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Recorded NYCOM Webinars

  • COVID-19 Pandemic

    Securing Federal Funding in a Time of Crisis | The first four sets of Federal stimulus monies appropriated by Congress have amounted to nearly $3 trillion but are most notable for their one omission: they have failed to provide assistance to fiscally beleaguered local and state governments who, by definition, are on the front lines in the battle against COVID and will be the key to supporting a successful economic recovery. NYCOM and our members are waging a battle to make sure direct and flexible funding is provided to all local governments, no matter their size, when the next round of stimulus is approved by Congress. In doing so, we are working closely with the National League of Cities, which represents 19,000 cities, villages and towns from across the United States.

    This webinar will provide you with an insider's update on the local funding levels and formula we are supporting, the critically important role you can play in this campaign, and the prospects for securing this essential federal funding in the very near future.
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    Helping Local Businesses During the COVID Pandemic: Advice from the Front Lines | As news reports roll in about the impact the COVID pandemic is having on the global economy, local leaders are focusing on how they can help their main street and downtown businesses weather this crisis. In this webinar, Business Improvement Districts from around the State will share what they are doing to help local business owners survive during the most restrictive parts of the social distancing measures and how they are helping those establishments prepare for the coming months of modified business operations.
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    Workforce Management in the Shadow of a Pandemic | Managing a municipal workforce is rarely easy. Managing employees during a national health crisis presents unique challenges few have ever had to face. This webinar will highlight how the Governor’s Executive Orders are impacting traditional labor relations and challenging time-honored norms. The webinar will address issues relating to the Governor’s mandatory workforce reductions, what constitutes essential work, the challenges of employees working from home, and the Taylor Law implications that may be involved as a result. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about particular labor challenges facing their municipality.
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    2020 Village Elections Update and Conducting the Organizational Meeting | Conducting a village election is never an easy task. Village clerks must publish notices of the election, manage ballot access, and facilitate absentee voting. But conducting a village election during a pandemic has proven to be nearly impossible. Executive Orders 202.4 and 202.13 postponed all village elections scheduled for March, April, and May. Additionally, Executive Order 202.13 suspended the candidates’ petition process affecting all village elections scheduled for April, May, and June. This webinar will provide an overview of the election process given the current circumstances for all 2020 village elections. Specifically, this webinar will discuss ways to manage the absentee ballot process if your election has been postponed, whether absentee ballot applications and candidates’ filings may be submitted electronically, and how to address ballot access issues. This webinar will also address concerns related to conducting the election, including the availability of election inspectors and scanner machines. For many villages postponing the election also meant delaying the village’s organizational meeting. This webinar will also provide information relating to the conduct of the organizational meeting and address how to ensure elected and appointed officials file their oaths of office in a timely and appropriate manner.
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    Enforcing the Governor's COVID Executive Orders & the Procedure for Issuing Local COVID-Related Emergency Orders | In an effort to mitigate against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Cuomo has issued numerous executive orders restricting the public’s activities during the pandemic. Enforcement of those orders is falling largely to local governments, however. The Governor’s office has issued guidance regarding how local officials can enforce the Governor’s executive orders, and this webinar will provide an overview of the possible methods of enforcement, discussing the mechanics as well as the pros and cons of each method. The webinar will conclude by providing a synopsis of (a) the procedure whereby local governments can get approved to issue their own local COVID-related emergency orders and (b) the steps local chief executives must take to declare a local state of emergency and to issue emergency orders, once approval is given by the NYS Department of Health.
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    Conducting Meetings and Public Hearings During the COVID-19 Pandemic | How do local officials conduct meetings and public hearings when people are supposed to be keeping appropriate social distance? During normal times, the New York State Open Meetings Law mandates that the public be allowed to attend meetings of public bodies in person. During a pandemic, however, in-person meetings should be avoided to minimize the risk of transmitting the disease. On March 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.1, which suspends the Open Meetings Law’s in-person requirement in order to allow government officials to perform essential work. This webinar will provide an overview of how meetings and public hearings can be conducted during this pandemic in compliance with both EO 202.1 and the Open Meetings Law. Specific attention will be paid to conducting budget hearings as well as ZBA and planning board hearings. In addition, the webinar will discuss whether in-person meetings may still be conducted if local officials are unable to conduct a meeting or public hearing pursuant to EO 202.1.

    As a result of Executive Order 202.15, the discussion in this webinar regarding conducting in-person public hearings is no longer valid. Note, however, the Executive Order 202.15 only prohibits in-person public hearings; it is silent regarding the conducting of meetings. Consequently, local officials may still conduct in-person meetings for essential business.
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  • New Officials

    The Roles and Responsibilities of Municipal Officials | To effectively perform their jobs, local government officials must become experts in a variety of topics, while at the same time complying with a myriad of legal restrictions imposed by the state. This session will give an overview of how New York’s local governments are structured and what the roles and responsibilities are of various local government officials. Finally, the webinar will conclude with a discussion of some of the frequent pitfalls of holding local office.
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    Open Meetings Law | This webinar will cover the Open Meetings Law and the importance of adopting meeting procedures and taking meeting minutes. Public hearings will also be discussed. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of the process for enacting local legislation.
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    Municipal Finance Fundamentals | This session is designed to help facilitate your understanding of some of the most critical elements of municipal finance, including: property taxes and the tax cap; other revenue options; state aid; the budget process; and the expenditure of funds.
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    Ethics and Civil Service Essentials | This webinar will address several targeted topics pertaining to municipal ethics and the Civil Service Law. Topics under ethics will include the proper use of municipal equipment, gifts, nepotism and local ethics codes. Civil Service Law topics will address the different types of positions found in local government and their classifications under the Civil Service Law, probationary terms, creating new positions and modifying or adding job duties.
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  • Planning & Zoning (CLE)

    Planning and Zoning in a Nutshell | Are you a newly appointed member of a ZBA or a planning board, or do you just need a refresher on the basics of New York’s planning and zoning laws? This session will provide an overview of the how ZBAs and planning boards are structured and operate. The webinar will then delve into the fundamentals of area and use variances, special use permits, site plan approvals, and the subdivision process.
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    FOIL and Records Management: Understanding Records in the Local Government Setting | While proper record keeping is important in both the private and the public sector, local government officials have special rules regarding the handling of public records. This webinar will provide an overview of what planning and zoning officials should know about the NYS Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). The webinar will then address proper records management, focusing on the responsibilities of every public official under their local government’s records management program. The webinar will conclude with an overview of the role of minutes and recordings of hearings of ZBAs and planning boards.
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    Architectural Review Boards: Understanding ARBs and How They Fit Into Traditional Euclidian Zoning | While architectural review boards are ubiquitous throughout New York State, State statutes do not reference ARBs at all. Stated differently, ARBs are local creatures, created pursuant to local government’s home rule authority and governed by their own local code. This webinar will give an overview of ARBs and delve into how an ARB fits into the local land use approval process.
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    Group Homes, Local Government-Owned, and Religious and Educational Property: Understanding Exemptions to Local Land Use Regulation | While local governments have broad authority to regulate land uses, there are many uses that have substantial exemptions for zoning requirements. Group homes, other local governments’ property, and religious and educational property are all clothed in substantial protections, allowing those uses to be undertaken in a community regardless of the municipality's land use regulations. This webinar will highlight the legal basis for the exemptions, discussing the rules for invoking and overcoming each exemptions.
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  • Village Elections (CLE)

    Part I will cover the pre-election processes and procedures and preparing the ballot, including: the 2020 Election Calendar, Roles and Responsibilities of the Village Clerk, Compliance with the Voting Rights Act, Qualifications for Holding Office, Caucuses and Primaries, Independent Nominating Petitions, Challenging Candidates, Ordering and Preparing the Ballot, and Absentee Voting.
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    Part II will cover Election Day processes and procedures, including: Election Day Procedures, Election Inspectors, Poll Watchers, Voting Machines, Hand-Counted Paper Ballots, Voter Qualification & Registration, Challenging Voters, Canvassing the Vote, Post-election Procedures, and Availability of Election Records.
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