Virtual Legislative Conf 2021

NYSAC’s 2021 Legislative Conference will be offered through a virtual format on February 22-26, 2021.  As the world continues to battle COVID, large in-person group meetings are still not a safe option for anyone.  As a courtesy to our members, we will continue to offer our virtual conferences free of charge to all county officials that are interested. NYSAC's commitment to training and education continues to be one of our essential services that we continue to grow for the betterment of our members' educational needs.  Check out our workshops listed below to register for any/all sessions that you like.
Please note that the 2021 NYSAC Virtual Legislative Conference is for county and state officials only.  

New York Economic Update
Monday, Feb 22, 10am

This session will provide an update from a top economist on how New York's economy will look in 2021 and beyond. The pandemic dramatically altered business activity throughout the state, but the impact has varied widely, not just between regions but between counties within regions. Join us to hear what our collective economic future holds, how long a "return to normal" may take and some possible explanations for the wide diversity of impacts.

Vaccine Distribution and Communications: A Status Update
Monday, Feb 22, 2pm

For nearly a year, counties have led the fight against COVID-19 from the front lines. In December 2020, the approval of two vaccines offered a light at the end of the tunnel, but the work for local health departments was far from over. As supply increases and more and more New Yorkers become eligible to receive the vaccine, counties have been called upon to assist with distribution and education. This workshop will provide county leaders with an update on the federal, state, and local efforts to distribute the vaccine and communicate its safety and efficacy to the public.

2020 Census and the Status of Redistricting
Tuesday, Feb 23, 10am

As the Census Bureau finalizes the 2020 population counties, the State of New York and counties prepare to redraw the political boundaries for the next 10 years of congressional seats, assembly and senate districts, and county legislative districts. Counties with boards of supervisors will also consider if and how they will have to change their weighted voting system, all depending on if and how populations have changed in communities across the state. Join us for this webinar workshop on this upcoming process.

Policing Polices in 2021 and Beyond :  Training, Reform, Reinvention 
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2pm 


On June 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 203, “The New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative”. This action requires all New York municipalities with policing units to study and work through a collaborative process to reform law enforcement agency policy. Join our panel of experts that have worked through this process and can provide your county with best practice, creative, and improved policing ideas that your community can adopt.

Regional Jail Consolidation – Opportunities for Counties
Wednesday, Feb 24, 10am

Join us for an insightful discussion on what this legislative proposal means for county governments. Are you being faced with construction a new jail facility? Are there opportunities to partner with neighboring counties to develop a facility that meets the needs of your region? This workshop will focus on how counties can work together to increase efficiencies and decreases costs all while enhancing the benefits to the county workforce, the local community, and the population residing in the correctional facility.


Will 2021 Be the Year for Cannabis Legalization?
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2pm

After years of introducing proposals to legalize adult-use cannabis, lawmakers are more poised than ever to reach an agreement on legalization during the 2021 Legislative Session. This workshop will bring county leaders up to speed on the latest proposals from the Governor and Legislature and discuss the implications of legalization for county finances and services.

Artificial Intelligence  and Government
Thursday, Feb 25, 10am

Are you ready for artificial intelligence (AI)? Do you even know how AI works? Machine Learning? Want to know how it can benefit your agency, and what would it take to get to a place where it can enjoy the benefits of AI? Quickly understand the basics and how AI can easily be implemented at all county government levels to help you save time, money, and resources. AI could free up hundreds of millions of public sector worker hours so you can focus on what’s important.    

Climate Programs for Your County
Thursday, Feb 25, 2pm

New York State offers a myriad of programs to help your county reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to clean energy, and support renewable energy development. This workshop will provide a deep dive into two new programs county leaders will want to know about: NYPA’s program to save local governments money on power and NYSERDA’s program to find underutilized sites in your county that would be a good fit for renewable energy development.

State Advocacy for Counties 2021: Preparing for Lobby Day Ahead
Friday, Feb 26, 10am

Next week, county leaders across the state will convene on zoom to lobby our state elected officials on county budget and legislative priorities for 2021. Given budget uncertainties in Washington and Albany, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, counties need a strong partner in the state legislature now more than ever. This session will highlight successful strategies for engaging with elected officials and their staff, advocating your message, and keeping the discussion going using social media. Please register here for NYSAC’s virtual county lobby day.

 Crisis Communications: Are you ready?
Friday, Feb 26, 2pm

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we never know what unexpected crisis lurks around the corner. Whether it’s a viral outbreak, a cyber-attack, a natural disaster or worse, when the unexpected  arrives, having a plan in place is key to limiting the damage and successfully managing the response. This webinar will provide an overview of the key components of an effective Crisis Communications plan and steps county leaders and communications professionals can take to prepare for the next emergency.



  2020 Legislative Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

Women's Leadership Council Sponsor

Taste of NY Reception Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors
Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc.
Maser Consulting P.A.
ProAct, Inc.
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux
Special Event Sponsors
Alera Group
Auctions International Inc.
Barton & Loguidice
Desmond Hotel Albany
FirstNet Built with AT&T
LaBella Associates
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC
PKF O'Connor Davies
Securus Monitoring Solutions
Gold Sponsors
All paid dba GovPayNet
Drescher & Malecki, LLP
Election Systems & Software
Good Energy
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
OpenGov Inc.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Silver Sponsors
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
BCA Architects & Engineers
C&S Companies
Emergent BioSolutions
Fiscal Advisors & Marketing, Inc.
Glens Falls National Bank
James McGuinness & Assoc
LexisNexis Payment Solutions
McFarland-Johnson, Inc.
MRB Group
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
Park Strategies LLC
Sano-Rubin Construction Services
Taurus Advisory Group
United Concierge Medicine
West Group Law PLLC
Absolute Auctions & Realty, Inc.
Accelerated Information Systems
Alera Group
Ameresco, Inc.
Auctions International Inc.
Bonadio Group
C.T. Male Associates
Capital Region BOCES Shared Services
CFG Health Systems, LLC
CHA Consulting Inc.
Collar City Auctions Realty & Mgmt, Inc.
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Dominion Voting Systems
Election Systems & Software
Empire Bonding & Insurance Co.
Enterprise Fleet Management
FirstNet Built with AT&T
Fort Orange Press
General Code LLC
General Dynamics Information Technology
Geospatial Analytics Inc
Haylor, Freyer & Coon
Health Economics Group, Inc.
Hunt Engineers, Architects & Surveyors
LaBella Associates
Laberge Group
M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C.
Maser Consulting P.A.
McFarland-Johnson, Inc.
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance, Inc.
MVP Health Care
N.K. Bhandari, Architecture & Engineering, PC
National Association of Counties
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
Napoli Shkolnik PLLC
NY Environmental Protection & Spill Compensation Fund
New York Power Authority
New York State Office of the Attorney General
NYS Comptroller's Office of Unclaimed Funds
NYS Department of Public Service
OpenGov Inc.
PKF O'Connor Davies
Premier Consulting Associates
ProAct, Inc.
Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux
Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Smart Watt
SMRT Architects and Engineers
Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants PC
The Chazen Companies
The Cicala Law Firm PLLC
TNT Fireworks
VMC Consultants Inc.