Weekly Wire Week Ending February 10, 2017

NYSAC Update

NYSAC News Magazine includes 2017 Legislative Guide
The Winter edition of the NYSAC News magazine has been delivered to county officials and is available online at
This issue includes the NYSAC Legislative Program, an overview of the NYSAC legislative team, the association's advocacy timeline, and what counties should watch out for during the State Legislative Session and the first 100 days of the Donald Trump administration in Washington, D.C.
New Videos on NYSAC TV
There are 8 new videos recently posted on the NYSAC TV YouTube channel.  These videos include highlights from the NYSAC Legislative Conference and recordings of testimony on State Budget issues that NYSAC has presented to committees of the State Legislature.
Senate Raise the Age Hearing
On Monday, February 6, Executive Director, Stephen Acquario testified at the Joint Senate Standing Committee on Children and Families andSenate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Public Hearing. The hearing was held to discuss the Governor's Budget Proposal on Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility and its Impact in New York State. Mr. Acquario was accompanied by two members of the Council of Probation Administrators; Rocco Pozzi, Commissioner of Probation at Westchester County and Robert Iusi, Probation Director for Warren County and Roger Wickes, Washing County Attorney. The testimony can be found here
State Update
State Legislative Update
The Legislature will convene for session on Monday, February 13 & Tuesday, February 14. 
The Legislature will also continue their Joint Budget Hearings this week, as scheduled:
  • Monday, February 13, 9:30 am - Environmental Conservation
  • Tuesday, February 14, 9:30 am - Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Wednesday, February 15, 9:30am - Transportation
  • Thursday, February 16, 9:30am - Health and Medicaid
A full list can be found at
State Comptroller Releases Analysis of Governor's 2017-18 Budget Proposal
The State Comptroller released his analysis of the Governor's Budget Recommendation late last week. The Comptroller notes that the Governor's plan does reduce out-year budget gaps, while also making significant investments in water infrastructure, education and health care. However, the Comptroller raises concerns about the Governor's Budget regarding moving spending off-budget or from the operating side of the ledger to the capital side as a way to stay within a self-imposed two percent spending limit. He also raises concerns with proposed expansion of Executive authority to control spending without the State Legislature's input and also reducing checks and balances oversight by the Comptroller's Office.
As noted in the Comptroller's press release, the concern comes from the Governor's proposal to expand Executive authority " increase or decrease planned expenditures, change the identified purpose of spending and reallocate spending to other state agencies and public authorities. For example, numerous Local Assistance appropriations would authorize the Director of the Budget to reduce planned spending if receipts - including but not limited to federal aid - are lower than projected. Certain other aspects of the Budget raise concern with respect to transparency, accountability and oversight. These include:
  • A lack of clarity regarding spending levels and growth;
  • Continued use of lump-sum appropriations; and
  • Additional proposed limits on the Comptroller's independent oversight of the use of public resources, including review of various contracts and debt issuances."
To access the Comptroller's press release please visit: and to review the full report   
State Legislation Would Ban Future Unfunded State Mandates
Senator Joseph Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi have introduced legislation (S.2323/A.2922) seeking to end all future unfunded State mandates placed on counties and local governments.  This bill recognizes unfunded mandates have and continue to be the main factor that drive up resident and business property taxes levels. If passed the State would be prohibited from enacting any future legislation, rule, or regulation that would have cause in increase in costs to a municipality or school district unless the State provides full funding for the program change. NYSAC supports this proposal and will encourage affirmative action in both houses of the State Legislature.
Training & Funding Opportunities
flatscreen-computer-room.jpgGrants Training in Syracuse
SUNY OSWEGO Division of Extended Learning and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Syracuse, February 16-17, 2017.  This train ing is for grant seekers across all disciplines.  Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals.
Click here for full event details.
Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available.  Tuition payment is not required at the time of enrollment.
NYSAC members receive a tuition rate of $425, which includes two days of instruction, workbook, and access to tools, discussions and more than 200 sample grant proposals.  Please use discount code "NYASSN" to receive this $30 discount off full price at registration. Contact Kaelee DeLisle at Grant Writing USA at 888.435.7281 or for more information.