Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. SUNY Buffalo State celebrates PSRW in April to accommodate the academic schedule.
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) includes nonprofit employees in PSRW because of the importance of public-nonprofit partnerships in the design and delivery of public services. Throughout the nation and the world, public servants use this occasion to educate others about the work they do and why they have chosen public service careers, as well as the many ways government services make life better for all of us.
The Public Administration and Nonprofit Division of the Political Science Department and the ASPA Buffalo-Niagara Chapter.
Delaware North, SUNY Buffalo State Faculty Student Association, School of Natural and Social Sciences, Department of Politcial Science, Public Administration Foundation Fund
This PSRW celebration as an opportunity for the Western New York public administration and nonprofit community to examine national and local issues affecting the lives of Americans. It will also serve as a vehicle for advancing communities of learning as a vehicle for local government/nonprofit/university collaborations leading to transformative community changes.
There will be coffee service, bagels, and donuts.
This roundtable, comprised of faculty and MPA students who study immigration policy, will discuss the latest developments regarding immigration policy and offer opinions as to the future direction of immigration policy during the Trump Administration. Topics covered include comprehensive immigration reform, dreamers/amnesty, local and state cooperation with federal immigration authorities, and the role of US policy in immigrant integration.
Moderator: Laurie Buonanno, PhD
Jessica DePasquale and Sarah Klotzbach - "Refugee and immigrant - what is the difference in US migration law?"
Kevin Louimarre - "The Dream Act and Amnesty in US Immigration Policy"
Britney Moore - "State and Local Cooperation with Federal Immigration Authorities - Sanctuary jurisdictions, 287 (g) MOAs, and 'Federalizing' Local and State Police
Patrician Patton - "Assimilation, Acculturation, Integration, Cultural Pluralism? Policy Responsibilities at the Local, State, and Federal Levels"
Alexander DeSha - "Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the Trump Administration?"
Panel 1: MPAs in the Field
This panel brings together several alumni from the SUNY Buffalo State’s MPA program to discusses their experiences within the program. Panelists will present their own experiences and opinions about how they benefited from the program, and what it has contributed to their professional careers. After the panel presentation, panelists will answer questions from prospective and current MPA students about the program from the perspective of a graduate of the program.
Empire Fellow, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Monique Owens was selected to the Empire State Fellow Class. The program, recruits mid-career professionals to cultivate the next generation of state government leaders and policy-makers. Most recently, Ms. Owens worked as the Documentation and Learning Specialist at Open Buffalo, a nonprofit organization dedicated to social and economic justice. Ms. Owens has shown a commitment to community service and the enhancement of social equity as an advocate for marginalized communities. She has local government, coalition building and community organizing experience. Monique holds a BA in International Studies and Global Gender Studies from SUNY at University at Buffalo and a MPA from SUNY at Buffalo State.
Eye Bank & Birth Tissue Program Manager at UNYTS
After the completion of my MPA, Kayla was promoted to the Eye Bank & Birth Tissue Program Manager. She is responsible for all clinical activities related to the daily operation of the eye bank including, but not limited to, overall supervision of staff, the execution of all employee trainings and re-certifications, the maintenance and quality control of the eye bank Standard Operating Procedures Manual, as well as assuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and EBAA standards. Kayla also works to establish new and strengthen existing relationships in regards to the birth tissue program, as well as developing any and all marketing materials associated with the program. As a manager in the Eye and Tissue department, she also serves as part of a management team that is responsible for strategic planning, routine program evaluations, and constant process improvement initiatives.
Passport Specialist with the US Dept of State.
William Langer began his career as a public servant while serving nine years on Active Duty with the US Army. He began working in Consular Affairs with the US Department of State while pursuing his MPA through SUNY Buffalo State and is a graduate of the program and the New Leader Program. He is currently serving as an adjudicator of passport applications and derivative citizenship cases. In his spare time he also continues to serve the public while volunteering as a Den Leader for Cub Scouts.
Jordan P. Then
Mid-Atlantic Area Manager, Office of Information and Technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Jordan Then joined U.S. Customs and Protection in 2011 and currently leads a team of IT professionals responsible for maintaining and deploying information technology, intrusion detection, and telecommunications systems in the Mid-Atlantic states. Before joining CBP, Mr. Then served 7 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he continues to serve as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve. He also serves on the City of Buffalo Citizens Planning Council.
This panel brings together individuals involved in varying aspects of community development from the Buffalo region. Panelists include individuals from the public and nonprofit sectors to provide varying perspectives on community development planning, policy implementation, and advocacy. The focus of this panel will be on how community development processes can become more democratic and inclusive of local community residents.
New York State's small- and medium-sized citied are facing a number of challenges and opportunites. Challenges include declining and aging populations with increased concentrations of poverty; NYS Real Property Law allowing for generous property tax exemptions to non-profits and development projects through IDAs; unfunded and underfunded New York State mandates; the NY tax cap; sales tax distribution formulas; de-industrialization; aging housing stock; the Taylor Law and the Tri-borough amendment; decrease in state aid to municipalities and reductions in US CDBG; and an antiquated NY structure of local government. At the same time, there are unique opportunities for NYS's small- and medium-sized cities including redevelopment of older buildings and brownfield areas; historic tax credits; regionalization; annexation; tourism; restructuring; movements back to the cities; and developing other revenue sources. This panel, comprised of practioners and Rockefeller Institute of Government fellows, will discuss ongoing challenges and opportunities faced by small- and medium-sized cities in New York State, and share experiences from their municipalities.
Chairs: Laurie Buonanno and Greg Rabb
Moderator: Greg Rabb (Jamestown Community College, SUNY/City of Jamestown/Rockefeller Institute of Government)
Mr. Dan Morello, Controller, City of Niagara Falls
Dr. Lisa Parshall, Daemen College, Nelson Rockefeller Institute of Government
Mr. Willie Rosas, Mayor, City of Dunkirk
Mr. Samuel Teresi, Mayor, City of Jamestown
Patrick Shea, Erie County, Department of Social Services
Jordan Then, USCIS
Anthony Astran, Caroline Alagna
Keith Pelkey, Jr.
Patrick Shea (Honorary Inductee)
Jessica DePasquale, Keith Pelkey
Chritopher Kuwik, Alexis Willard
Greg Rabb, Keynote Speaker for 2018 Public Service Recognition Week Conference
Executive Director, The Rockefeller Institute of Government's New York Municipal Clerks Institute and Professor, Jamestown Community College, SUNY
Throughout Gregory P. Rabb’s professional career he has demonstrated an admirable capacity to bridge the often separate worlds of academic, politician, and advocate. Greg began his career in public service in 1980 as the first Executive Director of the West Side Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS). He left NHS in 1982 to be the first Executive Director of the Providence, Rhode Island Preservation Society Revolving Fund after which Greg embarked upon a career in the academy. Greg has been Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of Global Education at Jamestown Community College since 1986 where he also served as Assistant Dean of the Division of Social Sciences for five years before returning to full time faculty. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Buffalo State each fall teaching the LGBTQ politics course, which he developed for the department and has served as a visiting professor at SUNY Brockport.
Greg has been recognized for his teaching, community service, and commitment to social justice with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011), Embrace WNY, Stonewall Democrats of WNY, Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME), and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown. A leader in experiential education, Greg has presented and published his findings on the use of simulations to teach international negotiations, most recently the U.S. Institute of Peace’s publication Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource. He has been a recipient of an East Asian Fellowship from Columbia University, several National Endowment for the Humanities grants to study including at Princeton University and the University of Washington, Global Studies Fellowships at the University of Illinois, and most recently a fellowship that afforded him to opportunity to study and tour Palestine through the Palestine American Research Center. He is also a board member of the Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY, which sponsors the annual intercollegiate, intercontinental SUNY Model European Union
Greg served the City of Jamestown as President and Member at Large of the Jamestown City Council from January 1 2008 to December 31 2017. He currently serves the City of Jamestown as Chair of the Jamestown City Planning Commission and Citizen Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) which is responsible for electric distribution and generation and water, wastewater, and solid waste services in the greater Jamestown area. He also serves as the Public Co-Chair of the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnership Commission and as a member of the board of directors of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. He also served as Chairman of the Chautauqua County Democratic Party.
Greg is a native of Buffalo where he graduated from Canisius High School and earned his BA Degree in Political Science from Canisius College where his photograph in on the Political Science Wall of Fame. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor Degree from SUNY Buffalo.
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