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

Navigating the NYS Civil Service System for Career Mobility – Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:15 – 1:30 PM.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this Candid Conversation will be available as a webinar only with thanks to the NYS FORUM.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow shortly.


2019 Public Service Excellence Award PhotoImportant notice:  Due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA) is postponing the 2020 Excellence Awards nominations process and award ceremony (scheduled for May 28) until further notice. SAPA understands that many agencies and individuals are now, and for the foreseeable future, focused on responding to this crisis. SAPA extends its support to everyone as we come together to work through these challenging times.  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, Held 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 featured 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 presented on the history of the suffrage movement, the changing impact of women in policy-making positions, and the celebration of diversity in our ranks.

CANDID CONVERSATIONNavigating the NYS Civil Service System – Thursday, April 23, 2020, 12:15 – 1:30 PM.  Available as a webinar thanks to the NYS FORUM.  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!