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Edward Lurie '70 Re-Appointed to College Council

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Edward S. Lurie, the director of legislative services for the New York State Senate and a 1970 graduate of State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, has been re-appointed by Gov. George Pataki to the College Council.

Lurie serves as a top aide to Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. The Niskayuna, N.Y., resident was first appointed to the Council in September of 2003 to fill an unexpired term. His re-appointment is for seven years and will last through June 30, 2011.

Lurie said serving as a council member is both challenging and rewarding.

"Since I graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1970, much has changed, and we need to meet those challenges," said Lurie. "I think we have one of the best facilities and faculties in the SUNY system.  As a council member, I want to be sure that high school seniors know there is a special place in the SUNY system called Plattsburgh."

Acting Council Chairperson Arnold Amell said he was pleased that Gov. Pataki has re-appointed Lurie to the College Council at Plattsburgh.

"Ed brings a different and unique experiential background to the Council.  His presence on the Council adds to the already very diverse occupational backgrounds represented by the Council members, and expands the breadth of knowledge from which to draw in the decision-making process for the College Council as a whole," said Amell.  "Ed has a keen sense of the history of SUNY Plattsburgh as an alumnus of this institution. I know his knowledge and expertise in state government will also prove useful to the council."

A native of Troy, N.Y., Lurie transferred to Plattsburgh from Hudson Valley Community College after receiving his associate degree in 1968.
He graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1970 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science.

Following graduation and a tour of active duty as a U.S. Army reservist, Lurie joined the Republican State Committee as director of mailing operations and was subsequently promoted to administrative assistant to the state chairman.
Except for a short stint away from politics, Lurie has worked in New York state government and the political arena for more than 30 years.

He initially jumped back into state government as a legislative aide for State Senator Tarky Lombardi and has held several key positions in the New York State Assembly and Senate since then.

Those positions include assistant director of operations (Assembly); director of constituent relations (Senate); deputy director of communications (Senate); and director of legislative services (Senate).

Lurie has also served as executive director of the New York Republican State Committee and the New York State Senate Campaign Committee and has coordinated and managed more than 40 statewide Senate elections.

Lurie and his late wife, Carol, are the parents of two grown sons, Jason and Adam. He also holds a master's degree in communication from SUNY Albany.

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