Dec 4, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm



Otesaga Resort
60 Lake St
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Location Phone: 607-547-9931


On Friday, December 4, 2020, the Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council will host its annual Leadership Dinner at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY to present its Community Leadership Award to public service honoree Senator James L. Seward.

Due to COVID precautions, Senator Seward will be joining via a live and interactive video feed.

The BSA Community Leadership Award is presented to those who exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. The recipients are chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by the interest and leadership given to many worthwhile organizations as well as the respect and esteem to which they are held by their colleagues.

“This year’s program is a fitting tribute for Senator Seward,” said Leatherstocking Council board chairman Matthew Dziedzic of Allstate Insurance. “By attending this dinner, or sponsoring a program advertisement, you are ensuring our local Scouts are inspired to follow Senator Seward’s fine example and become outstanding community leaders themselves one day; moreover, you are providing the Leatherstocking Council with critical funds to support our Scouts.”


The dinner will be at the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown and begin with hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 PM. Dinner and Program at 6:45 PM. A silent auction with a variety of items donated by area businesses will also be available.

Due to COVID precautions, seating is limited to fifty people. Individual tickets are $125; tables of eight available for $1,000 and include a half-page recognition in the event program.


For those who cannot attend but would like to publish a message of congratulations in our program booklet:

  • $500.00 for a full-page color ad, 300 dpi, 5” wide x 8” tall
  • $300.00 for a half-page color ad, 300 dpi, 5” wide x 3 ¾ tall
  • $150.00 for a quarter page color ad, 300 dpi, 2 ¾” wide x 3 ¾” tall

Contact James Hastie for program or sponsorship information

Senator James L. Seward

State Senator James L. Seward's three decades plus of service as a state senator cap a lifelong interest in politics, public affairs, and government. A native of Otsego County, Senator Seward attended Oneonta public schools and graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. degree in political science. He also studied at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of SUNY Albany. In 1999, Hartwick College honored Senator Seward with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

First elected to the state senate in 1986, Senator Seward is retiring at the end of 2020 after 17 terms. During his tenure, Senator Seward has helped enact a number of key state programs to retain and create jobs, lower health insurance costs, and assist small business owners. Senator Seward has been a steadfast advocate for education, securing state aid for local school districts to offset rising taxes and expand technology and special education initiatives.

Senator Seward helped advance key agriculture bills and has consistently been named to the New York Farm Bureau’s “Circle of Friends.” He is a “Distinguished 4-H Alumnus,” the first documented New York honoree listed in the national directory.

In his district, Senator Seward is a partner in local economic development, encouraging job creation and business growth.

Senator Seward and his wife Cynthia (née Milavec) reside in Milford. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.