Bob Elliott

Expertise: Urban Policy and Planning, Economic Development and Environmental Planning, Local and State Government Operations



  • Mayor, Croton-on-Hudson (1991-2005)
  • Deputy Secretary of the State of New York (2007-2009)
  • President, NY Conference of Mayors (1997-1998)


Robert W. Elliott is a consultant to the public, private and non-profit sectors and has been engaged by organizations to develop solutions to operational, economic, community and environmental issues facing government. Bob is currently Senior Advisor to several firms working in the local government arena.

From July 2007 through July 2009, he was the Deputy Secretary of State of New York State where he oversaw several of the Department‘s Divisions including that of Local Government Services, the Committee on Open Government, and the Division of Code Enforcement and Administration. Among others, he also served as the Department's designee to the Adirondack Park Agency and assisted in the creation of the Office of Smart Growth.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Bob had an extensive career in the government, non-profit and business sectors. Bob was the Executive Director of the New York Planning Federation, which trains and provides technical assistance to municipalities across New York State. No stranger to local government, he was the Mayor of Croton-on-Hudson from 1991 to 2005. During this time, he served nearly eleven years on the New York Conference of Mayor's Executive Committee and was President during the 1997/98 period.

He also is a past President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and the Tri-County Officials, which includes the Municipalities of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. In addition, he was Co-Chairman of Westchester's Council of Government and has served on the small cities committee of the National League of Cities and on the Governor’s Task Force for Local Government Reform

Bob is the founder and past Chairman of Historic River Towns of Westchester, a thirteen community consortium along the shore of the Hudson River from Yonkers to Peekskill. Under an inter-municipal agreement, the organization focused on waterfront development, tourism and main street economics in a bottom-up approach to regional planning.

On other related fronts, Bob has been the Director of Economic Development, as well as head of the Industrial Development Agency for Westchester County. He was also President of the Westchester Convention and Visitors Bureau. He authored the New York Conference of Mayors Sustainable Communities Initiative or Smart Growth Program, and chaired the New York Brownfield's Caucus. He is the former Chair of the Hudson Valley Tourism Development Council and served as the Vice Chair of the New York Main Street Alliance.

Presently he is the Chairman of Hudson River Foundation’s board and serves as a board member and/or officer of a number of other organizations including the Hudson Valley Greenway Council, and it’s National Heritage Area Steering Committee, the Glynwood Center, The Half Moon and New Netherland Museum, Center for the Study of the Environment, SS Columbia and the Bethel Homes. Previously a member of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission, he now serves as an Advisor to it and is a board member and Vice Chair of the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund Inc. He is also a member of Riverkeeper’s Advisory Board, Our Hudson’s Steering Committee and Westchester Community Foundation’s Grants Review Committee.

In recent years Bob was a member of Clearwater’s board of directors, an Advisor to Scenic Hudson, a member of NYS DEC's Hudson River Estuary Management Plan Advisory Board, the Governor’s Task Force for Access to the Hudson River and Friends of Hudson Valley board. He was a member of the New York State Legislature's Rural Land Use Advisory Committee, and a board member of the National Maritime Historical Society. Active with colleges and universities, Bob chaired the Advisory Board of Westchester Community College's Professional Development Center and was a member of Cornell University's Applied Research and Extension Program Council on Community and Economic Vitality.

He was one of the organizers and President of the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, a corporation owned by and insuring over 700 counties, cities, villages and towns in New York State. This company has often been cited as New York's best example of a public/private partnership. He is also a founding Trustee of the New York State Municipal Workers Compensation Alliance. In addition, he was one of the founders of the NY Municipal Wind Buyers Group, which was given a leadership award by the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bob holds a Master's Degree from the Graduate School of Government and Business of The George Washington University.