, Seward also fielded a few questions about the state's new gun law. 

The state Legislature approved the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, or SAFE Act, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law in January.

Gun rights groups say the new law infringes on the rights of law abiding gun owners. 

Seward voted against the SAFE Act. He said Wednesday that while there are some good provisions in the new law, he has concerns with how the SAFE Act will impact lawful gun owners.

"I thought the legislation was too broadly defined and it captures a lot of weapons that legitimate hunters use. Just because of the way a weapon looks or if there's a pistol grip on a rifle makes it, all of a sudden, an assault weapon," he said.

"People have told me — and these are law abiding, legitimate gun owners — they have spent in some cases thousands of dollars. They might be collectors or hunters or like to go out and target shoot. All of a sudden, their weapons are being banned. They may have spent $3,000 on a weapon that is now illegal in New York."

This was Seward's second trip to Moravia since the beginning of the year. He appeared in Moravia in mid-January to unveil his agenda for the 2013 legislative session. 

Seward represents the 51st Senate District, which includes the Cayuga County towns of Locke, Moravia, Niles, Owasco, Sempronius and Summerhill.

Online producer Robert Harding can be reached at 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding

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