LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT LAW SECTION FALL MEETING
October 27-28, 2017
Embassy Suites by Hilton | Saratoga Springs, NY
Mark your calendars and join your fellow colleagues of New York State Bar Association’s Local and State Government Law Section for networking and educational panels October 27-28, 2017 in historic Saratoga Springs, NY. Explore all the city has to offer like great dining and entertainment.
Book your hotel accommodations: You can reserve your room online by going to: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/A/ALBESES-BAR-20171026/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG You can also call 518-290-9090 ask for reservations and use code BAR to receive the preferred rate of $189/night plus applicable taxes. The hotel cut-off date is September 30th. Availability of rooms is not guaranteed up to the cut-off date.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
11:30 a.m. Registration – Foyer
12:30 -2:00 p.m. CLE For Transitional Attorneys (Experienced Attorneys Also Welcome!)
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. The Essentials to Running Meetings of Public Bodies (0.5 credits in Professional Practice)
Numerous factors play a role in creating healthy local governments that run effectively: good leadership and communication as well as a solid understanding of the laws under which local governments operate are imperative. The Open Meetings Law is the law that governs the conducting of meetings of public bodies. This session will address the requirements for giving notice of meetings, how and when public bodies may enter into executive session, and what the public’s rights are with respect to participating in and videotaping of meetings.
Speaker: Wade Beltramo, Esq., NYCOM, Albany
1:05 – 1:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Boards, Practice and Pitfalls (0.5 credits in Professional Practice, Transitional Credit)
This presentation will focus on the practice and procedures with respect to a local Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, including recent judicial decisions affecting their determinations. Please let me know if you need anything else, other than the actual paper.
Speaker: Chris Trapp, Esq. Greco Trapp, PLLC, Buffalo
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Introduction to the Taylor Law (0.5 credits in Professional Practice, Transitional Credit)
An overview of the labor and employment laws covering public workplaces, including the Civil Service Law, the Taylor Law, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, anti-discrimination laws, and more.
Speaker: Sharon N. Berlin, Esq., Lamb & Barnosky LLP, Melville
2:00 - 5:15 p.m. General Session – Congress Room
2:00 -2:50 p.m. Use of Search Warrants and Other Possible Investigative Tools (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
Speaker: Hon. Robert Spolzino, Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP, Yonkers
2:55 - 3:45 p.m. “Sanctuary" Jurisdictions and Federal Immigration Policy (1.0 credits in Professional Practice)
Many cities and towns across the State have adopted so-called "sanctuary" legislation and policies to guide their responses to increased enforcement of immigration laws by the Federal government. This session will explore the legal issues arising from requests by Federal immigration authorities that localities detain individuals for immigration enforcement purposes, provide information about individuals' immigration status or provide access to public property, including local government discretion to decline such requests, and potential Federal responses to local legislation and policies.
Speakers: James D. Bilik, Esq., Arbitrator and Mediator, Albany | Spencer Fisher, Esq., New York City Law Department, Division of Legal Counsel, New York City | Anjana Samant, Esq., New York State Office of the Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau,
New York City
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Affordable Housing/Fair Housing/Community Land Trusts for Local Governments (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
Municipalities are faced with modifying current revenue streams which cannot cover the growing needs of their residents, such as infrastructure and affordable housing. This presentation will focus on what can be done within our current legal framework to fill this financing gap from the point of view of the municipal attorney. It will give an overview of some of New York State’s best community development tools, and how they can be mixed and matched together to suit the needs of a municipal client, urban or rural. Some of the tools that will be discussed are public private partnerships, form-based and inclusionary zoning, business improvement districts, community land trusts, tax credit financing, and community benefits agreements.
Speakers: Joseph Trapp, Esq., Greco Trapp, PLLC, Buffalo
4:55 – 5:20 p.m. Updates from the State’s 2017 Legislative Session (0.5 credits in Professional Practice)
This presentation will discuss highlights of the state legislature’s 2017 session such as raising the age of criminal responsibility, authorizing ridesharing to operate throughout the state, reforming workers compensation, and requiring counties outside of New York City to prepare shared services plans. This presentation will summarize principal features of these laws and discuss their implications for local governments throughout the state.
Speakers: Andrea Fastenberg, Esq., NYC Office of The Corporation Counsel, New York City
5:20 - 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Please join us in the hotel restaurant for a reception
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
8:30 a.m. Registration – Foyer
9:00 - 9:50 a.m. Public Sector Labor and Employment Law 2017 Update (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
This presentation will review recent PERB and court decisions, legislative and administrative enactments and other substantive and procedural changes to the way that public employers manage their workforces and administer their collective bargaining agreements and personnel policies.
Speakers: Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Lamb & Barnosky LLP, Melville
9:50 - 10:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. New York State's Paid Family Leave Law is Arriving Soon--Are You Ready (1.0 credit in Professional Practice)
This presentation will review the upcoming New York Paid Family Leave Act, how it applies to municipal employees, and how it compares to and complements other applicable statutes such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the New York State Disability Law.
Speakers: Thomas B. Wassel, Esq., Cullen and Dykman LLP, Garden City
10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. Law, Government and Politics, Achieving the Perfect Mix (1.0 credits in Ethics)
Municipal lawyers confront a combination of these elements in many situations and in making many decisions. Judge Pigott, in addition to his many years as a trial level, Appellate Division and Court of Appeals judge, served as Erie County Attorney for four and a half years and as counsel to one of the major political parties during his legal career before the bench. He will discuss how one walks that sometimes narrow path that leads to the appropriate (and ethical) outcome.
Speaker: Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, New York State Supreme Court, Buffalo
11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting – Peerless Room
For more info: Beth Gould