Legislative Conference

Welcome back to in-person learning!  NYSAC is pleased to invite you to register for our 2022 Legislative Conference which will be held on March 14-16, 2022 at the Crowne Plaza Albany (formerly the Desmond).  Online registration and hotel links are now live to sign up for the conference and to book your hotel needs.  The Legislative Conference will feature 21 essential workshops covering a full range of vital topics for county government officials.  We will be offering two keynote sessions on Tuesday, March 15th including Admiral Peter Cressy from the George Washington Leadership Institute at Mount Vernon, who will speak about the integration of strategy, leadership, and management of Washington's eduring relevance, even in the time of COVID.  Our afternoon keynote will feature a program about advancing equity and economic growth to childcare by expanding access.  NYSAC will offer a full line up of standing committee, affiliate, and task force meetings in addition to a number of networking opportunities including a full exhibit hall of service providers to county government.  
Please note that the 2022 NYSAC Legislative Conference is for county/state/federal officials, Excelsior and Associate Partners, exhibitors and sponsors only.  

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Hotel:  Please note that the Crowne Plaza/Desmond is currently sold out. 
You can book your room at any number of nearby hotels by downloading
our alternative hotel list HERE

Conference Registration Deadline March 1, 2022

Registration Links




What’s Next for Cannabis Legalization in New York State
New York State’s Cannabis Control Board continues to move full steam ahead with a legal adult-use cannabis industry and approving new regulations related to the state’s medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp programs. This session will provide county leaders with the latest information on how the cannabis industry is taking shape in New York State. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

County Government Procurement: Purchasing Efficient and Effective Goods and Services for Your County’s Resident's Needs
County procurement is the process by which the government acquires the goods and services it needs by purchasing from commercial businesses. The procurement process is a key to providing your residents services from all county departments. Understanding the process and the laws governing how to properly purchase goods and services will help you as you seek to find the best prices for your taxpayers while adhering to high standards and ethics. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

Opportunities for Assisting the Unhoused: Addressing the Unmet Mental Health and Housing Needs of the Homeless
This webinar will highlight Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State as it relates to improving and enhancing services for homeless individuals and families. This presentation will also highlight what counties are doing to address this population, with an emphasis on treating mental health needs of the homeless. What are some programs and strategies that have worked to connect these individuals into permanent housing? What are some barriers for counties and local non-profit providers? (Monday, March 14, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

Strengthening the County School District Partnership
Counties are working more closely with their school districts than ever before. From the earliest COVID local emergency declarations that closed schools, recently enacted test to stay programs, and school bus stop arm safety program, the communication channels are open and active. This workshop is designed to present some best practices for working with your school superintendents and school boards. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

Rescuing Emergency Medical Services: Legislation & Programs to Resuscitate Our Critical Healthcare Infrastructure
Counties across the state have been rapidly developing programs and services to save emergency ambulatory services. As the staffing crisis continues to worsen for this industry, individuals placing calls to 9-1-1, are finding longer wait times both for transport to emergency care, and for basic life support services. As a result, counties have allocated additional resources to meet this need, bolstering staffing, infrastructure, and providing additional resources to augment the paid and volunteer ambulance services within their community. Join us to learn how one critical piece of legislation in Albany has been introduced to help counties and municipalities respond to this crisis. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

NYS’s Environmental Leadership: What It Means for Your County
New York State continues to be a leader on issues related to climate and the environment. This session will delve into how recent state actions and proposals, including the Climate Action Council’s aggressive clean energy and climate plan and the Governor’s proposed $4 billion environmental bond act, will impact your county. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 3:45pm – 5:00pm)

Cyber Security: A Primer for County Leaders
The cybersecurity threats to our governments cannot be understated. These are not theoretical threats. Breaches are happening right here in New York. Hackers are trying to access your systems right now. This workshop and NYSAC’s cybersecurity primer for county leaders are designed to increase awareness of these threats and raise our baseline understanding of cybersecurity so local leaders are better prepared to protect and defend the information systems and data we all rely on to run our governments and serve our residents. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 3:45pm – 5:00pm)

Effective Opioid Abatement Strategies
More than 87,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses over the 12-month period that ended in September 2021, according to preliminary federal data, eclipsing the toll from any year since the opioid epidemic began in the 1990s. As a result of historic pharmaceutical litigation and settlements, NYS and its counties, including NYC, have a unique opportunity to address opioid substance abuse and addiction in our communities. Panelists will present research and tools to help counties maximize the impact of opioid settlement funds through effective planning, appropriate management of funds and the selection and implementation of evidence-based strategies to address the epidemic. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 3:45pm – 5:00pm)

Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Law in a New Age
Government transparency is fundamental for public trust. Public access to both County meetings/hearings as well as access to government documents is governed by well-established laws. However, properly applying these laws in a modern age, where new technology as well as public health and safety concerns are present, can be a challenge. Join our experts as they guide you through the latest and best applications of Open Meetings/FOIL law in the modern age. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 3:45pm – 5:00pm)

The Role of Workforce Boards in Economic Recovery
New York State’s thirty-three local workforce development boards (WDBs) serve as the backbone of the statewide workforce development system and have acted as a vehicle for economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will explore how WDBs collaborate with educational institutions, businesses, and government at all levels to drive equitable workforce development and economic growth. (Monday, March 14, 2022, 3:45pm – 5:00pm)

State Budget Impact on Counties
The State’s fiscal situation has changed dramatically since the start of the COVID pandemic – shifting from a projected $69 billion 4-year deficit in April 2020 to a $16 billion surplus as of November 2021, an $85 billion positive swing in 15 months. This session will provide updated information on the Executive Budget Recommendation, the State legislature’s position on key budget elements impacting counties and expectations for final adoption of the SFY 2023 budget. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 10:45am – 12:00pm)

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Taking Stock of Progress and Looking Ahead
The COVID-19 pandemic has put our public health and emergency response sys-tems to the ultimate test, exposed vulnerabilities, and created new challenges for counties tasked with meeting the unique needs of their communities. This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and collaborate on how to meet the challenges that counties, residents, and businesses still face. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 10:45am – 12:00pm)

Energy Use and Procurement in a Volatile Marketplace
The volatile electric and gas markets in New York is attracting the attention of procurement officers, budget directors, and sustainability officials at the county level. Panelists will discuss 2022 energy trends, opportunities for savings, procurement options, best practices in increasing efficiencies, and energy savings targets by counties. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 10:45am – 12:00pm)

County Social Media Policies
From complying with public records laws to dealing with misinformation and trolls, social media presents many challenges for local officials and social media managers. This workshop will address these challenges and address some of the best practices for complying with the first amendment and New York state law while also keeping county social pages safe and effective. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 10:45am – 12:00pm)

Mental Health Tool Kit: NACo Pilot Program with Westchester County
Westchester County has partnered with the National Council on Mental Wellbeing for the past 7 years and experienced the value of Youth, Adult and (more recently) Teen Mental Health First Aid training. The National Association of Counties is expanding mental health first aid training to county employees. Representatives of Westchester County and NACo will inform conference participants of the benefits of enhanced mental health awareness in our workforce. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 10:45am – 12:00pm)

Federal Spending Initiatives Impacting Counties
This session will provide an update from NACo and NYSAC staff on the landmark Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The session will highlight how and when funds will flow related to major infrastructure categories, provide a review of any updates to ARPA regulations and how counties across the country and through New York are utilizing their ARPA funding. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

The Great Resignation: Trends in the Modern Workforce Impacting County Employment and Public Services
The Covid 19 Pandemic had many unexcepted developments on our society, including the acceleration of changing workforce models and patterns. It has become clear, hiring and retaining a skilled workforce in the modern era is a challenge both private and public sector employers are struggling with. For county governments, to whom residents rely on vital services, this recruitment and retainment issue is compounded by the large number of county employees that are at retirement age. Join our panel of experts to get a better under-standing of the changing landscape and how to find and keep a talented workforce for your county operations. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

NYS County Veteran Services – Programs to Assist our Veterans Thrive
This session highlights the partnership between the state Division of Veteran Affairs, local county departments of veteran services and the programs and services that are available to our state veteran community. Speakers from the Division of Veteran Services and the County Veteran Service Officers’ Association will discuss new funding opportunities, and ways that counties can recruit, and retain military personnel being discharged from service and those that have called our state home for years. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

Leveraging Your Location for Growth
For rural communities working to reverse years of economic disruption and population decline, agritourism and film production can be a way to leverage the unique features of a region to support local businesses, create jobs, and generate local economic activity. This workshop will provide an update on the state of these growing industries and what counties are doing to position themselves for success in this industry. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

The Commitment to ConnectALL
As part of Governor Hochul’s 2022 State of the State address, the Governor outlined an ambitious plan to connect all New Yorkers to affordable, and accessible broadband. As part of the Governor’s ConnectALL program, this plan which will deliver affordable broadband to millions of New Yorkers and transform the state's digital infrastructure through new investments. Under the new ConnectALL initiative, New York State will use over $1 billion in public and private investments to connect New Yorkers in rural and urban areas statewide to broadband. Panelists from the Governor’s office will detail the ConnectALL proposal and how the State intends to help invest in broadband and cellular service. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:15pm)

Counties Care: Advancing Equity and Economic Growth by Expanding Access to Childcare, Sponsored by the NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council
The pandemic has shed light on how foundational childcare is to our lives and economy. While childcare is now beginning to be understood as a societal and economic issue rather than a women’s issue, the pandemic has still disproportionately impacted women, who represented 80% of the workers who left the workforce in September 2020. This WLC plenary session will focus on what the state and counties are doing to increase the availability and affordability of childcare in communities across New York State. (Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 3:45pm – 5:00pm)

NYS 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 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.  (Wednesday, 3/16, 9:30am-3:00pm (lunch included), Town Hall)   REGISTER


Plenary Programs

COVID 19 and Washington’s Enduring RelevanceThe Integration of Strategy, Leadership, and Management
Tuesday, March 15, 9:00am-10:15, Fort Orange Ballroom

Citing specific examples of George Washington’s military and political career, this session will explore the on-going dynamics of strategic development and highlight the importance of Washington integrat-ing leadership,management, and strategy.

Counties Care: Advancing Equity and Economic Growth by Expanding Access to Childcare
Tuesday, March 15, 3:45pm - 5pm, Fort Orange Ballroom

The pandemic has shed light on how foundational childcare is to our lives and economy. While childcare is now beginning to be understood as a societal and economic issue rather than a women’s issue, the pandemic has still disproportionately impacted women, who represented 80% of the workers who left theworkforce in September 2020. This WLC plenary session will focus on what the state and counties are doing to increase the availability and affordability of childcare in communities across New York State.

2022 Legislative Conference
  2022 Legislative Conference

Absolute Auctions & Realty
Alera Group
Barton & Loguidice
BIO-key International
FirstNet Built with AT&T
Hunt Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors
LaBella Associates
Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, Inc.
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC
NTS Data Services
PKF O'Connor Davies
Siemens Industry, Inc.

Collar City Auctions Realty & Mgmt, Inc.
Community Care RX
Crown Castle
Dominion Voting Systems
McFarland-Johnson, Inc.

BCA Architects & Engineers
C&S Companies
FindHelp.org (Aunt Bertha)
James McGuinness & Associates, Inc.
KathodeRay Media Inc.
LiRo Engineers, Inc.
N.K. Bhandari, Architecture & Engineering
New York's College Savings Program
Signal Risk Management
The Pike Company
West Group Law PLLC

Absolute Auctions & Realty
Active Solar Development LLC
Airosmith Development
Alera Group
Atlantic Testin gLaboratories, Limited
Auctions International
Calcaterra Pollack LLP
CANARX Group, Inc.
Capital Region BOCES
Centrica Business Solutions
CFG Health Systems, LLC
CHA Consulting, Inc.
Collar City Auctions, Inc.
Colliers Engineering & Design
Competitive Solutions makers of PeerRX
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Discover Albany
Feeding New York State
FirstNet Built with AT&T
Google Cloud
Health Economics Group, Inc.
HealthWay Family of Brands
Hunt Engineers, Architects, Land Surveyors
John W. Danforth Company
LaBella Associates
Millennium Strategies LLC
Motorola Solutions
MSB Payments
Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, Inc.
National Association of Counties
New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal
New York State & Local Retirement System
New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID)
NYS Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds
NYS Department of Public Service
NYS Homes and Community Renewal/SONYMA
NYS Office of the Comptroller, Oil Spill Fund
P3 Cost Analysts
PKF O'Connor Davies
ProAct, Inc.
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux
Siemens Industry, Inc.
SMRT Architects and Engineers
Tectonic Engineering Consultants
UTC Associates, Inc.
ViaPath Technologies