Resolution J1236-2013

Mourning the death of Frank J. Macchiarola, Ph.D., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 12, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of  Frank J. Macchiarola,
Ph.D., distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Frank  J.  Macchiarola,  Ph.D.,  Chancellor  of  St.  Francis
College, Brooklyn Heights, New York, died on December 18, 2012; and
  WHEREAS,  Frank  J.  Macchiarola,  Ph.D., distinguished himself in his
profession and by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to
the welfare of his community; and
  WHEREAS, Frank J. Macchiarola, Ph.D., whose  interests  and  expertise
span  the  legal,  academic,  religious, executive management and public
service areas, joined St. Francis College, his alma mater, as  President
in  July of 1996; he served in that capacity until 2008, when he stepped
down to become the Chancellor of St. Francis College; and
  WHEREAS, Prior to his service  at  his  alma  mater,  Dr.  Macchiarola
served as Dean and Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of
Law of Yeshiva University from 1991-1996, where he taught Legal Process,
Contracts and Legal Writing; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Macchiarola  also  served  as  Professor of Business in
Columbia University's Graduate School  of  Business  with  teaching  and
research  interests  in  business law, government regulation of business
and nonprofit management from 1988-1991; and
  WHEREAS, He was the Chair of the Advisory Committee  of  the  Columbia
Business School Community Collaboration and served on doctoral panels in
political science and education; and
  WHEREAS,  A  faculty  member  at  the City University of New York from
1964-1985, Dr.  Macchiarola served at City College, Baruch College,  and
City  University  Graduate  School,  leaving  as  Professor of Political
Science on the doctoral faculty; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Macchiarola served as Vice President of the City  Univer-
sity  Graduate  School and as Director of the Top 40 Program of the CUNY
Urban Academy for Management; furthermore, he was a Professor of  Educa-
tion  at  Teachers  College  of Columbia University and President of The
Academy of Political Science; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Macchiarola served as  Counsel  to  the  New  York  State
Assembly  Committee  on  Codes  and  Special Counsel and Director of the
Housing Study Group of the Scott Commission; from 1983-1988, he was  the
President  and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Partnership,
Inc., a business and civic organization consisting of  a  board  of  120
leaders  in  New  York  City  dedicated to improving economic and social
conditions in the City; and
  WHEREAS, From 1978-1983, Dr. Macchiarola held the position of Chancel-
lor of the New York City Public School System,  supervising  the  educa-
tional program of nearly one million students; he was also Deputy Direc-
tor of the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board for New York
City; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. Macchiarola's deeply rooted Roman-Catholic faith, recog-
nized through numerous awards and accolades, strongly influenced him  to
focus  his  life's  work  on  helping others; in 2012, Pope Benedict XVI
bestowed upon him the Papal Honor of Knight Commander of the Holy  Order
of St. Gregory the Great; and
  WHEREAS,  Among numerous other honors, he also received the St. Thomas
More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild Diocese Brooklyn (2002),  the

Lifetime  Achievement  Award  from Catholic Teachers Association (1999),
and the Cavalieri, Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (1980); and
  WHEREAS,  In  the  public  service  arena,  Chancellor Macchiarola was
appointed in 2003 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as  chair  of  the
New  York  City  Charter Revision Commission; also appointed by Governor
George Pataki to the New York State Commission on Education  Reform,  he
served  as  chairman  of  the  New  York State Higher Education Services
Commission; and
  WHEREAS, He was also chair of the New York  City  Districting  Commis-
sion,  which  drew City Council District lines for the 1991 election and
acted as special referee in the case that drew New York  State  congres-
sional lines for the 1992 election; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr.  Macchiarola  was  a  member of President Jimmy Carter's
Impact Aid Commission, New York City Charter Revision  Commissions,  New
York City Campaign Finance Board, New York City Water Board and New York
City Tax Study Commission; and
  WHEREAS,  Dr. Macchiarola was a member of several civic boards includ-
ing the Academy of  Political  Science,  Manhattan  Institute,  Brooklyn
Children's  Museum,  and  New York City Police Department Board of Visi-
tors; and
  WHEREAS, Since 2004, Dr. Macchiarola was a member of the American  Bar
Association  Committee  on Law School Accreditation and was a consultant
to and director of several corporations; he sat  on  the  board  of  the
Manville Personal Injury Settlement Trust, and Jefferies Group Inc., and
served  as  special  counsel  to  the  New  York Law firm of Tannenbaum,
Helpern, Syracuse and Hirschtritt, LL.P.; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Frank  J.  Macchiarola, Ph.D., leaves behind a legacy which
will long endure the passage of time and will  remain  as  a  comforting
memory to all he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Frank J. Macchiarola,  Ph.D.,  distinguished  citizen
and devoted member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Frank J. Macchiarola, Ph.D.


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