The New York Society of CPAs plans to present its Arthur J. Dixon Public Service Award to Beatrix McKane, and Dr. Emmanuel Saxe Outstanding CPA in Education Award to Ann Burnstein Cohen and Samuel Dyckman, as well as induct past presidents Michael L. Borsuk and Robert Fagliarone into its Hall of Fame.

The awards will be presented during the society’s 114th Annual Election Meeting and Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on May 19. This award recognizes CPAs who have attained a high level of public service and who have distinguished themselves in community, charitable or civic activities on an ongoing basis.

McKane, now retired, has been a member of the NYSSCPA since 1980, and is currently a member of its Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee. She has served on the NYSSCPA Board of Directors; and as president, president-elect, treasurer of the Suffolk Chapter and as a member of its Executive Board.

McKane previously served as chair of the NYSSCPA Task Force on Government Audits and as a member of the Health Care, Exempt Organizations and Nominating committees. She has also lectured as a speaker at Foundation of Accounting Education conferences on issues associated with the nonprofit industry and received its 1996-1997 Outstanding Discussion Leader Award.

Ann Burnstein Cohen, one of the recipients of the education award, is an associate professor in the School of Management at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, a position she has held for 24 years, and also serves as director of its graduate accounting program.

Cohen has won the University at Buffalo Undergraduate Management Association Teacher of the Year Award in 1991 and 1989 and its Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award in 1996.

The other recipient of the education award, Samuel Dyckman, was a professor of accounting at City College of New York (Baruch College) where he taught undergraduate and graduate tax courses for over 30 years until his retirement in 1992. Dyckman was named Professor Emeritus after in retirement in 1992 and received the college’s Presidential Excellence Award in Teaching in 1985. Dr. Emmanuel Saxe, for whom this award is names, was the Dean at Baruch College responsible for hiring Professor Dyckman.

Subsequently, Dyckman has spent the last 25 years lecturing to practicing professionals on the current state of the ever-changing U.S tax laws.

Two past presidents of the NYSSCPA are also being inducted into the society’s Hall of Fame: Michael L. Borsuk and Robert Fagliarone. Borsuk joined the NYSSCPA in 1965.  He served as NYSSCPA president, vice president and as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  He served as president and vice president for the Foundation of Accounting Education Board of Trustees. He is a retired partner of the Long Island office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Fagliarone joined the NYSSCPA in 1967.  He received the NYSSCPA Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He served as NYSSCPA president, president-elect, vice president and as a member of its Executive Committee and chaired its Chapter Operations, Awards, Nominating and Legislative committees and was a member of its Finance, Budget Oversight, Audit, Medium Sized Firms, Political Action and Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession Fundraising committees.  He was also a member of its Task Force to Study Technical Service Committee and served as president, assistant chair and treasurer for the Foundation of Accounting Education Board of Trustees.  He was also president, president-elect and vice president of the NYSSCPA Syracuse Chapter.

The NYSSCPA also plans to present J. Michael Kirkland of Deutsche Bank with its Outstanding CPA in Industry Award in May, and Michele Mark Levine, the director of accounting services at New York City’s Office of Management and Budget, with its Outstanding CPA in Government Award (see New York CPAs to Award Outstanding Industry CPA and New York CPAs to Award Outstanding Government CPA).

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