Gerald Benjamin

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Gerald Benjamin

Gerald BenjaminIn 2008 Gerald Benjamin founded the Center for Research, Regional Engagement and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz and was appointed Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of CRREO. In 2015 the center was renamed after Gerald and is now known as The Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz. He became a Distinguished Professor, the university's highest rank, by action of the SUNY Board of Trustees in 2002. Benjamin, a Fulbright scholar, previously served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at SUNY New Paltz; He has written and commented extensively on state and local government and regional governance with a special emphasis on New York. He was formerly the Director of the Center for the New York State and Local Government Studies at Rockefeller Institute of Government, served as Research Director of the Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision (appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo), was Principal Research Advisor to the New York City Charter Revision Commission, served as Ulster County's legislative chair and headed the Commission that produced and won adoption of the Ulster County charter.