Cross, Robert F. 1950–

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Cross, Robert F. 1950–

PERSONAL: Born December 17, 1950, in Port Jervis, NY; son of Francis S. and Rita C. (a nurse) Cross; married September 24, 1983; wife's name Sheila L. (a physician). Education: Orange County Community College, A.A., 1971; State University of New York at Albany, B.S., 1973; State University of New York at New Paltz, M.A., 1976. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Sailing.

ADDRESSES: Office—City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply, 35 Erie Blvd., Albany, NY 12203.

CAREER: Writer. Catskills magazine, feature writer, 1974–75; New York Times, New York, NY, correspondent, 1974–76; Union Gazette, Port Jervis, NY, reporter-photographer, 1974–76; Wall Street Journal, Albany, NY, statehouse correspondent, 1976–78; Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., Albany Statehouse Bureau, chief, 1976–78; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, editor-writer, 1978–83, special assistant to the commissioner, 1983–85, executive assistant to the commissioner, 1985–87, assistant commissioner, 1987–89; City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply, commissioner, 1996–; Albany Port District Commission, commissioner and chairman, 1998–. Destroyer Escorts Historical Museum, trustee on board of directors.

MEMBER: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Minisink Valley Historical Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: New York State Publishers Award for Excellence, 1978, for distinguished state government reporting; Labor Management Achievement Award, Governor's Office of Employee Relations/Civil Service Employees Association, 1986; Award of Recognition, New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Client Employment Program, 1987.


Sailor to the White House: The Seafaring Life of FDR, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 2003.

Contributor to periodicals, including Naturalist's, Historic Nantucket, and Conservationist.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research and interviews for new book on World War II sailors aboard destroyers.