FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2012
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Democratic Legislators Participating at NYSAC Annual Fall Seminar
White Plains, NY – Three Democratic caucus members of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) are among the more than 600 elected and appointed county officials in Syracuse this week participating in the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) 2012 Fall Seminar, which runs from September 12-14. Fifty-six counties (out of the 57 counties outside New York City) will be in attendance and represented at the seminar, with city officials in attendance as well.
Over three days, seminar attendees will learn what other counties are doing to manage difficult financial times and take part in a variety of key workshops on topics essential to efficient county government. Attendees have an excellent opportunity to interact and communicate with counterparts from across the state and build strong connections for regional and statewide support. Moreover, they can share county concerns face-to-face with private sector representatives and open a dialogue for public/private partnerships that can help the economic base back home.
“This year’s Fall Seminar includes a broad array of timely programs and sessions designed to support the day-to-day efforts of county officials struggling to balance budgets and deal with an ever changing landscape of issues,” said Legislator Bill Ryan (D-White Plains), NYSAC’s immediate past president and a member of the NYSAC Board of Directors.
Other BOL members in attendance at the NYSAC fall Seminar, besides Ryan, include Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah) and Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining).
Several BOL members presently serve on NYSAC standing committees. They are: Legislator MaryJane Shimsky (D-Hastings-on-Hudson)—Transportation & Public Works; Legislator Virginia Perez (D-Yonkers)—Public Safety; Harckham—Economic Development, Environment & Rural Affairs; Borgia—Legislative; and BOL Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers)—Resolutions. All committees will be meeting at the Fall Seminar to discuss current issues challenging counties today and to further develop and advance the NYSAC agenda.
Some of the workshop programs being offered at the fall Seminar include: Early Intervention and the Changing Role of Counties; Building Consensus in a Political Environment; Medicaid Administrative Takeover; Foundations of County Government; Value of Cooperative Purchasing; Cybersecurity; Solid Waste Management; Public Safety Through Effective Probation; and Principles of County Budget.
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