On October 20, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini and Suffolk County Deputy Chief of Detectives Robert Cassagne sat down with a class of Stony Brook graduate students to discuss the Police Department’s new $650 million budget for the upcoming year 2017.
The meeting was arranged thanks to Allen Kovesdy, an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook, who is a highly respected educator in the MA in Public Policy program (MAPP). Kovesdy teaches Budget & Finance to a class of 30 students on Thursday nights in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Room 702. He is an MBA graduate from Long Island University, a member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council and Former Director of Management and Research in the Suffolk County Executive’s Office.
“Professor Kovesdy is a great professor who really encourages us to learn and ask questions,” said Allison McCann, one of the students in his class. “He always goes the extra mile to keep us involved and to have us analyzing the most current, up-to-date issues.”
All of the students in Kovesdy’s class are enrolled in MAPP. Sini, a former federal prosecutor and Deputy Assistant to the Suffolk County Executive, and Cassagne met with the class for more than two hours and answered questions regarding the budget process and the programs, initiatives and contractual agreements that go into it. The meeting provided everyone with great insight into the overall process of developing a budget, especially in doing so within the public sector. Most of the students will go on to pursue careers in elected office, law and administrative agencies.