ONEONTA, NY -- Senator James Seward has served Central New York for decades, beat COVID-19, and is now the newest recipient of the key to the City of Oneonta.
Sen. Seward was honored by Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig and members of the Oneonta Common Council Tuesday evening.
The Republican lawmaker is retiring at the end of 2020, after holding the seat in the 51st Senate District for 34 years.
Mayor Gary Herzig took a few moments out of the City of Oneonta's Common Council Meeting to praise Seward on his years of tireless work and dedication to revitalizing the Oneonta area.
"Now that I will no longer be facing voters throughout the district, I can publically say that there is really something special about my home area of Oneonta," Seward said. "I think back over the 34 years in the Senate, and one of the most satisfying parts of the job is to be able to work with local officials to identify local needs and then doing whatever I could to bring state resources and state policies to the table to help address the needs in the community."
Seward's 51st Senate District spans nine counties across the Central New York region.