HERKIMER, N.Y. -- State Senator James Seward is laying out his priorities in 2019, calling for a "real solutions" budget and an upstate summit.
Seward is incorporating three basic principles.
The first is balancing the budget without any new taxes or fees and providing real and significant relief to hardworking taxpayers.
The second is fixing what he calls the affordability crisis for the middle class.
The third is revitalizing the state's economy so residents can find good-paying jobs, and raise their families here.
“We can get beyond the politics and get serious about addressing the needs of people of the state of New York. What can we do to make our state more affordable, create more economic opportunities for people and those types of things? So not only will people stay here, but it will attract people to upstate New York,” said Seward.
He also says he will fight for broadband service for every region of the state.
This is his 17th term as a state senator.