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2017 Winter Legislative Meeting Handouts/Presentations


Selected handouts are available below to download.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

8:00 a.m.   

  • Ensuring Effective Meetings: The Importance of Meeting Procedures and Minutes
    Handout 1 | Handout 2

1:30 p.m.   

3:00 p.m.   

2017 Winter Legislative Meeting Tentative Agenda


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

3:00 p.m.   NYCOM Registration Desk Opens

5:00 p.m.   OPENING GENERAL SESSION

  • Update on State Budget and Important Legislation
  • Review of NYCOM's Legislative Program
  • Open Discussion of NYCOM Priorities
    Speakers: Mayor Thomas M. Roach, NYCOM President, City of White Plains; Peter A. Baynes, NYCOM Executive Director; and
    Barbara J. Van Epps, NYCOM Deputy Director

6:00 p.m.   Grammy Night!! Dinner Reception: Food and Entertainment

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

8:00 a.m.   SOLUTION SESSIONS

  • Mayors' Roundtable
    This session will provide mayors from across the State with the opportunity to share ideas and strategies to help address the many challenges they regularly face on the job. This relaxed and informal setting will allow for a healthy discussion on a variety of issues.
    Facilitator: Mayor Thomas M. Roach, NYCOM President, City of White Plains
  • Ensuring Effective Meetings: The Importance of Meeting Procedures and Minutes
    Meetings can be incredibly frustrating for local government officials, yet they are an indispensable element of local governance. To operate effectively, public bodies must be able to function in an organized, civil, and efficient manner. This session will provide an overview of the proper conduct of meetings, why the adoption of written meeting procedures is so important, and how to handle public comment. The presentation will also include a comparison of public hearings and meetings, and what must and should be included in meeting minutes.
    Speakers: John Mancini, Rebecca Ruscito and Richard Sinnott, NYCOM Counsels

MUNICIPAL PERSPECTIVES FROM STATE LEADERS

9:00 a.m.     State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

9:30 a.m.     Chair of the Public Service Commission Audrey Zibelman

10:30 a.m.   Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan

11:00 a.m.    NYCOM News Conference

11:30 a.m.   Assemblyman John T. McDonald III

12:00 noon  Lunch
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

1:30 p.m.   SOLUTION SESSIONS

  • New York's 2016 Zombie Property and Foreclosure Prevention Law
    2016 was a momentous year in New York for efforts to deal with distressed and abandoned properties. The State enacted new zombie property legislation that requires mortgagees to inspect and maintain properties that have been abandoned by the owner. This session will provide an overview of the changes to New York’s Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law and the impact this law is likely to have on local efforts to address distressed and abandoned properties that are blighting communities across New York.
    Speaker: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General CounselFederal Update: How the New Administration May Impact Local Governments

  • Federal Update: How the New Administration May Impact Local Governments
    With the arrival of a new administration in Washington, this session will focus on what is currently developing and what we might expect from the federal government as it pertains to policies impacting local governments. Topics will include tax reform, infrastructure funding, “sanctuary cities” and the future of health care.
    Speaker: Michael Wallace, Interim Director - Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities

  • Getting Grants: State Funding Opportunities for Cities and Villages
    There are various pots of State money available for environmental initiatives, water and sewer infrastructure and local government restructuring. The next step is figuring out how local officials actually get their hands on this much-needed money. At this session, representatives from State agencies will provide an overview of the various sources of funding and discuss the project criteria and eligibility standards associated with each of them.
    Speakers: Mark Pattison, Director, Local Government Services, NYS Department of State; Julie Tighe, Assistant Commissioner for Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; and Audra Nowosielski, Deputy Director of Public Finance, NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation

  • Employee Discipline From A to Z
    This presentation will address best practices for the effective discipline of public sector employees under Civil Service Law Section 75 and negotiated discipline procedures, including binding arbitration. Topics covered will include pre-hire considerations, counseling, progressive discipline, investigations and the conduct of discipline hearings and arbitrations.
    Speaker: Paul J. Sweeney, Esq., Partner, Coughlin & Gerhart LLP

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.   SOLUTION SESSIONS

  • Counsel at Arraignment: Is Your Municipality Ready?
    A criminal arraignment is an important first proceeding in the anatomy of a criminal case. This session will provide attendees with a historical review of the issue, as well as specifically address several important matters that may arise due to a new State law which could have a financial impact on your municipal budget. If your municipality operates a police department or justice court you will not want to miss this session.
    Speakers: Anthony C. Rossi, Esq., Assistant Deputy Counsel to the Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside of NYC and John A. Mancini, NYCOM Counsel

  • State and Local Responses to the Opioid Epidemic  
    The non-medical use of opioids has become an urgent public health crisis and local governments are struggling to address the impact that this crisis is having on their communities -- particularly as it relates to public safety, facility management, emergency services, and community and economic development. This session will feature different strategies and initiatives undertaken by the State and local officials to try to combat, prevent and treat drug addiction.
    Speakers: Mayor Timmy Currier, Village of Massena; Rob Kent, General Counsel, NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and Holly Catania, Director of Policy and New Initiatives, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Mixed-Use Commercial Corridor Development: How Communities are Revitalizing Their Downtowns
    New York’s cities and villages have long-struggled with how to revitalize their once thriving downtowns and main streets. State and federal grants, tax credits and tax exemptions, and myriad other incentives were tried as the solution. While those tools have proven helpful, lasting, long-term, revitalization has frequently proven elusive. This session will highlight how several municipalities have fostered mixed-use development and public events to create a community identity and places where people want to live, work, and play.
    Speakers: Mayor Frederick May, Village of Fairport; Mayor Gary McCarthy, City of Schenectady; and Mayor Paul Pontieri, Village of Patchogue

4:30 p.m.  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 2/10/17

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