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Recorded NYCOM Webinars

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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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