All SAPA events, dates and presenters will be posted on this page.

2017 Individual Excellence Award WinnersThe 2018 Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony was held on May 21, 2018 at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany. This was the seventh year that SAPA presented these awards and more than 100 people were in attendance. The ceremony was a wonderful opportunity 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 the Albany Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants.  For the first time, the State Academy posted a video of the event on the SAPA Facebook Page.

For a full list of SAPA Awards go to this link. 

The 2017 SAPA annual meeting took place on September 18, 2017 at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany. After the meeting, we held the Nelson A. Rockefeller Public Service Award ceremony and announced new SAPA members (see below).

Congressman Paul Tonko receiving Nelson A. Rockefeller AwardSAPA 2017 NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER AWARD
This year’s SAPA Nelson A. Rockefeller Award recipient is Congressman Paul D. Tonko of the 20th Congressional District. The ceremony was held on September 18, 2017 following a reception at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany.  During his remarks, Congressman Tonko said that public administrators “…should be the agents of facts, not fiction.”  Nice recognition of the professionalism associated with public servants.

PRACTICE WORKSHOP – Held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, AnalyzeNY, Building 5, State Office Campus (Albany)Link to Analyze New York Workshop held on November 25, 2017This presentation was about the financial reporting tools available from AnalyzeNY and a practical example of how one NYS agency is using the data to calculate their eligible spending for setting goals to comply with the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Act. AnalyzeNY is a data warehouse providing access to information from the Statewide Financial System or SFS and will eventually offer access to state time and attendance data as well as workforce analytics. A video of the session can be found here.  For additional information, send your question to

Thursday, February 8, 2018, Room 311 of the State Education Building, Washington Avenue, across from the State Capitol; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.  At this event, we explored the future direction, mission, recruitment and program strategies of the State Academy for Public Administration. During the annual meeting in September we discussed a number of membership proposals. These and other issues, including bylaw amendments (sort of our own Constitutional Convention), were the main topics of this meeting.  As a result of these and other discussions, the Board will be sharing changes with SAPA membership that are intended to build a more vibrant organization for public administration professionals.

CANDID CONVERSATIONS (As speakers are confirmed, a date and information will appear below)  All sessions are held in room 148 of the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

  • December 7, 2017, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm was held at Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany – Candid Conversation about Shared Services led by Mike McLaughlin, Director of Policy and Research for the Office of the Albany County Executive, Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort & Mark Pattison, Deputy NYS Secretary of  State for local government – There has been a lot of press lately around the topic of shared government services. We all live in a county in New York State and within these counties we live in a city, town or village. For efficiency gains and saving tax dollars, the conversation has shifted to sharing local government services on a county-wide basis. This conversation explored some of the challenges and success stories around this topic, with an overview of the history of the Governor’s various programs for local government restructuring, shared services and consolidations.  The latest county-wide shared services initiatives were highlighted by our panelists. SAPA is looking to do a follow-up to this Candid Conversation at some future date.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm, IDA? IDK!  Do Tax Breaks Really Foster Economic Development – Are tax breaks an effective approach for achieving economic development? Recent reports have questioned incentive programs like Industrial Development Agencies, adding to the growing number of groups questioning the effectiveness of economic development incentive programs. Without them, can New York State compete to attract business expansion? Jeffrey Pearlman,  Director of the NYS Authorities Budget Office, and Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of the NYS Business Council will share their perspectives on this topic and lead this Candid Conversation.  For more information and to RSVP.
  • RESCHEDULED TO MAY 10th – Thursday, May 10, 2018,12:15 pm – 1:30 pm, 9/11: A Retrospective and Lessons LearnedThis session will be led by Robert Griffin, Dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEC). It has been almost 17 years since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. New York continues to be a target of terrorist organizations. What lessons have we learned during the last 17 years that will help prevent or contain another 9/11 type incident. As public administrators, how are we linked to prevention strategies?  Registration information.


We welcome your participation in all of our SAPA events!