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Press Release

New York State Society of CPAs Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Jovan C. Richards
Published Date:
Jan 28, 2022

For Immediate Release
Contact Person: Jovan C. Richards, Media & Government Relations Manager
E: | T: 212.719.8392 

Press Release  

New York State Society of CPAs Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

NEW YORK – (January 28, 2022) – The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is celebrating its 125th Anniversary.  

The NYSSCPA was incorporated on Jan. 28, 1897, led by founding president Charles Waldo Haskins. Since its inception as the first state society for certified public accountants in the nation, the NYSSCPA has been the leading educator of and advocate for CPAs, financial and accounting professionals, and the profession-at-large.  

The NYSSCPA serves its membership by leading the fight for the accounting profession in local and state government; providing in-person and online networking opportunities; offering continuing professional education (CPE) courses and conferences; operating over 50 committees with in-depth focuses and specializations; and publishing multiple profession-focused, award-winning publications. 

The NYSSCPA currently operates the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE), a 501(c)(3) affiliate that provides lifelong CPE to CPAs; The Moynihan Scholarship Fund (MSF), a 501(c)(3) affiliate that aims to support the education and development of high school students through the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program by facilitating their exposure to accounting and business careers, provide college scholarships to accounting students in New York state, and increase diversity within the profession; and lastly, the CPA Political Action Committee (PAC), which aims to create political influence in Albany and with local governments.  

Today, the NYSSCPA serves 23,000 CPAs and related professionals. They are led by President Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello, CPA; President-elect Lynne M. Fuentes, CPA; and CEO and Executive Director Joanne S. Barry, CAE. 

For all media inquiries, please contact Media & Government Relations Manager Jovan C. Richards at


About the NYSSCPA 

Founded in 1897, the New York State Society of CPAs ( is the premier professional accounting association for approximately 23,000 licensed members residing and practicing in New York state, encompassing all areas of public practice, including government, education, technology, nonprofit, real estate, health care and industry. It is the oldest—and the third largest—such state society in the United States.