Lisa Parshall


Dr. Parshall is a professor of political science at Daemen University in Amherst, New York, specializing in American politics, public law, and public policy. She currently serves as the chair of the State and Local Politics Section of the New York State Political Science Association and is a past president of the Northeastern Political Science Association. Dr. Parshall’s research interest is in municipal development and reorganization in New York State. Her work with the Rockefeller Institute focuses on municipal reorganization and local government reform.

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Ep. 70. In Local Hands

April 13, 2023

Rockefeller Institute Fellow Dr. Lisa Parshall discusses her new book in which she explored village dissolution efforts in New York State. Continue Reading...

The Allure and Challenges of Becoming a City

January 24, 2023

The second piece in this two-part exploration considers the process through which municipalities incorporate, the reasons that previous attempts have failed in that process, and the challenges that new city incorporations face. Continue Reading...

The Allure and Challenges of Becoming a City

January 13, 2023

This first piece in a two-part exploration considers the motivations for Hempstead’s cityhood movement and the fiscal incentives behind and challenges ahead of that effort. Continue Reading...

Off-Cycle and Overlooked: Understanding Fire District Elections

October 13, 2022

Largely ignored by the public, fire district elections decide who will serve on a board that can raise significant taxpayer revenues. Continue Reading...

The Consolidation of Fire Protection Services in New York State: A Primer

September 22, 2022

This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the provision of fire protection services in New York State and the opportunities, barriers, and legal mechanisms of consolidating fire districts and departments. Continue Reading...

Ep. 48. New York State Budget Roundup

April 13, 2022

The Rockefeller Institute highlights what you need to know about New York State's $220 billion budget for the 2023 fiscal year. Continue Reading...

A Comparative Look at the Village Dissolution Movement in Ohio and New York

January 31, 2022

This comparative analysis of village dissolutions in Ohio and New York offers insights into how state-level policy might better facilitate municipal reorganization. Continue Reading...

Ep. 32. The Deconstruction of the Administrative State

October 14, 2020

Lisa Parshall discusses the Trump administration's approach to governing, include how presidents have limited the power and scale of the federal bureaucracy and how this administration has challenged presidential and administrative norms. Continue Reading...

Is It Time For New York State to Revise Its Village Incorporation Laws?

February 5, 2020

This report highlights several recent village incorporation controversies, reviews the history of village incorporation patterns and procedures, and compares the incorporation provisions of New York relative to those of other states to ask whether the current state laws governing village incorporation are adequate to addressing the increasingly complex questions which surround local government formation and dissolution. Continue Reading...

Ep. 12. Power to the People

September 3, 2019

Policy Outsider talks with Lisa Parshall about the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act and the effect it has had on village dissolutions. Continue Reading...

Dissolving Village Government in New York State

June 24, 2019

From a state-level perspective, the dissolution and consolidation of village and town governments makes fiscal sense. By examining local responses to the dissolution debate, we identify some of the noneconomic reasons that village residents are often reluctant to dissolve. Continue Reading...