University at Albany

Rockefeller College State and Local Government Expert Named to Cuomo Transition Team

Contact:  Mary Hunt (518) 442-5264

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2010) -- Sydney Cresswell, Assistant Dean at Rockeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, has been named to Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo’s transition team. Cresswell, who directs the Intergovernmental Studies Program (IGSP) at the College, will serve on the incoming governor’s State and Local Government Reform Committee.

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

Sydney Cresswell

“For the next few years, reform and restructuring issues are likely to be a central concern of state leadership. Assessing the prospects for service restructuring has been a focus of the Intergovernmental Studies Program for several years, and I welcome the chance to assist the new administration in the company of this talented transition team,” said Cresswell.

Cresswell brings considerable experience to the task. Since 1987, she has served as an assistant dean at Rockefeller College working with state, local, and regional government in outreach and program development capacities. For more than 10 years, she’s headed the Intergovernmental Studies Program at the College. IGSP supports effective intergovernmental systems through case studies and action research, and through active partnerships with state and local governments in New York State. IGSP partnered with the State Comptroller to build a dialogue around local government sustainability, conducted case studies of state-local intergovernmental programs, and recently completed a series of case studies on intermunicipal cooperation. Last spring, Cresswell and her team produced a report on “Municipal Cooperation and Consolidation: Mapping Albany County.” A new report capturing statewide trends in cooperation, titled “Intermunicipal Cooperation and Consolidation Activities in New York State: A Second Look,” is forthcoming.

The State and Local Government Reform Committee is comprised of 16 experts from government, higher education, and the business community including Former Lieutenant Governor Stan Lundine; Senator Betty Little (45th Senate District); Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (103rd Assembly District); Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney; former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi; and State University of New York at New Paltz Dean  Gerald Benjamin.

In addition to the State and Local Government Reform Committee, Governor-Elect Cuomo has created a Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors and six other committees:  economic development and labor; environment, energy, and recreation; public safety; human services and housing; education and health; and transportation and infrastructure. According to a press release from the Governor-Elect’s office, members of the transition team “will recruit, review and recommend talented candidates for key positions" in his administration.

The Cuomo transition team is chaired and directed by Lieutenant Governor-Elect Robert Duffy. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, former New York State Comptroller Carl McCall, and former Chairman of the Municipal Assistance Corporation Felix Rohatyn serve as transition co-chairs.