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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
3:00 p.m. NYCOM Registration Desk Opens
4:30 p.m. POLICY COMMITTEE MEETINGS
NYCOM’s four policy committees will convene to hold substantive policy discussions on timely topics. All attendees are encouraged to participate.
- Community Revitalization
Co-Chairs: Mayor Paul Pontieri, Patchogue and Mayor Gary Herzig, Oneonta
- Energy and Environment
Co-Chairs: Mayor Scott Burto, West Carthage and Mayor Tim Rogers, New Paltz
- Employee Relations
Co-Chairs: Mayor Svante Myrick, Ithaca and Mayor Timmy Currier, Massena
Co-Chairs: Mayor Richard David, Binghamton and Mayor Robert Tackman, East Syracuse
6:00 p.m. Themed Reception and Dinner
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
8:30 a.m. PLENARY SESSION
- Implementing Our Regional Advocacy Strategy and Briefing on Proposed State Budget
Speakers: Mayor Gary R. McCarthy, City of Schenectady, NYCOM President; Peter A. Baynes, NYCOM Executive Director and Barbara J. Van Epps, NYCOM Deputy Director
9:30 a.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER
- State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
10:00 a.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER
- NYS Attorney General Letitia James
10:30 a.m. NYCOM NEWS CONFERENCE ON STATE BUDGET PRIORITIES
11:15 a.m. PLENARY SESSION
- Federal Issues Update and Census Complete Count
Speakers: Irma Esparza Diggs, Senior Executive and Director, Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities; Richard Tobe, Director of Special Intergovernmental Projects, Office of Governor Cuomo; and Julie Menin, Director of the Census for NYC and Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Strategic Advocacy
12:15 p.m. LUNCH
- Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul
1:30 p.m. SOLUTION SESSIONS
- The FCC Won't Let Me Be: Federal Regulations Affecting Small Wireless Facilities and Cable Franchising
This session will provide an overview of the recently effective FCC regulations related to the installation of small wireless facilities and make recommendations to assist local government officials in reviewing applications and establishing local policies that assert safety and aesthetic considerations. This session will also discuss the FCC’s proposals to change the nature and character of local governments’ authority with cable franchising.
Speaker: Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel
- Opportunity Zones: Boosting Private Investment in Low-Income Census Tracts
An expert from Empire State Development will provide an overview of Opportunity Zones and their associated benefits; when, where and how the New York Opportunity Zones were established; and how local officials can start attracting Opportunity Zone investments.
Speaker: Hasoni Pratts, Vice President, Opportunity Zones, Empire State Development
- Recreational Marijuana Coming to New York? Understanding the Governor's Proposal
The 2019-2020 Executive Budget includes a proposal that would legalize recreational marijuana. If enacted, New York would join a growing list of states that have already taken such action. The Governor’s proposal would create an extensive regulatory scheme that has major implications for communities across New York. This session will summarize the proposed law, focusing on the potential impacts for local governments, including siting of dispensaries, revenue sharing, and employee consumption. The program will conclude with a presentation of how local governments in Massachusetts have navigated the introduction of that state’s recreational marijuana law in their communities.
Speakers: Axel Bernabe, Assistant Counsel to Governor Cuomo for Health; Jason Starr, Assistant Special Counsel to Governor Cuomo; and Brittney Franklin, Senior Legislative Analyst, Massachusetts Municipal Association
3:00 p.m. SOLUTION SESSIONS
- Crisis Management: Working Together to Prepare for, Prevent and Respond to Emergencies
Whether it is an emergency at a local school or a natural disaster, cities and villages need to work with their neighboring government agencies to adequately prepare for, prevent, and respond to crises in their community. This session will highlight innovative approaches to inter-agency emergency management, including developing emergency management plans, practicing emergency response, and implementing school resource officer programs.
Speakers: Saratoga County Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo; Deputy Ken Cooper, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Director of Community Preparedness & Youth Services; and Mayor Kevin Neary, Village of Richmondville, Retired Chief of Operations for the New York State Emergency Management Office
- How to Bring Home the Bacon By Getting Grants for Your Community
Increased competition and limited resources mean that villages and cities must understand what funding is available, how to apply for such funding and what decision makers are looking for in those applications. This session will include an overview of the Consolidated Funding Application – New York’s primary means to accessing State funding – and other major funding sources, a discussion of the key programs that are most relevant to local governments, examples of successful CFA and other types of grant submissions, as well as some practical tips to ensure your grant applications are the best that they can be.
Speakers: Mack Cook, Administrator, City of Cortland and Mayor Scott Burto, Village of West Carthage and Owner, WCP Consultants
- Compliance Alert: The Latest on the New Sexual Harassment Prevention Law
This workshop will provide an overview of the relevant elements of the new NYS Sexual Harassment Legislation and guidance provided by the NYS Department of Labor. It will provide examples of required elements of a model policy and training program as well as demonstrate what a complaint and investigation process might look like for cities and villages.
Speakers: John D. Aspland, Jr., Esq., Partner, FitzGerald Morris Baker Firth, P.C. and A. Kevin Crawford, Executive Director, New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NETWORKING RECEPTION
Evening Enjoy dinner in downtown Albany
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Lobby Day at the State Capitol