Goldfarb to Lead
Local Government Assistance Project at UAlbany's
Center for Policy Research
Contact: Michael Parker (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 26, 2004) --The University
at Albany's Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public
Affairs and Policy announced today that Owen Goldfarb
has been appointed director, Local Government
Assistance Project, of the college's Center for
Policy Research. The project, supported by the
Office of the State Comptroller, provides financial
management and fiscal policy assistance to financially
at-risk municipalities in New York.
"We are very pleased to partner with the
Office of the State Comptroller to provide assistance
to local governments," said Professor Thomas
A. Birkland, director of the Center for Policy
Research. "Owen has excellent experience
in this field, and we are glad that we can be
of service to governments in New York State."
Goldfarb has helped develop non-governmental
organizations and small and medium-sized enterprises,
with international assignments including SRI International
in China and USAID projects in Bosnia, Kazakhstan,
Poland, Russia, and Turkmenistan. He was Rensselaer
County's first budget director and served as the
City of Troy's budget director from 1996 to 2000.
A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
he was also manager of Technology Commercialization
Programs at the New York State Science and Technology
The Center for Policy Research is the public
policy research center of Rockefeller College.
The Center's affiliated faculty conduct research
funded by private and public organizations. The
Local Government Assistance Project will also
partner with the College's Intergovernmental Solutions
Program, an effort to aid local governments in
finding solutions that require partnerships between
and among multiple levels of government.