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Upcoming NYCOM Webinars

2020 Village Elections Webinars
Presented by Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel

The cost for each webinar is $30 per person ($75 per person for non-members).

CLE: Each webinar is eligible for 1.5 hours of CLE credit in the Area of Professional Practice. Attorneys wishing to obtain CLE credit for participating in either or both of these webinars MUST PRE-REGISTER. This CLE Course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys and is a permissible format for newly admitted attorneys. For a copy of NYCOM's CLE Financial Hardship Policy, contact Wade Beltramo at (518) 463-1185. *CLE Credits will be distributed upon completion of the webinar series.

  • PART I - December 10 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon)

    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
    • • Absentee Voting
  • PART II - December 12 (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon)

    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
    • • Availability of Election Records

Planning and Zoning Webinars
Presented by Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel

These webinars are open to NYCOM members and non-members, including non-planning board and non-ZBA members. The cost of participating in each webinar is $30 for members and $75 for non-members.

Annual Planning & Zoning Training Requirement: Note that each of these webinars will last one hour. If your city or village allows webinars as a valid form of training, individuals who participate in each of the four webinars will satisfy the State’s four-hour annual training requirement for planning board and ZBA members.

CLE: In addition, each of these webinars is eligible for one hour of CLE credit in the Area of Professional Practice. Attorneys wishing to obtain CLE credit for participating in these webinars MUST PRE-REGISTER. These CLE courses contain new content for 2019 and are not “repeat” courses for purposes of the NYS CLE Board's “no repeat” rule. In addition, these CLE courses are appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys and are a permissible format for newly admitted attorneys. For a copy of NYCOM's CLE Financial Hardship Policy, contact Wade Beltramo at (518) 463-1185. 

  • CLOSED - October 31 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

    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.

  • CLOSED - November 7 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

    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.

  • CLOSED - November 14 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

    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.

  • November 21 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

    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.