Michaelian Institute Has New Director
By Cara Halstead-Cea
Michael A. Genito, an expert in municipal government and finance who was comptroller of the city of Rye, New York for nearly 13 years, has been named head of the Edwin G. Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management at Pace University.
He will bring his in-the-trenches experience to bear in directing Pace’s 36-year-old municipal “think tank,” which is regularly commissioned to undertake impartial studies of issues affecting governments, taxpayers and institutions.
Over the years Michaelian research has contributed to the effectiveness of municipal services in dozens of cities and towns and has provided case studies of local issues that arise across the nation.
The Institute also conducts professional workshops and training programs for governmental units, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and citizens. In addition, work on Michaelian studies frequently is an important component of Dyson’s Master of Public Administration program.
Government finance expert
A part-time professor of public administration and finance at Pace since 2002, Genito became comptroller of Rye City in 1996 after serving as treasurer in the Village of Suffern and finance director in the Town of Ramapo. A resident of Montebello, New York with an undergraduate degree in Music from Ramapo College of New Jersey, he holds both an M.P.A. in Government from Pace University and an M.B.A. in Accounting & Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a Certified Public Finance Officer, a Certified Government Financial Manager, and a Credentialed Municipal Finance Officer. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) and the New York State GFOA.
“Pace University takes its commitment to serve its regional community very seriously and Michaelian is the ‘go to’ center for understanding underlying issues facing cities and towns in this area,” said Geoffrey Brackett, Pace’s Provost. “Recent changes in the financial climate are intensifying these challenges, and Michael Genito’s experience is an excellent fit. His knowledge, leadership and experience will keep Michaelian at the forefront of helping our municipalities.”
“I’m honored by the chance to build on the distinguished tradition the Michaelian Institute has established in municipal and nonprofit know-how, and in helping ready leaders and policymakers for their responsibilities in the century ahead,” said Genito.
Water and fire
Past Michaelian studies have taken up such matters as cooperative emergency preparedness for fire and police departments, municipal compensation, energy-efficient mass transit, and intermunicipal agreements to operate government services.
Municipalities that recently have commissioned Michaelian studies include the villages of the Town of Greenburgh, twelve Long Island Sound communities participating in the Long Island Sound Watershed Intermunicipal Council, the towns and villages of Ossining and Mamaroneck, the villages of Bronxville and Rye Brook, and several fire districts in southern Westchester County.
The Institute also sponsors conferences, seminars, and training workshops on major issues concerning public policy, politics, and governmental and not-for-profit operations. It conducts a year-long training program for Japanese officials, and has run seminars for officials from China, Russia and Korea. In addition, it works closely with the Department of Public Administration of Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences in placing student interns.
The Institute is named for its first director, former Westchester County executive Edwin G. Michaelian.