Summer Update: Training, Resolutions, Raise the Age, Podcasts, and Innovation

Updates for county leaders.

Fall Seminar: Register Today!
Sept 24-26, in Rochester
The NYSAC Fall Seminar is just a couple months away! Join hundreds of county delegates from across the state for cutting edge workshops that will keep you ahead of the curve on emerging local issues. Agenda and registration information is now available online. Register today and encourage your colleagues in county government to do the same. We look forward to seeing you in Monroe County!
Please note, the hotel reservation deadline is August 27, but the room block may sell out before this date.
2018 NYS Legislative Session Summary: The Impact on New York's Counties
This report, compiled by NYSAC's Legislative Team,  is a snapshot of the bills that passed both the Senate and Assembly (outside the budget process), and that will have a direct or indirect impact on county government operations. Each section provides the bill number (with direct links to the bill text via an electronic document), a brief description of the intent of the legislation and where it is in the legislative process. While the full Legislature passed hundreds of bills, they are not all sent to the Governor at once. Read the full report here.

Resolution Ideas Due Aug. 17
NYSAC's legislative platform for the 2019 legislative session will be generated in large part from the resolutions adopted by our membership at the upcoming Fall Seminar.

New resolution ideas should be forwarded to NYSAC no later than Friday, August 17th to ensure appropriate time for processing and consideration by the standing committees members at the Fall Seminar. Resolutions submitted after this date may not be considered at this conference. 
Please send your resolutions and/or ideas to the NYSAC committee staff liaison, or fax to (518) 465-0506. Thank you for your participation in this process and we look forward to seeing you at the Fall Seminar. 

If you would like to join a NYSAC standing committee, please complete and return the nominating form. The form can be found online here.
Farewell to Katie Hohman
Please join us in expressing our best wishes to NYSAC Legislative Director Katie Hohman, who is leaving NYSAC this week to pursue other opportunities. Katie has been an integral part of NYSAC's legislative team for the past 3 and ½ years, and we thank her for her dedicated service to New York's counties.
Raise the Age: State Update on Implementation Webinar
On Tuesday, July 24th, NYSAC hosted a webinar titled Raise the Age: State Update on Implementation. There is just over two months to go 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 will be presented by the Executive Chamber, Office of Children and Families, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Department of Corrections, State Commission on Corrections and the Division of Budget.
A recording of the webinar and PowerPoint are available on our website.

Help Spread the Word: See the Signs, Save a Life
NYSAC and its member counties have been battling the opioid epidemic for years, through several agencies including county social services, health departments, law enforcement, jails, 9-1-1 dispatch, district attorneys, public defenders, probation, coroners and medical examiners.
NYSAC has partnered with the New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners to create a hard-hitting PSA which is being shared by county leaders and running on local television stations.
View the video here, and share it with your residents – on social media, county websites, at events – as widely and often as possible. Getting out this message is crucial.
NY Counties Attend NACo Conference
The National Association of Counties (NACo)'s 83rd Annual Conference saw the most New York State representation in recent years, as county officials from across the state traveled to Davidson County (Nashville), Tennessee to learn about best practices and innovations related to cybersecurity and elections infrastructure, crisis communications, preparing for the 2020 Census, and a host of other topics.  Key conference tracks focused on identifying and treating people with the highest needs in county jails, responding to the opioid crisis, and growing strong local economies.
New York's counties took home several awards, including Orange County for their cyberbullying and sexting initiative, Nassau County for their “Report It, Reform It” initiative, Albany County for their probation licensing program, and Ulster County for their “Bystanders Against Sexual Assault” program.
NYSAC's Hon. Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive, was named to the NACo Board of Directors, and Hon. Mark Poloncarz, Erie County Executive, was named as vice-chair of the Large Urban Counties Caucus. Madison County Chair John Becker remains on the NACo Board of Directors for New York.
San Diego County, Calif. Supervisor Greg Cox was sworn in as NACo president during NACo's Annual Business Meeting. Cox's presidential initiative, “Connecting the Unconnected,” will focus on using technology, data, and public-private partnerships to connect people to services.
In a close runoff election, Gary Moore, Judge Executive of Boone County, Kentucky, won the race for NACo's Second Vice President.

NYSAC Videos and Podcasts
Our latest videos and podcasts cover a wide range of issues of interest to county leaders. Find them all in one place at
On the NYSAC Blog
The latest posts on the NYSAC Blog:
Tune into Podcasts – What are podcasts? How do I listen? Are there podcasts for county leaders? Get your podcast questions answered, and find our top podcast recommendations for local leaders.
Funding for County Jail Substance Abuse Services: Podcast – This NYSAC podcast  features a press conference on June 19th concerning funding for county jail-based substance abuse treatment services.
Spotlight: County Fairs - Last year over four million people visited the county and state fairs in New York, and there were over 1,500 exhibitors throughout those fairs. 
Share Your County's Story: Technology and Innovation
The Fall 2018 issue of NYSAC News magazine will focus on Technology and Innovation in our counties. Topics will include:
  • Emerging technologies for local governments
  • Stories of counties implementing technology solutions
  • Innovative county programs
  • Cybersecurity
  • Federal updates
  • County policy priorities
  • Other issue updates
NYSAC is now accepting articles related to these topics as well as other county services and functions.
Articles should be 500-750 words and can be sent to Nicole Correia ( by September 15. Submissions should include an author headshot as well as any supporting charts, photos, or images (these should be high res files - 300 dpi, jpg, tif, or eps file format). For more details on contributing an article, visit our website. 
The current issue of NYSAC News magazine has arrived in member mailboxes, and is available online, here.

Press Releases
Downstate Counties Convene Regional Shared Services Procurement Conference
Monroe County Executive Dinolfo Named to National County Post
$3.75 Million in New Funding Available for Jail Substance Use Treatment
PSA from Counties and Coroners Urges New Yorkers to See the Signs of Opioid Addiction
All NYSAC press releases.
Connect with NYSAC
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Twitter: @nyscounties
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