Louis J. Cotrona NORTH GREENBUSH – Louis J. Cotrona, age 76, a longtime resident of North Greenbush, died on February 26, 2013 at his winter residence in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in Troy, he was the son of the late Rocco and Mary Centanni Cotrona. He was a graduate of Catholic Central High School, Class of 1954, Siena College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Social Studies and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy where he attained a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Lou's 28 year career in public service was filled with an extensive record of accomplishments. Throughout his career, Lou maintained a reputation predicated on honesty, high ethical standards, and commitment to excellence. Lou's public service career began as an intern with the State Division of the Budget. After serving in various positions for numerous political leaders, Lou became the administrative director of the Senate Finance Committee for the Senate Minority Conference. Subsequently, Lou became the Legislative Liaison Officer to Governor Carey. From there, Lou accepted the position of Deputy Appointments Officer to the Governor. Later, Lou became the executive Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. At the end of his public service career, Lou became the second Executive Director for the Temporary State Commission on Lobbying. During this time, he served on the executive committee of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, a national organization that focused on developing best practices and processes for all matters related to lobbying, elections, and ethics. In 1992, Lou co-founded Capitol Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in identifying government contracting opportunities for leading technology companies and private education institutions and colleges. Notably, he spearheaded the development of Quick Draw. With a passion for policy, driving change, and for participating in public service, he most recently volunteered his time to local initiatives for the Town of North Greenbush. He was an active member of the Assessment Board of Review and served as a liaison to the Town Board. Survivors include his children, Robyn Cotrona of Albany and Christopher Cotrona of North Greenbush, his sisters, Rose (Louis) Bonelli and Grace (the late Ed) Corina, both of Troy, a brother, Frank (Dorothy) Cotrona of Cohoes, his former wives, Cynthia Cotrona of North Greenbush and Barbara Cotrona of East Greenbush and several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be from Thomas S. Connolly Funeral Home, 294 Whiteview Rd., Wynantskill on Monday at 8:45 A.M and at 9:30 A.M. from St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church. Troy, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Mario Julian, pastor. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 to 7 P.M. Contributions to St. Anthony of Padua Shrine Church, 28 State Street, Troy, NY 12180 in memory of Lou would be appreciated.
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Published in The Record on Mar. 2, 2013