All SAPA events, dates and presenters will be posted on this page once speakers and dates are confirmed.

NEXT UP:  CANDID CONVERSATION –   “Rock the Room!” Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating the Centennial, Thursday, March 5th, 5:30 – 7 :00 pm at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Milne 200 (135 Western Avenue, Albany).   Scroll down for additional details or go to the Registration Page.


2019 Public Service Excellence Award PhotoThe 2020 Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, Milne 001. This will be the ninth year that SAPA will be presenting awards which are designed to demonstrate our appreciation for a special group of outstanding public servants. A special thank you to University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy for co-sponsoring the Excellence Awards Event and providing space for the ceremony. Pictures of last year’s Awards Event can be viewed on the SAPA gallery, go here.

CANDID CONVERSATIONSAs speakers are confirmed for the 2019-20 program year, a date and information will appear on this page. All sessions are held in room 148 of the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building (AESOB) from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

CANDID CONVERSATIONAccessing Government & Legal Services in New York’s Rural Communities, Thursday October 17, 2019, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm. 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. This installment of our Candid Conversation series will feature a moderated panel discussion regarding access to government and legal services in rural New York communities. Panelists: 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. 

DATA ANALYTICS WORKSHOP – Held on November 19th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, NYS Forum, 24 Aviation Road, Albany
During this workshop, State agency practitioners demonstrated the strengths and limitations of three data analysis software tools: ACL, Crystal Reports, and Excel.  This workshop was attended by people in person and via webinar.

CANDID CONVERSATION “Rock the Room!” Women’s Suffrage: Celebrating the Centennial, Thursday, March 5th, 5:30 – 7 :00 pm at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Milne 200 (135 Western Avenue, Albany).  One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote, and since then we have been changing the conversation (for the better!)  Andrea Stewart-Cousins as our Majority Leader and Letitia James as our Attorney General are living examples of women rocking the room in government. The panel will feature Susan Zimet, hunger policy guru for the state of New York and woman’s suffrage historian; Dina Refki, Executive Director of Women in Government and Civil Society; Ang Morris, Commissioner of Human Rights in Schenectady, and Christina Romeo, Co-Chair of GLSEN Upstate NY Capital Region and Public Affairs Fellow at Gramercy. These eminent women activists and scholars will present on the history of the suffrage movement, the changing impact of women in policy-making positions, and the celebration of diversity in our ranks. Registration information.

CANDID CONVERSATIONNavigating the NYS Civil Service System – Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:15 – 1:30 PM, The NYS Forum, Inc., 24 Aviation Road, Albany, NY 12205, Available both on location and as a webinar.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow shortly.


2019 Essentials in Public Administration ClassFor 2018 we introduced Essentials in Public Administration which is a program targeted to early-career and newer public administrators. The introduction of this program coincided with the addition of two new categories of SAPA membership: New Professional and Associate Fellow. Essentials will be continued as a yearly program. For more information go to the SAPA Essentials Page.


NYS SSenate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-CousinsThe State Academy for Public Administration’s 2019 Nelson A. Rockefeller award was presented to NYS Senate Temporary President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. The program included SAPA’s annual meeting during which the past year’s programs were described and where 30 new members were recognized.  See photos from the Rockefeller Award ceremony.

The 2019 SAPA annual meeting took place on September 18, 2019 prior to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award ceremony. New members were introduced, as well as SAPA’s new Board of Directors. The meeting was held at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany.

All SAPA events are free of charge and we welcome your participation!