March 2021

SAPA Quarterly News

  • SAPA Social Media Sites
  • SAPA Seeks Future Board Member & Leaders
  • SAPA Events
  • Membership
  • Governing Magazine
  • Route Fifty
  • Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
  • Seeking Volunteers to Sustain Operations
  • Upcoming Board Meetings
SAPA’s Social Media Sites – an Easy Way to Connect Amid COVID-19
Has COVID left you feeling isolated? What better time to engage your network remotely than in the middle of a pandemic? SAPA is here for you – virtually!

Social media offers an efficient platform for connecting and networking with fellow public administrators as well as sharing information. Aiming to make our information accessible, SAPA is available on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn offering you several options for engaging.

Join any of SAPA’s three social media platforms to stay up-to-date on SAPA virtual event offerings, connect with fellow public administrators, and more.

  • Stay up-to-date with information about SAPA events and programming SAPA creates a Facebook event for its programs, making it quick and easy to find event registration information, look up speakers, and more.

  • Grow knowledge-building – SAPA shares articles of interest on its social media sites and invites you to do the same! Read a great article other SAPA members would enjoy? Tweet about it!

  • Connect, reconnect, and stay connected with fellow public administrators as well as other organizations in the public administration sphere learn about SAPA members' and event speakers' professional experience through their LinkedIn profiles, and reach out to say hello.

These represent just a snapshot of ways social media channels can help you connect and engage – all at the click of a mouse. Access SAPA’s social media sites at the links below:

Have questions, ideas, or would like more information? Contact Hilary at

Hilary Papineau, Member, Communication Committee
NYS Academy for Public Administration
SAPA Seeks Future Board Member & Leaders – Are You Ready To Serve?
How long have you been a SAPA Member? Have you considered taking on a leadership role as a SAPA Board member or officer? SAPA is always looking for individuals like you who are committed to excellence in public service and who are willing to step up to serve as volunteers to help SAPA achieve its mission to foster commitment to the highest standards of performance and integrity in public administration throughout New York State. And, SAPA needs innovative leaders, fresh perspectives, and renewed energy to keep SAPA moving forward. 
What’s required? All current SAPA members in good standing are eligible to be elected by the SAPA membership to serve on the Board. Board members serve three-year terms and are selected from SAPA members in good standing, and the Board elects officers each year (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Program and Membership). Board members are expected to:
  1. Attend monthly Board meetings (first Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:00 pm)
  2. Serve as an officer or take leadership of one committee or event (Communications, Program, Secretary, Webmaster, Excellence Awards, Rockefeller Award)
  3. Attend SAPA events whenever possible. 
That’s it…really! That’s the minimum requirement, however, depending on your initiative, you can put in as much time and energy as you wish to help SAPA grow and continue its efforts to celebrate public service excellence.
What’s in it for you? What’s the ROI? In return you receive the benefit of growing your skill set, enhancing your professional network, and empowering the next generation of leaders in public service. You get the satisfaction of helping to promote the positive aspects of public administration and help support others to invest in careers in public service so they can help others.
What’s the time line? SAPA holds annual board elections each spring and inducts new members in June/July. Officers are elected by Board Members shortly thereafter. If you are interested in becoming a
SAPA Board Member, please send an email to,or call Tom Lukacs, current SAPA Chair, at 518-728-7442.
SAPA Events
Public Service Excellence Awards

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 the New York State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA) will be hosting its ninth Public Service Excellence Award Program. The program will be held remotely because of the COVID pandemic.
The Public Service Excellence Award is a great way to recognize an outstanding individual or team of individuals in your agency or local government who exemplify the best of public service in New York State. Each year the prestige of this award program grows and we have an amazing alumni of award recipients. A full list of past awardees can be found on our website

SAPA will announce Award recipients on Wednesday, May 5th and honor them on Thursday, May 20th during an on-line (virtual) ceremony starting at 5:15 p.m. Further information will be available shortly on the SAPA website

Since 1985, as part of Public Service Recognition Week, communities and public service organizations across the country have hosted award ceremonies to honor those who serve our nation as federal, state, and local government employees. Agencies that have participated in the SAPA Awards Program have consistently told us what a wonderful opportunity this is to recognize those whose public service stands out among peers.
Save the Date!
SAPA’s next Candid Conversation will be held on April 21 @ 7:00 – 8:30pm and will feature a panel discussion with State and Local Government leaders on how the workplace has had to adapt during the COVID Pandemic and what changes will likely continue for the foreseeable future
Navigating the NYS Civil Service System
Held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM via Zoom:

This SAPA Candid Conversation, offered on-line via Zoom, explored ways to navigate New York State’s Civil Service System – a topic relevant to anyone working for NYS government and interested in learning more about career mobility within the system (hiring, transfers, promotions). Our panelists and moderator have many years of experience in New York State government. Long term public administration professionals attending this session were invited to share their own view of career mobility, techniques and tips.
On the Frontline of Political Transformation
Black Women's Power
Held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom:

As a continuation of Rockefeller College’s Election Series, and co-sponsored by SAPA in partnership with the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) and the New York League of Women Voters, experts discussed the power of Black women and the pivotal role they played in the 2020 election as agitators, voters, candidates, mobilizers, and agents of political transformation. Panelists were:

  • Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, Chief Auditor, City of Albany, CWGCS Board Member
  • Dr. Shai Butler, Current Vice President for Student Development & Former Chief Diversity Officer, College of Saint Rose, CWGCS Board Member
  • Nantasha Williams, Founder and President, NY City Black Women’s Political Club

Moderator: Gwen Wright, Former Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, CWGCS Board Member

Are you a SAPA member? If not, join today!

SAPA members demonstrate:

  • Skills in public administration acquired through studies or employment in a related field, whether academic, government or nonprofit;
  • A record of ethical and responsible behavior in the performance of their duties;
  • Interest in the continuous improvement of the public service in New York; and
  • Willingness to participate in and support the programs and activities of the State Academy.

The State Academy has three (3) levels of membership; Fellow, Associate Fellow, and New Professional. The definitions of and requirements for each membership level is included on the Membership Application(MS Word).

Annual dues vary according to membership category.  Fellow ($30), Associate ($20), New Professional ($10). The first year of membership is dues free for the balance of the calendar year.

Leaders of the SAPA Candid Conversation series and individual recipients of SAPA awards automatically become Fellows for one year after which they are required to file a membership application. Members of the Academy are provided access to and serve as subject matter experts for State Academy programs.

If you or someone you know fits the membership criteria described on the membership application, consider submitting a nomination using the form below:

Catherine Durand, Vice-Chair and Membership Chair
NYS Academy for Public Administration
Governing Magazine a fascinating resource that discusses issues on the forefront of our minds concerning a range of local to federal governmental issues that can be at your fingertips simply by registering here:
How New Voters and Black Women Transformed Georgia’s Politics
Georgia once had 'the South's most racist governor,' a man endorsed by the KKK. Now its senators are a Black pastor and a Jewish son of immigrants. A scholar of minority voters explains what happened.
Route Fifty - Connecting State and Local Government Leaders
Public Employees’ Use of Personal Phones, Tablets Puts Local Governments at Risk

A cybersecurity report found that 25% of state and local government employees use personal digital devices to telework while only 9% of federal employees do so.
ANDREA NOBLE, Staff Correspondent - February 24, 2021
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
New Federalism and Civil Rights Enforcement:
A Progressive Platform for State and Local Governments

Date Written: February 1, 2021

Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
If you have some great ideas that you feel would benefit our members, including:

  • Candid Conversations topics
  • Wish to hear specific person speak
  • Ideas for a "lunch and learn" workshop
  • Articles to share in the next Newsletter

Please submit your ideas to
Seeking Volunteers to Sustain Operations
SAPA is a member-based organization with a volunteer Board. Its success is attributed to the enthusiasm and dedication of its members. Below is a list of committees the Board established to support the organization. To join, please send an email of interest to: Together, we will build an even stronger SAPA!

Note: You do not have to be a member of the Board to volunteer for a committee.

1) Membership: Manage recruitment, engagement, and dues collection of current membership. Maintain database and organize elections for positions on the Board of Directors.

2) Marketing & Communications: Market SAPA via social media, website, and media outreach. Coordinate development of quarterly update newsletter for members.

3) Program: Annual curriculum development and event organization for Candid Conversations series, Essentials sessions, and special events.

4) Public Service Excellence Awards: Solicit and review nominations, as well as organize logistics for annual award ceremony in May.

5) Rockefeller Award: Lead selection of recipient and coordinate logistics for award ceremony for every other year. May include coordination of SAPA's annual membership meeting.

6) Technology: To research a more suitable and affordable platform that will support SAPA's needs.
Upcoming Board Meetings

SAPA Board of Directors’ meetings are open to all members in good standing. Due to the COVID-19, Board meetings are held via Zoom. Members can request a Zoom link for the meetings at Dates for scheduled meetings are:

  • April, Tuesday, 4/13/21
  • May, Tuesday, 5/4/21
  • June, Tuesday, 6/8/21
  • July, Tuesday, 7/13/21
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