top of page
  • NYS Writers Institute

"Faith, Family & the Democratic Party: The Irish Influence on Albany Politics"

In celebration of Irish-American Heritage Month, Albany County Legislature Chairman Andrew Joyce in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute will present a virtual panel discussion focused on Faith, Family & the Democratic Party: The Irish Influence on Albany Politics.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, via Facebook Live.

The event will be moderated by Paul Grondahl, director of the Writers Institute at the University of Albany, longtime journalist with the Albany Times Union, and author of Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma. Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director at the Irish American Heritage Museum, former associate director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University

  • Hon. Jack McEneny, former NYS Assembly member (1993-2012) and author several non-fiction books, including Albany: Capital City on the Hudson

  • Terry Golway, presidential historian, political journalist, senior editor at POLITICO. His books include Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

  • William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, founder of the NYS Writers Institute, and author of O Albany!: Improbable City of Political Wizards, Fearless Ethnics, Spectacular, Aristocrats, Splendid Nobodies, and Underrated Scoundrels

We encourage our friends to support local, independent bookstores. You may purchase these books at The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

For more information, please contact Mike Huber at

Irish American Heritage Month event


bottom of page