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NYSAC hosts regular webinars on emerging topics of interest and importance to counties, including regular real-time updates from state and federal experts. Many webinars also feature topics that are new and not yet on the radar of county officials.

All webinars are free of charge for our members and typically last about one hour.

Past webinars are posted on here and on the NYSACTV YouTube channel to allow county officials to view a recording and pdf of the slides from the presentation at any time they would like for easy access to training.



View Recordings and PDFs of Presentations

Webinars Offered in 2024:

May 14, 2024

Social Media Policies and the First Amendment

Do you know the policies that govern your county’s social media accounts? This webinar is designed to help you better understand some of the guardrails to consider as you review or redevelop your social media policies, procedures, and activity. Acclaimed presenter Mark R. Weaver Esq. will shed light on the profound implications of the recent and upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning public officials and their social media accounts. This discussion will illuminate the often-confusing intersection between social media and free speech. It may be time to revise your policies to comply with new caselaw.


May 7, 2024

Budget Update: Summary of FOIL and Open Meetings Law Changes

Please join the NYS Committee on Open Government as they present an overview of the State Budget's impact on FOIL and Open Meetings Law. This live webinar will also provide an opportunity for member Q and A on issues covered and related to existing law. 

Webinar Recording (audio)

March 26, 2024

Energy 101 for Local Governments and Schools

Join us for a webinar that discusses the Municipal Electricity and Gas Alliance (MEGA) and where this non-profit local development corporation fits into the energy market in New York State. Learn about how deregulation changed the energy market in the state and what that means to MEGA participants and other eligible local entities across the state. Finally, our presenters will provide an update on current market conditions and expectations for the future.

If you would like to request a link for the webinar recording or PDF of the slides, please click here.

February 15, 2024

Unlock New Opportunities with Clean Energy Communities Round 3.0

Join us as we delve into Round 3.0 of the Clean Energy Communities Program, which offers new ways for counties and municipalities to access grant funding, earn recognition, and receive ongoing support for clean energy solutions. Led by experts from the NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), this webinar is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of this revamped program.

Webinar Recording

PDF of Presentation

January 30, 2024

Fundamentals of Media Relations for Counties

Media relations have changed significantly over the years. As newsrooms have gotten smaller, and social media has created intense pressure on journalists to publish news in real-time and respond to public comments, people in government media relations roles need to have the knowledge and skills to assess a situation and respond quickly. In this session, you will learn tips for building positive relationships with journalists as well as a better understanding of the modern news cycle and how to handle media proactively and reactively.

>Webinar Recording

>PDF of PowerPoint

January 29, 2024

Cybersecurity Protections in an Expanding Digital Environment

As governments and public leaders move to modernize how they engage with citizens, more and more services have a digital connection. These range from citizen-facing services such as 911 emergency services to websites for imparting information or scheduling services and using connections with a physical component such as public water and/or electrical meters. More and more essential government services, such as traffic lights and public utilities, are examples of Operational Technology (OT) that are increasingly vulnerable to cyber threats. Keeping these types of public services available and our citizens safe is top of mind for leaders across state, county, and local government.

Join us for this webinar discussion of key issues, strategies, and response options available in New York State. Our presenter, Jim Richberg, is the Head of Cyber Policy and Global Field Chief Information Security Officer at a major security company. This webinar presentation is based, in part, on recent cybersecurity testimony that Jim gave to Congress earlier this month. Jim is a sought-after expert with more than 30+ year career building and running whole-of-government cyber programs and leading cyber activities across the 17 departments and agencies of the US Intelligence Community. This is a great opportunity to listen, learn, ask questions, and engage in a dialogue designed to help build local cyber security and awareness.


Jim Richberg | Fortinet Head of Cyber Policy and Global Field CISO

>Webinar Recording

>PDF of PowerPoint

January 17, 2024

NYISO’s 2024 State of the Grid Webinar

The latest report from the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) highlights growing risks to electric system reliability driven by rising electricity demands, resource retirements, extreme weather, and other factors. These challenges will persist as more renewable energy resources and large load manufacturing projects — both critical for the state’s long-term economic viability — connect to the grid. Join us for a webinar with Kevin Lanahan, NYISO's Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Communications, as we discuss the challenges of the grid in transition and how those challenges may impact New York’s County and local governments.

>Webinar Recording

>PDF of Presentation

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