Local Government Records Advisory Council
Biographies of Members
Thomas R. Bodden has served on LGRAC since 1994. He was the Manager of Research and Information for the Association of Towns of the State of New York for 20 years and specialized in the areas of municipal finance and land use planning. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles about local government in New York. He currently serves as a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission for the Town of Glenville in Schenectady County.
Lisa Bobo is the Chief Information Officer of the City of Rochester, responsible for leading the City’s technology initiatives, overall support, and business process reengineering. Lisa has worked in many capacities of IT in City Government including Enterprise Systems Manager, Relationship Manager, Application Manager, Project Lead, and Application Developer. Lisa served on the IT Steering Committee for the City during the Mayor Duffy Administration; she is also a member of the New York State IT Conference for CIO’s in local government. Lisa has received many Mayoral recognition awards for her work with various projects throughout her career. Lisa also is involved in actively mentoring other individuals working at achieving leadership roles in the IT field.
Jeanne Brown has experienced town government in her own town as a Deputy Town Clerk, Supervisor’s Secretary, Assessor’s Clerk, Planning Board Clerk, and Recreation Commission Member, as well as an active community member. This on-the-job training and nearly two decades of helping small towns and villages in her area with technology and records management projects have given her an understanding of the business process of small towns that only those of us who have been there can develop. Since 2005, Jeanne has also served as Project Director and Records Management Officer for the Digital Towpath Cooperative.
Patricia Bryce was appointed the director for the Albany County Hall of Records (ACHOR) in 2007. Before that, she served as deputy director since 1989. Prior to her tenure with ACHOR, she spent five years as Albany County Deputy County Clerk. She has served on the New York Association of Local Government Records Officers’ Board of Directors, and is an associate member of the New York Association of County Clerks. She received the William Hoyt Annual Archives Award for Excellence in Advocacy, as well as the Guy D. Paquin Award for participation and promotion of sound records management to local governments.
Carolee A. Conklin has lived and worked in Rochester for more than forty years. She serves as a City Council Member for the City of Rochester. She has served as the City's Deputy Treasurer, the Monroe County Deputy County Clerk, and the City Clerk of Rochester. She has served as an active member and board member of the Genesee Valley PTA, Action for a Better Community, Alternatives for Battered Women (five years as treasurer), Women Helping Girls, and the American Association of University Women (ten years as treasurer).
Stephen J. Fiala has served as the County Clerk of Richmond County since 2001. Before that time, he served on the New York City Council. He also holds the titles of Clerk of the Supreme Court, Commissioner of Jurors, and County Register. As County Clerk, he oversees the agency serves as the official records repository for Richmond County, maintains the archives of the county, and performs marriage ceremonies and oaths of office.
Eileen Flannelly serves dual roles as Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Department of Records and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). She has served as Commissioner (2010-2011), Deputy Commissioner (2005-2010), and Assistant Commissioner (2002-2004) in the Department of Records. Flannelly joined city service in 1999. Prior to that, she had worked in several management positions in large private sector organizations. She is a board member of the New York City Commission on Public Information and Communication, Recording Secretary for the Irish Institute of New York City, and the Manhattan Jewish Historic Initiative. In addition, Eileen serves as a mentor for the NYC Disability Mentoring Program, the Administration for Child Services Foster Care program, is a supporter of and fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Children’s Arthritis Foundation and the March of Dimes.
Louise Glasso has been very active and visible within the community since becoming Rome’s City Clerk in 2005. She also serves as a member of the New York State Archives’ Region 5 Advisory Committee and was appointed by the New York State Board of Regents to serve on the Board of Visitors for the New York State School for the Deaf. Most recently, she was appointed by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks to be a mentor for new clerks in other municipalities. As Clerk, she has co-sponsored legislation to update various portions of the Rome Code of Ordinances including legislation to create the “Do Not Knock” program to assist residents who want to avoid solicitors. She has also helped coordinate the City of Rome’s successful Gun-Buy Back Program.
Rick Hogan is the Chief Records Manager for the New York State Office of Court Administration. Prior to this position, he was County Clerk in Broome County from 1981 to 1998. During that term, he served as President of the New York State Association of County Clerks and received its Lifetime Achievement Award. He's also served two terms as President of NYALGRO. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for an international software company based in Lexington, Kentucky, focused on Government software solutions.
Timothy Idoni has a record of over thirty years of public service throughout Westchester County. Currently, Tim serves as the Westchester County Clerk. Prior to being sworn in as the Westchester County Clerk in January 2006, he served as the fourteen-year Mayor of the City of New Rochelle, a position he was elected to four times. He entered public service in 1980, serving as an assistant to the Village Administrator of Bronxville, as Director of Emergency Services and then Deputy City Manager of New Rochelle, and then as Village Manager of Ardsley. While working in Ardsley in the late 1980s, Tim was awarded the International City Management Association's highest award, one of only ten internationally, for his work in modernizing that village's operations and programs.
Joseph T. Jones is a private citizen who was formerly the Geographic Systems Coordinator for the County of Nassau, where he has worked for over 45 years. He has been a member of the New York State Archives’ Regional Advisory Committee for Region 10 (Long Island) and the steering committee for the Erie County Water Authority Demonstration Project for the development of the publication, GIS Planning and Implementation Guidelines for State and Local Governments.
Susan Kramarsky is a consultant as well as the Development Director of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester. Her first career was in not-for-profit management. In her second career as an elected official, she served as the Town Clerk for the Town of Brighton for twelve years. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology, Bard College and did graduate work in art history, University of Minnesota
David Allan Little has directed NYSSBA's Governmental Relations Department since November of 1999. He is a graduate of Wittenberg University and the Capital University Law School. Dave previously served as counsel in both the New York State Assembly and Senate. His most recent position was Home Rule Counsel and Counsel to the Majority Leader for Local Government. Dave also served nine years on the Brittonkill Board of Education, the last seven as its president. In addition, Dave has served on the Rensselaer County Legislature, the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, and the Board of Directors of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. He is also past chair of the Conference of State Association Legislative Staff. Dave lives in Brunswick with his wife Lynne. Their sons Patrick and Daniel recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology, respectively.
John T. McDonald III is the Assemblymember for the New York State Assembly’s 108th District. Before this, he was Mayor of the City of Cohoes for thirteen years. He has served on the State Comptrollers’ Local Advisory Team, the Capital District Transportation Committee, and Office for Technology Local Advisory Committee. He has also served as President of New York State Conference of Mayors and Governor for the New York State Municipal Insurance Reciprocal.
Michael McSweeney is City Clerk for the City of New York. Prior to this, he was First Deputy City Clerk for the City and he was the Director of Legislative and Community Affairs of LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He previously served as the first District Chief of Staff of Congressman Joseph Crowley, having also served in the same capacity when Mr. Crowley was a Member of the New York State Assembly. Michael has been admitted to practice law in New York State since 2000.
Lori Mithen-DeMasi was named Counsel to the Association of Towns of the State of New York in 2008 where she has been employed since 1993. She is a graduate of Albany Law School and Ithaca College with a degree in communications. She sits on a variety of New York State Legislative and Agency advisory bodies where she provides the town perspective on various issues such as land use, environmental, telecommunications and personnel.
Elizabeth Neville has served as the as the Town Clerk of the Town of Southold on Long Island since 1998. She began her career with the Town of Southold in 1968 as Secretary/Stenographer to the Building Department, Planning Board, and Zoning Board of Appeals. In 1975, she was appointed Deputy Town Clerk and served in that position until 1997. She has been responsible for Southold’s records management program since 1989. She received the designation of Registered Municipal Clerk in 2002, of Certified Municipal Clerk in 2005, and of Master Municipal Clerk in 2010. She is the current president of the Nassau/Suffolk Town Clerks Association and a Director of New York State Town Clerks Association. She is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and has served on its Records Management Committee. She serves as 3rd Vice-President of the New York State Association of Towns.
Greg Potter is the director of Information Technology Services in Tompkins County. In that role, he has worked closely with the county clerk's records management program to integrate IT and records management and to bring paperless business process to both the county itself and now its municipalities.
Christian G. Sampson is Town Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics for the Town of Ramapo. He is the President of the New York State Town Clerks Association and has served that association as First and Second Vice President, a District Director, and Chair of the Bylaws Committee. Chris has served as board President of the Rockland County YMCA and has served for nine years on his local board of education. Prior to his public sector career, he was an executive with the regional Baby Bell telephone company that operated in the New York and New England areas, serving for thirty years.
Michelle Schimel represents New York State’s 16th Assembly District. Previously, she served as North Hempstead Town Clerk. In 2006, Michelle served on the New York State Cyber-Security Panel in conjunction with Homeland Security to review Internet policies for local governments throughout the state. She formerly served on the board of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, including as Vice-President. She now serves on their Legislative Committee. Formerly a Physical Therapist at North Shore University Hospital, she is one of a select few medical professionals who is board certified in wound care. In a prior career, she was Vice-President of a multi-million dollar fashion jewelry company.
Anne Taylor serves as Court Attorney to the Hon. Dena E. Douglas, Judge of the Civil Court of Kings County. She previously held positions with the New York City Department of Transportation as Associate Attorney and Deputy Counsel for the Office of Litigation Services and Records Management. In her prior career as an information management professional, she worked with the New York City Department of Records and Information Services as Deputy Chief of the Records Management Unit and as Director of the Municipal Reference and Research Center (now City Hall Library) and in other libraries in Africa and the United States.
Geoffrey P. Williams has been University Archivist and Campus Records Officer at the University at Albany, SUNY, since 1987. He is a past chair of the New York Archives Conference and the University Libraries Faculty. He is co-chair of the New York State Historical Records Advisory Board (1996-present). He wrote the entries on Kate Stoneman and the University at Albany, SUNY, for The Encyclopedia of New York State.