Robert W. Elliott was appointed Deputy Secretary of State in July of 2007 by Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vasquez. He oversees a number of the Department of State's Divisions including that of Local Government Services, the Committee on Open Government, the Division of Cemeteries, and the Division of Code Enforcement and Administration. Among others he also serves as the Department's designee to the Adirondack Park Agency, a member of the Smart Growth Cabinet, Commissioner of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Ex-Officio Board Member of the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor. Prior to joining the Department of State, Bob had an extensive career in the government, non-profit, and business sectors. No stranger to local government, he served as 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. Prior to joining the Department of State, Bob was the Executive Director of the New York Planning Federation, which trains and provides technical assistance to municipalities across New York State.
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 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. He has been the Director of Economic Development, as well as head of the Industrial Development Agency for Westchester County. Bob was also President of the Westchester Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In addition, he has served on a number of boards including the Hudson River Foundation, Hudson Valley Greenway Council, and its National Heritage Area Steering Committee, NYS DEC's Hudson River Estuary Management Plan Advisory Board, Center for the Study of the Environment, Clearwater, New Netherland Museum, Friends of Hudson Valley, and the Glynwood Center. He is a member of the New York State Legislature's Rural Land Use Advisory Committee. Bob has written frequently on various aspects of sustainable development and has addressed numerous forums, including the Audubon Society, American Planning Association, Preservation League, League of Women Voters, Resource Renewal Institute, New Urbanism Congress and others.
He has received awards from a variety of organizations for leadership including Clearwater and the Metro Chapter of the American Planning Federation. Active with colleges and universities, Bob chaired the Advisory Board of Westchester Community College's Professional Development Center and is currently a member of Cornell University's
Applied Research and Extension Program Council on Community and Economic Vitality. Bob was one of the organizers and President of the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal, a corporation owned by and insuring over 600 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 organizers 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.