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Congressman Paul D. Tonko Addresses Issues Confronting Middle Class America at UAlbany's Annual Burton Lecture

Talk highlights 2011 Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony, April 27 at 4 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Paul D. Tonko (D-21) will deliver the 27th Annual John E. Burton Lecture at the University at Albany's Page Hall, downtown campus, on April 27. Tonko will discuss "The Assault on The Great American Middle Class: How We Can Fight Back."

The event, hosted by UAlbany President George M. Philip, begins at 4 p.m.

The event also includes the presentation of the annual Distinguished Public Service Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Public Service, honoring notable individuals who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of New York.

The 2011 honorees are:

Lawrence E. Brandt
Board of Trustee Member and Executive Director, Transparent Federal Corporation
Given by the College of Computing and Information

Thomas A. Constantine '71
Superintendent (Retired), New York State Police
Given by the School of Criminal Justice

William B. Hedberg '90
Associate VP for Academic Affairs, University at Albany
Given by the School of Education

Rep. Paul. D. Tonko

Rep. Paul D. Tonko will deliver the 27th Burton Lecture. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Kathleen M. Tanner '67, '71, '98
Executive Director, Equinox, Inc.
Given by the School of Public Health

Pete Grannis
First Deputy Comptroller, Office of the State Comptroller
Given by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Michael J. Castellana '84, '92
President & CEO, SEFCU
Given by the School of Social Welfare

The Burton Lecture is named for John E. Burton, who served as New York’s budget director under Governor Thomas E. Dewey from 1943 to 1950.  Burton, who was credited with modernizing the state’s budget process, was a key member of the special committee that recommended the creation of the State University of New York System. He also chaired the committee that created the first public administration degree-granting program at UAlbany.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception  immediately follows the awards ceremony in Milne Hall Room 200. Seating is limited, RSVP by April 22, (518) 442-5373 or See information on directions and parking.

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