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Joseph A. Reilly is a native New Yorker. He was named the first full-time Executive Director of the New York State Broadcasters Association in 1980, becoming President in 1986. Reilly also founded, co-owned and operated 15 broadcast properties in Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.

Among Reilly’s many achievements was his leadership of the six year battle to open New York State’s courts to cameras and microphones. That historic struggle ended in 1987 when New York Governor Mario Cuomo signed into law a landmark bill permitting the electronic media entry in courtrooms throughout the state. The association also took a leadership role in the transition from analog to digital TV. He also led the successful effort to expunge the sales tax on all broadcast equipment, resulting in huge savings for the broadcast industry in New York State.

Reilly serves on the boards of the Broadcasters Foundation of America; The Teresian House of Albany; Capital Bank and Trust Company; the Albany Sons of St. Patrick; and the Board of Trustees of Christian Brothers Academy. In the past, he has served on the New York State Partnership; Chase Lincoln First Bank; The Governors Telecommunications Exchange; the Governor's Committee for a Healthier New York; and The New York State Youth Advisory Board in Albany.

He was inducted into the New York Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame. In 2007, two hubs of Siena College’s broadcasting program were dedicated as the Joseph A. and Carol M. Reilly Broadcast Centers in recognition of Reilly’s work as President of the NYSBA and in memory of his wife, Carol.

He is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany and Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

He resides in Voorheesville, Albany County, New York. He has two children and four grandchildren.