County Conversations
County Treasurers: Guarding Public Funds and Maximizing Revenue Through Liquidity Management

County Treasurers: Guarding Public Funds and Maximizing Revenue Through Liquidity Management

September 21, 2020

This episode features a conversation between NYSAC’s Deputy Director Mark LaVigne, Allegany County Treasurer Terri Ross, and three + one’s Director of Public Partnerships William Cherry.

They will discuss sources of revenue for counties, what benefits counties are seeing by partnering with three + one, and the priorities of a county treasurer in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terri Ross is also a former president of the NYS Treasurers Association, and Vice-Chair of NYSAC’s Standing Committee on Tax and Finance.

Bill Cherry is also a former treasurer for Schoharie County, a former NYSAC President, and a former president of the NYS Treasurers Association.

Evolving Practices in County Law Enforcement

Evolving Practices in County Law Enforcement

September 14, 2020

This episode features a conversation between NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario and Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa.

They will discuss the communitywide comprehensive strategy the county has implemented surrounding opioid prevention and use, recent and upcoming criminal justice reforms, and the role of a sheriff in enforcement of state social distancing orders.

County Budgeting for 2021: Part 2

County Budgeting for 2021: Part 2

September 8, 2020

This is the second episode in a two-part special featuring conversations about county budgeting and finance concerns. Dave Lucas, NYSAC’s Director of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs is joined by Steven Morgan, Onondaga County’s Chief Fiscal Officer. They discuss what challenges the county is facing right now in their budget as a result of the pandemic and an unfolding economic recession, and what they are anticipating for 2021 and beyond. They also detail the steps that Onondaga County is taking to address the current crisis. 

County Budgeting for 2021: Part 1

County Budgeting for 2021: Part 1

September 4, 2020

This episode is the first of a two-part special featuring conversations about county budgeting and finance concerns. Dave Lucas, NYSAC’s Director of Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs is joined by Warren County Administrator Ryan Moore. They will discuss what challenges the county is facing right now in their budget as a result of the pandemic and an unfolding economic recession, and what they are anticipating for 2021 and beyond. They will also detail the steps that Warren County is taking to address the current crisis.

Resiliency, Recovery, and County Mental Health Services

Resiliency, Recovery, and County Mental Health Services

August 31, 2020

This episode features a conversation on mental health services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. NYSAC’s executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Katherine Coons, Commissioner of the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health. They discussed reactions to isolation and social distancing measures, the funding challenges faced by county mental health services, and an increase in demand for these services.

National Perspective on Impact and Response to COVID-19

National Perspective on Impact and Response to COVID-19

August 24, 2020

This episode features a conversation on the national impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NYSAC’s executive director Stephen Acquario is joined by the National Association of Counties executive director, Matt Chase. They will discuss the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic and federal stimulus concerns, and an overview of county crisis response.

Reflections on the 19th Amendment Centennial

Reflections on the 19th Amendment Centennial

August 17, 2020

NYSAC’s Multimedia Specialist Kate Pierce is joined by Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, and Martha Sauerbry, Chairwoman of the Tioga County Legislature and President-Elect of NYSAC.

They discuss the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, reflect on the momentous anniversary, and have a candid conversation on the challenges and opportunities for women in local government.

Counties Need Federal COVID Stimulus Funding

Counties Need Federal COVID Stimulus Funding

August 12, 2020

NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dave Andrews, General Manager and News Director of Hometown Radio (WIRY) in Plattsburgh NY - to talk about the need for federal COVID stimulus funding for counties who have been fighting the pandemic since early march. 

The Role of a County Manager with Jay Gsell

The Role of a County Manager with Jay Gsell

August 10, 2020

NYSAC’s executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell.

They discuss the accountability and attention to detail required for a county manager position, the importance of inter-county collaboration in the GLOW region, and how Genesee County leadership has kept perspective throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They also reflect on Jay’s 46 year career in service to local government as he approaches retirement.

Challenges Ahead for New York’s School Districts

Challenges Ahead for New York’s School Districts

August 3, 2020

NYSAC’s Executive Director Stephen Acquario is joined by Robert Schneider, Executive Director of the NYS School Boards Association. They discuss adaptations made by school districts in response to the pandemic, the need for federal stimulus funding for critical resources, what is on the horizon for reopening, and how counties and school districts are continuing to work hand-in-hand towards solutions in our communities.

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