Implementing the NYS Sexual Harassment Law
October 30, 2018

A webinar training on the on the recently adopted regulations that formed the New York State’s Department of Labor (“DOL”) model sexual harassment prevention documents for all employers.
This complex change in the law required all employers, including county governments, to update and create new sexual harassment policies and procedures. Our labor experts will walk you through the changes in the State law and what you will need to know as employers, employees and as county government leaders.
Raise the Age: Update on Implementation
July 24, 2018

There is a little more than two months before the implementation date of Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility. Beginning October 1, a 16-year-old that is charged with a non-violent felony or a misdemeanor will be considered an Adolescent Offender (AO), and will be protected from the adult incarceration population. Implementation of the new law will impact several county departments, and will require additional personnel and resources in probation departments, county attorney’s offices, 
mental health services, and social services agencies. This change also has the potential to require counties to make financial investments in programs, services, and infrastructure. This webinar was presented by the Executive Chamber, Office of Children and Families, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Division of Budget, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the State Commission on Corrections.


Overview of the 2018 NYS Budget and its Impact to NY Counties
April 17, 2018

The Dairy Crisis and its Impact on NY Farmers
April 11, 2018
NYSAC’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs provides an overview of the crisis gripping New York State’s dairy farmers. The overabundance of milk, flagging demand, dramatically lower prices, higher operating costs, and unfavorable weather conditions have negatively impacted the economic viability for dairy farmers across the state.
This online video presentation addresses the dairy crisis from four critical perspectives: the USDA, a financial lender, a processor, and a farmer.


Frequently Asked Questions: Elected Official Retroactive Pension Service Credit 
April 4, 2018
An important informational webinar hosted by representatives from the NYS Office of State Comptroller as they discuss the "Retroactive Pension Service Credit for Elected Officials". 


Cyber Protection for NYS Counties

November 21, 2017

Cyber security can be a confusing topic. It can mean different things to different people. NYSAC is hoping to make it easier to understand with an upcoming presentatoin. This webinar  was designed to clarify what cyber security is and how your county can protect against people who may want to hack your IT systems, steal information, or hold your data hostage. NYSAC asked three organizations to explain cyber vulnerabilities, and what is needed to develop a prioritized set of actions to protect your organization and data.

  1. Conduct a risk assessment and develop a plan that includes a prioritized set of actions needed to protect your organization and data.

  2. Register for the free Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) to help improve the cyber security posture of all local governments.  

  3. Deploy an endpoint protection software to defend against attacks to laptops, pcs, tablets, and devices.

This webinar included a briefing on present threats, examples of today's methods of attack, and ways to plan for, detect, and prevent cyber attacks against your county.



Joining the LUCA (Local Updates to Census Addresses) to Help New York

November 15, 2017


County leaders have a unique opportunity right now to help ensure that the 2020 Census gets the count right in your communities and in your county. The Local Updates to Census Addresses (LUCA) allows participating counties and local governments with the opportunity to review, correct, and update existing census addresses so that any changes to the neighborhoods of your communities will be considered and appropriately counted in 2020. NYSAC is encouraging all counties in New York to participate in the national program designed to improve the accuracy of the census count in 2020. NYSAC will hosted a Webinar on November 13th to discuss the counties’ role in the Local Updates to Census Addresses program. The Webinar is designed to help counties understand the process of joining LUCA and the process that will unfold to help review, correct, and update census addresses. The Census is critical to the funding and political influence that New York State leverages with the federal government. From the $53 billion in census driven programs to the number of our congressional seats, ensuring a 2020 Census count is critical. 

Applying for and Complying with New Federal Grant Funding Guidelines

June 23, 2016 -- 2 to 3 p.m.

Webinar with Linda Angus designed to help counties navigate the maze of new federal guidelines associated with getting grant funding from Washington. See a recent article published by Linda Green Angus here. 

Orientation for Newly Elected and Appointed County Officials (4-part series)

NYSAC Webinar Series, Co-Sponsored by the County Government Institute and Cornell University



MODULE I: County Government in NYS - February 18, 2016

Module I includes:

Introduction to NYSAC & the County Government Institute
An overview of the New York State Association of Counties and its training and education arm, the County Government Institute as well as an introduction to other vital partnership programs available to NYSAC members.

County Government Structure in New York State
The structure of county government in New York State is laid out by the State Constitution and statutes adopted by the state legislature. During this presentation the foundations of county government in state law will be discussed and the various forms of county organization will be highlighted.

Overview of the State Legislative Process
This session will provide an overview of the State Legislative process and how it affects county government. Information on how a bill moves through the legislature and becomes law will be presented

Major Policy Issues Affecting Counties: NYSAC Legislative Agenda
During this presentation an introduction to the major legislative and policy issues confronting county government officials as included in the NYSAC legislative agenda for 2016 will be presented by the members of the NYSAC Legislative Team. 


MODULE II: County Budgeting and Finances - February 25, 2016

Introduction to county budget and financial management 
This presentation includes a discussion on how counties raise funds, prepare a budget and provide financial management and oversight of taxpayer’s dollars. The relationship between the State budget and its impact on county budgets is also detailed.

MODULE III:  Ethics in Government - March 3, 2016

Ethics in Government
Presented by Mark Stevens, Senior Attorney, OSC Division of Legal Services.
Webinar Learning Module 3 provides an overview of codes and other related legal requirements of county elected officials under state and local ethics laws, policies and procedures. A discussion of proper ethical conduct by county officials, above and beyond legal requirements, will be included to give county officials a better understanding of what is meant by the term "Good Government Ethics". We hope you can join us for this third webinar in our learning series.


MODULE IV: Open Government Law and Adopting Local Laws - March 10, 2016

Open Government Laws
The requirement of the state open meeting laws and oter relevent statutes are detailed in this secion of the orientation program. The responsibilities and legal requirements of county elected and appointed officials to "govern in the sunshine" is discussed.

Adoption Local Laws: Legal Responsibilities and Requirements
The powers granted to local elected officials under the state's municipal home rule law, the county law, and other relevant statutes are discussed.  The presentation focuses on the procedures and requirements that must be followed by county legislative bodies to enact local laws.

2016 Webinars

New and Continuing Solar Opportunities for Counties - April 5, 2016

The State of New York’s goal to add more than 3 gigawatts of installed solar capacity by 2023 is being leveraged by several counties to save not only fossil fuels, but taxpayer dollars as well. For the past several years, New York State and the federal government have been offering incentives to help governments, schools, businesses, homeowners defray the upfront cost of installing solar panels, helping them lock in long term ongoing savings in monthly electric bills.  Presenters from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will discuss the NY-Sun Incentive and other programs designed to help New Yorkers reduce the cost of electricity and make New York State a national leader in developing a robust, sustainable solar industry.

New Regulations for Elected and Appointed Officials Reporting to the New York State and Local Retirement
System (NYSLRS) - April 19, 2016

This webinar outlines the new reporting regulations that took effect on January 1, 2016 that impact elected and appointed officials that are in the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS). The regulatory revisions help ensure that elected and appointed officials receive appropriate service credit and more clearly define the process of reporting. The new regulations also establish additional requirements for both elected officials and governing bodies, and create specific time frames within which requirements must be accomplished. The amendments affect participating employers in the NYSLRS who employ elected and appointed officials (officials) who are active members of NYSLRS.

2015 Webinars

How the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will Impact Your County (2015)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) replaced the Workforce Investment Act on July 1, 2015, which governs the federally funded workforce development system operated by cities and counties across New York State. The workforce system, nearly $200 million statewide, includes the career center system, youth services, education and training programs, and literacy initiatives. New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals’ Executive Director Melinda Mack discusses how the WIOA may impact your county’s service delivery, workforce development board, procurement, and performance requirements.

Solar Energy (2015)

In 2012, Governor Cuomo launched the NY-Sun Initiative to provide incentives for increased solar electric installations across the state. In its first two years, a total of 316 megawatts of solar PV was installed or under contract, prompting Cuomo to commit an additional $1 billion to NY-Sun. 

In this webinar, industry experts unravel the complexities of NY-Sun and help NYSAC members prepare their county for a bid. 

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Broadband (2015)

The 2015/16 State budget allocates $500 million for a New NY Broadband program. With the goal of connecting all New Yorkers to high speed broadband by 2018, this program has the potential to revolutionize our communities. Join NYSAC for this important forum to discuss how counties are preparing for this massive broadband expansion effort. This program is designed to help county officials understand how these funds will be used in the community to connect homes, businesses and institutions with high speed internet access.

Download a PDF of the presentation.