Workshops and Webinars

NYCOM makes a concerted effort to bring our training events to our members by offering one-day and half-day workshops held around the state on a variety of topics. Recent workshops -- and also webinars -- have been presented on the following topics: 

Current Workshop Offerings:

Please check back for upcoming workshops.

Recorded NYCOM Webinar Presentations:

Show Me the Money: Understanding the REDC and CFA Process | New York State's Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process, in conjunction with​ your municipality's Regional Economic Development Council​(REDC)​, provides a critically​ important means of accessing state funding for key municipal projects. ​Each year, New York State awards millions of dollars in grant money to hundreds of projects across ten regions. ​In order to access this money, however, you need to understand how the process works and how you can become an active participant in that process. This webinar will provide you with that very information, including an overview of the purpose and role of the REDCs, a summary of the CFA itself, a discussion of the key programs administered by the Department of State that are most relevant to local governments, and some examples of successful projects – particularly from smaller communities – that have been funded through this process in the past. Please note that the deadline to apply for funding through the CFA is July 27th at 4:00 p.m.​ There is no fee for this webinar.

The Roles and Responsibilities of Municipal Officials | To effectively perform their jobs, local government officials must become experts in a variety of topics, while at the same time complying with a myriad of legal restrictions imposed by the state. This session will give an overview of how New York’s local governments are structured and what the roles and responsibilities are of various local government officials. Finally, the webinar will conclude with a discussion of some of the frequent pitfalls of holding local office. CLICK HERE TO VIEW WEBINAR (passcode required).

Open Meetings Law | This webinar will cover the Open Meetings Law and the importance of adopting meeting procedures and taking meeting minutes. Public hearings will also be discussed. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of the process for enacting local legislation. CLICK HERE TO VIEW WEBINAR (passcode required).

Municipal Finance Fundamentals | This session is designed to help facilitate your understanding of some of the most critical elements of municipal finance, including: property taxes and the tax cap; other revenue options; state aid; the budget process; and the expenditure of funds. CLICK HERE TO VIEW WEBINAR (passcode required).

Ethics and Civil Service Essentials | This webinar will address several targeted topics pertaining to municipal ethics and the Civil Service Law. Topics under ethics will include the proper use of municipal equipment, gifts, nepotism and local ethics codes. Civil Service Law topics will address the different types of positions found in local government and their classifications under the Civil Service Law, probationary terms, creating new positions and modifying or adding job duties. CLICK HERE TO VIEW WEBINAR (passcode required).

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the NYCOM staff for the webinar passcode.

All four Planning and Zoning Webinars of 2017 are available for purchase . Each recorded webinar will cost $25 and you may share it with other members of your municipality who do not wish to receive credit, for no additional cost to the municipality. Municipal officials who do wish to receive credit will be charged $25 per webinar viewing. They will receive a self-certification form upon requesting the recorded video. Once the video is viewed by the municipal official, they will complete the certification form and return it to our office. Upon receiving the certified forms, credit certificates will be distributed based on the number of forms received. Each municipality will be invoiced $25 for each certified planning and zoning credit we distribute to their municipal officials.

Planning and Zoning Litigation: Understanding the Article 78 Process and Procedure (CLE) | Because decisions of ZBAs and planning boards are frequently challenged in court, it is useful for ZBA and planning board members to understand the litigation process and the legal standards courts apply when reviewing ZBA and planning board decisions. This webinar will provide an overview of the Article 78 process which governs challenges to ZBA or planning board determinations, highlighting the arbitrary and capricious and substantial evidence standards. The webinar will discuss how to draft determinations that meet the standards for making administrative decisions.
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ZBAs and Planning Boards and Their Lawyers (CLE) | Getting legal advice can be a challenge for ZBA and planning boards. This webinar will cover myriad topics related to legal representation including understanding who the lawyer’s client is, the right of ZBAs and planning boards to legal representation, and what constitutes an impermissible conflict of interest. Additionally, this webinar will provide an overview of issues that should be addressed in a contract with a lawyer for legal representation of a ZBA or planning board.
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Siting Small Cell Towers: Preparing for the Next Generation of Cell Tower Technology (CLE) | Meeting the ever-expanding demand for mobile data capacity will require a marked increase in the installation of wireless infrastructure. In response, wireless service and infrastructure providers are seeking access to municipal rights of way to install service-bolstering facilities. Unfortunately, the regulatory landscape has not kept pace with these developing technologies and local officials are left with policies that currently do not address the real-world implementation of this new equipment. This session will provide an overview of the technological trends necessitating the expansion of small cell networks, the anticipated federal regulations arising from these new technologies, and recommendations to assist planning and zoning boards in responding to the inundation of siting applications that hallmark this new era of telecommunication service and control.
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Prior Existing Nonconforming Uses: Understanding Grandfathered Uses & What Local Governments Can Do to Regulate Them (CLE) | Prior existing nonconforming uses are extremely common in New York. Most local governments have not addressed them proactively however. This webinar will provide an overview of what a prior existing nonconforming use is, why property owners have vested rights in continuing those uses, and how such rights can be abandoned. Additionally, this webinar will address some of the steps local officials can take to phase out such uses and facilitate enforcement of nonconforming uses that are NOT prior existing to newly adopted land use regulations.
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CLE: All CLE credits will be tallied, distributed and billed the same way as planning and zoning credits. If you wish to receive CLE and Planning and Zoning Credits simultaneously there will be NO additional charge beyond the $25 per webinar viewing.

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If you are a NYCOM member and have a topic of interest or would like to host a regional workshop, please contact the NYCOM office.