Seward announces cancer has returned


State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford, has announced a recurrence of cancer for which he was treated in 2016.

“My physicians have recommended a series of treatments over the next several weeks that will limit my availability and curtail my normal, active district schedule,” Seward said in a Wednesday, Nov. 6, media release from his office. “While I will be taking some time to concentrate on getting better, my offices will remain open and my capable staff will continue to assist constituents with their state-related needs. I look forward to completion of my treatment protocol and returning shortly to serve the good people of the 51st Senatorial District as we anticipate the start of the new legislative session.”

Seward, 68, was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in February 2016 and underwent successful surgery at Albany Medical Center about two months after his diagnosis. Jeff Bishop, Seward’s communication director said in a Nov. 6 email to The Daily Star that the senator was last out of office with limited availability in 2016, from mid-April to June 1.

Bishop said Seward fully intends to run for re-election in 2020.

“Senator Seward is in good spirits and is already making plans for the upcoming legislative session that starts in January,” Bishop said in the email.

Seward attended Oneonta public schools and graduated from Hartwick College with a degree in political science. He was elected to the state senate in 1986, according to the state Senate website. 

Seward has served as a regional advisory board member of Community Bank, a trustee of Glimmerglass Opera, a member of the board of directors for Pathfinder Village and the Catskill Symphony. He is also a member of the Milford United Methodist Church.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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