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May 6 McEneny Talk Canceled

May 5, 2009

UPDATED: The talk by New York State Assemblyman John J. McEneny scheduled for this evening (Wednesday, May 6) has been canceled. The New York State Legislature is holding an unexpected, emergency vote in Albany.

New York State Assemblyman John J. McEneny will address "The Career of a New York Assemblyman and New York Politics" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 in the Celebration Room of Shineman Chapel House on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

McEneny holds a B.A. in history from Siena College and certificates in community development and public administration from New Mexico State University School of Agriculture and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Colombia, South America.

McEneny entered state service in 1984, and, in 1985, became the first full-time director of the State Urban Cultural Parks Program administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. From April 1989 through 1991, he was assistant Albany County executive to the Hon. James. J. Coyne. In January 1992, McEneny was appointed chief of staff to Assemblyman Richard J. Conners. Following Conners' decision not to run again, he won the primary and general elections. During his 12 years in the Assembly, he authored 90 bills that have been signed into law.

A former Albany County historian, McEneny is a well-known teacher and speaker on local history, ethnicity, and related fields. He led the effort that saved the 17th century Quackenbush House, Albany's oldest building, and later chaired the Albany Historic Sites Commission. He authored "Albany, Capital City on the Hudson," the definitive text on the city's four centuries of history in the past 25 years.

For additional information, contact Hartwick College Associate Professor of Political Science Laurel Elder at 607-431-4887 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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