Four New Associates Join SCI

SCI Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson is pleased to announce that four outstanding public sector professionals have joined the firm in April 2014, bringing to 18 the number of Associates who represent diverse levels of expertise. With these additions, Associates are now located in Rochester and two other New York cities, as well as five states and the District of Columbia.

  • Edward J. Dohertymost recently retired as Vice President at the Rochester Area Community Foundation. He had a nearly 30 year career at the City of Rochester where he served as Commissioner of Environmental Services and Budget Director. He is also an adjunct professor of public administration at SUNY-Brockport. At the Foundation, he was the principal author of recently released special report, Poverty and the Concentration of Poverty in the Nine-County Greater Rochester Area.
  • Robert W. Elliott has a long and distinguished career in municipal and state government. He was the Mayor of Croton-on Hudson, NY from 1991 until 2005 and a former President of the NYS Conference of Mayors. From 2007-09, he was the Deputy Secretary of State for New York, where he oversaw a number of functions including the Division of Local Government Services. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to a number of firms working in the local government arena.
  • Annette L. Gantt is the President and Founder of Gantt Consulting LLC in the DC metropolitan area. For more than 10 years she was the Executive Director of the Hillside Scholarship Connection with sites located in Upstate New York and Prince Georges County, MD. Most recently she has been the President and CEO of the Earth Conservation Corps in Washington DC, and the Vice President for Field Operations for Communities in Schools National in Arlington VA. She is an acknowledged expert in school-to work programs.
  • Stewart C. Putnam enjoyed a 38 year career as a hospital administrator until his retirement in March. He was the principal architect of the merger of St. Mary’s Hospital (where he was the CEO) with Park Ridge Hospital to create the Unity Health System in 1997, where he became the Executive Vice President. One of his final assignments at Unity was to help design the merger with the Rochester General Hospital System. He has also consulted on other health system mergers. He is currently the national board Chair-elect of the Alzheimer’s Association, based in Chicago. He has relocated to Pittsburgh, PA.

SCI Engaged by “No More Casino Coalition”

Bill Johnson, CEO of SCI, has joined forces with the No More Casino Coalition to prevent the Seneca Nation of Indians from expanding into Monroe County. This area has been its primary target since Proposition One was approved in the November 2013 state-wide referendum, which permitted the formation of non- Indian casinos in the state for the first time. The Senecas have exclusive gambling rights in all of Western New York and a large swath of the Finger Lakes region, including Monroe County. They currently operate three casinos in their territory. Non-Indian casinos are currently being proposed in other Upstate regions, including Seneca County which is approximately 40 miles east of Monroe.

Johnson’s experience in preventing a casino from being located within the City of Rochester during his tenure as Mayor, as well asSCI’s expertise in developing and implementing citizen engagement initiatives were key factors in the decision to become actively involved in the Coalition which is comprised of local citizens, faith-based, community and business groups, and government officials.