Seward: Patricia Kennedy a True "Woman of Distinction"

Groundbreaking Oneonta woman to be honored at statewide event

ALBANY, 04/28/15 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that Patricia Kennedy of Oneonta has been selected as a 2015 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.”

“Women like Patricia Kennedy provide a better quality of life for our communities and are a prime reason why New York is so special,” said Senator Seward. “Patricia has helped mold and shape the way individuals with developmental disabilities receive care. She has devoted a great deal of time and energy to assisting others and is a real trailblazer. I am extremely proud to honor her as a senate Woman of Distinction.”

Kennedy serves as chief executive officer at Springbrook, a not-for-profit, state-licensed organization serving over 850 people with developmental disabilities from across New York State and beyond.  The Otsego County based facility employs more than 1,200 individuals and is a recognized leader in its field.

Kennedy has received many accolades for her work including being named the 2005 New York State Developmental Disabilities Council Administrator of the Year. Under Kennedy’s leadership, Springbrook has expanded services greatly to include residential, educational, therapeutic, and community support options that span a person’s lifetime.

“There were many award contenders from across the 51st district and I was so impressed by each of the outstanding candidates. All should be commended for the wonderful work they do and their distinguished contributions to our community,” Seward concluded.

The senate's "Woman of Distinction" program was created in 1998 to honor New York women who exemplify personal excellence, or whose professional achievements or acts of courage, selflessness, integrity or perseverance serve as an example to all New Yorkers.

Previous winners in the annual event have included leading women from the worlds of business, academics and civic life, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.

Patricia Kennedy will be honored on May 5th at an Albany reception at the Capitol along with other “Women of Distinction” from across the state.

CONTACT: JEFF BISHOP – 607-432-5524, cell 518-225-0886

Web: www.senatorjimseward.com

E-mail: jbishop@nysenate.gov

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