The Burns Agency Serving Central NY From 1919 to Today

We are here to work with you, to help you create an insurance program that will protect you, your family, your business, and your assets in the way that you wish to be protected.

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The Burns Agency was founded in 1919 by O. Gregory Burns, a prominent Clinton attorney, it began as an ancillary business providing car and fire insurance to Mr. Burns' legal clients. The agency grew as O. Gregory's son Nicholas K. Burns, Sr. joined in the early 1950's. Nick Sr. capitalized on the good Burns name in Clinton (established by his father; and grandfather, O.J. Burns, who operated a successful grocery in town) by successfully becoming "The" real estate agent in Clinton. Nick Sr. provided car and homeowners insurance to his real estate clients and was a one man welcome wagon to people who settled in the community he loved. During his 30 years in the insurance business, Nick Sr. gained a reputation for excellence and professionalism.

Nicholas K. Burns, Jr. and David J. Burns both joined the business in 1977 as customer service representatives in personal lines. As time went on Nick Jr., who has since left the agency to pursue a career in publishing, copywriting and marketing, and Dave began to build the commercial lines division. The brothers purchased the business in 1984 from their father's estate and worked to make sure that the primary focus of the business would be providing insurance services. The "small town" character of the agency with a focus on insurance sales and service is still the rule. Marketing strategies have expanded the agency's territory but do not compromise its honest, caring, customer first, small town roots.

Today, Dave Burns heads an agency which is continuously striving to improve itself. With the vision and determination of its staff, The Burns Agency will work diligently to achieve its goals. Staff members are: Wendy P. Lawlor, Manager / Commercial Lines Customer Service Agent; Julie A. Freemire, Personal Lines Customer Service Agent; Lisa Farmer, Bookkeeper; and Elaine Wallace, Receptionist. The Burns Agency’s staff members will continue the agency's long tradition of personal customer service as we move into the future.

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