One of NYCOM's key missions is to represent the interests of cities and villages with the Governor's office and the State Legislature. To facilitate this process, NYCOM annually develops its Legislative Program, a document which outlines our legislative priorities for the year. While NYCOM advocates for and against hundreds of bills each legislative session, our Legislative Program represents our membership's position on key issues of interest to city and village officials.

The development of our Legislative Program occurs each fall at NYCOM's Legislative Priorities Meeting. NYCOM's Legislative Committee – a body of NYCOM members chosen by the current NYCOM President – meets in Albany to discuss and prioritize legislative issues for the ensuing legislative session. Following a discussion of specific policy issues submitted by our membership or NYCOM, the Legislative Committee votes on the top priorities for the upcoming year.

2021 Priorities

1. Increase Unrestricted State Aid
2. Prohibit the Intercept of Local Revenue to Pay for State Programs
3. Provide Funding for Municipal Water and Sewer Infrastructure
4. Increase Highway Funding

Government Operations and Community Redevelopment
1. Limit the Application and Cost of the Prevailing Wage Mandate
2. Allow Municipalities to Take Title to Abandoned Commercial Property and Streamline the Notice Process for Abandoned Property Proceedings
3. Preserve Local Authority Regarding Adult-Use Cannabis

Employee Relations and Public Safety 
1. Reform the Civil Service Appointment Process
2. Allow Out-of-Title Work in a Declared State of Emergency
3. Authorize an Early Retirement Incentive

Energy, Environment and Technology 
1. Ensure the Taxability of Cellular and Broadband Infrastructure
2. Preserve Right-of-Way Control with Respect to 5G Proliferation
3. Enhance Statewide Internet Access by Authorizing Municipal Broadband