Webinars

June 2020 Webinar Schedule (tbd)

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Previous Webinars - Recordings & Presentations

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May 28, 10am
Understanding Federal Stimulus Action in Washingto
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As Congress wraps up work on a series of federal stimulus legislation, join us as we discuss how these proposals have impacted county operations in New York State. Your association has been working aggressively, around the clock with the National Association of Counties (NACo) on ensuring federal legislation in Washington helps counties combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will review legislation passed by congress, specifically the CARES Act 2.0. and the impact on county governments. 

 


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May 21, 10am

Internal Controls – Keeping County Data and Funds Safe During Covid


As COVID-19 continues to change the way we live and work. Key employees have been working from home and County departments have been operating with limited staff and with this comes the alteration of key policies and procedures within IT, Finance and Operational departments to accommodate furloughs and emergency needs. Employees are taking home County laptops and remotely accessing critical County systems, segregation of duties and internal control systems have been altered, and County data and funds are as vulnerable as ever. This new normal will require Counties to reassess their internal control and IT systems to ensure employee and constituent funds and data are safe during these trying times.  Join experts Carl Cadregari and Keeley Hines of the Bonadio Group, for a presentation on practical ways the County and its employees can keep County funds and data safe while working from home.

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May 21, 3pm

Slowing the Spread of COVID-19, Part 2 of 3: Contact Tracing 101 
While the term “contact tracing” may be new to the general public, it is a core disease control measure that local and state health departments have used for decades. Scaling up and training a large contact tracer workforce will be essential to safely reopening regional economies across the state amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Attend this webinar to learn how contact tracing works and why it is one of the best tools we have to contain emerging outbreaks.


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May 22, 10am
Slowing the Spread of COVID-19: Part 3 of 3, Diagnostic Testing 101
COVID-19 testing has come a long way since the first confirmed case in New York State. The rapid developments in testing have caused confusion around the different types of tests being offered and who is eligible to receive them. Attend this webinar to hear from local public health officials about how diagnostic testing works in counties across the state and why expanding our testing capacity is critical to state and local efforts to slow the spread of disease.

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May 19, 10am
Ethics Compliance in the Time of Covid


This session will provide an overview of the codes of conduct and legal requirements of county elected and appointed officials under state and local ethics laws, policies and procedures. The session will describe state and local laws governing gifts and inducements, conflicts of interest, financial disclosure requirements, operations of county ethics boards and other areas relating to integrity in government. This session is one of the core course requirements of the County Government Institute (4 credits awarded).  


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May 19th, 2pm                                                                                                                                       
Slowing the Spread of COVID-19, Part 1 of 3: Examining Wastewater to Detect Community Spread of COVID-19

A series of setbacks in COVID-19 testing has made it difficult to keep up with the virus’ spread and inspired some researchers to look to wastewater to measure how prevalent the virus is in our communities. The SARS2 Early Warning Wastewater Surveillance Platform is a collaboration between scientists from Syracuse University, SUNY ESF, and SUNY Upstate. The platform utilizes the level of SARS-CoV-2 RNA found in wastewater to estimate transmission trends in real time, provide instant feedback on social distancing and other interventions, predict hospitalizations from COVID-19, and give confidence in the absence of transmission for areas with zero cases. This webinar will present the laboratory methods and trends from the first two weeks of the platform operations, with plans for continuation and scale and future modeling of the pandemic.
 

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Understanding Covid 19 Relief Programs: Weathering the Financial Challenges
May 14, 2020

COVID-19 has had a pervasive impact across our society and our economy.  The human toll of the virus is widely measured and reported.  The financial impact on employers is less clear.  The federal government has rolled out a number of programs to help employers weather the financial challenges of government-mandated closures, social distancing, employee illness, and other challenges associated with the COVID-19 disruption.  

This session will highlight specific elements of the COVID-19 disruption and related federal aid programs that county governments should be aware of in terms of the impact on employers and the potential reaction that might be appropriate for consideration at the County level.  The Bonadio Group will give an overview of a number of federal programs and issues that are important to local governments.


County Budgeting Issues During Covid 19
April 24, 2020

These are challenging times for every county department, but perhaps none more than the county budget offices who are working to amend the 2020 budget based on plummeting sales tax revenues, and the unpredictability of a state budget proposal that allows for the state to cut reimbursements to counties three times this year, based on state revenue losses. At the same time, counties are paying for a variety of new and unexpected expenses to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. This webinar addresses a series of questions that counties are grappling with during this local response to the global pandemic. 


New York State Open Government Law Changes During Covid 19
 April 21, 2020 

Join the NYS Committee on Open Government staff as they discuss and answer questions concerning the New York State open government laws during the pendency of the Governor’s Executive Order 202 series and related PAUSE program. Shoshanah Bewlay and Kristin O'Neill from the Committee on Open Government present this timely topic for government officials. 


NYSAC State Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Briefing
Join the NYSAC Legislative Team as they present an overview of key county issues from Governor Cuomo's  SFY 2021 Executive Budget.


Following Best Practices in Labor Law During the Coronavirus

March 26

Counties are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is requiring change in the way that all of our county employees are working. While winning this fight is the most important goal, following best practice labor law policies during this process is essential to protect both your employees and the county itself. 

On Thursday, March 26th at 3 p.m. , NYSAC hosted a webinar on the best practice labor considerations during the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar included the following topics: Governor’s Executive Orders Overview, New York Paid Sick Leave Bill, and Federal Emergency Paid Sick leave/FMLA Expansion. This webinar will be presented by Karlee S. Bolaños Esq. of Bolaños Lowe, PLLC. 

Additional Documents from the Webinar:
  • NY COVID leave forms
  • U.S. Department of Labor has provided employers covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave provisions with the required notice to post. Employers must post the notice in a conspicuous place on its premises. The notice provides an explanation of employee rights to both paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Act.  THE POSTING IS ATTACHED.  Employers may also satisfy the notice requirements of the Act by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees, or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website. If you handle notice in that manner, you need to make sure the posting is available to new hires. Most employers find it easier to post the notices. Since the Act’s requirements only apply to current employees, the notice does not have to be shared with laid-off individuals or prospective employees.
 
Earlier this week,  the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts: Fact Sheet for Employees, Fact Sheet for Employers, and Questions and Answers. Here are the links to USDOL’s 3 part guidance:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions
 
I attached the NYSPFL application forms (self and child), but the links are here as well:
http://docs.paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/content/main/forms/PFLDocs/scovid19.pdf
http://docs.paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/content/main/forms/PFLDocs/scovid19.pdf
 
There is also a helpful FAQ posted on the State’s COVID-19 webpages.
 
Here is a link to more NYSPFL (COVID-19) employer resources: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/employer-responsibilities-and-resources


 
Finally, legal alerts that Bill Lowe and Karlee Bolanos write are available at www.bolanoslowe.com


Effectively Communicating with Your Community Through Facebook Live and Virtual Town Hall Meetings on Covid-19

March 20

The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) hosted a webinar designed to help counties conduct Facebook Live Town Halls to communicate with residents during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency response activities. 

The Webinar, Best Practices for Conducting a Facebook Live Town Halls, was held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. 
Jon Summers, president of Summers Strategies, provided an overview how to promote, set up, and conduct a Facebook Live Town Hall, equipment basics, messaging, and how to integrate the event across multiple social media platforms. 
Joining Jon was a county communication professional who has deployed a Facebook Live Town Hall to connect county leaders and health department officials with residents to discuss ways to combat COVID-19.
 


Medicaid Proposals: Federal and State Updates

February 19, 2020

FEDERAL PERSPECTIVE: Federal update will discuss the Trump Administration plan on Medicaid. Amidst attempts to cut federal funding for the program in recent years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) released the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability rule, a federal regulation that would make technical changes to Medicaid’s supplemental payments and state financing structure. In FY 2018, supplemental funding sources such as IGTs and CPEs, made up 37.5 percent of all Medicaid spending. If enacted, the proposed rule could impact how states and counties finance their non-federal share of the Medicaid program.


STATE PERSPECTIVE: New York State Proposes to realign the local Medicaid cap. Learn the latest on the state’s proposal to redesign Medicaid through the Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) and proposals that will affect the New York Medicaid cap for county governments and New York City.


How to Access State Census Funding for Counties and Local Nonprofits

February 5, 2020

In December, the State announced funding allocations for counties that create complete count committees and develop plans to work with local nonprofit agencies to promote the completion of census questionnaires.
Webinar for State leaders to explain how counties can apply for and receive the funding that was announced in December. They will also discuss how the local nonprofit agencies can be approved by the state to work within county plans and be eligible for funding.
 


Managing Disasters at the County Level: Resources for Flood Preparedness and Response

PFAS & Your Local Landfill: Managing Risk and Preparing for Regulations

New Opportunities for Commercial Clean Energy Financing for Counties

Hot Topics in Public Sector Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

Countdown to the 2020 Census Count

Food Waste Diversion Legislation   

Countywide Support for EMS Systems 

NYS Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags. Now What? 

Preparing for Implementation: What the Election Law Reforms Mean For Your County

Implementing the NYS Sexual Harassment Law 

The Dairy Crisis and its Impact on NY Farmers


Managing Disasters at the County Level: Resources for Flood Preparedness and Response
December 18, 2019

Flooding has had a profound impact on communities across New York State. According to Rebuild By Design, every county in the state has experienced a federal or state disaster declaration for flooding in the past ten years, and more than half experienced five or more events. Fortunately, state resources are available to assist county leaders and homeowners in responding to and recovering from significant flood events.

This webinar hosted Jefferson County Chairman Scott Gray, and the Governor’s Director of Emergency Management Michael Kopy and Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs Molly Reilly to discuss state funding and other resources available to prepare communities for the next storm and rebuild in the aftermath.

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PFAS & Your Local Landfill: Managing Risk and Preparing for Regulations

Nov 14, 2019 

In recent years, there has been a new focus on groundwater contamination and the threat unregulated contaminants pose to the safety of our drinking water. New York State is now in the process of adopting the nation’s most stringent drinking water standards for an emerging family of contaminants, known collectively as PFAS, that has been found in the public water supply throughout New York State. These “forever chemicals” bioaccumulate in humans and have been linked to several types of cancer and other debilitating diseases. While PFOA and long-chain PFAS chemicals are no longer found in new U.S. products, they are still found in landfills around the country, creating an ongoing threat of contamination into the environment through landfill leakage. As public interest in PFAS continues to rise, we can expect to see new monitoring requirements and legislation in order to safeguard our communities, as well as increased litigation.

New Opportunities for Commercial Clean Energy Financing for Counties

Oct. 2, 2019

The Energize NY Open C-PACE program enables counties to offer the benefit of commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to support environmentally positive economic development in your communities.

Open C-PACE provides long-term, competitive financing that facilitates energy efficiency or renewable energy improvements for commercial and multi-family properties. These improvements help reduce operating costs and environmental impact, making the local building stock more economically competitive and attractive.

A lack of accessible financing is often a barrier to making clean energy upgrades, however with Open C-PACE property owners benefit from competitive rates from approved capital providers and terms that can match the life of the improvements, generally 20-30 years. These factors make Open C-PACE a unique tool for building owners, whether they need to upgrade outdated building equipment or want to include deep energy retrofits as part of a property’s redevelopment.

This webinar was provided by the Energy Improvement Corporation, an independent not-for-profit established under Section 402 of the New York Not-for-Profit law and a local public benefit corporation established under Article 5-L of the New York General Municipal Law.

Hot Topics in Public Sector Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

September 23, 2019
Join labor law experts from Roemer Wallens Gold & Mineaux LLP as they discuss collective bargaining issues including: regional wage/salary trends, health insurance, cancer screening leave, paid family leave, and veterans’ benefits. This webinar also addresses issues likely to come up in the CBA process such as- voting leave, medical marijuana, drug testing, body cameras, and the effect of Taylor Law amendments on union and non-union employees. 

Countdown to the 2020 Census Count

August 12, 2019

Complete count committees across the state are meeting and making plans to put together an infrastructure that will work to ensure every New Yorker gets counted in the 2020 Census. From appealing the Local Updates to Census Addresses (LUCA) to complete count committees, many counties and local governments are partnering with community agencies to educate and inform the public about the importance of being counted. 

Food Waste Diversion Legislation 

June 18, 2019

Food waste is a global problem with far-reaching impacts on food security, resource conservation, and climate change. Roughly one third of the food produced for human consumption worldwide — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets thrown out every year.
 
The 2019-20 NYS Budget includes legislation to address this problem by requiring the largest generators of food scraps to donate their excess food and recycle food scraps.
 
This NYSAC webinar breaks down the legislation and shares resources for counties that are interested in being part of the solution. Listen to learn how New York’s counties are helping to divert food from landfills and incinerators and what changes your county’s supermarkets, universities, hotels, and other designated food scraps generators will be preparing for in the lead up to January 1, 2022.

Countywide Support for EMS Systems 

June 10, 2019

Local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations are having a harder time staying operational, particularly in more rural parts of the state. This webinar will discuss how one county is working to develop countywide cost-effective EMS system that is responsive to consumer needs. This system is designed to help equalize the cost among all residents of the County for the delivery of this service, while giving it greater stability and accountability through a better governance structure. 

NYS Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags. Now What?

May 8, 2019

In March 2020, New York will become the second state - behind California - to implement a ban on single-use plastic bags. Counties will also have the option to opt-in to a $0.05 fee on paper bags. What does this mean for your county? Listen to the webinar recording (below) to learn more about the legislation and how stakeholders across the state are preparing for its implementation.

Presenters:

  • Hon. Tracey Bartels, Ulster County Legislature

  • Hon. Jen Metzger, Member, NYS Senate, 42nd District

  • Hon. Kara Hahn, Suffolk County Legislature

  • Jane McLaughlin, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

  • Mona Golub, Price Chopper

  • Jason Wadsworth, Wegmans

PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Recording of Webinar 

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Preparing for Implementation: What the Election Law Reforms Mean For Your County

April 2019

This webinar examined the election law reforms that were passed during the 2019 NYS legislative session. Presenters covered the perspective from the state board of elections and local boards of elections as implementation of the reforms gets underway. Topics  included electronic poll books, early voting, the revised political calendar and an overview of the election laws that have been passed by the legislature.

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Implementing the NYS Sexual Harassment Law

October 30, 2018
A webinar training on the on the recently adopted regulations that formed the New York State’s Department of Labor (“DOL”) model sexual harassment prevention documents for all employers.
This complex change in the law required all employers, including county governments, to update and create new sexual harassment policies and procedures. Our labor experts will walk you through the changes in the State law and what you will need to know as employers, employees and as county government leaders.

The Dairy Crisis and its Impact on NY Farmers

April 11, 2018

NYSAC’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs provides an overview of the crisis gripping New York State’s dairy farmers. The overabundance of milk, flagging demand, dramatically lower prices, higher operating costs, and unfavorable weather conditions have negatively impacted the economic viability for dairy farmers across the state.

This online video presentation addresses the dairy crisis from four critical perspectives: the USDA, a financial lender, a processor, and a farmer.