Cosimo Tangorra

Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.

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Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., is the superintendent of schools for Niskayuna Central School District, a position he was appointed to in April 2015.

Dr. Tangorra has extensive and varied management experience in P-12 Education. Prior to coming to Niskayuna, he was the deputy commissioner for P-12 education at the New York State Education Department. Preceding his service to SED, he was the superintendent of schools for the Central Valley School District, formed in 2013 by the merger of the Ilion and Mohawk school districts. As the superintendent of Ilion at the time, he was instrumental in the successful merger.

School District Reorganization is an area of professional interest for Dr, Tangorra.  In addition to his experience with the Central Valley reorganization, he led the Oppenheim-Ephratah through a reorganization study with the Dolgeville Central School District.  Oppenheim-Ephratah reorganized with the St. Johnsville Central School District in 2013.  School District Reorganization was also the topic of his doctoral dissertation. 

Dr. Tangorra first became a superintendent in 2002 with the Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District, and he went on to lead the Trumansburg Central School District prior to his tenure at Ilion. He began his career as a special education teacher and has also been a school administrator and building principal.

Dr. Tangorra received his associate’s degree from Herkimer County Community College, a bachelor of arts from Siena College, his master’s degree from the College of Saint Rose, Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from SUNY Cortland, and doctorate in education (Ed.D) from the Sage Colleges.


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