Senator James Seward announced over the weekend that he would not be entering the race for U.S. House of Representatives in the 19thcongressional district in 2016. Seward said:

While serving in Washington D.C. would allow me to address a number of important issues facing our region, I feel that at this time my standing as a senior member of the New York State senate majority enables me to better serve my district. Therefore, I intend to continue to use my seniority, leadership position, and experience in the state senate to focus on the needs and concerns of the people of my district and will not be a candidate for congress in 2016.