Republican Sen. Jim Seward of New York’s 51st District received endorsements by the Civil service Employees Association, the New York State Public Employees Federation and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in his re-election bid.

“The workers represented by AFSCME, CSEA, and PEF are hard at work across the state in the fields of education, health and child care, and local government. I am proud to have the support of these men and women who make our lives better and will continue to take up their concerns in Albany.

“Ending unnecessary or outdated state mandates that handcuff businesses, local governments, and schools is among my top priorities. Doing so will protect current jobs and help create new opportunities for growth and expansion. I will also continue to advocate for needed property tax relief to help hard-working individuals provide for their families and make New York more affordable.”

The Republican was first elected to the state Senate in 1986 and serves as the Chair of the Senate Insurance Committee. He’s being challenged by Democrat Joyce St. George, a political newcomer ad former NYS corruption investigator, in November.