Abandoned Properties Summit

abandpropAugust 14, 2014 • Geneva
(Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Distressed and abandoned properties continue to plague New York's cities and villages.

Nuisance properties that blight our neighborhoods and business corridors are a serious impediment to economic and community redevelopment, as they lower surrounding property values and frighten away residents, developers and business owners.

NYCOM's 3.5 hour "Abandoned Properties Summit" will provide an overview of the root causes of property neglect and abandonment; cover the various tools and techniques local officials currently have at their disposal to address these problem properties, including code enforcement and criminal prosecution, rental registry and inspection programs, search warrants, and taking title to abandoned properties. After discussing ways to deal with gaps in private sector financing, the summit will conclude as attendees "crowdsource" amendments to state law that would enable local officials to adequately deal with distressed and abandoned properties.  

Attorneys attending this summit will receive 4 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit.  For a copy of NYCOM's CLE Financial Hardship Policy, contact Wade Beltramo at (518) 463-1185.

NOTE: This summit is limited to the first 100 registrants.


Online registration is now CLOSED.  If you are interested in attending, you must register on-site.  (Continental breakfast is included)Please note that if you would like to pay by credit card, your total MUST exceed $100.

REGISTRATION RATES Member City/Village Non-member
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456
Scandling Center, Vandervort Room (2nd Floor)
$25 $50


Seminar will be led by NYCOM General Counsel Wade Beltramo and several local government practitioners.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. Overview of the Causes of Property Neglect and Abandonment
9:45 - 10:25 a.m. Code Enforcement and Criminal Prosecution
10:25 - 11:00 a.m. Rental Registry and Inspection Programs, and Search Warrants
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Taking Title to Abandoned Properties
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Gaps in Private Sector Financing: What Is It? Why Is It Relevant? What Can Local Governments Do About It?
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.  The Road Forward: A Discussion of Amendments that Need to Be Made to State Law


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.

Reimbursement - The expenses of this education and training meeting incurred by duly authorized municipal officials, officers and employees are reimbursable by cities and villages pursuant to the provisions of Section 77-b of the General Municipal Law.