Senator James Seward will play a key role in state budget negotiations.

Seward has been named to the education and higher education budget conference committees and will also serve as an alternate to the general budget conference committee.

The conference committees are made up of five senators and five assemblyman tasked with negotiating budget differences between the two houses.

“Bipartisan conference committees have played a major role in producing four straight on-time budgets,  and I am confident this process will deliver again this year.  A final budget that cuts taxes, grows jobs, holds the line on state spending, and provides for our future is within reach,” Seward said.

The committees conduct open, public meetings that can be viewed online at

A new state budget is due on April 1st.