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Keeping the Promise of Pre-K: Using Technology to Ensure Quality

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by The Rockefeller Institute of Government of SUNY and ReadyNation New York

High-quality Pre-K has demonstrated significant individual and societal benefits, including an economic return-on-investment, increased high school graduation rates, reduced criminal activity, and improved health outcomes. This forum will explore the role of policy and technology in ensuring that New York State continues to provide Pre-K services — and design an early learning system — in an effective and sustainable way, to achieve the best results.

The Keynote address will be delivered by NY State Education Department Commissioner John B. King, Jr.


  • Rob Grunewald is an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and co-author of “Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return” (January 2003), an economic policy paper that has been featured in the media, legislative hearings, and seminars throughout the United States.
  • Emily Baranello is the senior director, P-20 Education Practice, at SAS. She leads teams that work to expand the use of SAS for administrative data-driven decision making, academic research, and teaching in both the K-12 and higher education markets throughout the United States.
  • Dr. Greg Mathison has invested more than 30 years of his career in education, human services, and healthcare — as a psychologist, administrator, and policy maker for county and state governments and as an educator for universities across America. He currently serves as the Cisco Systems’ Education Solutions Manager, helping schools and universities maximize leading edge technologies to deliver connected teaching and learning solutions that help enhance education outcomes.
Matt Ryan, the host of WMHT’s New York Now, will serve as moderator of the day's events.

To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at by November 6th.

We would like to acknowledge the support of Cisco who, through their technology, are enabling the remote participation of Mr. Grunewald and Dr. Mathison.

Symposium on U.S. Immigration Reform and State-Level Immigration Policymaking

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Light Refreshments 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Symposium 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This symposium is made possible by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and co-sponsored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and The New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet).

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This symposium will consider opportunities and challenges presented by immigration and national immigration policy reforms with a focus on states and localities, particularly New York State and New York's cities.

Symposium organizer and moderator:

Professor Rey Koslowski

, Rockefeller College Department of Political Science

Featured speakers:

  • Michele Waslin

    , Manager of the Pew Center for the States Immigration Project
  • Neil Ruiz

    , Senior Policy Analyst and Associate Fellow, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Jorge Montalvo

    , Special Advisor to the NYS Secretary of State and Director, NYS Office of New Americans
  • Laura González-Murphy

    , Empire State Fellow at the Office for New Americans

For more information, contact:

Professor Rey Koslowski:
Inga Miller:

Discussing Detroit: The Potential Ripple Effects of the Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in U.S. History and What It Might Mean for New York

Albany Law School, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, the Albany Law School/University at Albany Institute for Financial Market Regulation, and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Many local governments throughout the U.S. are facing fiscal stress. Detroit, Michigan, and others throughout the country have taken the dramatic step of filing for municipal bankruptcy as a way to find a path out of their fiscal woes. Municipal fiscal distress can have profound implications for civic life, the economic future of our communities, and the health and safety of our citizens. Detroit's bankruptcy experience, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's experience entering receivership, and the experiences of other financially troubled municipalities around the country raise questions about how best to respond to financial crises, whether municipalities in New York and other states will follow this path, and what the consequences are should they decide to do so. For example, could pension rights and other collectively bargained protections face impairment? What are the implications for bond covenants? This panel discussion will bring together experts on the topic of municipal finance to discuss these and other issues in the aftermath of the Detroit bankruptcy and what it might mean moving forward, both across the nation and in New York State.

The keynote address will be by former New York Lieutenant Governor

Richard Ravitch

, who served as special advisor to the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Detroit.

Panel Discussion

Confirmed speakers include:

  • The Hon. Kathy Sheehan

    , Mayor of Albany;
  • Donald J. Boyd, Ph.D.

    , Senior Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government;
  • Professor Christine Sgarlata Chung

    , Co-Director of the Institute for Financial Market Regulation at Albany Law School;
  • Peter J. Kiernan, Esq.

    , Of Counsel at Schiff Hardin LLP and Chair of the NYS Law Revision Commission; and
  • David Unkovic Esq.

    , Of Counsel at McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC, and State-Appointed Receiver for the City of Harrisburg, PA.

Joe Persico and FDR: Chronicling the Roosevelt Legacy and the World It Created

The Rockefeller Institute of Government, 411 State Street, Albany
Monday, November 17, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In this program, we will take a look at the late Joe Persico’s passionate commitment to the frequently unexplored aspects of the Roosevelt story. We will also discuss Joe Persico, the man, and his other works that established him as an important figure among contemporary historians.
Joining us to explore the Persico story will be:

  • Robert Clark, deputy director and supervising archivist for the FDR Presidential Library, who will deliver the keynote address.


  • Lynn Bassanese, director of the FDR Presidential Library
  • Paul Grondahl, award- winning journalist and author
  • Richard Nathan, scholar and former director of the Rockefeller Institute
  • Harry Rosenfeld, former editor of the Times Union and metropolitan editor of the Washington Post during Watergate
The moderator for the event will be Times Union Editor Rex Smith.

Throughout his career, Joe Persico’s writing illuminated and inspired. We hope that you will join us as friends gather to consider this great man’s words and what we can learn from them.

To RSVP, please contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at (518) 443-5258 or by e-mail at