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  • Maxwell is committed to serving as a resource for those making a difference at the state and local level.  Our longstanding support – sustained through multiple efforts embedded in several of our leading institutes and centers – allows Maxwell to contribute to domestic and international efforts to enhance public service delivery, strengthen communities, and improve citizen’s lives.  

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  • M.P.A./M.A.I.R. grad’s Excelsior Fellowship leads to career with NYS

    Charlene Cordero ’17 M.P.A./M.A.I.R. calls working as senior policy adviser for New York’s Public Safety Office her "dream job." The native of Brooklyn landed the job in September 2019 after two years as a New York Excelsior Fellow, working for the state’s Office of Public Safety. Cordero is among 24 Maxwell alumni named Excelsior Fellows since 2013, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched the initiative. The program for recent law, graduate and professional school graduates invites participants to share diverse backgrounds and new perspectives to policy design and implementation in New York state government.



    Reeher weighs in on NY's 2022 gubernatorial race in Press-Republican

    With less than 20 months to go before the Nov. 8, 2022, statewide election, many potential scenarios are being discussed, and the most informed people can only speculate as to who the major party nominees for governor will be. Professor Grant Reeher says next year's Democratic primary may favor a left-leaning candidate such as Attorney General Letitia James, should she decide to go for the governor's office. The anchor of James' political strength is metropolitan New York City, which has the bulk of Democratic votes in the state. Read more in the Press-Republican article, "Cuomo crisis ignites hope for GOP as 2022 nears."



    Gadarian quoted in Jewish Insider article on Rep. Tenney, NY-22 race

    The race for New York district 22 wasn’t decided until February 5, when a judge ruled that Claudia Tenney (R-NY) should be certified as the winner. Tenney and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) were separated by just 12 votes in the original count, but a range of issues linked to voter registration and inconsistencies and failures in vote counting across the district led to a final margin of 109 votes. Shana Gadarian says neither voter ID laws nor voter roll maintenance would have solved the problems the district faced, which were related primarily to counting and failures to successfully register voters who believed they had done so. Read more in the Jewish Insider article, "109 votes brought Rep. Claudia Tenney back to Congress."



    Gadarian quoted in City & State article on Tenney's win in NY22

    In New York’s 22nd congressional district, Republican Claudia Tenney was certified as the winner on Monday, unseating moderate Democrat Anthony Brindisi—who just two years earlier defeated Tenney after her first term in Congress. "If you’re a Democrat who is trying to walk the line in a kind of socially conservative district, I think having to vote on impeachment, having to take positions on budgets—those are now (votes) that your opponent can push against," says Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science. Read more in the City & State article, "How Claudia Tenney won back her seat in Congress."



    Monnat weighs in on CNY COVID-19 deaths in article

    During December in Onondaga County, COVID-19 far outstripped the monthly average deaths from the typical leading cause of death: heart disease. "To keep things in perspective, there have been 330 COVID deaths in the county over the whole year so far," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. "There are still far more deaths annually from heart disease and cancer," she adds. But, "If these numbers are similar for 2020," Monnat says, “COVID will be the third-leading cause of death in the county this year." Read more in the article, "COVID-19 is killing more people in CNY right now than anything else."



    Purser discusses the right for renters to have legal counsel with AP

    Fewer than 10 cities and counties nationwide guarantee tenants the right to a lawyer in housing-related disputes, and for people struggling to make ends meet, an attorney is beyond their means. Unlike criminal cases, an attorney won’t be assigned if someone can’t afford one. "The push for right to counsel preceded the pandemic, but it’s particularly acute and particularly urgent in light of the pandemic, given just the overall precarity that renters are facing," says Gretchen Purser. Legal representation "is going to be one of the most important things that groups around the country can be pushing for," Purser says. She was quoted in the Associated Press article, "Cities helping renters get right to lawyers in housing court."



    Radcliffe quoted in Deseret News article on COVID-19 double standards

    For people struggling to stay motivated to continue social distancing and wearing masks, cases where public officials ignore the very rules they are imposing on others can be frustrating. Officials should be held to a higher standard, says Dana Radcliffe, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs, especially when public health is on the line. "People who have considerable power or ability to influence others have a greater obligation to make sure that their actions match their words—because their words and actions can affect the behavior and welfare of others," says Radcliffe. Read more in the Deseret News article, "7 times public officials had double standards on COVID-19."


  • Feature Stories

  • Innovation in the Salt City

    As an extension of her work as community geographer, faculty member Jonnell Robinson now serves on Syracuse’s new "innovation team".


    Local Influence

    The mayor of Syracuse highlights the number of alumni in Syracuse city and Onondaga County government.


    Win-Win-Win Situation

    The Maxwell X Lab benefits government and nonprofits, in turn helping the clients they serve, while creating a sandbox in which to study real world policy challenges.

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    Creating public health programs that are  effective replicated in community and national prevention programs.

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    Exploring new frontiers in policy, law, and governance of autonomous systems.

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    Serving contemporary challenges in democratic governance 

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    Exploring environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects.

    Center for Policy Research
    Focusing on domestic policy concerns — among them health studies, econometrics, public education, public finance, social welfare, poverty and income security, and urban and regional studies.

    Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
    Enhancing knowledge about social conflicts and collaborative governance and collaborative problem solving.

    Aging Studies Institute
    Promoting aging-related research, training, and outreach. 

    Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
    Facilitating research on issues raised by an increasingly interdependent world and studies challenges to the quality of governance worldwide.

    Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute
    Bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and implement new infrastructures.

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