Deputy state comptroller Elliot P. Pagliaccio dies
A memorial service is scheduled Saturday in Schenectady for Elliot P. Pagliaccio, 60, a deputy state comptroller and a Glen Cove native who grew up in Bayville.
His family said Pagliaccio, who lived in Niskayuna just east of Schenectady, died of cancer Dec. 21.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is among those scheduled to attend the 3 p.m. memorial service at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home beginning at noon.
Pagliaccio was staff director in the 1980s for North Shore congressman Robert Mrazek, and DiNapoli, a district representative, worked for him.
Their paths crossed over the years and DiNapoli hired Pagliaccio in 2007 as an assistant state comptroller. By 2011 he had risen to deputy state comptroller and was in charge of auditing state agencies and authorities.
"He helped us establish strategic priorities across every division in our office," DiNapoli said Thursday. "He was instrumental in reaching out to nonprofits on how to avoid fraud."
"His signature audit work was pre-K special education," DiNapoli said. "The week he died, the governor signed legislation giving us enhanced oversight of nonprofits."
Pagliaccio was born Nov. 1, 1953, in Glen Cove and grew up in Bayville. He graduated from Locust Valley High School, got his bachelor's degree in social work from Adelphi University in Garden City in 1975. He received his master's in social work from Adelphi in 1976.
He moved upstate in the mid-1980s and worked at state agencies and served as a senior fellow at The Rensselaerville Institute, a policy analysis group in Delmar.
"He enjoyed the movies, particularly classic movies," his wife, Wendy Taylor, said. "He played for a seniors softball team and he played soccer, tennis, working in the yard. He also loved to travel. We liked Martha's Vineyard, Charleston, South Carolina S.C., and Hawaii."
He is also survived by brothers John, of Dobbs Ferry, and Joseph, of Bayville; daughter Mary Pagliaccio Nichols of Corning, and stepsons Alex Taylor of Kingston, and Spencer Taylor of Las Vegas.