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

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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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