October 2019
State Academy Logo

SAPA Quarterly News

  • 2019 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award
  • Annual Meeting notes 9/18/2019 Rockefeller Institute
  • New Essentials 2019
  • SAPA Events
  • Governing Magazine
  • Seeking Feedback on SAPA Programming
  • Seeking Volunteers to Sustain Operations
  • Save the Date!
  • Useful Resources
  • Follow SAPA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter
2019 Nelson A. Rockefeller Award was presented by Sorelle Brauth to NYS Senate Temporary President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The award ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 18th. 
Annual Meeting notes 9/18/2019 Rockefeller Institute
Membership – Introduced New Members and announced a net gain in membership of 16. The membership committee is encouraging current members’ to help recruit new members no only to increase membership but help ease the burden on the operating budget. Who do you know that is like minded? Who do you know that has caught Tom’s Public Service virus?
Marketing/Communications – Raquel Gonzalez introduced the 2019-20 Marketing & Communications Plan . Raquel mentioned that the opening rate of the newsletter is low. In response we are now offering a preview of the main points in the distribution email, links to registration to events coming up in the next quarter, and links to sections at the top of the newsletter. Let us know what hooked you.

Treasurer’s Report Robert Curtin shared the 2017-18 & 2018-19. Audit Results Mary Hines assisted with and the Budget and projections for the next three years .
New Essentials 2019
Please welcome the latest group of new professionals whose New Essentials sessions began just a few weeks ago.
You are Essential!

Alex Morse, Alison Baxter, Amy Papandrea, Bethany Wolfe, Carlos Millan, Desiree Farley, Emily Badalamente, Emily Steinbach, Italyia Circelli, Kramer Kwaczala, Laura Salkowe, Lauren Mannerberg, Matthew Wiley, Nicholas Hobson, Robert Conners, Samuel Rose, Sara Palis and Tim Curran.
SAPA Events
David Howard moderated a Candid Conversation on a ccessing legal and government services in rural communities at the Alfred E. Smith Offi ce Building on October 17th from 12:15 – 1:30. Rural communities in New York and across the country often struggle to access the variety of resources more available in urban areas, from health care to education. Panelists will include: Mark Pattison, Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government at the NYS Department of State; Andy Ayers, Director of the Government Law Center at the Albany Law School, and; Deborah DeWan, a longtime advocate for rural communities, who is currently serving as Agriculture Policy Advisor and Liaison to New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Jennifer Metzger. 
Robert Curtin will facilitate a Practice Workshop for Data Analysis Workshop – Partner with NYS Forum on November 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ,   NYS Forum , 24 Aviation Road, Albany. During this workshop, State agency practitioners will demonstrate the strengths and limitations of three data analysis software tools: ACL, Crystal Reports, and Excel. More information and registration details to be posted as we get closer to the event.
Karen Kirstein is coordinating a Candid Conversation on Women’s Suffrage at the Rockefeller College  March 5th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. New York State is home to many of the initiatives that led to voting rights for women nationwide including the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. This conversation will focus on the history of women’s suffrage movement, but also on current day topics. 
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;
As the 2020 Election is only a year away, election security is on forefront of just about every media source and voice. Please find an excerpt from Governing Magazine below.
Election Security: A Checklist for 2020
"With major contests less than two years away, election officials need a multilayered approach to stay a step ahead of hackers. As the next round of national and local elections draws closer, security experts expect cyber criminals will intensify their efforts to steal voter information, breach voting systems and influence outcomes. Blocking these threats can be a daunting challenge for government officials who must work with limited funds and manpower. The following checklist summarizes where to focus available resources to protect election infrastructure and preserve the cornerstone of democratic government."
As technologies advance, so does the need to regulate these new markets. What does that mean for us as policy makers and State residents? The following article is from Governing Magazine discusses these issues.
Governing The Future:
Strategies to Effectively Regulate Emerging Markets
"ENFORCING REGULATIONS IS FUNDAMENTAL WORK of state and local government agencies, but a host of emerging markets poses a unique set of challenges for public officials. In a recent Governing Institute survey,1 leaders from states and localities throughout the country said they expect to see increased regulation around short-term home rentals like Airbnb, ride-sharing services, cannabis and tiny homes, to name a few.

In this rapidly evolving environment, organizations must implement and enforce regulations quickly and make it easy for citizens and businesses to comply. Given these demands, survey respondents anticipate a need to improve communication, coordination and transparency across all stakeholders, as well as integrate solutions seamlessly across government systems. In addition, they see important benefits to using Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) to implement solutions quickly, avoid re-configuring infrastructure and take advantage of builtin best practices. "
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 t o sapa@nysapa.org .
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: sapa@nysapa.org . 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. 
Save the Date!

Upcoming Board Meetings - All SAPA Members are invited

Held monthly from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday (except near holidays) in Room 114 (Discussion Room) in Husted Hall at the SUNY Albany downtown campus, on the Western Avenue side. Upcoming meetings:

  • November 5th 
  • December 3rd 
  • January 7th
  • February 4th
  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th
  • June 2nd
  • July 7th

Useful Resources

Here are some of our favorite articles and reports on topics related to public administration, public policy, and governance.
Have a article or report to share? Send the link or document to sapa@nysapa.org to have it featured in the next newsletter.
Follow SAPA on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

Now you can keep up with SAPA, engage with other members, and proudly showcase your affiliation
through your Facebook or LinkedIn account! Like our Facebook page or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter to get updates on events, member highlights, and useful articles between newsletters.