On this week’s Meet Cortland County segment:
WXHC’s Vinnie Bellardini spoke with New York State Senator James Seward (R-51) for a reflection on his more than three decades of service.
He announced in January that his current 17th term in office would be his last to better focus on his health.
The 69-year-old has been managing an ongoing battle with bladder cancer for several years — on top of that, he beat COVID-19 after spending three days on a respirator back in April.
Seward was first elected to the state senate in 1986.
“It’s been my honor over these past 34 years to have been given the opportunity by the people of our district to represent them,” Seward said. “I’ve really enjoyed all the local involvement and getting to move our area forward. As I look back, that was certainly one of the most satisfying parts of the job for me.”
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