Fall Seminar

NYSAC 2020
Virtual Fall Seminar

September 15th - October 1st

This year's Fall Seminar will be like none other! 

Join us this September as we provide the high-quality training and timely, inspiring and thought-provoking panels that you expect from a NYSAC conference, but in a radically different format! 
We may not be able to meet in person, but we'll still be moving forward, together!

Private Sector Registation: Click here for more information to register

All workshops are eligible for 2 NYSAC County Government Institute educational credits, except where noted.

November 2020 Election Administration: What is Different?         
This November’s election will be unlike any in recent history and will be the first large scale test of the state’s new early voting laws and COVID-19 election reforms.  This webinar will bring together state and county election administration experts to discuss changes in election administration ahead of the November 2020 General Election.   
Tuesday, 9/15, 10 to 11:15 a.m
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
  NTS Data Services, LLC

Watch Recording PowerPoint Slides

County 2021 Budget Challenges                    
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the economy and generated unprecedented revenue losses for the state and counties, as well as significant state reimbursement delays, some of which will become permanent state funding cuts. As the likelihood of additional federal disaster response and recovery funding looks further out of reach, this webinar will highlight actions counties took at the beginning of the pandemic and what counties are considering for 2021 budgets and beyond.  
Tuesday, 9/15, 2 to 3:15 p.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
Absolute Auctions & Realty

Watch Recording • PowerPoint Slides 

Policing in 2020: What We’ve Learned and How Do We Change                
On June 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 203, “The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.” This executive action, coupled with passing of the “Say Their Name Agenda,” has dramatically altered policing in New York State. This webinar will address these new changes and discuss questions of how counties and law enforcement agencies will adapt to the new normal. What does change look like, and how are these police reforms reflective of the community need?  
Wednesday, 9/16, 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 MTX Group, Inc.

Watch Recording • PowerPoint Slides 

Emerging Cyber Security Threats 
With more government business being conducted electronically, state and local agencies face rising threats and privacy concerns. Theft, fraud, and inappropriate access to information are among the hazards associated with information technology (IT) systems. Counties may face a system failure, data being ransomed, financial loss, and eroding public trust as a result of cyberattacks. These threats aren’t going away. For counties and local governments, it’s only a matter of time before they face an incident that will put their information, systems, and data at risk. This workshop will address how counties can best plan for and protect themselves from emerging cybersecurity threats. 
Wednesday, 9/16, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:

Watch Recording • PowerPoint Slides 

COVID Communication: New Tools to Communicate in a Socially Distanced World                                    
The novel coronavirus pandemic created unprecedented need for clear, consistent communications with the public, while simultaneously disrupting many of the traditional tools and methods employed by government communicators. In this session, you’ll learn how social media platforms and other digital resources enabled effective crisis communications during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how those tools and techniques can be incorporated into communications strategies moving forward as counties adapt to a new normal of government operations in a socially distanced world. 
Thursday, 9/17, 10 to 11:15 a.m.  
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 Securus Monitoring Solutions   

Watch Recording  • PowerPoint Slides 
Leadership in the Time of COVID-19                                                           
They say that hindsight is 20/20. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly six months in the past, county leaders now have an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the darkest days of the pandemic, as well as best practices and things they may do differently. This session will discuss the lessons learned from what is arguably the most challenging public health and economic crisis of our time. 
Thursday, 9/17, 2 to 3:15 p.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Watch Recording  • PowerPoint Slides 

Joint Intercounty Meeting 
Friday, 9/18, 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
* Not eligible for CGI credit.‚Äč
NYSAC Thanks our meeting sponsor:
Capital Off Track Betting.
  Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance


Reopening to the Public, Safely with Appointment Software                                                           
Counties are reopening to the public for a range of services, including driver's license transactions and vehicle registrations, applying for services, paying taxes, and searching for records. A new company—No Wait Inside—is helping counties change the way people are obtaining these services from three New York counties. Their solution combines online scheduling, customer communications, contact tracing, and an efficiency dashboard to allow counties to safely and efficiently offer face-to-face and virtual services to its citizens. Join us for this webinar to learn how The No Wait Inside is disrupting how people wait for services, making residents and county employees safer and every transaction more efficient. 
Monday, 9/21, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
  Intellipure, Inc.

Watch Recording • PowerPoint Slides

Counties, Mental Health, and the Criminal Justice Process                                      
Under state law, individuals charged with a felony and deemed unfit to proceed through the criminal process are ordered into the care and custody of the Office of Mental Health (OMH) Commissioner to be “restored to competency” so they understand the criminal charges against them and can aid in their own legal defense. This used to be a shared cost between the state and counties. Now it is 100% a county expense, estimated to cost counties $12 million. Join us for this webinar on the history of the law, the process of restoring individuals who have been deemed incompetent to stand trial, and the recent cost shift to counties to fund these services at state-operated forensic facilities. 
Wednesday, 9/23, 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor: 
LaBella Associates              



Meeting New York State’s Climate and Renewable Energy Goals 
In 2019, New York State passed a landmark Climate Act that commits the state to the most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction and renewable energy targets in the nation, and they did not stop there. In 2020, Governor and Legislature went on to pass legislation that overhauled the siting process for large-scale renewable energy siting projects. This workshop will bring you up to speed on the state’s bold climate actions and how they will affect your county. 
Wednesday, 9/23, 2 to 3:15 p.m.
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
  John W. Danforth Company 

Governing Through Executive Order: A State and Local Perspective 
National and state emergencies often necessitate the use of swift executive action to effectively serve the public. The executive order is designed to be a powerful tool for use in such emergencies, and, while not absolute, this power can suspend, modify, and even create binding law. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how and when a local or state executive order can be created, as well as the limitations or safety nets in place if an executive order exceeds its authority.   
Thursday, 9/24, 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP.

Bracing for the Next Wave: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 in Emergency Management            
Counties are busy preparing for a potential a second wave of new COVID-19 infections. As we brace ourselves for that next wave, what can we learn from our recent experiences? The workshop will address some best practices and innovative approaches for communicating with the public, keeping the infection rate low, reducing hospitalizations, keeping our ICU beds free and clear of COVID-19, and managing public expectations as we enter flu season. 
Thursday, 9/24, 2 to 3:15 p.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 New York State Technology Enterprise Corp.

New York Colleges- Educating During a Pandemic                                                           
Colleges and universities play an important role in educating our future leaders and are economic engines in communities across the state. Ensuring they can operate safely during a pandemic requires extensive planning and cooperation between the State, counties, and school administrators. Join our panel of experts as they discuss how our public and private colleges and universities are dealing with the safety challenges associated with providing education, room and board, and health services to students from across the country.   
Friday, 9/25, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Technology Options for Public Hearings               
As the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements prohibited large gatherings, counties have had to adopt new technological tools to conduct county business and hold open meetings. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the tools and best practices that will help you host socially distanced open meetings that meet statutory requirements and provide citizens and stakeholders with the opportunity to effectively participate in their government.  
Tuesday, 9/29, 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 Barton & Loguidice



Using Wastewater to Slow the Spread of COVID-19                  
From the beginning of the pandemic, a series of setbacks in COVID-19 testing have made it difficult to keep up with the virus’ spread. Researchers at Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, and SUNY Upstate are now working with several counties to implement a surveillance program that uses wastewater to measure how prevalent the virus is in a given community and estimate transmission trends in real-time. Attend this workshop to learn how monitoring coronavirus RNA in wastewater can guide your county through the process of safely reopening the economy and provide an early warning for a second wave. 
Tuesday, 9/29, 2 to 3:15 p.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 Laberge Group           

Investing in Our Older Americans                
Join us for a webinar as the country begins to implement the newly reauthorized Older Americans Act (OAA), which was first passed in 1965 out of concern for a lack of community social services for older persons. Today’s OAA is considered a major vehicle for the organization and delivery of social and nutrition services to this group and their caregivers. Learn how the Act authorizes a wide array of service programs through a national network of 56 state agencies on aging, 618 area agencies on aging, and nearly 20,000 service providers. 
Wednesday, 9/30, 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 American Association of Retired Persons    

COVID-19 Testing: A Rapidly Evolving Landscape                                
Readily accessible testing is critically important for identifying, isolating, and treating people who are infected with COVID-19. This workshop will focus on how diagnostic and antibody testing have changed since the start of the pandemic and what innovations are on the horizon. Tune in to learn what local health departments are doing to expand and improve COVID-19 testing across the state.  
Wednesday, 9/30, 2 to 3:15 p.m. 
NYSAC Thanks our workshop sponsor:
 UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions



County Leaders Meeting 
County executives, chairs of county boards, and county administrators and managers will meet to discuss county and state budget, legislative, and policy priorities through the close of 2020 and for the 2021 State Legislative Session. 
Thursday, 10/1, Time TBD
* Not eligible for CGI credit.

NYSAC Thanks our meeting sponsors:
  C&S Companies
  GDIT, Inc.
  ProAct, Inc.

Workshop Program PDF
How it works:
  • Rather than meeting in person over one weekend, the Virtual Fall Seminar will be held over 8 days via the same GoToMeeting platform you know from our regular NYSAC webinars.
  • Each day of the seminar will feature two, 75 minute sessions - one at 10:00 AM and another at 2:00PM.
  • Sessions are open only to members and official event sponsors.
  • Members must register for each session at least 24 hours ahead of its scheduled start time.
  • Best of all, this event is entirely free to our members!

NYSAC Thanks Our Online Fall Seminar Sponsors!

Featured Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc.
General Dynamics Information Technology
MTX Group, Inc.
UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions
Silver Sponsors
Barton & Loguidice
Bonadio Group
C&S Companies
Capital OTB
John W. Danforth Company
LaBella Associates
Laberge Group
NTS Data Services, LLC
ProAct, Inc.
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP
Securus Monitoring Solutions
Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Prize Sponsor
Auctions International
Event Sponsors
The Chazen Companies