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

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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 Majority 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;
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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