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


NYS SSenate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-CousinsThe State Academy for Public Administration’s 2019 Nelson A. Rockefeller awardee is NYS Senate Temporary President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street in Albany. The program begins at 5:00 pm and includes the award ceremony, hors d’oeuvres reception, and SAPA’s annual meeting, where we will recognize 30 new members. The entire program is free and open to the public. For more information, go to the Rockefeller Award web page.

CANDID CONVERSATIONSAs speakers are confirmed for the 2019-20 program year, a date and information will appear hon 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 CONVERSATIONGovernment & Legal Services in NY State’s Rural Communities, Thursday October 17, 2019, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm.  Rural areas face many unique challenges. One of the most commonly publicized is the shortage of physicians dedicated to serving our rural communities. However, it doesn’t stop there. There are a wide range of government services and legal services that provide their own challenges. This Candid Conversation will be led by two notable individuals, Mark Pattison from the NYS Department of State and Andrew Ayers who is Director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School’s Government Law Center. Registration information to be posted shortly. 

DATA ANALYTICS WORKSHOP – November (Date: TBD),  1:00 pm – 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.

CANDID CONVERSATIONWomen’s Suffrage:  Celebrating the Centennial, March (Date: TBD), (Time: TBD). 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.  Conversation leaders, time and location TBD.

CANDID CONVERSATION – April, with a date and time to be determined.  Discussion of a topic will occur during SAPA’s annual meeting on September 18th.


The 2019 SAPA annual meeting will take place in September 18, 2019 prior to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award ceremony.  New members will be introduced, as well as SAPA’s new Board of Directors. The meeting will be held at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany. For more information, see Rockefeller Awards Ceremony on this page.


2019 Public Service Excellence Award PhotoThe 2020 Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy in Albany, Milne 200. 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.


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.

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