Category Archives: State Government

Be the Governor

As part of his ongoing effort to fully explain the magnitude of the budget situation challenging the state, Governor Paterson today unveiled a new website. At the heart of the website’s goal is a state budget calculator that lets you try to balance the budget. Critics will quickly note that the calculator does not allow […]

Democrats Dominate

In New York, as in much of the nation, November 4, 2008 was a very good night for the Democrat Party. For the first time since 1965 Democrats are the majority party in the State Senate. With decisive victories against two long serving incumbents, Caesar Trunzo of Long Island and Serphin Maltese of Queens, Democrats […]

NYS Financial Meltdown – $47 billion over 4 years

If you are trying to get a handle on the magnitude of New York’s budget woes, this presentation by Governor Paterson’s Budget Director is quite helpful. While it does include some projections that are not universally supported, it does a very good job of putting the current situation into context. mid-yearupdate2008_presentation

Margolis Named State Librarian

BOARD OF REGENTS APPOINT BERNARD A. MARGOLIS NEW YORK STATE LIBRARIAN The Board of Regents today announced the appointment of Bernard A. Margolis as the New York State Librarian. He will assume his new responsibilities in January 2009. State Education Commissioner Richard Mills said, “We live in an age of information, and libraries play a […]

Economic Development Commissioner Named

Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has nominated Marisa Lago, who is Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), as Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Ms. Lago will have complete oversight of economic development issues throughout New York State. Ms. Lago was the Global Head […]

Hayden on SUNY Cuts

Carl Hayden, Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees made the following remarks at a one-day conference held at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, New York. The following paragraphs are lifted from an October 7, 2008 article in New York Newsday. “Hayden faulted Gov. David Paterson’s directives to cut the SUNY budget along with other […]

Governor Nice Guy?

New York magazine takes a long look at Governor David Paterson. Though I wonder how long the Governor will be able to keep his “good guy” image while the state budget continues its downward spiral.

State Librarian Search Update

Five finalists were recently invited to the Cultural Education Center, here in Albany for interviews and all accepted. The interviews have been concluded and on the afternoon of October 2nd the Search Committee met with the Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education, Jeffrey W. Cannell, to discuss the five finalists. Deputy Commissioner Cannell is expected to […]

SUNY Inches Towards New Chancellor

The Albany Times Union reports that the search for the next State University of New York Chancellor has narrowed to three candidates.

State Librarian Search

The status of the search for the next State Librarian is summarized below. · Preliminary screening of the current pool of applicants has been concluded; · Phone interviews with a select number of candidates are about to conclude; · Committee Chair, Liz Hood, envisions scheduling a pool of finalists for onsite interviews by first week […]