Local Regulation: Enactment Procedure
Thursday April 15, 2021 at Noon Eastern Time
This session, by Chris Eastman and Patricia Burke of the New York State Department of State, addresses the process a municipality must go through in order to adopt a resolution, ordinance or local law, as well as the merits of using each procedure. Topics will include notice provisions and posting; aging of legislation prior to action; required hearings; and required referrals. Compliance with SEQRA and post-adoption procedures will round out the discussion.
Five Steps to Jump Start Your Cybersecurity Program
Tuesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time
The risks are real, so why is it so challenging for small to medium-sized organizations to get a cybersecurity program off the ground? In this free webinar session, speaker Steven Gravel of the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will explore a few of the cyber risks faced by the local government, healthcare and education sectors. He’ll also tackle some of the roadblocks organizations can encounter when trying to make headway in mitigating these risks, and how to get around them. While cybersecurity can be complex and technical, we’ll stay (mostly) out of the weeds, instead focusing on strategy and guiding principles.
Open Government Issues in Planning and Zoning Decisions
Thursday April 29, 2021 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time
“Open Government” is widely accepted as a desirable goal, but there are complexities and intricacies in implementing its principles. This session, by attorney Mark Schachner, focuses on planning and zoning decision-making at public meetings, communications outside of public meetings, site inspections and “FOIL-ability” of various planning and zoning documents. Other topics to be discussed include quorum considerations and recusal; informal gatherings with quorum present; executive sessions; and attorney/client privileged communications and discussions. There will be time for questions and answers.