In order to promote awareness of water quality issues among cities and villages, NYCOM is pleased to announce its first webinar series dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of clean water and municipal water systems!

In celebration of World Water Month, NYCOM is recognizing the vital role water plays in our lives and environment. Join us throughout the month of March to learn more about the intricacies of maintaining clean water sources and ensuring the efficiency of municipal water service.

Our esteemed panels of experts will share their insights, experiences, and best practices to empower municipal leaders to safeguard this critical resource. Specifically, this series will explore a myriad of topics ranging from regulatory compliance for stormwater sewers systems (MS4s), strategies for source water protection and watershed management, and lead service line inventories and replacement.

It's All Connected: Storm Water Management and Understanding the MS4 General Permit | March 6th (Noon-1:00 p.m.)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has finalized the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit). The MS4 General Permit was long overdue for renewal as it was essentially unchanged since its last full technical review in 2010. Changes have now been made in the MS4 General Permit based on multiple public comment periods and stakeholder workgroup meetings. In this presentation, the DEC will review select requirements of the 2024 MS4 General Permit, tools that have been developed to aid in the implementation of the permit, and ways to address your MS4 program moving forward.
Presenters: Christina Chiappetta and Katherine Czajkowski, Division of Water – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Watershed Rules and Regulations: Protecting Drinking Water Sources | March 13th (Noon-1:00 p.m.)

The City of Auburn, Cayuga County Department of Health, Riverkeeper and Earthjustice will present information related to the effort to update Watershed Rules and Regulations for Owasco Lake, a regional drinking water supply, and the importance of this effort for drinking water supplies statewide. Watershed Rules and Regulations are established by state law and empower downstream communities to protect their water sources in upstream communities. As most villages and cities rely on drinking water sources outside their municipal boundaries, this presentation is relevant to many NYCOM members.
Presenters: Mayor James N. Giannettino, Jr. – City of Auburn; Dan Shapley, Senior Director, Advocacy, Policy & Planning – Riverkeeper

Water Quality: Ensuring Clean Water and Financing System Improvements | March 27th (Noon-1:00 p.m.)

Ensuring clean water is one of the most essential functions performed by local governments. In this presentation, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) will provide an overview of the ways in which cities and villages can maintain clean drinking water through lead exposure mitigation. DOH will address the recently updated Lead and Copper Rule, its more stringent requirements to eliminating lead in water systems, the New York State Lead Right to Know Act, and the ways municipal water utilities can ensure compliance with the new standards.
Presenter: Kristine L. Wheeler, P.E., Director, Department of Health Bureau of Water Supply Protection


These webinars are open to NYCOM members and non-members. The cost of participating in each webinar is $25 for members and $50 for non-members.
A recording of the webinars will be provided to each registrant following the completion of each webinar.


Guidance for Village Election Inspectors on Election Day | March 7th (10:30 a.m. - Noon)

While the village clerk is the chief election officer for the village, it’s the election inspectors who do the work of conducting the election on Election Day. This interactive webinar will provide an overview of village elections and the roles and responsibilities of election inspectors, with special attention paid to the differences between village elections conducted by villages and village elections conducted by county boards of election. The presentation will also address poll watchers, managing voters not on the registration list, canvassing the vote and absentee ballots.
Presenter: Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel

This webinar is open to NYCOM members ONLY and the cost of participating is $25 per registration. A recording will be provided to registrants following completion of the webinar.


NYCOM Briefing

NYCOM Briefing






Next Grant Round Delivers on Governor Hochul’s Clean Water Funding Commitment and Launches Initiatives Announced at 2024 State of the State Address.

New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation President & CEO Maureen A. Coleman today announced the application period is open for $325 million in State grants for critical water infrastructure projects. The next round of the Water Infrastructure Improvement and Intermunicipal Grant programs delivers on Governor Kathy Hochul’s clean water funding commitments announced in her 2024 State of the State address, which include a series of changes that benefit small, rural, and disadvantaged communities. This infusion of funds will continue to help make water infrastructure investments more affordable for local governments, strengthen resiliency, protect drinking water, and create jobs in the manufacturing, engineering, construction, plant operations, and related industry sectors.

“State water grants are an essential element of Governor Hochul’s comprehensive efforts to modernize aging infrastructure and uphold New Yorkers’ rights to safe drinking water and a clean, healthy environment,” President & CEO Coleman said. “These investments will help communities undertake vital projects that safeguard public health, protect our abundant natural resources, and bolster local economies.”

Complete eligibility information and application materials are available on EFC’s website at, where local governments may also register for a March 4 webinar to learn more about this round of funding and how to apply. Please check the website for dates of any additional webinars or other information that may be posted. Grant applications and required supporting documentation must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 14.

This round boasts improvements announced as part of Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State address to benefit rural and disadvantaged communities, including:

Additional benefits for rural communities. Even with extensive financial support from the State, some municipalities are left passing a large financial burden to their ratepayers. To alleviate this burden on small, rural, and disadvantaged communities, EFC is increasing awards from 25% to 50% for these communities with large projects that will overburden ratepayers. This change will support smaller communities, which often struggle with accessing clean water grants and delivering affordable projects.

Expanding community resources to ensure equitable access to funding opportunities. Small, rural, and disadvantaged communities are particularly impacted by deteriorating water infrastructure, and often do not possess the resources and capacity necessary to advance a project for infrastructure improvement. Governor Hochul is expanding EFC’s Community Assistance Teams program that launched in 2023 to provide essential support for updating New York’s critical water infrastructure. The teams are ready to engage with any community that needs help with its water infrastructure. Communities can request a meeting, register for upcoming webinars, and learn more at

Protecting drinking water. Continuing New York’s national leadership on addressing the threat of PFAS, Governor Hochul is increasing awards for certain emerging contaminant projects from 60% to 70% of net eligible project costs.




One-on-One Consultations (Ongoing)

We are excited to kickstart our exclusive One-on-One Consultation service. Elisabeth Dubois, NYMIR’s Cybersecurity Risk Specialist will reach out to you in advance of your renewal, typically 2-3 months prior, to schedule a personalized meeting. During this consultation, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Navigate Cyber Applications: We will guide you through the cyber application process, ensuring all necessary information is accurately completed for a smooth renewal.
  • Address Recommendations: If you have received cybersecurity recommendations, we will be on hand to clarify any questions and assist in implementing these essential enhancements.

Click HERE for a description of Cyber Security Service FREE to our NYMIR Cyber Members*

NYCOM Elected Officials Academy

NYCOM Elected Officials Academy

The Elected Officials Academy (EOA) is NYCOM’s two-tiered program that facilitates and recognizes the educational and leadership accomplishments of elected city and village officials.

There is no question that New York’s municipal officials are facing serious challenges in their leadership roles -- how to do more with less money, and how to govern through these fiscal times while maintaining a positive outlook and move your community forward. Your efforts to lead in these trying times are more important than ever before and need to be recognized. NYCOM’s new Elected Officials Academy is designed to respond to the current problems you face, and offers expanded educational opportunities for elected officials. A broad array of programming is offered to mayors, councilmembers, trustees and elected administrative officials as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and expertise. All elected officials from NYCOM’s member cities and villages are invited to participate.

By successfully completing both levels of the Academy, you will be recognized by NYCOM for your achievement. Of even greater importance is the fact that your community will benefit from the education and experience you gain. Your acceptance of the challenge of learning will better equip you to fulfill the important responsibility of public service. You will be able to demonstrate to your community and peers the leadership competence necessary to carry out your duties as an elected municipal official.

Click HERE for details and enrolllment