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2019 Summary of Enacted and Pending Legislation (10/21/19)

The following document summarizes the status of bills of interest passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature in 2019. Organized by subject area, it includes only those initiatives that directly affect cities and villages, beginning with those that were included in the 2019-20 State Budget. 

OCTOBER 21, 2019

NYCOM Planning and Zoning Webinars

Whether you are a new or a seasoned municipal official, these webinars will provide you with the most up-to-date information in planning and zoning law. These one-hour webinars will cover the following topics:

  • October 31st | Planning and Zoning In a Nutshell
  • November 7th | FOIL and Records Management: Understanding Records in the Local Government Setting
  • November 14th | Architectural Review Boards: Understanding ARBs and How They Fit Into Traditional Euclidian Zoning
  • November 21st | Group Homes, Local Government-Owned, and Religious and Educational Property: Understanding Exemptions to Local Land Use Regulation


Fall Training School Recap: What Did You Miss?

NYCOM's Fall Training School went off without a hitch in Saratoga Springs this September:

  • Over 60+ Sessions
  • 100+ First-Time Attendees
  • Finance Officers and Clerks Association Annual Meetings
  • Endless Networking Opportunites for ALL


Calendar of Dates: Village Elections 2020

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.


Policy Brief: Examining New York's 2019 Voting 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.


Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Program: Grant Opportunity

Recycling Coordination, Education, Planning and Promotion Projects Grants Gateway Application Guidelines and Request for Applications


A Cyber Campaign Stealing Payroll Information is Affecting Local Governments in New York State

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.


NYCOM Advocacy Update: September 4, 2019

The most recent update highlights the final status of general key issues impacting local governments.


NYCOM Advocacy Update

The most recent update highlights the final status of general key issues impacting local governments.


2020 Census: Are You Prepared?

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.


Elected Officials Academy

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.

Municipal Matters Magazine

NYCOM's Municipal Matters quarterly magazine.


Policy Statement: Implementation of Adult-Use Cannabis

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.

MARCH 20, 2019

NYCOM Legislative Program

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.


Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy Elected President of the New York State Conference of Mayors

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.

MAY 7, 2019

32nd Local Government Achievement Award Winners

Village of Ellicottville MAY 2, 2019
Village of Rockville Centre MAY 2, 2019
Village of Bergen MAY 2, 2019
City of Syracuse MAY 2, 2019
City of Corning MAY 2, 2019
City of Poughkeepsie MAY 2, 2019

Statement from NYCOM Executive Director Peter A. Baynes on FY 2020 New York State Budget

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.

APRIL 2, 2019

Municipal Council Statement on Prevailing Wage

Municipal Associations Strongly Oppose Expansion of Prevailing Wage: Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing, Brownfield Redevelopment, and Economic Revitalization at Risk.

MARCH 27, 2019

NYCOM Testimony: Examine the Effectiveness of New York State's Transit Networks

Testimony on a critical aspect of a workable transit system in Upstate New York: safe and reliable local transportation infrastructure. 

MARCH 22, 2019

Mayors from 38 Cities Responsible for Maintaining State Highways Call for Sufficient State Reimbursement

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."

MARCH 6, 2019