Dierdre ScozzafavaMark P. Pattison
Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government

Mark P. Pattison was appointed by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado as the Deputy Secretary for Local Government. He was previously the Director of Local Government Services at the Department of State.

Mr. Pattison also previously served as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and as a Deputy Comptroller for the Office of the State Comptroller. 

Mr. Pattison has spent many years in public service.  He was Mayor of the City of Troy from 1996 through 2003. Mr. Pattison worked at the Rensselaer County Chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens for 20 years, including 12 years as its Director of Residential Services.

He served as Vice-President of the City of Troy's School Board, President of Vanderheyden Hall, Vice-Chair of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Hudson Mohawk Heritage Area Commission and President of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies. He was a trustee and faculty member of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and has served on many community boards, including the Center for Economic Growth, the Troy Rehabilitation Improvement Program (TRIP) and the Commission for Economic Opportunity.

Mr. Pattison studied political science, economics and urban policy at the State University of New York at Oswego.  He has a Masters Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University, Antioch New England Graduate School.  He lives on Troy’s East Side with his wife, Laura Amos, and has two children, Edward and Mary.

Ann M. Thane
Director of Local Government Services

Ann M. Thane has been appointed Director of Local Government Services at the Department of State by Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. 

Ms. Thane served as the Mayor of the City of Amsterdam, New York from 2008-2015. During her tenure, her administration secured $30 million dollars in stimulus funding and grants, renegotiated long-term water distribution agreements between the City of Amsterdam and Town of Florida as well as a sales tax redistribution agreement with Montgomery County, and upgraded the city’s bond rating to A3. She saw to the strategic rehabilitation of the city’s water, sewer and storm water distribution systems and partnered with surrounding municipalities to create one of NYS’s first land banks. She developed award-winning promotional materials and Amsterdam’s first website, focused revitalization efforts heavily on historic preservation of significant buildings, parks and neighborhoods, and instituted public safety and beautification initiatives to preserve the quality of life of the city’s residents.

She is currently a NYS Commissioner for Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and a federally-appointed Commissioner for the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. She was an active participant on the Executive Board of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council for five years. She was an Executive Board member of the New York Conference of Mayors for seven years and served as President of the organization in 2015. She has been a strident community activist and advocate for Amsterdam's waterfront revitalization and downtown redevelopment for seventeen years. 

Prior to serving as Mayor, Ms. Thane was the Director of the Walter Elwood Museum for seven years. Under her direction, the Museum was recognized by the NYS Council on the Arts as an establishment that demonstrated organizational excellence and should serve as a model for other small, developing institutions in the state.

Ms. Thane began her professional career as freelance graphic artist and worked in the Northern NJ area and NYS Capital District for twenty years. She attended college at the University of Delaware with a focus on Fine Art and Art History. She lives in Amsterdam, NY with her husband, Peter and is the mother of two children, Ian and Sarah.

Bios of Local Government Staff

Patricia Burke
Patricia Burke is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State.  Prior to her service at the Department of State, she worked at the New York State Office of Real Property Services.  Ms. Burke holds a master’s degree in Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Albany, with an environmental concentration that studied wind turbine planning considerations, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.  Prior to her public service, she was an editor for a national legal publishing firm.

John Demarest
John Demarest is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government. Prior to joining the Department of State John was the Director of Strategic Development at the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation which gave grants to New York State colleges and universities to perform research with economic development as an end goal. He received a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. in Finance from St. John’s University

Christopher Eastman
Christopher Eastman is manager of the Local Government Training program at the New York Department of State. He received a master’s degree in regional planning from the State University of New York at Albany in 2002. The focus of his study included site-value taxation, an alternative approach to property taxation in which land is taxed at a rate greater than the buildings on it in infill areas to provide incentive for development. In addition to having been both a city planner and a county planner, Mr. Eastman has worked for the Preservation League of New York State and, on his own, restoring old windows.

Paula Gilbert
Paula Gilbert is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. Prior to joining the team at the Department of State in 2017, she worked for three years as the Executive Director and two years as an Urban Policy Associate at the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of NYS, Inc., a technical assistance and advocacy not-for-profit organization working with a group of more than 140 affordable housing and community development organizations within the urban and suburban neighborhoods of New York State. Paula holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning and a Master’s in Regional Planning from the University at Albany, where she interned with the New York Planning Federation. A lifelong urban enthusiast, Paula is a proud resident of the city of Albany with her partner Michael and has a passion for international travel and riding public transit.

Christopher Grant
Christopher Grant is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State, which is responsible for administering the Local Government Efficiency (LGE) program. This program provides financial and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of local governments. Mr. Grant joined the Department of State in 2007 after working in the banking industry, where he was a Director in charge of commercial real estate lending. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Economic Geography from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, and recently completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Ebony Mapp
Ebony Mapp is a Local Government Specialist with the New York Department of State Division of Local Government Services. Formerly, your friendly, neighborhood do-gooder, her passion for community impact lured her away from the investigations industry and into the world of urban planning. Ebony has been the Economic Development Special Projects Manager for the City of Shreveport's Department of Community Development, where she led city-wide initiatives focused on small businesses and financial empowerment in underserved communities. Most recently, she was a Senior Planner and Land Development Coordinator with the Shreveport-Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), where she executed the review and analysis of complex zoning and land use proposals and championed inter-agency cooperation. Ebony is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and an A.S. in Individual Studies from Hudson Valley Community College.

Anurupa Roy
Anurupa Roy is a Local Government Specialist with the New York Department of State in the Division of Local Government Services. She has considerable experience in academic research (including field studies), and designing and teaching courses in postsecondary institutions in different formats such as in-person and online. She completed her Ph.D. in Geography from the Ohio State University, in which she broadly examined the current urban issues of the developing countries in the context of the globalizing world. She has also been working as adjunct faculty at the State University of New York, Albany, teaching courses on Human Geography and Globalization.

Joann Ryan
Joann Ryan is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government Services. Ms. Ryan joined the Division when the Local Government Efficiency (LGE) program was launched in 2005 after working in the Telecommunications Industry as a Site Acquisition Specialist and Project Manager responsible for new site builds and growth overlay development. Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University at Albany and a Master's Degree in Urban Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. She resides in the Ten Broeck Triangle Historic District, Albany, NY where she is active in the Society of Architectural Historians, the Albany Center Art Gallery and the Mohawk Hudson Bonsai Society.

Carl Ublacker
Carl Ublacker is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Science with a study option in Natural Resources, Planning and Management from SUNY Plattsburgh. A former National Park Ranger, Carl also previously worked for the Department of Environmental Conservation. In his spare time, Carl teaches and practices karate at a nonprofit martial arts dojo.

Kyle Wilber
Kyle Wilber is a Local Government Specialist with the New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, who has dedicated the majority of his professional career, as well as much of his personal life to local government and community service. Currently Kyle is responsible for the implementation of the Local Government Efficiency program, providing financial and technical assistance to local governments to create opportunities to reduce costs and increase service delivery efficiencies. He is also the State Program Manager for the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Norther Border Regional Commission, federal-state-local partnership programs that promote community development in Southern Tier and Northern New York. Kyle has also worked with other significant state local government initiatives, including the implementation of the NYC Watershed Memorandum of Agreement and Quality Communities. He has served as the Chairman of the Town of Ghent Zoning Board of Appeals and is currently a Lieutenant in the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Binghamton.