Rogowsky was professor emeritus of political science, Brooklyn College, CUNY. He served as director of the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, New York City from 1989 to 1995. In 1990, Rogowsky was appointed to the New York City Planning Commission by the Brooklyn borough president, a position he served in until his untimely death in March, 2001. Rogowsky was co-author of many books and articles about politics, voting and economic development in New York City, including Changing New York City Politics, (1991); “New York City’s Outer Borough Development Strategy,” in Urban Revitalization: Policies and Programs (1995); and “Managing Development in New York City,” in Managing Capital Resources for Central City Revitalization (2000).
From 1988-1989, he served as project director for a study of the community development block grant process in New York City. He was a member of the editorial board of the National Civic Review and co-editor of a special issue of that journal in 1989 titled “Community Development.” Rogowsky published articles in New York Affairs and other periodicals. His op-ed pieces have appeared in New York Newsday. In addition, he was a founding member and vice president emeritus of the Flatbush Development Corporation and a former member of Community Board 14 in Brooklyn. He was the interim chairman (and had served as a board member) of Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC), formerly the Fund for the Borough of Brooklyn, since that organization’s founding. He also was editor for its publications, “Brooklyn in the 21st Century” and “The Brooklyn Neighborhood Book.” He was co-author of the monograph “Changing Brooklyn: The Revitalization of Downtown and the Building of Metro Tech,” published in June 2000.
Rogowsky’s life and career transcended the experience of those who worked with him daily. Therefore, we thought it appropriate to close this remembrance by borrowing from several individuals –inside and outside CUNY — who knew and loved him. Please click here to read statements excerpted from a May 2, 2001 memorial service at The CUNY Graduate Center in his honor.