Our Doc, who touched so many lives in the 16 years he was with us: a true, gentle, very pure spirit
Rest in Peace, October 6th, 2017
May 18th, 2017: not a day passes that we do not miss you: you are always in our hearts.
Beth and I are inconsolable.
Our beloved Princess
(also known as Peanut, because, she's such a peanut),
Rest in Peace, May 18th, 2015
Our Peanut, photographed by the late Dan Kours at his former pilot shop at Top Flight Investigations, Republic Airport
"One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God's creatures."
Pope Paul VI
As cited in the New York Times, December 11th, 2014.
Steve Sconfienza, Ph.D., is the Chief Research Scientist for the New York State Office for Aging, where he works in the Division of Local Program Operations. (The State Office for the Aging helps older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families.) His current work is devoted to demographic research and policy analysis, especially concerning the aging of the Baby Boom generation. His previous work involved the implementation of a statewide case management, data collection, & reporting system for the many service providers and local agencies providing services to the elderly and their caregivers in New York State. His work also involves assistance to the local agencies on technical and research-related issues.
Steve received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate School & University Center of the City University of New York, where he pursued researched in the structure and management of government agencies. He continues to write on issues of organizations, the state, and public policy.
Steve is a Past-President and Board Chair ofCapital Area Consortium on Aging and Disability, and has also held leadership positions in the Civil Air Patrol, the Jaycees, the Holy Name Society, and other community service organizations. He is a graduate of the 1998 "Capital Leadership" class sponsored by the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Steve has been involved with several small businesses and also teaches. He was the President of Community WebWorks, a provider of World Wide Web services to the business community, and the proprietor of Mastair, a provider of consulting and technical services in aviation, electronics, and statistics to individuals, academia, and the small-business community. He also operated a flying school, air-taxi, and aviation consulting business for several years.
Prior to joining the State Office for the Aging, Steve taught sociology at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and at Hunter College, where he taught both traditional undergraduate and graduate students as well as many mature students who were returning to academic studies, as well as at Marist College. He has also served as adjunct faculty at SUNY Albany and the College of St. Rose.
In his leisure time, Steve enjoys telemark and cross-country skiing in the winter, hiking and rock climbing in the summer, and travelling at any time (especially if it entails SCUBA diving, as Steve is a certified Master Scuba Diver). He has successfully completed various triathlons and marathons, including four New York City Marathons. He is an avid railfan and can often be found, camera in hand, near the various railroad tracks in the capital region and beyond. He developed the extensive on-line resources of the Mohawk & Hudson Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (unfortunately, no longer maintained as the chapter in now defunct, but still available, in large part, on his own Steve's Railroad Pages) and is also a presenter for Operation Lifesaver, the national railway safety organization.
Steve regularly flys out of South Albany Airport. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot license, Flight and Ground Instructor Certificates, and has over 6000 hours of flight time. He has held the positions of Chief Pilot, Chief Flight Instructor, Director of Operations, & Director of Maintenance and was issued a Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate in 1978.
Steve also holds an Extra Class amateur radio license, is an Extra Class Volunteer Examiner, and a General (formerly First Class) Commercial Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship Radar endorsement.
O.K., aside from the rather sterile piece above, which is what I use when I'm asked for a bio, you may have gotten an idea about a few of the things that I like: while they are essentially listed above in the site index, in an order of precedence they would be,
In case you haven't noticed, I am fortunate enough to work in a field related to the above, sociology, while I manage to keep my hand in aviation with flying and flight instruction. My first and life long passion has been trains, since I can remember, drifting from model railroading to the prototype side, and I do what I can there as a hobbyist and occasional practitioner. Like trains, radio has been another long term hobby, but not quite as long as trains: from my mid-teens. Running was always cross-training for my true love, skiing, but as the miles have piled-on the back just doesn't accept the pounding any more: an occasional 5k is all I risk now.
I should also mention that I think that dachshunds are pretty cool dogs, having had a couple of them over the years.
(From Great Works of Literature)
"[T]he most persistent principles of the universe [are] accident and error."
From Dune by Frank Herbert
" . . . it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
From Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5) by William Shakespeare
"Why are we here? Because we're here, Roll the bones;
"Why does it happen? Because it happens, Roll the bones."
From Roll The Bones by Rush
(Words by Neil Peart, music by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson)
"There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke."
From All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan
Variously covered, including by Jimi Hendrix & Dave Mason (Electric Ladyland), Jimi Hendrix, Dave Mason, and a pagefull of others.
See more of what Steve thinks makes the world funny or interesting on the Notes and Rants page.
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