|Name||James L. Seward|
|Address||80 North Main St |
Milford, New York , United States
Oct 04, 2016 06:45pm
|Info||Senator James L. Seward is a native of Otsego County, where he attended Oneonta Public Schools and graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. degree in political science. He also studied at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of SUNY Albany. In 1999, Hartwick College honored Senator Seward with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. |
He served on the legislative staffs of Assemblymen Donald Mitchell and Peter Dokuchitz, and Senators Charles D. Cook and L. S. "Steve" Riford.
Elected in 1986 to the state Senate, Senator Seward was immediately appointed chairman of the Senate Energy and Telecommunications Committee, where he developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and effective spokesman on statewide energy issues. He was co-chairman of Governor Pataki's Transition Team on the proposed state assumption of the Long Island Lighting Company.
He serves as chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Volunteer Emergency Services and in 1999 was appointed chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance. As Senate Insurance Committee chairman, Seward has been fighting to increase the availability of health insurance for the uninsured and reduce pressure on health insurance costs.
Senator Seward has fought for and won new state commitments to tax relief, economic development, education, and the state's paid and voluntary fire departments, including an expanded revolving loan fund for fire equipment purchases and free SUNY tuition for active volunteer firefighers.
Following the deadly terrorists' attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, Seward was named to head up a special Senate panel to review the condition of state and local emergency preparedness and to make recommendations to the full Senate.
Senator Seward is a former Milford town justice and former chairman of the Otsego County Republican Committee. He was a delegate to the 1976, 1980, and 1988 Republican National Conventions and an alternate delegate in 1996.
Long active in community and civic affairs, Jim Seward is a director of Wilber National Bank, a trustee of Glimmerglass Opera, serves on the Boards of Directors of Pathfinder Village, Glimmerglass Opera and the Catskill Symphony, and is a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.
Senator Seward and his wife Cindy have two children. They reside in Milford.