Webinars

2020 Webinar Schedule

Please note that our webinars are for county officials only.

NYSAC On-Demand Training
August 20, 10am

Last year NYSAC created a new On-Demand Training Program to assist our membership with meeting the wide-ranging training needs of county government. NYSAC’s on-demand training can be used as an in-person, private training session for your county staff from the convenience of your county offices, home or via an online webinar portal or live online video presentation or recorded sessions. This year, our training partners have added a number of helpful or required COVID-19 related training programs that can help your employees as we all embark on a new normal way of doing the public’s business. 



Previous Webinars - Recordings & Presentations

Use the links below or scroll to view webinar details, PDFs, and recordings:

Protect Employees with Automated COVID-19 Employee/Visitor Questionnaire
August 10

ActionTrac, a San Diego based software company, will review their COVID-19 Employee Questionaire Solution that in effect can serve as a perimeter defense for your organization.  
 
Areas to be covered include:
1. Why automation in your COVID Questionnaire system is important for getting to 100% response rate.
2. Being able to cover all audience needs including visitors and employees with one system.
3. Compliance logging and using workflow to get key reports like history and non-respondents to the right people.
4. The importance of flexibility in the design components of your Questionnaire.
5. Configuring your Questionnaire for language needs and other requirements.
 
ActionTrac, a partner with ADP for over three years, was a very early entrant in the COVID Questionnaire solution market.  NYSAC uses the ActionTrac system as do many other New York based organizations.


An Update for Counties on the 2020 Census

August 6, 10am


 

New York counties have historically played an active role in encouraging residents to respond to the US Census. The census helps determine how federal funds are distributed to states and localities. It helps our communities determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals. Census data informs how legislative lines are drawn and the number of seats we have in Congress. This year’s census is behind schedule because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we still need to make sure every New Yorker is counted in our communities. This webinar will provide an update on the 2020 Census and what counties can do to make sure all residents are counted.




Reopening for Business as (Ab)Normal
July 30


 

As county's look to reopen their offices to employees, citizens and vendors there will be new policies in place to help ensure a sustainable reopening.  While the Governor has clearly defined the policies in the attached document it seems that having a system in place to ensure compliance is left to local governments. Join us for this webinar that will address how counties are establishing and defining new ways of planning, managing and monitoring employee and workforce readiness; facilities preparedness; and emergency management response. This session will also include new technology solutions that can help counties monitor return-to-work readiness, securely survey and assess employee health, and coordinate facilities and employee shift scheduling.

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Educating our Youngest Population: How Counties Are Responding to E.I. and Special Education Pre-K Services During COVID-19

July 28


Join us for a webinar exploring county ingenuity in responding to and educating our youngest population through early intervention and special needs pre-k services during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be joined by county and state experts in program delivery to discuss how counties are adapting to a remote learning environment and what the future holds for congregate based services. 

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Using Data to Foster Economic Development

July 23



Now that economic activities have been restarted in communities across the state, it is more important than ever for local leaders to understand and foster a resilient business environment. This webinar will discuss how states, counties and cities are sharing data with one another in order to understand the current and future state of the economy. With federal economic data lagging by as much as two years, local governments must identify and use other sources of data that can help them make more informed decisions now to protect and promote the health of their economies.

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Revenue Forecasting and Cash Flow Management

July 21



The global outbreak of COVID-19 has created an unprecedented slowdown in revenue-generating activities that fund government capital and operational costs. While many governments are enacting economic stimulus measures, a true picture of revenues is still difficult to obtain. Responding to this complex crisis requires a multi-faceted approach, including the ability to quickly integrate data sources, make accurate, multi-level forecasts, look at historic cash flow trends, and provide insights for leaders.

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The Power of New Building Air Filtration Systems That Can Protect Against Covid 19

July 17



Heating and Ventilation ducts remain a top concern for building administrators in the public and private sector. From shopping mall requirements to nursing homes and hospitals to government buildings, the mechanics of air filtration capacity differ.  Yet the air we breathe is important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This webinar will discuss recent trends in building engineering and filter technology featuring new filters acting as a first line of defense removing 100% of the COVID-19 virus. 

Our presenter will be Vincent Lobdell, President and CEO of Healthway Family of Brands. 

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Finding Savings in 2021 Budgets

July 16, 10am



The COVID-19 Pandemic has upended the economy and generated unprecedented revenue losses for the state and counties. The state budget shortfall has triggered significant state funding cuts of at least 20 percent and revenue losses continue to mount for counties, while many program costs are increasing in response to fighting the pandemic.  This webinar will highlight actions counties are taking now to adjust to the economic downturn and state funding cuts, and also what counties are considering for 2021 budgets and beyond.

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Understanding State Law Reforms: What Does the 50-a Repeal Mean for Your County Government?

July 15, 10am



Recent events prompted the New York State Legislature to repeal Section 50-a of the New York State Civil Rights Law and amend portions of the Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law Sections 86, 87, and 89). Enacted in 1976, Civil Rights Law 50-a prohibited the disclosure of police officer, fire fighter, and correction officer disciplinary records without either the express written consent of the officer/fire fighter or a court order. Led by Attorney Martin Mack, This program highlights these changes and provides guidance for responding to FOIL requests for information previously shielded from disclosure while still protecting the privacy, safety, and security of public employees.

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Contact Tracing Technologies That Can Help Counties Slow the Spread of Covid-19

July 14



Despite New York State’s success with flattening the COVID-19 curve, we are not out of the woods yet. Testing and tracing are critical for counties to identify potential hot spots and slow the spread of the disease. A number of new contact tracing technologies offer solutions that can help counties track people who could have been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This webinar addresses some existing technology solutions and how they can assist counties with timely public health insights.

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New York State and Local Retirement Systems Update (Virtual Finance School Series #5 of 5)
July 8, 10am


Please join Colleen Gardner, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Division of Retirement Service of OSC for a presentation on the NYS and Local Retirement System.

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Accessing Federal Funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency

June 30

Accessing Federal Funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
Is your county applying for federal reimbursement from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)? Join us for a webinar designed to provide counties
with expert guidance on the eligibility standards for applicants under a FEMA
disaster grant and what types of activities are reimbursable under the state’s current
emergency declaration. We encourage anyone that is seeking best practices
for accessing reimbursement from FEMA for COVID-19 response activities to register.


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NYSAC End of Session Legislative Recap

June 29

This year proved to be a challenging legislative session for state lawmakers in Albany as the country combatted the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part, legislative activity has concluded for the year. Before heading back to the districts to continue constituent services and run for re-election, lawmakers in Albany passed a series of legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic and recent outbreak and demand for criminal justice reforms. NYSAC staff will provide a recap of legislative activity and the impact this legislation has on county government operations.

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Ethics
June 25, 2pm (Virtual Finance School Series #4 of 5)

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).  Presented by Ethics expert Steve Leventhal, Esq.

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Support for Farmers & Food Systems During Covid 19

June 25

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every sector of New York State’s economy, including the agriculture industry. Unlike many industries that were doing well before the virus, New York State’s farmers were already experiencing challenges related to unfavorable weather patterns, a trade war, and plummeting commodity prices. Supporting our local agricultural producers is now more critical than ever. Attend this webinar to hear from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets about resources available to help struggling farmers and prevent the public health crisis from being a food crisis.


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Internal Controls:  Keeping Data Safe During Covid 
(Virtual Finance School Series #3 of 5)

June 23

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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Albany Update (Virtual Finance School Series #2 of 5)

June 18

Representatives from NYSAC and OSC will provide an update of the State budget, legislative priorities and other issues and concerns impacting counties. Presenters from OSC and NYSAC. (1 CPE)


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June 16

GASB and Accounting Update
Join us as an accounting expert provides an overview of emerging accounting and financial reporting issues related including GASB updates that will impact NYS county finances. Accounting experts from the Bonadio Group.

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June 12

Small - Local - Diverse: Business Recovery Initiatives Post-Covid 19

NYSAC is pioneering an initiative that will help Counties leverage their existing recurring resources, (annual procurement spending) to support and financially engage their small, local and diverse businesses (MWBEs) supporting and helping sustain the communities they serve.   By focusing economic opportunity and shifting the resulting economic benefit to the marginalized businesses and their host communities, this NYSAC-led initiative will enable Counties to proactively jumpstart small local and diverse businesses and facilitate a strong post COVID-19 recovery. 
 
NYSAC has partnered with VeraCloud Technologies to bring this capability to member Counties. VeraCloud enables Counties to extend the reach and benefit of their procurement opportunities and focus procurement spending on the small local and diverse MWBE businesses within their jurisdictions.  This shift of economic opportunity and benefit inspires, activates, and sustains MWBE's and small local business with annual County opportunity/spending, establishing many "first time” public contracts with their small local and diverse businesses. This initiative supports County business, enables new hiring within small local and MWBE businesses, supports diverse and local supply chains, and returns tax dollars to the communities from which they are collected helping revitalize neighborhoods, support families and create the much needed jobs critical to support recoveries within communities most impacted by COVID-19. 
 
The procurement dollars focused through the NYSAC/VeraCloud initiative ultimately have a compounding effect helping preserve and rejuvenate small local diverse businesses, the communities in which they are located, and the diverse and local people they employ and sustain.  In this COVID-19 recovery environment this is a high-impact grass roots initiative to help Counties focus their spending into small local diverse businesses,  driving sustainable economic benefit and a much needed social impact to the communities and constituents most negatively affected by this pandemic.

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June 11
Responding to Our Older Americans: Aging Services During Covid-19
Join us for a webinar showcasing innovative strategies to serve our older Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also discuss reforms to federal and state programs allowing for flexibility of service delivery at the local level.  NYSAC will be joined by the Commissioner of the NYS Office for the Aging, the Executive Director of Association on Aging in NY, representing county AAA’s.

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Tuesday, June 9, 10am

How to Safely Re-Open Your County Offices

NYSAC offers a timely training webinar on best practice labor considerations for employees returning to work during the COVID 19 crisis. The pandemic is already being fought in the field by our county employees that were deemed essential. Most of the county workforce was required to work from home until the health crisis became more manageable. It is anticipated that those county employees sent home will soon be allowed to return to office work in some regions of the State. To protect the health of those returning to work as well as the residents that will be entering county facilitates, it is essential to follow best practice labor law policies during the continued COVID crisis. This webinar will be presented by Karlee S. Bolaños Esq. of Bolaños Lowe, PLLC. The training will include topics to help your county develop guidelines for safe employee return and safe work practices going forward.

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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.