The County Perspective for May 15, 2018

Raise the Age update, Sports Betting, Cybersecurity, Sales Tax, more.


NYSAC Update

Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility: New NYSAC Report

The enacted 2017-18 State Budget includes language to raise the age of criminal responsibility for non-violent felons from 16 to 18 by October 1, 2019. While the policies and regulations are still being worked out by various state agencies, implementing 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 service agencies. It will also require county investments in court facilities and youth detention or local correctional facilities.
This updated NYSAC report looks at the policy and financial implications of the new regulations, and how counties can prepare. Click here to read the report.

Funding 9-1-1 in NYS: NYSAC Report

In NYS, counties are responsible for providing and funding 9-1-1 services. NYSAC has released a new report on 9-1-1 services, current funding mechanisms, and policy changes needed to fund current and future 9-1-1 needs.
This report addresses the evolution of New York's 9-1-1 system, the role counties play in that system, the changes that are expected to take place over the next decade, and the challenges of appropriately funding those changes. Click here to view the report.

County Directory

NYSAC's County Directory is the most comprehensive publication of contact information for the thousands of elected and appointed county officials across New York State. 

The 2018 Directory is now available.

To order your hardcopy, download the order form here.

View and search the digital edition here.

State Update

NYS Legislative Activity

The Legislature will convene in Albany Monday, May 14 through Wednesday, May 16. There are only six weeks left in the 2018 Legislative Session. As the end of session approaches, Assembly Speaker Heastie has outlined some items that will be a priority for the Assembly, including: criminal justice reform package, eliminate the link between standardized testing results and teacher evaluations, and the Child Victims Act.  The Senate Majority Leader Flanagan announced on Monday, "We have an obligation to act on important legislation that will improve the quality of life for the hardworking constituents we represent." In response, the Senate introduced a package of legislative items aimed to take over local Medicaid costs and reduce unfunded mandates, as ways to reduce property taxes. Because these measures have a state fiscal impact, they are not expected to be taken up by the Executive outside of the State Budget process.
NYSAC continues to advocate for counties to ensure new programs place no additional financial burdens on county property taxpayers. NYSAC's complete legislative platform for 2018, indicating session priorities by issue area, can be found at:

Legislative Appointment for a new Attorney General

On Monday, May 7 Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman resigned from office. Currently filling the Attorney General position is Barbara Underwood, who was previously New York Solicitor General.  The New York State Legislature is now tasked with appointing a new Attorney General to fill the position until the November 2018 Election.  Seventeen people have submitted resumes to receive the Legislature's appointment to the Attorney General post, including a member of Congress and several state lawmakers. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has said he will begin interviewing candidates this week.

State Developing Election Cyber Security Plan

The State Board of Election is working with the State Division of Homeland Security and the Governor's office to develop a plan to help counties protect their election systems from cyber disruptions in the upcoming federal and state primary and general elections. The plan will implement language and appropriations set forth in the 2018-19 State Budget, which includes $5 million in state funds and $23 million in federal funds to implement a four-pronged strategy to further strengthen cyber protections for New York's election infrastructure: create an Election Support Center, develop an Election Cyber Security Toolkit, provide cyber risk vulnerability assessments for State and County Boards of Elections, and require County Boards of Elections to report data breaches to State authorities. State officials will work directly with county boards of elections and county IT directors to assess existing risks in current information systems, develop plans to mitigate risks identified, provide ongoing monitoring support and advice, and response criteria for potential breaches to election and voter systems.

State's Raising the Age Results Based Accountability Training

On Friday, May 11, 2018 the State sent a letter to County Chief Elected Officials to discuss the implementation of Raising the Age. The State, the New York State Partnership if Youth Justice (PYJ), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), and the Office of Court Administration (OCA) is sponsoring a training in Results-Based Accountability for county juvenile justice leaders.
The Partnership is inviting five members from each locality to attend this training, senior leaders from the Department of Social Services, Probation, District Attorney, County Attorney, etc. The District Administrative Judge that oversees the Family County in your county will be asked to select a Judge or senior court manager to represent the county.
The training dates and regions are listed below:
Region Date County Location of Training
Central New York June 12-13, 2018 Onondaga County
Mohawk Valley June 14-15, 2018 Herkimer County
Western New York July 24-25, 2018 Erie County
Finger Lakes July 26-27, 2018 Monroe County
Capital District July 30-31, 2018 Albany County
North Country August 1-2, 2018 Hamilton County
Mid-Hudson September 24-25, 2018 Westchester County
Long Island September 26-27, 2018 Nassau County
RSVP by Friday, May 18, 2018 to
To view the letter in its entirety, click here.

NYSERDA Hosts Workshop to Develop Plan for Climate Change Adaptation Research

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is in the process of updating their climate change impacts and adaptation research plan for New York State for the next five years. To inform this plan, NYSERDA invited researchers and practitioners to a planning workshop that focused on research needs and information gaps related to climate change projections and resilience strategies.

In sector-based breakout groups and large-group discussions, participants weighed in on the information needed to allow for better decision-making around climate change adaptation. The breakout groups focused on agriculture, coastal zones, energy, inland water resources, public health, and transportation. The afternoon included a large-group discussion about the needs of local communities across the state. NYSAC attended to provide insight into the information and resources counties will need to adapt to a changing climate.
Click here for more information about NYSERDA's Environmental Research Program.

To learn more about climate projections for New York State and the potential impacts and adaptation strategies for different sectors, click here to view NYSERDA's Integrated Assessment for Effective Climate Change Adaptation Strategies in New York State (ClimAID) report.

Stronger Economy Boosts County Sales Tax

The economy continues to show improvements in retail spending over the last year, with total dollar sales gaining over the prior year. This is driven in part by overall higher inflation levels over the last year (2.5 percent), with the energy sector up more than 7.5 percent year over year. The improving economy is supporting consumer spending and the business sector has shown some slight increases in purchasing as well. Through the first four months of 2018 this has helped put a floor under sales tax receipts for most counties. Overall, local sales tax receipts are up 5.2 percent in aggregate, although this will vary by county. The chart below highlights national data for some of the areas seeing increased retail sales in dollar volume over the last year.
Category Jan-April % Change over Prior Year
Electronics & Appliance Stores 3.9%
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 3.7%
Furniture & Home Furnishing Stores 5.3%
Building Material & Garden Supplies 5.0%
Gasoline Stations 11.1%
Clothing and Accessories 3.6%
Food Service & Drinking Establishments 3.3%
Nonstore Retail (E-Commerce) 10.7%
Department Stores -1.0%
Sporting Goods, Hobbies, Books & Music -2.1% 

Federal Update

Sports Betting: Supreme Court Decision

On May 14, 2018 the United States Supreme Court made a historic decision in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, allowing New York and all 50 states to permit and to regulate sports gambling. At issue in the case was the Federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which restricted sports gambling and related operations to four states (Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana). The Supreme Court struck down this federal law based on anticommandeering, a ruling further defining State vs. Federal powers. The court held  “Constitution confers upon (Federal) Congress the power to regulate individuals, not States.”
New York had anticipated this possible change in Federal law and in 2013 passed legislation allowing for casino sports betting operations when and if the Federal restrictions were lifted. Accordingly, commercial casinos can start taking sports related bets pending State regulation. The NYS Gaming Commission can now draft regulation to allow sports betting operations in private casinos. This could be done within 180 days of drafted regulations, which would require time for a comment period.
As for Native American Casino sports betting operation it remains to be seen if they can start immediately without the need for the NYS Gaming Commission License or Regulations. An Oneida Indian Nation spokesperson has indicated to the press that they are preparing to allow for sports gaming in the near future.

National Stepping Up Day – 5/16/18

We encourage counties to participate in the National Stepping Up Day of Action on Wednesday, May 16 #StepUp4MentalHealth. In May 2015, The National Association of Counties (NACo) and partners at the CSG Justice Center and APA Foundation launched Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails and announced a Call to Action demonstrating strong county and state leadership and a shared commitment to a multi-step planning process that can achieve concrete results for jails in counties of all sizes. As part of this Call to Action, county elected officials are being asked to pass a resolution and work with other leaders (e.g., the sheriff, judges, district attorney, treatment providers, and state and local policymakers), people with mental illnesses and their advocates and other stakeholders to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.
For more information please visit:

Training and Grant Opportunities

NY to Hold 21st Annual Cyber Security Conference

From June 5-7, 2018, New York State will host a cyber security conference in Albany. The conference offers something for everyone--whether you're a technology user, IT professional, government employee, or business owner. Leading experts in the industry will offer sessions that provide real-world information you can apply immediately in minimizing the cyber risks in your own environment.

NYS Redevelopment Summit: Keys to Successful Brownfield Redevelopment in 2018 and Beyond 

June 13-14th, 2018 
The Armory at Sage College of Albany 
Join friends and colleagues at the Center for Creative Land Recycling's NYS Redevelopment Summit: Keys to Successful Brownfield Redevelopment in 2018 and Beyond on June 13th/14th in Albany. This one-of-a kind event will bring together leading public and private practitioners in the redevelopment field.

CONNECT with practitioners and experts at technical sessions and panels, Office Consultation Hours, our Exhibitor Expo and Networking Reception. Click here to see dozens event partners and sponsors who you will meet at the Summit. 

LEARN from experts how federal and state policy and regulatory changes, shifts in funding and programs and market trends impact your projects. Trending topics include the BUILD Act, Opportunity Zones, DEC's 375 Solid Waste Regulations, Brownfield Opportunity Area and Cleanup Programs.  You'll hear case studies on successful revitalization collaborations and community engagement best practices. 

MAKE DEALS by perfecting your marketing pitch/presentation & connecting with developers/investors.

Learn more about the Summit's panels and speakers, our Marketing Pitch Competition, logistics, and scholarships. Register now at For more information contact Jean Hamerman at

NYSAC Programs and Services


Payment Solutions (P-Card) Program

A special type of credit card designed to streamline the purchase of supplies, furniture, construction materials, and utilities in order to save time and money for your county. Click here to learn more.

The County Marketplace

The County Marketplace features our Excelsior and Associate Partners. These companies offer private sector solutions to the governing, management and information challenges facing New York's counties.

To become an Associate Partner, click here
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