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Big I NY 2023 Local Leaders Summit 
Over 30 Local Association Leaders along with Big I NY Board members gathered in Cazenovia on September 12 for the annual Big I NY Local Leaders Summit.  Big I NY Chair of the Board Ted Walsh welcomed everyone as they introduced themselves and then broke out into smaller groups to discuss issues impacting their local associations and members.  The groups came back into a “Town Hall" to share their perspectives and Ted Walsh facilitated a conversation on what Big I NY can do to help locals grow and increase engagement with members across the state. Obstacles, opportunities, communication and ways to increase member value were hot topics. 

Afternoon round table discussions on Next Gen, PAC toolkit and Do's and Don'ts regarding Anti-Trust issues were well received. 

Special guest Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter (District 128) joined the G100 for a reception and discussion on issues impacting independent insurance agents, consumers and the industry.

The evening was topped off with dinner with the Big I NY Board of Directors and staff at The Cazenovia Club. 

Several local leaders joined the Big I NY Board of Directors meeting on September 13 to learn more about the issues that the board is working on for members and the insurance industry in New York.

One thing is for certain, Big I NY locals are an energetic, dedicated group – connections were made and engagement will continue! 

We began as a group of local independent insurance agents working together. 'Local' will always be at the core of our association.

Just as we champion independent insurance agents in all we do and provide the resources they need to be their best across the state, our local associations (aka 'local/s') are doing the same with their communities of agents.  

Built with teams of engaged and passionate volunteers, these groups band together to tackle industry issues, meet with fellow agentshold educational sessions, conduct legislative activities, and sponsor fun events and fundraising activities.

We encourage you to connect with your local and become a part of the fabulous things they are creating.

Kathleen Lawler, AAI, CIC
AVP Industry & Community Partnerships 
800.962.7950 EXT: 218

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Get involved by contacting the leader of your local association, or by emailing Kathy Lawler!


Find your local association below:

We've organized our NYS locals into 3 separate regions: East-North, Metropolitan-Suburban, and West-Central.
Click on your region below to find your nearest local!


Independent Insurance Agents Association of Orange County, Inc.

President: Doug Hutchings
Hutchings Agency, Middletown
p: 845.343.2148

Independent Insurance Agents of the Capital Region

President: Katie Mallia
Sykes-Mallia Associates Inc., Schenectady
p: 518.393.3618

big i suffolk

President: Jim Cotgreave
Cotgreave Insurance Agency, Inc.
558 Portion Road
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
p: 631.820.8326


Executive Director: Jeanne Abatelli
Big I Suffolk
150 Dartmouth Drive 
Hicksville, NY 11801 
p: 516.681.6265


Legislative Liaison: Jim Cotgreave
p: 631.820.8326

Legislative Liaison: Steve Testa
p: 631.651.8433

Big I Tri-County

President: Bob Bleistein
Eastern Classic Coverage Insurance Agency, LLC
1055 Stewart Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 5
Bethpage, NY 11714
p: 516.320.8120


Executive Director: Kathy Lawler
c/o Big I NY
5784 Widewaters Pkwy, 1st Floor
Dewitt, NY 13214
p: 315.432.4218

Independent Insurance Agents of Rockland County

President: Ron Longueira
BNC Insurance Agency
90 S. Ridge St.
Rye Brook, NY 10573
p: 914.937.1230

Big i westchester

President: Adam Antoinette
Levitt - Fuirst Associates, Ltd.
520 White Plains Road, Suite 200
Tarrytown, NY 10591
p: 914.457.4200

Executive Director: Susan Barros
c/o The Beaumont Group
990 Cedar Bridge Ave, Suite B7, PMB 210
Brick, NJ 08723
p: 973.941.6024

Legislative Liaison: Adam Antoinette
p: 914.881.4839


Board meets before/following monthly membership meetings

President: Lisa Hussainov
Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc.
801 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
p: 716.362.7306

Executive Secretary: Jeanne Hellert
4003 North Freeman Road
Orchard Park, NY  14127


Legislative Liaison: Doug Benz
p: 716.332.1570

Big i greater rochester

Board meets 2nd Tuesday of every month @ 12:00 p.m. at Cerame's in Winton Plaza, Rochester

President: Jake Sanabria
Brown & Brown of NY Inc (Rochester)
45 East Ave Ste 1
Rochester, NY 14604
p: 585.232.4424

Executive Director: Diana Barlow

Big I Greater Rochester Office
54 Woodline Drive
Penfield, NY 14526
p: 585.260.6663

Legislative Liaison: Cheryl Darling

p: 585.473.8000


Big I Southern Tier

Board meets 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 8:30 a.m.

President: Jared O'Neill
NBT Insurance Agency
3121 Vestal Parkway E.
Vestal, NY 13850
p: 607.221.1919

Legislative Liaison: Tim Cappellett

p: 800.822.3747

Big I Central New York

Board meets 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 8:00 a.m. at the Big I New York office


President: Jeff Mirabito
Mirabito-Gresham Insurance & Bonds Agency, LLC
16 Oswego St
Suite 200
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
p: 315.635.7600


Legislative Liaison: Nick Masterpole
p: 315.473.9622 x13