Fall Seminar Agenda Available, Registration Open
NYSAC's Fall Seminar is the place for New York's county leaders to come together and share vital information, develop educational and operational strategies for success, and learn about the complex issues impacting counties.
For a glimpse of the presentations and workshop lineup, click here.
The 2016 NYSAC Fall Seminar will be held on September 19-21 in Niagara Falls at the Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls. Hotel accommodations will be at the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel across the street from the Conference Center.
Early Bird registration rates are available until August 12th. For more information and to register, click here.
The three-day training program will include a full schedule of workshops, standing committee meetings, and presentations. The slate of workshop topics includes the heroin epidemic, 9-1-1 funding, new jail construction, safe drinking water, new apps for county communication, automobile fleet management, meeting new compliance demands, succession planning, and international economic development.
County Treasurers Meet to Discuss Key Priorities, Concerns
County Treasurers from dozens of counties met at their annual meeting in Wyoming County this week. There, the Treasurers discussed key priorities and concerns facing the group and their roles as the chief fiscal officers of counties in New York. Cheryl D. Mayer, Wyoming County Treasurer and President of the County Treasurers' and Finance Officers' Association hosted the group in Java Center at the Beaver Hollow Conference Center. The group discussed several issues including cash management, investments, streamlining property tax collections, addressing "zombie" properties and improving services for tax payers.
The group meets multiple times each year to address key financial issues facing counties and to develop solutions that help improve county fiscal management.
Confronting Heroin in Our Counties
NYSAC has released a new report, A Primer on NY's Heroin Epidemic, which examines the challenges of addressing the heroin crisis in our counties.
Heroin and opioid use is a major health and safety crisis around the world. Heroin and opioid use is a problem across demographic, economic, and geographic limitations. It effects individuals of every age, race and gender. The connection between prescription drugs and heroin stems from the abuse of prescription opiate pain killers, and is directly related to heroin's growth and popularity with young people. In order to combat this growing epidemic, local leaders must focus on prevention, increased access to treatment, expanded recovery options, and improved resources for law enforcement.
Read the NYSAC report: A Primer on NY's Heroin Epidemic
MEGA Advances Energy Aggregation Plan for Communities, Consumers
The Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA), a purchasing consortium of more than 270 municipalities in upstate New York, has applied to the New York State Public Service Commission to approve the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program it has developed to guide MEGA member towns, villages and cities in helping consumers get better deals for electricity and natural gas services.
MEGA has worked for more than 18 months to develop Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs for its participants, following guidance from the PSC, said Ron Feldstein, MEGA's President and CEO. MEGA's is the first such plan submitted for NYSPSC approval.
"Once approved, MEGA's plan will be provided to interested municipalities as the basic 'road map' for developing local CCA programs," said Louise Gava, MEGA's CCA Project Leader. "Each municipality will be able to customize the plan to suit its needs and interests," she added. MEGA will also provide municipal leaders with a Data Protection Plan, a model local law, and other required information.
CCA was authorized by the PSC in April, authorizing towns, villages and cities to adopt local laws to create their own CCA programs, and encouraging them to retain a CCA Administrator to handle competitive bidding and regulatory compliance, and to oversee supplier services. MEGA would perform that role for interested municipalities.
The PSC envisions CCA as an integral component of Governor Cuomo's Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. To learn more, please contact Louise Gava, MEGA's CCA Project Leader at email@example.com