ONEONTA - In what has become a New Year's Day tradition for Sen. James Seward and his family, he was sworn-in for his 17th term as Senator for New York's 51st District.
The ceremony was held at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in downtown Oneonta. Otsego County Board of Representatives Chairman David Bliss served as the master of cermonies.
Seward returns to the State Senate in the minority after the results of the 2018 elections. He told NewsChannel 2 at the ceremony it isn't going to be something he is used to, but he's willing to work with his colleagues across the aisle.
"My goal is to continue to stand up and speak out on behalf of our region, to make sure that upstate concerns and concerns in our region are not forgotten. I'm very used to and comfortable with reaching across the aisle and representing my constituents. It's going to be a little bit of a different role being in the minority, but we are going to continue to work hard for the people," said Seward.
Seward wasn't the only elected official sworn-in on Tuesday. David Delker was also sworn-in as Otsego County's Coroner.
Otsego County also swore-in Sheriff Richard Devlin for his 4th term. Devlin told NewsChannel 2 there is a lot to be done throughout 2019, and beyond.
"We've got a lot of projects. We've got a 27-year-old correctional facility, so we are going to be working with the county board on where we will be in 10 to 15 years down the road. We are looking to expand our road patrol. We have an opioid epidemic in the state of New York. We just have a lot of things on our plate."
The candidates we spoke with say they plan on a busy and productive 2019.