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The First 100 Days

Thank you to all of our participants, experts, poets, and moderators who gave their time on April 29th to discuss their impressions of the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration, and, deliberated about what legislation we can expect Congress to consider between now and the midterms in 2018.




Welcome to SUNY Buffalo State's Interdisciplinary Conversation on The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration. This is a Buffalo State faculty initiative - a 100 days/semester long "teach-in" co-chaired by Dr. Laurie Buonanno (Public Administration) and Dr. Anthony Neal (Political Science).   

In keeping with the tradition that began with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt presidency, presidencies have been evaluated based on their performance within the first 100 days of their administration.  The first 100 days of the Trump Administration will begin on January 20, 2017 and the 100th day will end on April 29, 2017.

Mr. Trump released his "Contract with the American Voter" on October 22, 2016, which consists of ten legislative proposals, executive orders, and various measures. Mr. Trump vowed, "This is my pledge to you.  And if we follow these steps, we will once more have a government of, by and for the people." View Video.  Download plan here.  This agenda will serve as the basis for many of the topics selected for the Buffalo State teach-in and the standard through which we will evaluate the Trump Administration's success in delivering on these promises.

This website serves as our central communication vehicle for disseminating details about our First 100 Days teach-in.  Please check back regularly for updates to our schedule, especially after our first planning meeting on January 30th.

Follow progress at "Tracking Trump's Agenda" at The New York Times.

Contact information Anthony Neal and Laurie Buonanno.

All events will include Q & A after the lecture/panel/roundtable concludes.  


Download complete 100 Days Schedule.


Schedule of Events
Teach-in Event Date/Time/Location  Event Description Specific Promise in the Trump Contract 

Open Planning Meeting

Monday, January 30
12 pm - 1 pm

Classroom Building, B228 (Stone Seminar Room)

All interested parties are welcome - we will discuss  ideas for panels and lectures.  Bring your calendars - we will schedule events, preferably during your classes.

Pizza for lunch.


Congress's Role in the First 100 Days

Tuesday, February 7  
10:50 AM -12:05 PM

Science and Math Complex 170 (SAMC)


Teach-in by Dr. Anthony Neal

FDR's original First 100 Days referred to the 100 day session of the 73rd Congress. In relationship to this this history, this lecture will consider the first 100 days of the 115th Congress.  Will the Republican Majority agenda align itself with the Trump Administration's Agenda?


In this teach-in, Dr. Neal explained the difference between executive orders and legislation.  He contrasted the legislative output in several congressional sessions - including Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Barrack Obama, and Donald Trump's first two weeks in office.  He noted that at this time in the FDR and Obama presidencies, crucial legislation had been submitted to address the nations' crises.  Dr. Neal also discussed the partisan composition of several Congresses - FDR's first term, Bill Clinton's first term, Barrack Obama's first and second terms, and Donald Trump's.  Dr. Neal also explained the "Republican Revolution" and the Contract with America.  Dr. Neal asked, "What will be the first piece of legislation President Trump signs?" Students asked a number of questions, most of them focused on the Trump travel bans and the role of the judicial branch in determining the constitutionality of Presdient Trump's executive orders concerning the seven banned countries and the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

The Hatch Act, Federal Employees, and the Trump Administration


Wednesday, February 22 

6:30-8:15 PM

Classroom Building, B118

PAD 640 Human Resource Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations


The nation's civil service is crucial to every presidential administration.  What challenges do federal employees face adjusting to a new presidential administration?  What does a presidential administration expect from federal employees?  What is the Hatch Act and how does it affect the "political lives" of federal employees?

To learn more about the Hatch Act, please view "What Every Federal Employee Needs to Know about the Hatch Act."

This panel featured John Wagner (VA), Jordan Then, MPA (DHS-CBP), William Langer, MPA (State Department), and Michael Hughes (DHS-USCIS), moderated by Dr. Timothy Callan (Buffalo State lecturer, Community Development Coordinator).

Panelists responded to questions from the moderator and the audience about permissable activity under the Hatch Act.  They also explained the federal employees' job freeze, which President Trump had recently announced.  The panelists also discussed how federal employees deal with administration changes, including the period when political appointees have not yet been named.  One panelists explained the concept of the "alter ego" - the civil servant who is the "alter ego" of the political appointee, and fills in until the appointment has been made.




Foreign Affairs

Thursday, March 2

3:00-4:20 PM


PSC 101 Introduction to Government & Politics

What can we expect from the Trump Administration with respect to transatlantic relations? Russia? India, the Middle East?  A roundtable of foreign affairs' experts addressed these questions and responded to audience questions.   Our panel of experts are Buffalo State faculty members who bring on the ground experience to global affairs -  Swedish defense ministry and an EU Fulbright Scholar (Ms. Sara Norrevik), Peace Corps Officer (Michael Schraft), and an INGO development officer in India (Dr. Suparna Soni).  

Public Administration Department continues discussion on the first 100 days of the Trump administration (The Record, Joe Hopkins, March 6, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 7

6:00-8:30 PM

Classroom Building B108

Pledged to replace the vacant seat on SCOTUS.

Hon. Lawrence J. Vilardo, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of New York, discussed the confirmation process.  He received his judicial commission in 2015.

Judge Vilardo offered candid remarks about the selection experience in  Mr. William C. Altreuter's constitutional law class.  

Left to Right.   William C. Altreuter, Judge Lawrence Vilardo

Cooperation between state/local entities with the federal government.

Monday, March 13th
11-11:50 AM
Classroom Building A303

This teach-in was led by Professors Anthony Neal and Laurie Buonanno.

Mandates.  Fiscal Federalism.  Red states. Blue states. How does the American federal system affect the ability of President Trump to ensure implementation of his policy proposals?

This teach-in covered four highly-contested areas of federal-state power: LGBTQ rights, recreational marijuana use, sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants, and 287(g) Memorandums of Agreement with the Department of Homeland Security deputizing local and state law enforcement officials to carry out immigration work.



Monday, March 13
7:30-8:40 PM

Classroom A303

Dr. Albert L. Michaels , Dr. York Norman, and Ms. Susan Radacchio explored several aspects of the Trump Contract

Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law 

 Suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur.  All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered 'extreme vetting.' 

l to r. York Norman, Susan Randaccio, Albert Michaels (History and Social Studies Department)

Fiscal Policy (Taxes)

Monday, April 3

6:00-8:50 PM

Classroom Building, B220


Teach-in by Mr. Kenneth Stone.

Host class: PAD 601 Public Budgeting

Legislative Proposal - Middle Class Tax Relief and Simplification Act.


An economic plan designed to grow the economy 4% per year and create at least 25 million new jobs through massive tax reduction and simplification, in combination with trade reform, regulatory relief, and lifting the restrictions on American energy. The largest tax reductions are for the middle class. A middle-class family with 2 children will get a 35% tax cut. The current number of brackets will be reduced from 7 to 3, and tax forms will likewise be greatly simplified. The business rate will be lowered from 35 to 15 percent, and the trillions of dollars of American corporate money overseas can now be brought back at a 10 percent rate.

The First 100 Days Teach-In: Fiscal Policy - Discussion Topics by Ken Stone



What's happening to the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare?

Wednesday, April 5


Classroom Building B320

Dr. Diane Oyler, Program Officer, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York delivered a lecture on the ACA.  The timing was impeccable - just days earlier Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the "American HealthCare Act" from the House.

Legislative Proposal - Repeal and Replace Obamacare Act. "Fully repeals Obamacare and replaces it with Health Savings Accounts, the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and lets states manage Medicaid funds."  

Dr. Oyler provided this ppt from her teach-in "Campaign Promise: Repeal and Replace Obamacare".


Public safety









Tuesday, April 11


Classroom Building B220.

Dr. Scott Phillips, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice taught this session during CRJ 606

Legislative Proposal - Restoring Community Safety Act.  

Reduces surging crime, drugs and violence by creating a task force on violent crime and increasing funding for programs that train and assist local police; increases resources for federal law enforcement agencies an federal prosecutors to dismantle criminal gangs and put violent offenders behind bars.

Dr. Phillips discussed

1) "Sending in the Feds" if Chicago PD doesn't do some thing about homicides

2) President Trump's statements about the homicide numbers in Philadephia

3) Stop and Frisk

4) Police reform (or not) based on his selection of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

5) Sanctuary Cities

6) Any other legislation proposed by the Administration

Dr. Phillips provided this ppt of his teach-in, "President Trump’s First 100 Days Restoring Community Safety Act."


Wednesday, April 12

6:00-8:40 PM 

Classroom Building B108


Teach-in Ms. Ellen Parker's PSC 415 Urban Policy Class

Legislative Proposal -American Energy and Infrastructure Act. "Leverages public-private partnerships, and private investments through tax incentives to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over ten years."

Infrastructure needs and prospects in the Trump Administration – public-private partnerships and infrastructure “investments.” 

Ms. Parker supplied this powerpoint of her teach-in. Suggested articles about state of US infrastructure and the Trump Administration's proposals: Network Derailed and Rebuilding America: The toll of public-private partnerships



Monday, April 24 

6:00-7:30 PM

Classroom Building, B228 (Stone Room)


Dr. Laurie Buonanno, Professor, Public Administration and her Migration Policy class will lead this teach-in.

Legislative Proposal - End Illegal Immigration Act.

"Fully-fund the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country of Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a five-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first." 

Five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law

Cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities; begin removing the two million criminal illegal immigrations from the country and cancel visa to foreign countries that won't take them back 

This teach-in took place in a seminar room.  Immigration practioners, faculty, and graduate students discussed the Trump executive orders and the future of immigration reform over the next four years.  The discussion brought up concern over the EO reducing the number of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000, local policing and detainers, the 100-mile radius of the border and how this effects immigration control in WNY.

Complete Immigration Overhaul Bill - interactive view of 2013 immigration legislation proposed by the Gang of 8. 

 Where Does the Immigration Debate Stand Under President Trump? - The PBS Newshour, "The Rundown" - April 6, 2017.

Daylong Teach-in on 100th Day

Saturday, April 29th

10 AM - 2 PM

Bulger Communication Center, Lobby


WBEN covers the Townhall.


FREE, PUBLIC EVENT  Download Program

Foreign Affairs - After the 100 Days

Tuesday, May 2

3:00-4:20 PM


PSC 101 Introduction to Government & Politics

Michael Schraft leads a discussion with Sara Norrevik and Suparna Soni on foreign policy - a retrospective - How has the Trump Administration handled the key foreign policy issues of the day in his First 100 Days?

Post-Script - Representative Bureaucracy 

Wednesday, May 10 1:00-2:30 PM
Campbell Student Union

This panel will take place as part of Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) events. PSRW is organized by the Public Adminstration Division.  

Panel discussion organized by Jason Rivera, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Division

To what exent do Trump Administration appointees reflect the American population?






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