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College to honor Alan Chartock

Harry Scherr

The SUNY New Paltz Foundation will celebrate the life and career of professor, author, publisher and pundit Alan Chartock at 5:30 p.m. on March 12 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

The Tributes and Just Desserts event also serves as a fundraiser for a public policy fund in the college's newly established Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO).

The event will feature a meet-and-greet reception, dessert and commentary from a number of Chartock's former students and colleagues, including Ira Fusfeld '70, publisher of the Daily Freeman, and Kevin Lenihan '95, local news editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Chartock, who joined the New Paltz faculty in 1971, is the founder and executive publisher of the Legislative Gazette, which has an internship program with New Paltz's Journalism program. Thanks to the experiences of working with Chartock at the Gazette, scores of New Paltz alumni have gone on to successful careers in media, government, law and politics.

Now Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, Chartock is also the president, chief executive officer and a host at WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. His voice can be heard on the statewide public radio airwaves as host of the weekly Capitol Connection series, which covers New York politics.

Chartock has received numerous awards, including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the New Paltz Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teacher.

Tickets for the event are $125. For more information about the event, contact the New Paltz Foundation office at x3240.