Janet Berl Burman wants to be your New York State Senator, 53rd District.
An expert at problem solving, her career has spanned four decades in both private industry and government. She has headed teams successfully in her professional and volunteer endeavors.
Along with strong leading, coordinating, mediating and administrating abilities, Janet is an economist, artist, and writer.
Currently president of the Republican Women of Central New York, she also serves on the Board of the Everson Museum Members’ Council. Janet appears on the ballot under the Republican and Conservative party lines. The Business Council of New York State, New York State Public Employees Federation, Police Conference of New York, and the Veterans Party have endorsed her.
From 1999 to 2008, Janet Burman was a district administrator for the New York State Workers’
Compensation Board, Syracuse District. Accountable to the Governor for operations in a nine county region, she oversaw the roll out of performance measures for state employees. Her experience showed her that when empowered with the necessary technology, training and performance goals, state employees excell, resulting in greater efficiency and better customer service. During her tenure as District Administrator, the Syracuse District consistently exceeded performance targets for timely processing of claims. Janet knows that this type of cost reduction and improved performance can be achieved across all state agencies and departments Prior to the Workers’ Compensation Board, Janet had an economic consulting and marketing practice.
She spent the first seven years of her professional career at Data Resources, Inc. (DRI), which was acquired by McGraw-Hill. Starting as an Associate Consultant in DRI’s Houston office, Janet rose to Consultant, Manager of Marketing, and then Senior Manager, responsible for all of the firm’s business with oil and gas companies. Utilities, state governments, banks, and oil & gas producers throughout the U.S. relied upon her expertise in assessing the economic impacts of taxes, price regulations and other public policy decisions. She managed a multi-million dollar division in information technology before resigning to raise her family and start her private practice.
Volunteering in the community has been an important part of Janet’s life. Whether it is rolling up her sleeves to help clean up a needle-ridden city park, or to help clear a hiking trail in the forest, Janet enjoys volunteering with people who are working to improve our community. She equally enjoys volunteering with others in a more intellectual or creative capacity and has served as board president of the Syracuse Northeast Community Center, Everson Museum Members’ Council and Summerstage New York. She has also volunteered on boards and fund raising committees in support of the American Red Cross, Cultural Resources Council, Dunbar Association, Everson Museum of Art, Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Junior League of Syracuse, Media Unit, and Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center.
Janet was born in Washington, D.C. She attended elementary, junior and senior high school at National Cathedral School. Janet received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a second major in Sociology from Converse College, Spartanburg, SC. She entered college after her junior year in high school and completed her bachelor’s degree in three years at the age of nineteen. She then attended the PhD program at the John Heinz School of Urban & Public Affairs at Carnegie-Mellon University until she decided to pursue a business career.
Her husband, George Burman, retired from his position as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises at Syracuse University and is former Dean of the Whitman School of Management. He also played ten years in the National Football League. Janet and George have three grown children and two grandchildren. They live in Syracuse and have restored a home in the historic district of James Street