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Past Events:

  • Oct. 8, 2013:

Following successful conferences at SUNY Cortland and at the Rockefeller Institute in Albany, Effective NY co-founders SUNY-New Paltz Prof. Gerry Benjamin and good government reform advocate Bill Samuels announced that they will hold a third conference at Baruch College in New York City to consider critical state constitutional issues to be addressed by voters in November, as well to explore the need to call a constitutional convention in 2017 when a mandatory referendum question on this subject will be on the ballot.

The conference, entitled "A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension," will be held on the Baruch College campus at 151 East 25th Street in the Newman Conference Center (7th floor) on Oct. 8 and is sponsored by Effective NY, the Center for Research, Regional Engagement and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz with the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and City and State Magazine.

The conference speakers and panelists will include:

· Douglas Muzzio, Professor of Public Affairs, Baruch College;

· Gerald Benjamin, Director, CRREO and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, SUNY New Paltz;

· Peter Galie, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Canisius College, leading expert on state constitutional history, and Co-Editor The New York State Constitution, 2nd edition;

· David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center;

· Robert Ward, Deputy Comptroller, Budget & Policy Analysis at Office of the State Comptroller;

· Frank Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute;

· Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow at Demos and Senior Fellow at NYU's Wagner School of Public Administration;

· Bill Samuels, Co-Founder EffectiveNY.org and founder New Roosevelt;

· Dennis Hawkins, Executive Director, Fund for Modern Courts;

· Chris Bopst, Partner, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo, NY and Co-Editor of The New York State Constitution, 2nd Edition.

  • Sept. 19, 2013: Conference to Address Upcoming Constitutional Ballot Issues

    Effective NY founders SUNY-New Paltz Prof. Gerry Benjamin, NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Reform Advocate New Roosevelt's Bill Samuels convene conference, at SUNY- Cortland on Sept 19th, which brings together New York's leading constitutional experts to debate key issues at the heart of reforming NYS constitution; Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner will give keynote on the 50th anniversary of Constitutional Home Rule.

    The conference speakers and panelists will include:

    Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Director, CRREO at SUNY – New Paltz and leading state constitution expert;Christopher Bopst, Co-Editor, The New York State Constitution, 2nd edition;Hank Dullea, SUNY TrusteePeter Galie, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Canisius College, leading expert on state constitutional history, and Co-Editor The New York State Constitution, 2nd edition;Carl Hayden, Former Chair, SUNY Trustees and NYS Board of Regents;Brian Kolb, Minority Leader, New York State Assembly;Barbara Lifton, New York State Assembly;Stephanie Miner, Mayor, City of Syracuse;Bill Samuels, Co-Founder EffectiveNY.org and founder New Roosevelt;Henry Steck, Distinguished Service Professor and Political Science Professor, SUNY Cortland; andBrian Tobin, Mayor, City of Cortland

    The conference will feature two panel discussions. The first will focus on the constitutional
    issues in anticipation of the 2013 November election, where voters will consider to ballot
    initiatives dealing with the state constitution. The second considers more generally what could, or should, be removed from the current constitution in a future constitutional convention.

    People interested in attending can register here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QX5XV26


    June 13 - 14, 2013: EPA Region 9 Leadership Workshops for Local Water SystemsThis workshop is designed to make local leaders more effective in both their professional and personal interactions so they can engage listeners, make sound decisions, and get the job done.

    For more information and registration visit www.efcnetwork.org/upcoming

    To download the brochure, CLICK HERE.

    2013 Hudson River Science Symposium: "The State of Hudson River Science"

    NEW PALTZ – The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz, the Hudson River Environmental Society, and the Hudson River Foundation will host a symposium to present the latest scientific understanding of the Hudson River and environs, discuss the drivers behind the science, identify future challenges, and provide an opportunity for scientists, resource managers, educators, students and the general public to share ideas. Invited speakers will address issues of long-term ecological change, ecosystem restoration, Hudson River fish, sediments, contaminants, and historical ecology and archaeology. A poster session on issues of importance to understanding the valley, coupled with a mixer and reception, will end the day.

    Symposium presenters include Jeffrey Levinton of SUNY Stony Brook, David Strayer, Stuart Findlay, and Emma Rosi-Marshall of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, William Solecki of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, Karin Lindberg of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, David Ralston of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, April Beisaw of Vassar College, and Dennis Suszowski of the Hudson River Foundation.

  • March 1, 2013: Mid Hudson Agriculture: Growing our Economy and our CommunitiesSUNY New Paltz Student Union Multi-Purpose Room. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Topics to be discussed include:

Agriculture: Where Will the Hudson Valley Be in Ten Years?

Regional Agriculture and Our Schools

Reaching the Regional

MarketSuccess Stories: Farm Food for Strengthened Families and Communities

Our Brand for 25,000,000 Customers in the Tri-State area

  • July 30, 2012: Mid Hudson Sustainability Meeting:

The Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan, as part of the Cleaner, Greener, Communities Program, looks to utilize the combined knowledge of stakeholders in the seven counties of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Region to create a plan that will lead to a more sustainable region. At this meeting, leaders of the project will brief you on this innovative initiative.

  • June 15, 2012: Is There a Hudson Valley Regional Agenda?

A primary purpose of the State University of New York at New Paltz Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) is to provide a neutral venue for the discussion of often controversial matters of broad interest and importance to the Hudson Valley. This conference will engage a broad range of groups and individuals in the valley, with a variety of strongly held interests and priorities, to consider whether this dynamic region, like other key regions in the state, can annually generate and advance a shared regional agenda for legislative action by state government.  We seek to create a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting us as we develop a regional agenda. We aspire to foster a dialogue among the many diverse partners whose engagement can help us move forward in a positive direction for the benefit of the entire region.



  • Jan. 30, 2012: Race to the Top: Costs and Consequences

    Presentation by Ken Mitchell, District Superintendent of the South Orangetown School District in Rockland County, author of the CRREO Discussion Brief, "Federal Mandates on Local Education: Costs and Consequences – Yes, it's a Race, but is it in the Right Direction?"

    "New York's hard won inclusion in the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) initiative has already dramatically changed both how we educate our children and how we fund public K-12 education in our state."

  • Sept. 8, 2011:Ten Years On…Reflections on 9/11. SUNY New Paltz Honors Center. 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This panel will be moderated by CRREO Director Gerald Benjamin. Panelists include Lewis Brownstein, professor of political science, presenting “Rethinking American Security in the Aftermath of 9/11;” Nancy Kassop, professor of political science, presenting “Law vs. Politics in the Response to 9/11: One at the Expense of the Other?;” Jerry Persaud, assistant professor of communication and media, presenting "Pedagogy vs. Patriotism: A Decade of Teaching and Learning about 9/11;” and Hamilton Stapell, assistant professor of history, presenting "9/11 and Historical Memory."

  • Sept. 21, 2011: The Fifth Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture: “College and Community in New Paltz and America”. SUNY New Paltz CSB Auditorium, 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of Sojourner Truth Library

This lecture will be delivered by CRREO Director Gerald Benjamin, “We are predisposed to think of “the college” and “the community” as apart from each other, not a part of each other. We speak of the college as a separate community, the college community, that is bounded and has membership,” Benjamin said. “We know that town/gown tensions are pandemic, and certainly present in New Paltz. And we also make commitments to ‘serving the (outside) community,’ and encouraging our students to do so. Yet are we not one community, are we not really and fundamentally all in this together, in this place, at this time? And wouldn’t we benefit enormously from consciously embracing this unity? Certainly, Dennis O’Keefe’s life was a testament to this idea."

  • October 2011:One Book One New Paltz

This shared reading experience collaboration between One Book One New Paltz and the SUNY New Paltz Common Summer Reader features two books by Sherman Alexie: War Dances (for adults) and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (for both adult and young adult readers). Events will be held throughout the month of October. Visit the website for the full calendar.

  • Oct. 3, 2011: The Tax Cap Challenge, SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The 2011 Fall Conference on Local Government, presented with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Featured speaker: Tom Suozzi, former Nassau County Executive and chairman of the NYS Commission on Property Tax Relief. Discounted reservations are offered to local government officials and employees. Click here for more on sponsorship and registration.

  • Nov. 16, 2011: Solid Waste Management Past and Future, SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Presented with the Mid-Hudson Region League of Women Voters

20 years ago the New York State Legislature created Resource Recovery Agencies at the County level in Dutchess and Ulster County. The agencies were responsible for closing non-compliant local landfills, establishing recycling facilities, creating DEC compliant landfills and building waste to energy plants.

    1. Today county tax payers are obligated to keep the Resource Recovery Agencies financially afloat.
    2. Local solid waste management plans are expiring and new ones are due to be submitted to New York State DEC.
    3. Much of our waste is being trucked vast distances to enormous landfills.
    4. Recycling is not enforced and very little progress has been made in composting food waste and other organic materials.
    5. The total amount of solid waste generated has increased enough to offset any reduction created by recycling.
  • May 19, 2011: The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, William Dudley, will speak on campus. The presentation will be in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room and will be followed by a Q&A session. The fee for admission and breakfast is $15 per person. A continental breakfast will be served between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. For registration and information, call the Office of Regional Education at 845-257-2900.
  • April 25, 2011: An Evening With The Fellows: Financing Smart & Sustainable Place-Making. Three Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners – recognized nationally by their peers for excellence and leadership in community planning – will explore innovative zoning and fiscal policies, touching on the State Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act and Transit-Oriented Development. Hosted by the Lower Hudson Valley West Section of the New York Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association in conjunction with the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz. $12
  • April 26, 2011: Second Annual Service Summit. 8:30-12:00 pm held at the Terrace, SUNY New Paltz: Sponsored by: UlsterCorps and CRREO
  • March 31, 2011: "An Evening with the Fellows: financing Smart and Sustainable Place-making" 7:30-9:00 pm The Terrace, SUNY New Paltz.
  • March 24, 2011: "Financing Education through Income Taxes?" with Assemblyman Kevin Cahill and a panel including Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute; Martin Reid, Deputy Director of Government Relations at the New York State School Boards Association & Gerald Benjamin, Director of CRREO @ SUNY New Paltz. 7:00-9:00pm at the New Paltz High School on 130 Putt Corners Road. Sponsored by: New Paltz Central School District Board Legislative Action Committee, the SUNY New Paltz School of Education & CRREO
  • March 23, 2011: Judicial Conference at SUNY New Paltz "Justice and Our Justice Courts in Ulster County" 8:00-12:30 SUB room 62/63
  • January 24, 2011: 2011 9:00-3:00pm held at the Student Union Building, SUNY New Paltz: "Solar Energy Conference" Sponsored by: The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC) and CRREO
  • April 13, 2010: "SUNY Undergraduates Shaping New York's Future: A Showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capitol" CRREO's Regional Well-Being students will be presenting their research, "Biological Assessment for Water Quality in Plattekill Brook, NY".
  • April 21, 2010: Intermunicipal Watershed Planning Workshop sponsored with the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program. SUB Multi-Purpose Room, 9pm to 4pm.
  • March 20, 2010: World History Institute Workshop, 8:00am to 1:00 pm HUM 118.
  • March 25: Global Water Crisis 6:30pm to 8:30pm CSB (With World Affairs Council). (Facebook Event Page)
  • March 25-26, 2010: "Cognitive Processing Therapy: Two Day Training for Treating PTSD" .
  • Feb. 5: Solar Farmers’ Workshop co-sponsor with TSEC will be held at The Terrace at SUNY New Paltz, 2pm to 6pm.
  • Feb. 24, 2010: Intermunicipal Watershed Planning Workshop sponsored with the Hudson River Watershed Alliance and the Hudson River Estuary Program. SUB Rooms 401/405 or 402/408, 9pm to 4pm.
  • POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 13, 2010: February 27: "keeping_pace" cosponsored with the League of Women Voters of Mid-Hudson Region, Hudson River Estuary Training Program, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, Sustainable Hudson Valley, Town of New Paltz, New Paltz GreenWorks, Ulster County Association of Town Supervisors and Mayors. LC 102, from 9:30am to 1:00pm.
  • November 2009: One Book One New Paltz.
  • October 2009: Our yearly joint conference on local government in partnership with Pattern for Progress.
  • Sept. 25-26, 2009: The Hudson Conference. A celebration to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's legendary voyage. (Follow Up On Facebook).
  • June 10, 11, 12, 2009: Stream Monitoring Workshop. Participants will learn a powerful way to measure water quality in the local and regional environment, as a starting point for protecting and restoring streams, rivers, lakes and watersheds.
    » View workshop webpage
  • May 30, 2009: Shakespeare conference for teachers in the region.
    » More details on the English Department blog
  • April 16, 2009: "The Hudson: America’s River" Book reading and signing, by local author Frances F. Dunwell.
    » FrancesDunwell*
  • April 28, 2009: Innovative Responses to the Current Funding Crisis in the Arts. Keynote speaker: Heather Hitchens, New York State council of the Arts.
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    » ArtsProgBrochure*
  • November 2008: One Book One New Paltz
  • Nov. 28, 2007: NYS Commission on Local Government Economy and Competitiveness Public Hearing
  • Dec. 2, 2008: Climate change and world security is topic of presentation
  • Oct. 8, 2008: Second Annual Fall Conference on Local Government – Government on the Energy Gridiron. Presented by Pattern for Progress, SUNY New Paltz
  • Oct. 5, 2007: pattern_oct0507 *
    Presented by Pattern for Progress, SUNY New Paltz, Pace Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management, New York State Department of State

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