University at Albany

NYS Executive Deputy Comptroller Pattison Honored by Rockefeller College

Contact:  Mary Hunt (518) 442-5264

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 21, 2010) - Mark P. Pattison, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Office of State and Local Government Accountability in the Office of the State Comptroller, was honored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy during the 26th Annual John E. Burton Lecture & Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony at Page Hall on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Jennifer Manner, '86, Distinguished Alumna Award in Political Science recipient

Mark P. Pattison, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Office of State and Local Government Accountability in the Office of the State Comptroller.

The event, hosted by UAlbany President George M. Philip, honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of New York.  Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, recognized during the ceremony by the University for his outstanding accomplishments, delivered the keynote address, “Reflections on the Importance of Civility and Collegiality in Public Life and Political Debate.”

Describing Mark Pattison’s service to his community as “truly extensive,” Dean Jeffrey D. Straussman presented the deputy comptroller with the distinguished service award medallion on behalf of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.  The son of former US Representative Edward “Ned” Pattison, Mr. Pattison recalled how his family had always placed a high importance on helping the community.  “I believe, despite what we hear today, that the spirit of public service is alive and well,” he noted.  “I have never been disappointed when given the occasion to contribute to the betterment of a particular community.  I want to thank the University of Albany for maintaining this important tradition of celebrating public service and Rockefeller College for considering me as their nominee.  I am inspired by the award and especially by my fellow award winners.”

Also honored for their distinguished public service wereDionne Mack-Harvin, Executive Director, Brooklyn Public Library (Given by the College of Computing & Information); Jeremy Travis, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY (Given by the School of Criminal Justice); Arthur Lee Butler, Executive Director, Capital District African-American Coalition on AIDS (Given by the School of Public Health); and Sister Maureen Joyce, RSM, CEO, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany (Given by the School of Social Welfare).

Mark P. Pattison was appointed Executive Deputy Comptroller for the Office of
State and Local Government Accountability on May 7, 2007.  Mr. Pattison
previously served as the Deputy Comptroller for Local Government Services and
Economic Development.  He spent many years in public service prior to joining the State Comptroller’s Office.  Mr. Pattison was mayor of the City of Troy from 1996 through 2003.
He worked at the Rensselaer County Chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens for 20 years, including 12 years as its director and served as vice-president of the City of Troy's school board, president of Vanderheyden Hall, vice-chair of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairperson of the Hudson Mohawk Heritage Area Commission and president of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies. 

Deputy Comptroller Pattison studied political science, economics and urban policy at the State University of New York at Oswego.  He has a Masters Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University, Antioch, New England Graduate School.  Mr. Pattison was a trustee and faculty member of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and has served on several community boards, including the Center for Economic Growth and the Commission for Economic Opportunity.  He lives on Troy’s East Side with his wife, Laura Amos, and their
two children, Edward and Mary.
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.