Resolution K221-2013

Mourning the death of Louis J. Cotrona, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • Mar 19, 2013: adopted

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of Louis J. Cotrona, distin-
guished 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, Louis J. Cotrona of North Greenbush, New York, died on  Tues-
day, February 26, 2013, at the age of 76; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  in  Troy, New York, the son of the late Rocco and Mary
Centanni Cotrona, Louis J. Cotrona  was  a  1954  graduate  of  Catholic
Central High School; he continued his education and earned a bachelor of
arts  degree, in history and social studies from Siena College, and then
attained a master's degree in  public  administration  from  Rockefeller
College of Public Affairs and Policy; and
  WHEREAS,  Louis J. Cotrona distinguished himself in his profession and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS, Louis Cotrona's service in State  and  local  government  was
filled  with  an  extensive  record  of accomplishments; he maintained a
reputation predicated on honesty, high ethical standards, and commitment
to excellence; and
  WHEREAS, On March 23, 1964, Louis J.  Cotrona  began  his  illustrious
career  in  public  service  as an intern with the State Division of the
Budget; after serving in various positions for numerous political  lead-
ers, he became the administrative director of the Senate Finance Commit-
tee for the Senate Minority Conference; and
  WHEREAS, Subsequently, Louis J. Cotrona became the legislative liaison
officer  to  Governor  Carey;  he  then  accepted the position of deputy
appointments officer to the Governor; and
  WHEREAS, Later, Louis  J.  Cotrona  served  as  the  executive  deputy
commissioner  for  the  New  York  State  Division  of  Criminal Justice
Services; at the end of his dedicated public service career,  he  became
the  second  executive  director  for  the Temporary State Commission on
Lobbying; and
  WHEREAS, It was at that same time, Louis  J.  Cotrona  served  on  the
executive  committee  of  the  Council  on  Governmental  Ethics Laws, a
national organization that focused  on  developing  best  practices  and
processes  for  all  matters related to lobbying, elections, and ethics;
and
  WHEREAS, In 1992, Louis J. Cotrona co-founded Capitol Strategies, LLC,
a consulting firm specializing  in  identifying  government  contracting
opportunities  for  leading  technology  companies and private education
institutions and colleges; and
  WHEREAS, Notably, he spearheaded the development of Quick Draw; with a
passion for policy, driving change,  and  for  participating  in  public
service,  Louis  J.  Cotrona most recently volunteered his time to local
initiatives for the Town of North Greenbush; and
  WHEREAS, He was an active member of the Assessment Board of Review and
served as a liaison to the town board; and
  WHEREAS, Louis J. Cotrona's commitment to excellence, and  his  spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS,  Louis J. Cotrona is survived by his two children, Mary Robyn
Cotrona and Christopher Cotrona; his sisters, Rose (Louis)  Bonelli  and
Grace  (the  late  Ed) Corina; brother, Frank (Dorothy) Cotrona; and his

former wives, Cynthia Cotrona and Barbara Cotrona; as  well  as  several
nieces and nephews; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Louis J. Cotrona 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 Louis J. Cotrona, 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 Louis J. Cotrona.

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