Class Descriptions

Annual Regional Leadership Conference Class Information


Class Name: Local Land Use Strategies for Reducing Flood Risk
Organization: STC Regional Planning & Development Board and Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
Presenter(s): Janet Thigpen, CFM, Flood Mitigation Specialist & Jayme Breschard Thomann, AICP, CFM, Senior Planner
Time: 8:00-10:00 AM
Description: Learn to leverage local authorities for comprehensive planning and land use regulation to proactively promote flood safe land use patterns.

Class Name: Updates to SEQR Regulations
Organization: Department of State
Presenter(s): Christopher Eastman & Jennifer O’Donnell
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Description: The first updates to the regulations governing New York's State Environmental Quality Review process in 20 years incorporate terms and current trends that were rare or nonexistent at the time of the last update. The Type 2 list has been expanded to streamline projects that have benefits to the environment, scoping for environmental impact statements is now mandatory, and language has been amended in the hope of better defining when a draft EIS is complete. This course will highlight the changes to the regs and, while at it, review some essential tips about the basics of the SEQR process.

Class Name: Being Underwater Financially, Before You Are Literally Underwater
Organization: Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center
Presenter(s): Khris Dodson, Associate Director
Time: 12:50-2:00 PM
Description: This session will offer insights into what is needed to plan for your community’s future. Planning for the future to ensure community vitality and solvency is important. We will discuss what financial and social factors local leaders should consider while planning, in addition to environmental pressures. We will also discuss what community resiliency is and how to plan for it, and some of the components of resiliency planning your community may already be doing. Finally, the session will include some funding options to conduct planning, or to undertake projects that make your community, services, and facilities more resilient.

Class Name: Planning, Zoning and Site Review Case Studies from the Southern Tier Central Region
Organization: Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board
Presenter(s): Planners and representatives from several communities in the Region, Moderated by Victoria Ehlen, Economic Development Coordinator
Time: 2:05-3:05 PM
Description: Examples of recent zoning issues, land use decisions, plan updates, and site suitability reviews from nearby communities.

Class Name: Natural Resource Inventories: Using GIS Technology for Local Level Mapping
Organization: LaBella Associates
Presenter(s): Barbara Johnston, AICP, LEED AP ND, Senior Planner
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Description: Local natural resource inventories help municipalities to map the locations of open space and sensitive natural areas within their communities and to understand their benefits and vulnerabilities. GIS mapping software and publicly available data make information about these resources available to local boards and citizens. However, the accuracy and scale of these data vary widely. This workshop will review sources of GIS maps, explain the scientific basis of available data, discuss issues of scale and accuracy, and demonstrate how online mapping and other approaches can engage residents and make relevant information easily accessible to local boards. 


Class Name: Be Careful Out There: Keeping Everyone Safe in the Work Zone
Organization: Cornell Local Roads
Presenter(s): David P. Orr. PE, Director
Time: 9:05-10:05 AM
Description: Work zones are dangerous places for everyone. To make them safer, good communications is the key. David will provide information on developing good work zone habits to keep everyone safe.

Class Name: Best Practices of Ditch Maintenance
Organization: Cornell Local Roads
Presenter(s): David P. Orr, PE, Director
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Description: Ditches are critical for the maintenance of roadways, but also have a large influence on stormwater and overall water quality. During this session, David will review the purpose of ditches and how they influence the environment. He will also illustrate maintenance practices that make ditch maintenance more effective and efficient.

Class Name: NYS Regulations: What You Need to Know About Road Spreading of Brines
Organization: NYS DEC Division of Materials Management & Steuben County Department of Public Works
Presenter(s): Kathleen Prather & Scott Foti – Moderator: Vincent Spagnoletti
Time: 12:50-2:00 PM
Description: This session will outline the New York State regulations for road spreading of brines.


Class Name: Hazard Evaluation vs. Risk Analysis – A Way of Thinking
Organization: RAN Fire Protection Engineering, PC
Presenter(s): Douglas Nadeau, PE, President
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Description: The focus of the presentation is to outline the steps that code enforcement officials can take in addressing hazards and risks within structures that are not addressed by the Building and Fire Codes. Defining the difference between hazard evaluations and risk analysis will be emphasized during the presentation. Highlights of the presentation will also include examples of quantifying hazards and risk along with implementing risk management plans. A case study of a fire will be utilized to emphasize the value of a hazard and risk analysis. By the end of the presentation the participant will have a generalized knowledge of hazard evaluations and risk analysis that will serve as a good starting point for the evaluation of an existing building.

Class Name: Code Enforcement Official and Disaster Response (2 hours)
Organization: NYS DOS, Division of Building Standards and Codes (CEDAR Program)
Presenter(s): Eric C. Bradshaw, Emergency Management Coordinator
Time: 12:50-3:05 PM
Description: The 2-hour course reviews the disasters that NY communities must deal with, and the code requirements that must be addressed. The course looks at some of the ways that the Code Enforcement Official can directly benefit the recovery activities that must be completed post-disaster. This includes building damage assessments, and the documentation that is completed. We will also review some of the things that can be done before the disaster to help make the recovery activities easier to complete.

Class Name: Wastewater and Stormwater on Rural Residential Lots
Organization: New York Onsite Training Network
Presenter(s): Miriam McGiver
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Description: Discussion of regulations and design issues in treating stormwater and wastewater on small rural residential lots.


Class Name: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
Organization: MEGA (Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance)
Presenter(s): Louise Gava, CCA Project Leader
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Description: Come learn about Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a new opportunity in NYS for City, Town and Village governments. CCA is a residential bulk electricity purchasing program facilitating better rates, consumer protections and access to renewable energy.

Class Name: Records Retention Programs and You
Organization: New York State Archives
Presenter(s): Sarah Durling, Western NY Regional Advisory Officer
Time: 9:05-10:05 AM
Description: This session serves as an introduction to using New York State Archives retention schedules to help local governments determine what records should be kept, what records can be destroyed, and what tools can be used to help simplify the determination process.

Class Name: FOIL and the Open Meetings Law: You ask, I answer!
Organization: NYS Committee on Open Government
Presenter(s): Bob Freeman, Executive Director
Time: 12:50-2:00 PM
Description: Response to questions regarding FOIL and the Open Meetings Law

Class Name: Fiscal Responsibility for Town Clerks
Organization: NYS Office of the State Comptroller
Presenter(s): William Naylor, Associate Examiner
Time: 2:05-3:05 PM
Description: This session will assist town clerks in understanding their major financial duties and responsibilities.

Class Name: Communicating and Understanding Financial Reports
Organization: NYS Office of the State Comptroller
Presenter(s): William Naylor, Associate Examiner
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Description: This session will help you better understand and utilize financial reports in your municipality. We will go into detail on how to comprehend and analyze figures presented in the budget status report, bank reconciliation and balance sheet.


Class Name: Case Law Update
Organization: Hodgson Russ LLP
Presenter(s): Jennifer Schamberger, Esq., Associate
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Description: This presentation will begin with an overview of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) before providing an overview of cases from the last couple of years in order to provide a framework for municipalities to understand best practices and common mistakes in the SEQRA process.

Class Name: Adaptive Reuses for White Elephants
Organization: Department of State
Presenter(s): Christopher Eastman & Jennifer O’Donnell
Time: 9:05-10:05 AM 
Description: Are you herding white elephants in your community? What’s to be done with those vacant or underused architectural gems like churches, armories, and depots? This course examines the socio-economic reasons for their vacancies, and land use tools that can help restore their rightful places as revitalizing neighborhood anchors. Before you issue that demolition permit, take note of these creative examples of adaptive re-uses.

Class Name: STEM 2 SUCCESS
Organization: Genesee County EDC
Presenter(s): Christopher J. Suozzi, VP Business & Workforce Development
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Description: This session will discuss the importance of partnerships with k-16 institutions, alignment to job opportunities with current employers, leveraging workforce development success in business attraction, and new methods of reaching students.

Class Name: The Power of Public-Private Partnerships
Organization: Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED)
Presenter(s): Judy McKinney-Cherry
Time: 11:35-12:35 PM
Description: This session will cover the value of utilizing/creating a public private partnership (P3) to accomplish community enhancements, economic development and capital projects. P3's are used globally and locally to address social and community needs. Discussion will cover the risks and rewards when using a P3 as well as some tips for establishing this type of organization.

Class Name: Aging in Place with Technology/The Social, Economic, and Intellectual Capital of Older Populations- Making the Case for Age-Friendly Communities
Organization: Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc. & Chemung County Department of Aging and Long Term Care
Presenter(s): Jennette Cabibi & Kim Salisbury
Time: 2:05-3:05 PM
Description: The presentation will discuss what Aging in Place means for seniors and their families, and how technology can help them do so safely and comfortably. / In 2012, Chemung County was designated an Age-Friendly community, when it became the 1st upstate community to be admitted into the World Health Organization Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. In 2017, New York State became the 1st Age-Friendly state in the nation. This designation is not about old age it is about the value of all ages. This presentation will focus on the social, economic and intellectual capital of older populations, and why it is important to develop Age-Friendly strategies to make our counties and state more attractive to older adults.

Class Name: sUAS (Drone) Utilization in Planning, Design and Construction – Benefits and Limitations
Organization: Fagan Engineers & Land Surveyors, P.C.
Presenter(s): James B. Gensel, P.E.
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Description: The use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS or Drone) is becoming prevalent in all aspects of construction from initial planning through construction certification. Planning and Code Officials need to understand the benefits as well as the limitations when relying on this data from Applicants. This class will present a primer on the potential use of sUAS aerial photography in the development of projects, how this data is converted to mapping, how it is modelled, the legal operation of a sUAS and the limitations/potential pitfalls of its use.


Class Name: How to Support Clean Energy Projects for Municipalities, School Districts, Businesses, and Residents - An Overview of Resources and Grants
Organization: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County
Presenter(s): Phil Cherry, Executive Director and Community Energy Advisor, and Katherine Herleman, Clean Energy Communities Coordinator
Time: 8:00-9:00 AM
Description: How counties, cities, towns, and villages can support themselves and each other to develop clean energy projects throughout the community. Overview of resources and support available from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, NYSERDA, and NYSDEC.

Class Name: Advanced Procurement Best Practices
Organization: NYS Office of General Services
Presenter(s): Procurement Staff
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Description: A 60-minute overview of advanced procurement practices used in managing your portfolio. Learn about category management, key performance indicators and other practices that can help you manage your portfolio more effectively and efficiently.  

Class Name: Rural Tourism Development through Agritourism (panel)
Organization: Steuben County Conference and Visitors’ Bureau
Presenter(s): Kevin Costello, President & CEO
Time: 11:35-12:35 PM
Description: The class will focus on how agritourism can be a viable option that rural agricultural based communities can embrace as a form of economic development. Participants will be introduced to the new Finger Lakes Farm Country agritourism project developed by Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Yates counties. A panel made up of agritourism businesses, State Agency and county Cooperative Extension leaders will talk about ways to encourage agritourism business growth and answer questions from the audience.

Class Name: Tackling the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Problem
Organization: Center for Community Progress
Presenter(s): Tarik Abdelazim, Associate Director of National Technical Assistance
Time: 2:05-3:05 PM
Description: This hour-long session will provide an introduction to the primary systemic causes of vacancy and abandonment, and feature innovative approaches communities are using both here in New York and across the country to tackle the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. Topic areas include parcel data management, housing and building code enforcement, delinquent property tax enforcement, and land banking.

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