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2017 Winter Legislative Meeting Tentative Agenda


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

5:00 p.m.   OPENING GENERAL SESSION

  • Update on State Budget and Important Legislation
  • Open Discussion of NYCOM Priorities

6:00 p.m.   Grammy Night!! Dinner Reception: “Taste of NY” Food and Entertainment

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

8:00 a.m.   Mayors Roundtable

9:00 a.m.   MUNICIPAL PERSPECTIVES FROM STATE LEADERS (invited)

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo
  • State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
  • Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan
  • Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
  • Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m.   SOLUTION SESSIONS

  • Tools to Eliminate Vacant and Abandoned Properties
  • Centralized Arraignment: Be Part of the Fix
  • Getting Grants: State Funding Opportunities for Cities and Villages
  • Community Responses to the Opioid Epidemic

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.   SOLUTION SESSIONS

  • Federal Update: Preparing for a New President
  • Are You Ready for Ride-Sharing in NY?
  • Downtown Revitalization: Lessons Learned

5:00 p.m.  State and Local Leaders Networking Reception

Evening   Dinner on your Own

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

8:30 a.m.  NYCOM Lobby Day Breakfast Briefing

All Day     NYCOM Lobby Day at the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building - Call your State legislators TODAY to schedule meetings.

 

updated 1/11/17

2016 Fall Training School for City & Village Officials


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Helping You Navigate Through the Local Government Maze

September 12-16, 2016 • Hilton, Saratoga Springs

NYCOM and the Office of the State Comptroller collaborate each year to create an exciting program known as the Fall Training School.  Approximately 400 city and village officials from across the state gather together to attend a variety of innovative training sessions specializing in municipal law, government operations, and local finance issues.

The Fall Training School also hosts the annual business meetings for the NYS Association of City and Village Clerks and the NYS Society of Municipal Finance Officers.  These business meetings also serve as their installation banquet for new officers.


ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

On-line registration is now closed (you may now register on-site).  The meeting registration fee includes participation in all sessions, the trade show, breaks, dinner Monday evening and the reception Wednesday evening.  All other meals and functions are included in the hotel rate if you stay at one of the host hotels (Hilton or Courtyard Marriott). Otherwise meal tickets must be purchased.

REGISTRATION RATES Member City/Village Non-Member (Municipality) NYCOM Network
(Gold/Silver/Bronze)
Other Company/Organization
FULL Program
(after 8/12/16)
$285 ($295) $475 ($495) $395 ($405) $535 ($555)
One-Day
(after 8/12/16)
$185 ($195) $205 ($225) $195 (205) $325 ($345)

Notary

The Department of State will administer the exam for Notary Public on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. There must be a minimum of 20 applicants. A payment of $15.00 can be made by check, money order, or Mastercard or Visa. Please make all checks payable to the Department of State. ALL FEES MUST BE PAID TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AT THE EXAM. You must register prior to the school so that NYCOM and the Department of State may plan accordingly. Please bring a picture identification. Study booklets are available from the Department of State by calling (518) 474-4429. Time subject to change.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credits

NYS Conference of Mayors will be offering CLE credit for relevant sessions at the 2016 Fall Training School. Attorneys wishing to take advantage of this opportunity MUST PRE-REGISTER for both the Fall Training School AND CLE credits. All NYCOM CLE courses offered at this school contain new content for 2016, and are not “repeat” courses for purposes of the NYS CLE Board's “no repeat” rule.

For a copy of NYCOM's CLE Financial Hardship Policy, contact Wade Beltramo at (518) 463-1185. Note that 21 CLE classes are tentatively scheduled, offering attendees the option of receiving up to 18 hours of CLE credit in the Area of Professional Practice. One session will be qualify for 1.5 hours of Ethics and Professionalism credit.

Fall Training School APP

NYCOM has designed a Fall Training School App to assist attendees with the ins and outs of the Fall Training School. Find the app HERE and get started. If you do not know how to add the app to your homescreen on your phone or tablet, please follow these directions.  The app includes session details, speaker information, listings of expo participants, getting around Saratoga and a "GO NYCOM" interactive game with prizes.  Create a log-in and profile (top right corner of the homepage) NOW and get in the game.  


CONFERENCE AGENDA

This TENTATIVE AGENDA is updated regularly and is subject to change


HOTEL RESERVATION DETAILS • HILTON HOTEL(SOLD OUT) or COURTYARD MARRIOTT, SARATOGA SPRINGS

HOTEL RATES * SINGLE 2 MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL & GUEST DIRECTIONS
HILTON SOLD OUT  $297.00  $213.50 (per person)  $297.00 + $130.00 HILTON
COURTYARD MARRIOTT  $297.00  $213.50 (per person)  $297.00 + $ 130.00 COURTYARD

The Saratoga Hilton is the meeting headquarters for the 2016 Fall Training School. All sessions and meals, including breakfast for Courtyard guests, will be at the Saratoga Hilton.  Hotel reservations can be made directly with the Saratoga Hilton at (888) 866-3596.  The Hilton Hotel is sold out, please contact the Courtyard Marriott for room reservations at  (866) 210-9325 or (518) 226-0538 for a single room reservation. Double room reservations, should call (518) 226-0064. Please identify yourself as NYS Conference of Mayors. Our room block will be released on August 19, 2016, so please register early.

* Meals:  Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Hilton Hotel are all incuded if you are staying at either the Hilton Hotel or Courtyard Marriott.

Meals for commuters and those at non-host hotels: If you wish to purchase any meals and you are NOT at one of the host hotels or if you are commuting, please purchase your meals when registering online for the meeting or at the NYCOM Registration Desk during the meeting.  If you choose to have breakfast at the Hilton, breakfast tickets can be purchased for $20 per day and are interchangeable (Tuesday-Friday). If you purchase 3 tickets, then you can use them on any 3 of the 4 days that we offer breakfast. Lunch tickets cost $30 per day (Tuesday-Thursday) and are also interchangeable. If you purchase 2 tickets, then you can use them on any 2 of the 3 days that we offer lunch. The cost of dinner is $45 per day. If you wish to attend the Annual Banquet or Theme Party dinners, please make your choice while registering online for the meeting or when purchasing at the NYCOM Registration Desk. Dinner tickets are NOT interchangeable. If you purchase a ticket for the Annual Banquet, you cannot use it for the Theme Party. There will be no refunds for meals. No exceptions.


MEETING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Policy on Access for the Disabled - The Conference of Mayors makes every effort to plan meetings which are accessible to the disabled. NYCOM requests advance notice by the registrant (including on-site registrants) so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
Attire - The attire for the meeting is casual, except for the Annual Banquet on Wednesday evening for which business attire is recommended.
Authority to Attend - Attendance at this training event is permitted by section 77-b of the General Municipal Law. Subdivision 2 of the section permits a city to authorize attendance by "any of its members or any officer or employee ... or other person who has been elected pursuant to law to a public office of a municipality for which the term of office has not commenced ..." You are entitled to be reimbursed for all actual and necessary costs incurred while attending this program.
Additional Policies - Refunds will be made in full for registration ONLY, if you notify NYCOM no later than September 7, 2016. 

Annual Meeting Tentative Agenda


Sunday, May 1

1:00 p.m. NYCOM REGISTRATION OPENS

2:00 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• Albany Update
• Navigating Rough Waters: Hot Topics in Municipal Ethics

3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• Village Property Owner Tax Liability: Understanding the Town-Wide/Part-Town Distinction
• Panels Everywhere! Comprehensive Zoning for Solar
• Managing Your Police Department

6:00 p.m. WELCOME RECEPTION

7:00 p.m. DINNER
• Welcoming Remarks by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, City of Saratoga Springs
• NYMIR Risk Management Award and Comp Alliance G. Jeffrey Haber Leadership Award
• Local Government Achievement Awards

 

Monday, May 2

8:00 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• SEQRA: Why Every Local Official Needs to Understand It & It’s Less Complicated Than You Think
• Lights, Camera Action: How to Attract Filmmakers to Your Communities

9:15 a.m. ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER BRIAN SHUL

This year's keynote speaker, Brian Shul, will capture you with his motivating story of perseverance and triumph over tragedy. While serving as a Foreign Air Advisor in the Vietnam War, his plane was shot down near the Cambodian border. Unable to eject from the aircraft, Brian was forced to crash land in the jungle. After he was finally found and rescued by a Special Forces team, he spent more than a year in military hospitals recovering from his burn injuries. He miraculously returned to flying fighter jets just two days after his release and continued to serve in the Air Force until he retired in 1990. Brian Shul's comeback story is truly one-of-a-kind and something you don't want to miss.

11:00 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• How to Fix Your Pipes and Not Go Broke
• Interest Arbitration Know-How: Lessons Learned
• The Ins & Outs of Lease Purchase Agreements
• Comprehensive Plans & Your Bottom Line

12:30 p.m. LUNCHEON
• Annual Installation of NYCOM Officers

2:15 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• FOIL & the Open Meetings Law: How to Work Under New York’s Sunshine Laws Without Getting Burned
• Effective Leadership: The Essentials of Managing People
• Innovative Approaches to Addressing the Drug Epidemic
• What Did They Say? Preventing &  Defending Free Speech & Whistleblower Claims

3:45 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• Getting Your Piece of the Infrastructure, Environmental  & Economic Development Pie
• Working with HCR & Not-for-Profits to Revitalize Your Local Housing Stock
• In the Trenches: What Every Municipal CEO Needs to Know About Their DPW
• Student Showcase on Urban Blight & Not-For-Profit/Community Relations

5:00 p.m.  PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION

Evening   DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 

Tuesday, May 3

8:30 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• Policies & Procedures to Manage the Business of Government
• Administering a Volunteer Fire Department
• Grasping Grants: Understanding & Navigating New York's MWBE Requirements

10:00 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
• Doing More with Less: Strategies to Minimize Costs & Maximize Revenues
• Governing Your Governing Board

11:30 a.m. MEETING CONCLUDES

Updated: 4/26/16

Winter Legislative Meeting Presentations/Handouts


Monday, February 8, 2016

8:00 a.m.

  • Invasion of the Drones! Be Prepared!

1:30 p.m.

  • Municipal Restructuring Partnership: A New Approach to Funding Transformational Governance
  • Working Through Your MPO to Get Federal/State Highway Funds
  • Controlling Streetlights = Controlling Costs

3:15 p.m.

  • Help for Fixing Your Pipes: Water/Sewer Infrastructure Funding
  • Innovative Solutions to Dealing with Distressed, Vancant and Abandoned Properties
  • Contemporary Issues in Police-Community Relations

2015 Public Works School Presentations/Materials