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


The 2022 SAPA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 6pm via Zoom. This meeting is open to all SAPA current members who were recently sent a notification.  The SAPA Board of Directors encourages membership to attend to learn more about events, the Board and committees, as well as various ways to get involved and volunteer with SAPA. The Board welcomes all ideas, thoughts and suggestions!

The Zoom link for the meeting was sent to all paid-up members on September 28th.  If you did not receive the notice and would like to attend, send an email to


2019 Public Service Excellence Award PhotoThe 2022 Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony was held on Wednesday May 18, 2022 at Rockefeller College, UAlbany Downtown Campus Milne 001 from 5:15 – 7:15 PM and via Zoom. If you missed the award ceremony and would like to view it, you may do so here.
For a list of awardees. Pictures of the Awards Program will be posed shortly.

Essentials is SAPA’s leadership development program open to applicants who aspire to or have recently been appointed to a managerial position in NYS local or state government. The program consists of six evening Zoom sessions and mentoring opportunities. The program meets the first Wednesday of the month from October 2022 to April 2023.2019 Essentials in Public Administration Class

Nominations Open for Essentials Participants
The program is competitive. Those interested in Essentials must first be nominated by a former Essentials’  participant, by their current work supervisor, or by their former graduate school advisor or alum office. Nominators should provide their name and email address, the name and email address of the person nominated, as well that person’s current position/agency and the reasons for the nomination no later than June 15, 2022.

Questions about should be submitted to Daniel Cunningham, SAPA Fellow and Board Member at . 
For a full description of the current program, go to the SAPA Essentials Page.

CANDID CONVERSATIONSAs speakers are confirmed for the 2021-22 program year, a date and information will appear on this page. All sessions are likely to be held virtually this year due to COVID-19.

Refugee Resettlement:  NYS’s Role – April 20th has been cancelled and will possibly rescheduled sometime in the future.

New York State Executive Legislative Relations – February 16, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm was offered on-line via Zoom explored Executive Legislative Relations in New York State Government. Is there a crisis in governance? Are checks and the balance of power working as provided in the NYS Constitution? Our discussion leader was Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Professor Emeritus SUNY New Paltz. Some of the questions explored:

How much of the Governor’s powerful image is myth and reality?
How much is due to the strong governor model built into the state constitution?
What are the consequences of executive-centered state government for state and local administrators and for the process and performance of public administration?
What is reversible? What is not?

COVID Workplace Adaptation – This SAPA Candid Conversation was be held on April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm via Zoom and featured a panel discussion with State and Local Government leaders on how the workplace has had to adapt during the COVID Pandemic, lessons learned, and what changes will likely continue for the foreseeable future.  The panelists for this event were:

  • Karen Geduldig, Associate Chief Information Officer for the State University of New York;
  • Rachel McEneny, the Commissioner of Administrative Services for the City of Albany;
  • Susan Filburn, the Department of Labor’s Deputy Commissioner for Employment Security.

Navigating the NYS Civil Service System – Held Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM via Zoom
This SAPA Candid Conversation, was offered on-line via Zoom and explored ways to navigate New York State’s Civil Service System. The session was well attended and can be viewed through this link.  The topic should be of interest to anyone who presently works for NYS government and wants to learn more about career mobility within the system (hiring, transfers, promotions).  To view the session click on this link.


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.

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