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Fall Training School Agenda

* Denotes Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit
All concurrent sessions qualify as Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits unless otherwise noted

Monday, September 16

  • 12:00 p.m.

    NYCOM Registration Desk Opens

  • 1:00 p.m.

    First-timer Orientation

  • 2:00 p.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • The Buck Stops Here: Why Ethics Matters *
    • • Sexual Harassment Prevention Training *
    • • Municipal Finance Fundamentals
    • • Is That My Job? Understanding Local Government Structure and Your Place In It *
  • 3:30 p.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • To the Rescue: Dissecting the Complex Relationship Between the Village Board and the Volunteer Fire Department *
    • • What Can NYCOM Do For You?
    • • Overview of Governmental Accounting
    • • Tales From the Field: City and Village Audits
    • • Don’t Become a Test Case – Avoiding Litigation in Public Contracting *
  • 5:00 p.m.

    "NYCOM Novelist" Book Club Meeting

  • 7:00 p.m.

    Welcome Dinner

    Comedian Moody McCarthy

Tuesday, September 17

  • 7:00 a.m.

    Breakfast at Your Host Hotel

  • 8:00 a.m.

    NYCOM Registration Desk Opens

  • 9:00 a.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Albany Update
    • • Better Than the Rest: Understanding and Using Competitive Processes in Municipal Purchasing
    • • Discretionary Powers of the Chief Fiscal Officer When Issuing Debt *
    • • Commonly Misunderstood Concepts in Budgeting
    • • Accounting for Payroll and Personnel
    • • Labor Relations Update: Change is in the Air *
  • 10:45 a.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Social Media, Peddlers and Solicitors, Holiday Displays: Demystifying the Complexities of the First Amendment *
    • • Policies and Procedures: The Must-Haves
    • • From Facility to Faucet: Everything You Need to Know About Administering Public Water and Sewer Systems – Part 1 *
    • • Fraud Prevention and Detection
    • • Zen and the Art of Processing FOIL Requests *
    • • Time's Up: Addressing Employee Leave Issues *
  • 12:00 p.m.

    Lunch

    Society of Municipal Finance Officers' Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting

  • 1:30 p.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Running Productive Meetings and Drafting Clear, Concise Minutes *
    • • Policies and Procedures: The Should-Haves
    • • From Facility to Faucet: Everything You Need to Know About Administering Public Water and Sewer Systems – Part 2 *
    • • Finance Officers' Seminar (Not CPE)
    • • The Basics and the Intricacies of the Open Meetings Law *
    • • Understanding How to Handle Unemployment and Workers' Compensation Claims *
  • 3:15 p.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Manage Time and You Manage Your Life (not CPE)
    • • Top Seven Challenges Facing Local Governments in the Digital Age
    • • Improving the Effectiveness of Claims Processing
    • • Retirement System Update
    • • Protecting Public Employees: Workplace Violence in NYS *
  • Evening

    Dining Downtown

Wednesday, September 18

  • 7:00 a.m.

    Breakfast at Your Host Hotel

  • 8:00 a.m.

    NYCOM Registration Desk Opens

  • 9:00 a.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • The Selfies of Advocacy (Not CPE)
    • • The Public Purse: The State Constitution Prohibition Against Gifts and Loans of Taxpayer Funds *
    • • Using OpenBookNewYork.com for Data Analysis
    • • Managing Your Cash Flow 
    • • Records Management: The Responsibility of Every Local Government Official
    • • Regulating Traffic and Parking, and Maybe Including E-Bikes and E-Scooters *
  • 10:45 a.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • What You Need to Know About Recreational Liability
    • • Creating, Running, and Abolishing Justice Courts *
    • • Understanding the Constitutional Tax Limit Filing Requirements
    • • The Latest From GASB
    • • So You Want to Be in Pictures: How to Attract and Work with Filmmakers in Your Communities
  • 12:00 p.m.

    Lunch

  • 1:00 p.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Health Insurance Trends, Tips and Tricks: Making Your Health Insurance Plan Work For You and Your Employees
    • • Stump the Staff
    • • The Board Meeting Minutes... Why Do the Auditors Care? *
    • • All is Fair in Love and Elections: Conducting Village Elections *
    • • Team Building and Trust Building (Not CPE)
  • 7:00 p.m.

    Tailgate Theme Party and Dinner

Thursday, September 19

  • 7:00 a.m.

    Breakfast at Your Host Hotel

  • 8:00 a.m.

    NYCOM Registration Desk Opens

  • 9:00 a.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Throwing Like a Girl: Effective Leadership Strategies for Women in Local Government (Not CPE)
    • • The Golden Years: What You Need to Consider if You're Thinking About Retirement
    • • Annual Update Document - Avoiding Common Errors
    • • Establishing and Accounting for Reserves
    • • Negotiating a Collective Bargaining Agreement in Tough Fiscal Times *
    • • The Essentials of Municipal Payroll
  • 10:45 a.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • The Need for Cyber Security in Cities and Villages
    • • Capital Planning and Budgeting
    • • State and Federal Funding Part 1: Financing and Resources for Municipal Infrastructure
    • • To Airbnb or Not Airbnb? Regulating Short-Term Rentals in Your Community *
  • 12:00 p.m.

    Lunch

    NYS Association of City & Village Clerks Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting

  • 1:30 p.m.

    CONCURRENT SESSIONS

    • • Municipal Ethics: It's Not That Simple! *
    • • Property Tax Potpourri *
    • • Communicating and Understanding Financial Reports
    • • State and Federal Funding Part 2: Financing and Resources for Municipalities Through the Office of Community Renewal
    • • Clerks' Seminar (Not CPE)
  • 3:00 p.m.

    PLENARY

    • • We're Looking for a Few Good Clerks and Finance Officers! Its Boot Camp! (Not CPE)
  • 6:00 p.m.

    Reception

  • 7:00 p.m.

    Awards Dinner

Friday, September 20

  • 7:00 a.m.

    Conference Concludes:  Breakfast on your own