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: 

  • Ethics 
  • Government Reorganization
  • The Tax Cap
  • Albany/NYCOM Update
  • Health Insurance and The Affordable Care Act Workshop
  • Village Elections 
  • Basics for City Officials
  • Basics for Village Officials
  • Code Enforcement & Other Tools to Deal with Vacant, Neglected and Abandoned Properties
  • Personnel Issues

Current Workshop/Webinar Offerings:


Administering a Volunteer Fire Deparment - Topics of discussion will include:  Key Laws Governing Volunteer Village Fire Departments, Organizational Control of a Volunteer Department, Volunteer Membership Issues-Including Background Checks, Recently Enacted Legislation Impacting the Fire Service Fundraising, and Discipline
Presented by John A. Mancini, NYCOM Counsel

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Village of Sleepy Hollow, 55 Elm Street, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, (James Galgano Senior Center).  Registration: Please RSVP to Paula A. McCarthy Tompkins, Village Clerk at (914) 366-5106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Powers and Responsibilities of Local Officials - Topics of discussion will include: Positions in Government, Civil Service Law 101, Employee Discipline, Ethics, and Minutes and Meeting Procedures
Presented by John A. Mancini, NYCOM Counsel

Monday, December 4, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. | City of Kingston


PLANNING AND ZONING WEBINAR SERIES - Whether you are a new or a seasoned municipal official, these webinars will provide you with the most up-to-date information in planning and zoning law. These one-hour webinars will cover the following topics:

Nov. 9 - Planning and Zoning Litigation: Understanding the Article 78 Process and Procedure
Nov. 16 - ZBAs and Planning Boards and Their Lawyers
Nov. 30 - Siting Small Cell Towers: Preparing for the Next Generation of Cell Tower Technology

Dec. 7 - Prior Existing Nonconforming Uses: Understanding Grandfathered Uses and What Local Governments Can Do to Regulate Them

CLICK HERE for details and registration.

Recorded NYCOM Webinar Presentations:


All four Planning and Zoning Webinars are available for purchase . Each recorded webinar will cost $20 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 $20 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 $20 for each certified planning and zoning credit we distribute to their municipal officials.

An Overview of the Procedure for Handling Applications for Variances, Special Use Permits, and Site Plan and Subdivision Approvals (CLE)  | It will cover the basic procedures for planning boards and zoning boards of appeals to review applications for area and use variances, special use permits, site plans, subdivisions, and other land use applications 

Dealing with Short-Term Rentals (CLE) | This session will provide an overview of what local governments can regulate, including how regulations may be implemented and a discussion of the procedures that may be implemented to handle short-term rentals. 

Conducting Meetings and Public Hearings: A “How-To” Webinar (CLE) This webinar will cover the requirements of The Open Meetings Law and the importance of adopting written meeting procedures, an overview of minute-taking, availability of records, and public participation for meetings and also the conducting of public hearings. 

Parking: We’ve Been Doing it All Wrong - Why and How to Regulate Parking (CLE) | This session will highlight case law interpreting parking. In addition, Professor Shoup’s research will be discussed in depth, including how it is relevant to local zoning codes and ZBAs handling variance requests for parking. 

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 $20 per webinar viewing.

All requests for recorded videos in this series or any questions regarding webinars, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Roles & 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 contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of the NYCOM Staff for the webinar passcode.

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.