Seward challenged by Leib in 51st District

OTSEGO COUNTY (AP) – Republican state Sen. James Seward is being challenged by Democrat Howard Leib, an attorney, in next week’s 51st Senate District election.

Seward, 61, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines on Tuesday, while Leib, 54, will appear on the Democratic and Working Families lines.

The new 51st Senate District, the result of state legislative boundaries being redrawn this year, comprises parts of Ulster, Delaware, Herkimer, Chenango, Tompkins and Cayuga counties and all of Schoharie, Otsego and Cortland counties. In Ulster County, it includes the towns of Hardenburgh, Olive, Rochester and Shandaken.

Seward has served in the state Senate since 1986. He graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute at SUNY Albany. Seward is a former Milford town justice. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Milford, in Otsego County, and have two adult children.

Seward said his priorities include job creation and economic development, as well as providing more property tax relief to residents.

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