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 These factors make Open C-PACE a unique tool for building owners, whether they need to upgrade outdated building equipment or want to include deep energy retrofits as part of a property’s redevelopment.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.
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
Preparing for Implementation: What the Election Law Reforms Mean For Your County (recording)
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.
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.