John Webster

“I landed on Omaha Beach in the ‘3rd wave’ of boats, 30 minutes after H-Hour at 6:30 a.m., just after daylight – at what was still low tide. If you have seen the film ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ I don’t need to go into detail as to what it was like.”

On January 9, 1942, John Webster was inducted into the U.S. Army at Camp Upton, Long Island, completed basic training at Fort Knox and at Fort George G. Meade and became a tank driver with rank of Corporal.

May 16, 2014

Seney of Lake Placid honored as Woman of Distinction

Shirley Seney, of Lake Placid, was honored as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at an event in Albany Tuesday evening, May 13.  State Senator Betty Little nominated Seney for the recognition.

May 15, 2014

Shirley W. Seney

Shirley W. Seney, a Lake Placid native, was born on the opening day of the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. As the only woman of the original 59 signers of the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee contract with the International Olympic Committee, Ms. Seney played a unique role in the development of those historic games.

Throughout her life, Ms. Seney has been an active and well-respected civic and governmental leader in the North Country.

Ms. Seney served as president of the Lake Placid School Board and as Village Board Trustee. In 1993, she became the first and only woman Mayor of Lake Placid. She was then elected as the fi rst female Supervisor of the Town of North Elba, a post she held for twelve years.

May 14, 2014

Queensbury YMCA Youth & Government students speak in Albany

Queensbury High School students spoke about their Youth & Government experiences at a YMCA “Healthy Kids Day” advocacy event in Albany earlier today.  Pictured from left are Tyler Hancock, Cameryn Quinan, Marcie Fraser of Time Warner Cable News, Keelin Zwynenburg, Madeline Corder and their YMCA advisor, Dan Kane.

May 8, 2014

New Vision students visit Senator Little in Albany

Students participating in the New Vision Government and Law program talk with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, April 29.  The Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES program gives college-bound students interested in pre-law, political science and law enforcement a chance to interact with a wide range of legal and elected officials and learn skills and responsibilities of each field.  Earlier in the day, the group met with Assemblywoman Janet Duprey.  The group included Kaitlin Fye, Louis Goodrow and Mike Smith, all from St.

April 29, 2014

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O. Little, Chair 9:00 AM, Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Room 309 LOB

April 30, 9:00 AM - 9:08 AM

Senate Heroin and Opioid Task Force Hearing Friday

A New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction will host a public hearing Friday, April 25 from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the Clinton County Government Center.  The task force was formed in March to examine the statewide rise in use of heroin and other opioids and to develop recommendations for treating and preventing addiction.

Senator Betty Little, a member of the bipartisan task force, will be joined by Senator Phil Boyle of Long Island, the task force chairman.

April 22, 2014

Research by SUNY Plattsburgh students recognized in Albany

Three SUNY Plattsburgh students were invited to exhibit undergraduate research projects at the Innovative Exploration Forum in Albany on Tuesday, April 1. Pictured (from left) in the Well of the Legislative Office Building are Matthew Rusek, Michael Haynes, Senator Betty Little and Justin Andrews.  The event featured more than 100 student-produced poster displays in a range of academic disciplines by some of SUNY’s most talented undergraduate scholars.

April 2, 2014

On-time budget includes $1.1 billion school aid increase; property tax relief; tax cuts to create jobs

“The new enacted state budget addresses a number of priorities for me, including a reduction in the Gap Elimination Adjustment to help schools, extra funding to help municipalities fix roadways damaged by the harsh winter and tax relief for businesses and homeowners to help spur growth.

March 31, 2014

Senate OKs town speed limit mandate relief legislation

Legislation that would authorize towns to set speed limits within their own jurisdictions was approved today by the State Senate.  Current law requires most towns to petition the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to do so but exempts villages, cities and about 80 towns with large populations.

March 26, 2014

North Country veteran advocacy in Albany

A contingent of North Country veterans are pictured with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Tuesday, March 18.  The veterans visited the State Capital to discuss numerous issues including funding for veterans’ programs and the creation of a New York State veterans ceremony.  Little is cosponsoring legislation to provide a state contract preference for service-connected, disabled veteran-owned small businesses.  Pictured from left are: Mario Cristaldi, Joseph Proulx, Robert St. John, Randy Farmer, Senator Little and Clinton County Veterans Service Agency Director Steve Bowman.

March 18, 2014

Adult education student Alvin Smith honored in Albany

Alvin Smith of Champlain was honored  as a New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYSACCE) 2014 “Student of the Year.”  Mr. Smith shared his journey as an adult education student with Senator Betty Little in her Albany office on Wednesday, March 12.  Pictured from left are Senator Little, Mr. Smith and adult literacy instructors, Lanelle Wood and Gay Ellen Carlsson.    

March 12, 2014

Senate approves Lake Placid Ironman bill

The State Senate today approved legislation that authorizes out-of-state health care professionals to provide services for athletes competing in the Lake Placid Ironman event.

March 6, 2014

County and town highway superintendents lobby in Albany

Senator Betty Little (center) talks with county and town highway superintendents during the annual “Local Roads Matter” lobby day in Albany on Wednesday, March 5.  Under the executive budget proposal, funding for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and the Federal Municipal Streets and Highways Program (“Marchiselli”) would be held at current levels.

March 5, 2014

Cross-border issues discussed in Albany

CROSS-BORDER ISSUES DISCUSSED IN ALBANY – Senator Betty Little is pictured with Quebec’s New York delegate general, Dominique Poirier, in the senator’s Albany office on Monday, March 3.  Little and Poirier discussed tourism, the success of Canadian companies operating in New York and the importance of the cross-border trade relationship.

March 4, 2014

Little adds Senate committee assignments

Senator Betty Little has been appointed to the Rules Committee and the Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee in the State Senate.

She will continue to serve as chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, and as a member of the following committees: Consumer Protection, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Education, Environmental Conservation, Finance and Judiciary.

March 4, 2014

Warren County Family Court Judge bill advances in Senate

Legislation sponsored by Senator Betty Little that would authorize the creation of a second Family Court Judgeship in Warren County passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

February 27, 2014

Jobs for Heroes plan would help disabled vets

Senator Betty Little discusses the Jobs for Heroes program at a press conference in the State Capitol on Monday,  February 10.  Little is a sponsor of the proposal that would establish a five percent goal in the awarding of State contracts to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.   She is working to have the measure included in the state budget.



February 11, 2014

Granville robotics team advances to world championship

Granville High School's Team 4305A, SIX SIGMA, has advanced to the VEX Robotics World's Championship in Anaheim CA in April. Only 400 high school teams from around the world are invited to compete. The team is one of six representing New York State.  Pictured from left to right are Marc Billow (Holding Trophy), Josh Sumner, Adam Browe, Gabrielle, Hilder, Hollis Pauquette, Matt Bixby, and coach Gary Gendron.  The team is now raising $7,000 to make the trip out west and the coach said anyone wishing to support them in this effort can do so through the Granville Central School. 

February 11, 2014

Aging advocates lobby in Albany

Officials representing the Clinton, Warren, Essex and Washington County Offices for the Aging were in Albany Tuesday, February 4 to talk with Senator Betty Little about issues important to those they serve and to discuss the proposed state budget.  Pictured from left are: Crystal Carter (Clinton), Christie Sabo (Warren), Senator Little, Patty Bashaw (Essex) and Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell (Washington).

February 5, 2014