Paul Puccio was elected to the Questar III Board in 1999 and has served as the Tech Valley High School Operating Board’s president since 2006. He has also been a member of the Schodack Central School District Board since 1981 and has served as its president for nine consecutive years.
Mr. Puccio is a retired New York state executive. His last appointed position was Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, a position that he held from 1995 until 2003.
His work history includes extensive experience in health and human services management. A 33-year career public servant of New York state, he began with the Division of the Budget in 1970, and, from 1979 on, served in appointed Associate Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner titles overseeing areas such as financial management, policy development, strategic planning, research, information services management, program services, workforce planning and employee benefits. He held these positions in the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the State Department of Civil Service, in addition to the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Mr. Puccio has been actively involved with a number of community service organizations since 1974. He has been a speaker and instructor at a number of New York State School Board Association and Capital Area School Development Association seminars, institutes and conventions. Topics presented included: budgeting, management of employee benefit programs, board/superintendent relations, and alcohol and drug abuse issues in schools. He has provided consultative services to several districts on topics such as developing district mission and vision, and setting Board of Education goals and objectives. He has also been a member of Town of Schodack Planning Board since 2006.
Mr. Puccio earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and received a master’s degree in Public Administration, with a concentration in Public Finance, from the State University of New York at Albany.