December 2020

SAPA Quarterly News

  • SAPA Events
  • Membership
  • Governing Magazine
  • Route Fifty
  • Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
  • Seeking Volunteers to Sustain Operations
  • Save the Date!
  • Follow SAPA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
SAPA Events

NYSAPA is excited to co-sponsor the following event:
Rock. election series
As a continuation of Rockefeller College’s Election Series, and co-sponsored by Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS), New York State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA), New York League of Women Voters, experts will discuss 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.
  • 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
  • Natasha Williams, Political Strategist, President and Co-Founder, The Nationhood
Moderator: Gwen Wright, Former Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, CWGCS Board Member

Register here!  Note: Zoom links will be sent to registrants only.
Candid Conversations
Implicit Bias, Diversity & Inclusion
Was held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12 pm via WebEx

This Candid Conversation was hosted by Michael Washington, Director for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Management (ODIM) for the New York State Department of Civil Service. Conducted as a training session, this Candid Conversation explored how core beliefs contribute to explicit and implicit biases, and how these biases affect not only the workplace, but also the delivery of customer service to New York State’s diverse communities. The presentation provided a working definition of diversity and inclusion along with a discussion as to how such attributes result in positive impacts on workplace morale, productivity, and service delivery. We had more than 50 attendees from 20 different state agencies, five not for profits, and two universities in attendance.

Memorable quote from the session:
 “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Future Candid Conversations

Watch for details on these planned Candid Conversations in 2020-2021 program year: Criminal Justice Reform in N.Y.S., Navigating the N.Y.S. Civil Service System, Impacts of Covid-19 on the New York State government workforce and workplace.
Public Service Excellence Awards
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SAPA has cancelled the 2020 Excellence Awards Program. Next year we hope to pick up where we left off, presenting awards which are designed to demonstrate our appreciation for a special group of outstanding public servants.

Pictures of last year’s Awards Event can be viewed on the SAPA gallery,
Our Latest Board Members!

CHRIS CURTIS – Chris is Deputy Commissioner and State Treasurer for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) where he manages joint custody of the state’s general checking account with the Office of the State Comptroller. Prior to his appointment as State Treasurer, Chris worked at the New York State Division of Budget for eight years managing state debt, and served on the team that helped the state contend with the national financial crisis that began to unfold in late 2007. Chris began his career at the United States Department of the Treasury in Washington, DC as a financial economist focused on federal loan guarantee programs. He earned a master’s degree in political economy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Siena College.

FAUSTO FRANCO – Fausto is a SAPA Board appointee who will finish the term of a Board member who resigned. He is a Senior Information Security Officer at NYS ITS where he serves as the lead supporting NYS OMH and OASAS. He also assists the Business Information Security Officers that support the agencies that make up the Public Safety and the Workforce and Public Service Portfolios. Prior to working for ITS, Fausto was a software engineer/project manager for NYS OPWDD, working on systems that helped the agency support the individuals they serve. Fausto holds a Master’s in Computer Systems Engineering from RPI and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and certified in Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership. He has spoken at the NYS Cyber Security Conference and been a guest lecturer at SUNY Albany covering topics in cyber security.

THERESA HARLEY – Theresa presently holds the position of Assistant Director of Finance and Budget with the Department of Public Service, where she manages the Procure to Pay Unit, including accounts payable, purchasing, expenditure control and budget processes and procedures. Theresa previously worked as a program manager with the NYS Department of Health, where she provided fiscal analysis and management of contracts, budgets and work plans. She also served as the Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health liaison and worked for the New York State Division of Budget. In this included, fiscal oversight and management of agency budgets and monitoring spending of the Community Projects Fund discretionary initiatives. Theresa served as a University at Albany Alumni Association volunteer and Career Network Advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University at Albany.

Help us Grow!

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

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 MembershipApplication(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.

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;
Five Reasons Donald Trump Lost the Presidency
The coronavirus harmed Trump’s re-election chances, but he had political weaknesses that were apparent even during good times. He lacked the political instincts to overcome them.
Route Fifty - Connecting state and local government leaders
Firefighters Push for Inclusion in First Phase of Covid-19 Vaccines
States are finalizing their vaccine distribution plans, which will determine which critical workers and high-risk people are first in line for a coronavirus vaccination.
Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
If you have some great ideas that you feel would benefit our members;

  • 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.
Save the Date!

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:

  • December, Tuesday, 12/1/20
  • January, Tuesday, 1/5/21
  • February, Tuesday, 2/2/21
  • March, Tuesday, 3/2/21
  • April, Tuesday, 4/13/21
  • May, Tuesday, 5/4/21
  • June, Tuesday, 6/8/21
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