ADVOCACY

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The Council's Advocacy Team

  • Robert J. Reidy, Jr., Ph.D.
    Executive Director


    Dr. Robert Reidy, Jr., is the Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, a statewide professional association for chief school officers.The Council develops excellence in educational leadership, advocates for high-quality services to children and promotes the importance of leadership in improving public education.

    Prior to his work at The Council, Dr. Reidy served as a Chief School Administrator for 32 years in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and New York State. His service in New York included assignments in the Capital, Southern Tier and Lower Hudson regions. Dr. Reidy received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, his M.A. from Central Michigan University and his Bachelor’s degree from Worcester State College. He is a former adjunct professor at the College of Saint Rose and Fordham University. He is also a former Charles Stewart Mott Foundation fellow. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children – Christopher and Danielle. Chris and his wife, Molly, have a daughter.

  • Robert N. Lowry, Jr.
    Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication

    boblowry@nyscoss.org or 518.435.5996

    Bob Lowry joined the New York State Council of School Superintendents in June 2002 after nearly 20 years of experience in education policy. He currently serves as The Council’s Deputy Director. Previously, Bob worked at New York State United Teachers, most recently as Manager of School Finance and Policy Development.

    Earlier, Bob served a total of five years as the state Assembly’s principal school aid analyst and negotiator, working for the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Bob also served as Assistant Secretary to the Governor for Education and the Arts during Mario Cuomo’s last three years in office (1991 to 1994). He began his public service career as the Speaker’s program analyst for the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

    Bob is a native of Niagara Falls, NY and graduate of that city’s public schools. He received a Bachelor’s degree in political science from State University at Buffalo and a Master of Public Administration degree from the State University at Albany.

  • Terrance N. Pratt, Esq.
    Assistant Director for Government Relations

    terry@nyscoss.org or 518.694.4874

    Terrance (Terry) Pratt, Esq. joined The Council as the Assistant Director for Government Relations in December 2013.  Terry came from the lobbying firm of Malkin & Ross, where he was a professional lobbyist for the previous 5 ½ years, specializing in organization and trade association lobbying. Prior to his time as a lobbyist, Terry served as Assistant Counsel at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as Insurance Committee Counsel in the New York State Assembly.

    Terry has considerable experience conducting legislative issue campaigns on behalf of public interest and nonprofit clients. In addition to his government relations experience, Terry is also a licensed attorney with experience in contracts and regulatory compliance.

    Terry received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Monmouth University in New Jersey - where he also lettered in 3 NCAA sports - and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. Originally from Cazenovia, NY, Terry now lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kristin, and daughter, Milana.