State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I/Ref–Oneonta) will be in Otsego County, Saturday, September 28, for the Justice for Gillian rally at Muller Plaza in downtown Oneonta.

Senator Seward will speak in opposition to the release of David Dart who brutally stabbed to death Gillian “Jill” Gibbons in Oneonta in 1989. Senator Seward will be joined by former Oneonta City Police Chief Joseph Redmond, and Gillian’s sister Jennifer Kirkpatrick. There will also be an opportunity for those who knew Gillian to say a few words in her memory.

“I am honored to work with Jennifer Kirkpatrick organizing this special rally in remembrance of her sister. Along with celebrating Gillian’s life, we will also inform the public how to help keep her killer behind bars. It would be an affront to Jill’s memory and a danger to the entire community if David Dart ever sees the light of day,” said Senator Seward.

The rally will:

Pay tribute to the life of Gillian”Jill” Gibbons;
Raise awareness about David Dart’s upcoming parole hearing;
Inform the public how to contact the Parole Board in opposition of Dart’s release;
Detail legislation co-sponsored by Senator Seward to extend the time between parole hearings for violent offenders and better address victims’ rights.

“David Dart, a confessed murderer, has had multiple parole hearings since 2014 and is scheduled for another this November. There is no reason why criminals who have committed such heinous crimes should have the privilege of a parole hearing every two years or less. We need to reform the parole system and put victims and their families first,” added Seward

EVENT Details

 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
*Justice for Gillian Rally;
*3:00 p.m.;
*Muller Plaza;
*214 Main Street;
*Oneonta.