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The NYCOM Annual Meeting scheduled for May 3-5 is postponed. The Sagamore Hotel is closed, will reopen on May 7th, and has already sent room cancellation notices to NYCOM members who had registered for a room for the Annual Meeting. Full refunds to hotel registrants are being processed by the Sagamore and should be credited to your form of payment by March 24th. NYCOM is processing full refunds of meeting registration fees.
NYCOM staff is now in discussions with the Sagamore Hotel about potential dates for rescheduling our conference and we will keep our members apprised of any updates.
Although the Senate and Assembly were out of town last week, NYCOM staff continued working hard to ensure that you and every member of the State Legislature are aware of our state budget priorities.
• The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act
• Local Government Lobby Day - March 23
NYCOM staff continue to focus their attention on the State Budget which is due to be adopted in twenty-two days.
• Local Government Lobby Day - March 23
• Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
The New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) is committed to highlighting municipal successes and sharing innovative projects and programs you have undertaken in your communities.
NYCOM’s Local Government Achievement Awards are intended to showcase significant and innovative projects and programs undertaken by NYCOM member cities and villages that have improved quality-of-life, resulted in cost savings, established cooperative partnerships, created new or unique approaches to issues, and/or streamlined the delivery of services.
While there was a need to reform New York’s criminal justice statutes during the 2019 state legislative session, it is widely recognized that several of the changes in the laws pertaining to discovery are broad and vague and are having unintended consequences at the municipal level.
April 1, 2020 is Census Day for the next decennial census; the nation's once-per-decade, constitutionally-mandated count of every American, regardless of their citizenship status. The decennial census is one of the nation's most important programs. New Yorkers' fair share of federal funds for programs essential to health care, education, housing, economic development and transportation, as well as our political representation in Washington, all depends on an accurate and fully-counted census response.
NYCOM strongly believes each community must have a voice in whether the adult-use cannabis industry operates within its boundaries, as the impacts of the cannabis industry will be most directly felt at the local level.
It is imperative that you contact your legislators now and let them know your position on those State Budget issues of greatest importance to you. We encourage you to review NYCOM’s Briefing on the 2020-21 Executive Budget. In addition, there are four policy issues that we ask you to bring to the attention of your legislators and make sure they are aware of NYCOM’s position.
We have put together a sample resolution outlining what we believe are a series of reasonable amendments that are consistent with
the overall intent of the reforms, but which will allow for more effective and affordable implementation.
• Increase Unrestricted State Aid
• Enhance Funding for Water and Sewer Infrastructure
• Expand Highway Funding
• Amend the Newly Enacted Criminal Justice Reforms
• Limit the Application and Cost of the Prevailing Wage Mandate
Sneak Peak of NYCOM's Municipal Matters quarterly magazine (Vol. 3, No. 2):
The federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) requires that language assistance be provided to voters in political subdivisions in which 5% of the voting population speak the same language and do not also speak English proficiently well to effectively participate in the election process.
Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties are covered by this requirement, and consequently, all villages in Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties must provide Spanish language assistance as well.
The Governor delivered his State of the State address on Wednesday. As is typically the case, the speech was heavy on headlines and light on detail but there were a few topics of interest including escooters, the legalization of recreational cannabis, the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, funding for upstate airports, and small cell deployment.
The village election material contained in this publication was compiled by the New York State Conference of Mayors. The dates and material are based upon current statutory provisions, including amendments through the 2019 session of the State Legislature.
Sneak Peak of NYCOM's Municipal Matters quarterly magazine (Vol. 3, No. 1):
• Mobile App Impact on Citizen Satisfaction and Municipal Management
• Investing in Today's Youth Will Prepare Municipalities for Tomorrow's Leaders
• Lost and Abandoned and Donated Properties: Dealing With Property No One Seems to Want
City and village officials across New York are calling for increased State investment in their communities and changes to recent criminal justice reforms.
This policy paper outlines the various enactments that amended the Election Law during the 2019 legislative session and discuss how these changes may affect the operations of local governments.
The Cyber Analysis Unit of the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) has recently issued a report on a cyber campaign that has affected several local governments in New York. This campaign involves customized and convincing-looking phishing emails that were used to capture user login names and passwords.
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. Any NYCOM class that you take, conference that you attend, or committee that you serve on will earn you Elected Officials Academy credits.
It doesn't cost you anything to activate your membership, you simply have to SIGN-UP HERE.
NYCOM's Legislative Program 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.
At its 110th Annual Meeting, the membership of the New York State Conference of Mayors elected Mayor Robert T. Kennedy of the Village of Freeport, to serve as NYCOM President for the next year.
NYCOM is relieved that all of our member villages and cities who have historically been part of the AIM program will continue to receive this funding under the state budget adopted earlier today.
Testimony on a critical aspect of a workable transit system in Upstate New York: safe and reliable local transportation infrastructure.
City mayors from across the state are calling on both houses of the New York State Legislature to include $12.7 million in additional funding for an inflationary increase in "arterial maintenance reimbursement."