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Legislative Conference

NYSAC’s Legislative Conference is held annually between January and mid-March in Albany, New York. 

The conference focuses on counties’ legislative priorities for the year as well as the most pressing issues impacting county governments in New York State. 

During the Legislative Conference, NYSAC’s 13 Standing Committees meet and vote on a slate of resolutions that guide the associations advocacy for the remainder of the year. The conference also hosts several meetings of NYSAC affiliate organizations and frequently features appearances from state elected officials including the Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller and State Legislators.

NYSAC Standing Committee Meetings

9:30am-11:00am NYSAC Standing Cmts. (Track I)

  • Children with Special Needs
  • Agriculture, Economic
    Development, and Rural Affairs
  • Medicaid & Human Services
  • Intergovernmental, Public
    Employee Relations & General
  • Climate Action, Energy, and

11:30am-1:00pm NYSAC Standing Cmts. (Track II)

  • Taxation & Finance
  • Native American Affairs &
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation & Public Works
  • Public Health & Mental Health


Tuesday, 2/27, 9:00am-10:15am

AM Plenary

A Different Kind of Career in Government: Undercover for the CIA

Imagine living a lie for 31 years. That’s what James Olson and his wife Meredith did while spying for the CIA. Spying for his country was the furthest thing from his mind when Olson, a farm boy from Iowa, received a mysterious phone call that changed his life forever. In his presentation, Olson takes you inside the real world of being a CIA spy. He describes the rigorous training they receive and the difficult dilemmas that they face in the field on a daily basis. Olson explains how the global war on terror affects everyone and that the country needs to know that the United States will be hit again within its borders. The United States needs spies to protect the country and its vital interests. James Olson, former CIA Chief of Counterintelligence, will describe his undercover career in the CIA, including how he was recruited, the training he received, the risks he and his wife faced (she was also a CIA operative), and the effect of this undercover lifestyle on their marriage and children.

Tuesday, 2/27, 3:45pm-5:00pm

PM Plenary

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change Our World?

Presented by:

Jayson Dunn
Executive Government Advisor
Amazon Web Services

Wednesday, 2/28, 10:00am-3:00pm, Town Hall

Emergency Management Certification and Training Program

The NYS Emergency Management Certification and Training (EMC&T) Program supports the State’s strategy of creating unified emergency management training for County Chief Executives and other emergency management stakeholders. The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) has worked with the local emergency management community to develop a standardized curriculum for three theirs of training aimed at County Chief Executives (Tier 1), County Emergency Managers (Tier 2), and other local public officials within Counties (Tier 3). County Chief Executives and County Emergency Managers must complete the training (to include annual refresher training) for DHSES grant eligibility purposes. The training covers all facets of emergency management, including disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. It also outlines the legal authorities and responsibilities related to emergency management in NYS. DHSES is partnering with NYSAC to deliver this training.

To attend the Emergency Management Training, you must pre-register by February 15, 2024.  If you missed the deadline, please register at Town Hall as a Walk-In Registrant on Feb. 28th at 10am in Town Hall at the Crowne/Desmond Hotel.

Sponsors and Vendors

If you're interested in sponsoring an event or exhibiting at the NYSAC Legislative Conference, visit our Marketing Opportunities page!

Thank You to Our 2024 Legislative Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors!


Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc.
Active Solar Development
Airosmith Inc.
Alera Group
Alliance for Clean Energy NY
Assured Partners
Auctions International
Blink Charging
CANARX Group Inc.
Capital Region BOCES Management Services
Capital Region BOCES Pharmacy Purchasing Coalition
Centrica Business Solutions
CGR (Center for Governmental Research)
Collar City Auctions, Inc.
Colliers Engineering & Design
Community Bank, N.A.
Cornell Cooperative Extension
ECC Technologies, Inc.

Everside Health
FirstNet Built with AT&T
FrontDesk Queue Management Inc
HUNT Engineers, Architects, & Surveyors
KathodeRay Media, Inc.
LaBella Associates
Marist College
Millennium Strategies
Motorola Solutions
MVP Health Care
N.K. Bhandari, Architecture & Engineering, P.C.
National Association of Counties
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
New York Power Authority
New York State and Local Retirement System
New York State Industries for the Blind (NYSID)
New York's 529 College Savings Program
Nielsen Fleet
Nissan North America
NY MuniTrust
NYLCV Education Fund

NYS Canal Corporation
NYS Comptroller - Office of Unclaimed Funds
NYS Office of the Comptroller, Oil Spill Fund
Oncore Origination LLC
Palo Alto Networks
PKF O'Connor Davies
ProAct, Inc.
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux, LLP
Siemens Industry, Inc.
SMRT Architects & Engineers
Statewide Purchasing Alliance of NY
Tectonic Engineering Consultants
The Bonadio Group
TNT Fireworks
UTC Associates, Inc.

February 27 - March 3, Albany, NY

2023 Legislative Conference

The 2023 Legislative Conference was held February 27th through March 3rd in Albany County. Hundreds of county officials from across the state joined us for three days of exciting workshops, networking sessions and appearances from State leaders including New York Attorney General Letitia James and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.


For more information, please contact Jeanette Stanziano, NYSAC Education & Training Director at 

Contact Us

New York State Association of Counties
515 Broadway, Suite 402
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 465-1473
Fax: (518) 465-0506

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