Virtual Legislative Conference


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/state/federal officials, Excelsior and Associate Partners, and sponsors only.  

If you are a private sector business and would like to review our marketing options, please click on the following link  https://www.nysac.org/files/LC21%20SponsorForms.pdf for complete details.

New York Economic Update
Monday, Feb 22, 2021



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.

Sponsor and NYSAC Associate Partner: 
  

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Vaccine Distribution and Communications: A Status Update
Monday, Feb 22, 2021



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.

Sponsor:
  

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2020 Census and the Status of Redistricting
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021



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.

Sponsor and NYSAC Associate Partner:
  

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Policing Policies in 2021 and Beyond :  Training, Reform, Reinvention 
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021


                  

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.

Sponsor:


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Regional Jail Consolidation – Opportunities for Counties
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021



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.

Sponsor:  

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



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.


Sponsored by: Image result for eaze

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Artificial Intelligence  and Government
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021



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.  
Sponsored by:    

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Climate Programs for Your County
Thursday, Feb 25, 2021



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.

Sponsor:
  CPL

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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.

Workshop/Lobby Day sponsor and NYSAC Excelsior Partner:
New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.

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 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.

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  2021 Legislative Conference
SPONSORS
 
FEATURED SPONSORS

Eaze Technologies, Inc.
Sydney Snow
202-503-9584
Cannabis Technology & Delivery

Equitable
Anthony Stevens
315-425-6307
Financial Services

NYMIR
Kevin Crawford
518-465-7552
Property and Casualty Insurance

Zencity
Assaf Frances
718-710-4564
Citizen Engagement/AI Technology

EMERGENCY MGMT TRAINING SPONSOR

FirstNet Built with AT&T
Robert Holmes
607-727-1003
Broadband for Public Safety

LOBBY DAY SPONSOR

NYS Industries for the Disabled
Katie Tucci
518-463-9706
Procurement

GOLD SPONSORS

Airbnb
Kelly Fay
607-239-9390
Short-Term Rentals

Alera Group
Eric Lintala
585-704-3009
Employee Benefits

PERMA
Leah Demo
888-737-6269
Workers' Compensation & Risk Management

PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP
Nick DeSantis
914-421-5600
CPAs & Advisors

SMRT Architects and Engineers
Graham Vickers
877-700-7678
Architects and Engineers

Zencity
Assaf Frances
718-710-4564
Citizen Engagement/AI Technology

CLOSING PLENARY SPONSOR

Calcaterra Pollack LLP
Regina Calcaterra
212-899-1760
Law Firm

SILVER SPONSORS

CPL
Tom Carpenter
585-324-0433
Architect & Engineer

NTS Data Services, LLC
Jeff Weber
800-458-3820 x309
Election Software/Cyber Services

MEETING SPONSOR

Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance
Ron Feldstein
607-434-3333
Energy

CGI SPONSOR

Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP
John Mineaux
518-464-1300
Law Firm

COMMITTEE MEETING SPONSORS

Absolute Auctions & Realty
Jennifer Gableman
845-635-3169
Auctioneers

Barton & Loguidice
John Benson
315-457-5200
Consulting Engineers

C&S Companies
Dan Sweetland
315-455-2000
Engineering

KeyBanc Capital Markets
Brendan Baxter
518-257-8501
Banking

LaBella Associates
Mark Kukuvka
585-454-6110
Architect & Engineer

Professional Development Academy
Alicia Wade
503-765-7291
Leadership Program 12wk online

VMC Consultants Inc.
Chuck Ganim
716-285-6000
Transportation Mgmt

EVENT SPONSOR

Auctions International Inc.
RJ Klisiewicz
800-536-1401
Online Auction Services

LaBella Associates
Mark Kukuvka
585-454-6110
Architect & Engineer

Wendel
Charles Nesbitt
716-688-0766
Architect & Engineer