The conference is free, however we do need to have an accurate head count for the coffee break and dinner. Thank you!
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.
Dr. Ronald J. Peters, SUNY Buffalo State Faculty Student Association, School of Natural and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science, Public Administration Foundation Fund.
Dr. Ronald J. Peters is a Buffalo State Alum and attained his B.S in Education in 1959. Most recently, Dr. Peters is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois in the School of Labor and Employment Relations.
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.
666 Grant Street (corner of Grant and Letchworth)- plenty of free on-campus parking
There will be coffee service, bagels, and donuts.
This roundtable, comprised of faculty and MPA students who participate in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Batten Policy Simulation and the SUNY Model European Union (public administration students play "Eurocrats" - the European Commission), will discuss their experiences.
Moderators: Atta Ceesay and Laurie Buonanno
Nikia Brown, Alexander DeSha, Norman Fry, Rebecca Masse, Katherine Malik, Antonio Regulier, and Esmeralda Sierra
This is the first time our PSRW conference has included a panel on public sector unions and collective bargaining in the program. The SCOTUS ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 in July 2018 overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling for states to permit their public sector unions to collect an agency fee to cover the costs of collective bargaining from individuals who are members of the bargaining unit, but do not wish to join the union. Justice Samule Alito wrote the majority opinion and Justice Elena Kagan wrote the dissent in a court that divided along predictable ideological lines. The Janus decision removes the agency fee payer obligation in agency-fee states, including NYS, with the result being members of the bargaining unit are no longer required to pay union dues, despite being covered by the contract negotiated by the union recognized as the collective bargaining agent of the public employees. (Unions representing employees in business do not have to operate with this obstacle except in "Right to Work" states.) This panel is comprised of experts who have been negotiating union contracts from both sides of the table, including as a mediator with the NYS Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) and a leading expert in "Right to Work." Public sector unions are a fact of life in NYS, many other states, and in the federal government, making this a crucial topic of interest for the public manager.
Dr. Frederick Floss, Professor of Economics & Finance, Buffalo State, former statewide VP for Academics, UUP, incoming president UUP, Buffalo State chapter - expert in Right to Work
Mr. Frank Ciaccia, MPA - currently a PERB Mediator, Assistant County Manager, Genesee County (ret)
Mr. Robert Mueller - Labor Relations Specialist, Region 6, CSEA
Chair - Laurie A. Buonanno (SUNY Buffalo State); Moderator- Greg Rabb (Rockefeller Institute of Government, City of Jamestown, & Jamestown Community College - SUNY)
This panel will discuss issues around health management and community-based programs. The panel will focus on various issues involved in program implementation, such as inter-agency collaboration, funding, program evaluation, and community outreach. This panel brings practice-based insights from a diverse group of professionals who closely engage with communities including Peace Corps volunteers, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Susan Henderson, Medical Officer, CDC PMI liaison to USAID, President's Malaria Initiative; Bureau for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
Brittany Perez, Director of Outreach and Engagement, for the Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access
Ryan Gadzo, Reach Analyst, Erie County Department of Senior Services
Chairs & Moderators: Molly Ranahan (CCNY, Inc.) & Suparna Soni (SUNY Buffalo State)
Description: This panel will discuss high-profile cases in government and not-for-profit organizations with an ethical dilemma or lapses in ethical judgement. This panel will take a "ripped from the headlines" approach to explore what drives bad behavior in public organizations. The panel is comprised of professional officials with roles that deal with ethical issues. The panelists will bring their own expertise and experiences to bring their own perspectives to the cases.
Rebecca Town, Esq., Secretary, Erie County Ethics Board
Heather Gresham, ESQ., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Executive Director at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board
Chairs & Moderators: Brian Bray (Erie County) & Brian Poliner (Erie County & Hilbert College)
Description: 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.
Kayla Baker, NYS Excelsior Fellow, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
John Figueroa, Program Director for Southwest Keys Programs
Joseph Gramaglia, Deputy Police Commissioner
Christopher Kuwik, NYS Excelsior Fellow, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Michael Ramos, Confidential Aid to the Mayor of the City of Buffalo
Alexis Willard, New York State Excelsior Fellow, NYS Office of the Medicaid Inspector General
Naima Yancey, New York State Excelsior Fellow - NYS Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
Chair - Jason Rivera (SUNY Buffalo State); Moderator - Adamu Shauku (SUNY Buffalo State)
Master of Ceremonies - Anthony Astran, Communication Officer, ASPA -Buffalo/Niagara Chapter
4:00 Reception Check-in
4:15 Welcome: Dr. Mark Severson (Dean of School of Natural and Social Sciences, Buffalo State College)
4:30 Reception & Dinner (please be sure to sign-up for dinner on the conference registration form so we have an accurate head count)
5:20 Keynote Speaker: Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr.
6:15 Presentation of Outstanding Service to the MPA Program Award to Mr. Kenneth Stone, CFO Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System (Atta Ceesay)
6:20 Presentation of the PAD Outstanding MPA Alumni Award to Mr. Ryan Gadzo, Erie County Senior Services (Laurie Buonanno)
6:25 Presentation of the Keith Henderson Scholarship Award to TBA
(Dr. Behjat Henderson and Dr. Susan Henderson)
6:35 Presentation of the Outstanding MPA Projects to TBA (TBA)
6:40 NASPAA -Batten Policy Competition - Nikia Brown, Alexander DeSha, Rebecca Masse, Katherine Malik & Antonio Regulier (Atta Ceesay)
6:45 NYS Excelsior Service Fellows (Atta Ceesay)
6:45 Pi Alpha Alpha Inductions (Atta Ceesay and Jason Rivera)
Inductees - TBA
7:00 Closing Remarks: Dr. Atta Ceesay & Mr. Kenneth Stone (President of Buffalo-Niagara ASPA Chapter)
Keynote Speaker for 2019 Public Service Recognition Week Conference
Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr.
Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. represents the Masten District. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Houghton College and a Master of Public Administration graduate degree in Non-Profit Management from Buffalo State College. He is the Pastor of the iconic Antioch Baptist Church, which is also situated in the Masten District, and serves as the Program Chair for the Baptist Minister’s Conference of Buffalo, NY & Vicinity, Inc. His most recent experiences included serving as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Coordinator for Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, and Community Outreach and Organizer for the Healthcare Education Project which was a champion organization for rolling out the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Atta Ceesay(Chair), Dr. Laurie Buonanno, Mr. Brian Bray, Dr. Brian Poliner
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