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Fall Training School Tentative Agenda


All courses are eligible for CPE and EOA elective credits unless otherwise noted.
Courses eligible for CLE credits are denoted by * 

MONDAY, September 24, 2018

12:00 - 7:00 p.m. - NYCOM Registration Desk Open

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - First-time Attendee Orientation

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

• Understanding Municipal Ethics in Today's Climate *
• Municipal Finance Fundamentals
• How to Adopt Local Laws and Conduct Referenda So You Don't Have to Do It Over *

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• What Do You Mean I Can't Do That? Roles & Responsibilities of Municipal Officials *
• Internal Controls for City and Village Operations
• Overview of Governmental Accounting
• Code is Data: Are You Getting the Full Benefit of Your Online Code?

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - We Are the NYCOM Novelists: Book Club

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Hospitality

7:00 p.m.            WELCOME DINNER and KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Marc Tinsley - Vitalizational: The Opposite of Burnout

9:00 - 11:00 p.m. - Hospitality

TUESDAY, September 25, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - NYCOM Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Albany Update
• Policies and Procedures: The Must-Haves
• Developing an Effective Fund Balance Policy
• The CFA Process: Preparation and Expectations from a Municipal Perspective
• So You Think the Supreme Court Isn't Relevant to Your Job? A First Amendment Primer for Local Government Officials *
• Understanding the New Volunteer Firefighter Cancer Benefit *

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Policies and Procedures: The Should-Haves
• Municipal Debt 101
• You're Making Me Do What? Understanding and Complying with NYS' Prevailing Wage Laws and Certified Payroll Requirements *
• Saving Money on Energy Costs with NYMEP
• Applying Behavioral Science to Your Government

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  LUNCH

• Association of City and Village Clerks' Luncheon and Annual Meeting

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Retirement System Redesign
• How to Report Debt in the Annual Update Document
• Clerks' Seminar (not CPE or EOA)  
• Hot Topics in Employer Relations *
• Wanting What You Can't Have: Understanding Competitive Bidding and Municipal Purchasing 

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS 

• Getting a Handle on Records Management, Regardless of Format
• Managing Travel and Conference Expenses
• Developing and Managing an Effective Budget 
• The Good, the Bad and Preventing the Ugly: Conducting Village Elections *
• The Power of You (not CPE)
• How to Comply with the State Environment Quality Review Act: In Plain English *

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. - Hospitality

Evening - Dinner on your own

8:00 - 11:30 p.m. - Entertainment - Music at the Crowne Plaza 

WEDNESDAY, September 26, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - NYCOM Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Yippee, It's a New Day! (not CPE)
• Small Cells. Big Problems. The Future of Internet Service and the Regulation of Wireless Infrastructure *
• Cash Management
• Communicating and Understanding Financial Reports
• Running Productive Meetings that End on Time and Don't Get Out of Control *
• Navigating the Social Media Morass

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Team Building/Trust Building (Not CPE)
• The Freedom of Information Law: Show Me the Records! *
• Tales from the Field: City and Village Audits
• Key Considerations in Drafting, Updating and Utilizing Employee Handbooks *
• Implicit Bias and the Ten Commandments of Cultural Competency *

11:45 a.m. - Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Let’s Talk it Out: A Discussion in Advanced Procurement Practices *
• The Open Meetings Law: Toeing the Line *
• The Board Meeting Minutes... Why Do the Auditors Care?
• Who Are the People in Your Neighborhoods: Census 2020   
• State and Federal Funding Opportunities: Financing and Resources for Municipalities

7:00 p.m.  Dinner - 80s Theme Party

THURSDAY, September 27, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - NYCOM Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• The Public Purse: The Constitution's Prohibition Against Gifts and Loans of Taxpayer Dollars *
• Health Insurance Options for Employees and Retirees
• Stump the Staff (not CPE)
• Accounting for Capital Projects
• Employee Evaluations: Why Aren't You Doing Them? *

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Rolling in the Deep: Administering Public Water and Sewer Systems *
• Managing Vital Records
• Protecting Public Employees: Workplace Violence in NYS *
• Developing a Multi-year Plan
• Ins and Outs of Unemployment, COBRA and Family Leave: What You Need to Know *

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.   LUNCH

  • Society of Municipal Finance Officers' Luncheon and Annual Meeting

1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  CONCURRENT SESSIONS

• Planning, Zoning, and Land Use for Local Government Officials *
• Protecting Municipal Data and Computer Systems: A Non-Technical Guide for Beginners
• Finance Officers' Seminar (not CPE or EOA)
• Accounting for Payroll and Personnel

3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.  PLENARY

• Answers?  You Can't Handle the Answers! It's BOOT CAMP! (not CPE)

6:00 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - Annual Banquet and Certificate of Attendance Awards

9/18/18