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

NEXT UP:  CANDID CONVERSATIONWomen’s Suffrage: Celebrating the Centennial, March 5th, 5:30 – 7 :00 pm. Details to follow.


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.

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 CONVERSATIONWomen’s Suffrage: Celebrating the Centennial, March 5th, 5:30 – 7 :00 pm. 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 Photo

The 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 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 Class

For 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!