New York News 103117

October 31, 2017


NYS Senate:

Senator Flanagan named Michelle Cameron as Director of Majority Appointments.

NYS Assembly:

Public Hearing Calendar



SUBJECT: Oversight of the SFY 2017-2018 State Budget for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.Â

PURPOSE: To review the impact and implementation of the State Budget for agriculture.Â

Albany, New York  Tuesday November 28th, 2017 11:00 AM Hearing Room C Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor  Albany, New York

 The Assembly Standing Committee on Agriculture oversees New York State’s agriculture, food, animal protection, and other regulatory programs administered by the State Department of Agriculture and Markets.  In the SFY 2017-2018 Department of Agriculture and Markets budget, the Legislature included approximately $53 million for local assistance, $109 million for State operations, and $66 million for capital projects at the New York State Fair and for Local Fairs. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the overall impact and implementation of the 20172018 budget, and assess the impact and effectiveness of New York’s agricultural programs.  This hearing will also examine the agricultural industry’s economic significance to New York State and challenges that agricultural producers are facing in bringing their products to market.


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

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New York ‘s Green Businesses

The Department of Environmental Conservation has launched the New York Green Business (NYGB) program, which provides recognition and benefits to businesses and other entities that have a strong commitment to operating sustainably.  Businesses that participate must have a good record of compliance, make future sustainability commitments, and communicate their sustainability commitment to their customers and employees.

Applications for the program are being accepted through Friday, December 15th. Applications and more information can be found on DEC’s website.  Spread the word to businesses with a strong commitment to sustainability so they get the recognition they deserve! NYGB will make it easy for consumers to know that the businesses they are patronizing are committed to protecting and conserving our shared environment. We will have our inaugural group of NYGB members in place next year. Then, just look for the logo!

For more information on NYGB you can contact us via email at: To receive additional email updates on the program, subscribe to our Awards and Incentives topic in DEC Delivers.

DEC Announces Successful “CleanSweepNY” Collection

Event Collects 84,270 Pounds of Pesticides and other Chemicals for Proper Disposal Program Promotes Safe, Legal Disposal of Obsolete Products

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that a CleanSweepNY collection event held during the week of October 2 targeting an 11-county area in DEC’s Region 8 successfully collected a total of 84,270 pounds of potentially hazardous chemicals from 191 participants. CleanSweepNY helps promote a healthy and sustainable New York by providing opportunities for proper disposal of unwanted and/or obsolete pesticides and other chemicals.  More here…


NYS Liquor Authority:

Full Board Meeting November 8, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m.

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Business Council of NYS:

Save the Date

Information Technology & Telecommunications Forum

Date:  Thursday, December 14, 2017 Time:  12:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Location:  Renaissance Hotel, Albany

“The Innovation Economy — Technology, e-Commerce and the Future”

As a follow up to the hugely successful June 6 Technology Forum The Business Council is hosting a second Technology Forum. This forum is dedicated to the innovation agenda of The Business Council’s Information Technology and Telecommunications Committee:

  • Small cell technology, telecommunications infrastructure siting,
  • Cyber Security/Data Breach Issues,
  • Technology Workforce Development,
  • e-Commerce,
  • Technology procurement reform.

The day will feature panels and speakers on the issue facing not just the information technology and telecommunications industries, but all segments of a growing e-commerce economy. The forum will provide The Business Council with a road map for technology issues that will likely be discussed in the 2018 session and state budget. State Legislators, senior government staff, and industry experts will be on hand to discuss these issues and give us their insight into where public policy and the private sector can work together.


NYS Department of State:

Public Notice of Meetings

State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council The next scheduled State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council meeting will be on December 5, 2017 at 10:00 am. Click here for the Public Notice. The tentative meeting agenda, Proposed Rules, resolutions and records that are scheduled to be the subject of discussion at the meeting will follow.



                                           John Addario PE, Director
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Local Government Services:


3rd Local Government Innovation Conference

November 14th

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ESP Albany Mtg Room 6


Reception November 13th

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Shared Services Initiative:


The FY 2018 Enacted State Budget established the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative, designed to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments.

Office of Information Technology Services:

The horticulture industry, like any other, has regulations it must follow. To ensure that those rules are enforced, a team of 35 inspectors monitor the 9,000 locations in New York state where plants and flowers are grown or sold.

A new mobile application is helping those inspectors do their jobs more efficiently. The Plant Inspections mobile application, launched earlier this year, digitizes a process that was previously done on paper. The app is loaded on iPads issued to inspectors, where it syncs with a backend licensing system and automatically updates inspection records. It also auto-fills federal forms that are provided as PDFs.  More here…


First-Ever Taste NY Craft Beverage Week

Businesses interested in joining Craft Beverage Week, Nov. 5-11, are encouraged to sign up to offer special events and promotions highlighting NY wine, beer, spirits and ciders.

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The Business Council of NYS:


November 15 – 16, 2017

2017 Annual Environment Conference

The Gideon Putnam

Information & Sponsorship


NYS Forum:

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017

How Innovative Technologies are Contributing to an Effective Data and Analytics Program

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Albany November 2017 Meetings

  • Thursday, November 02, 2017

The NYS Forum ITCR Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NYS Forum SharePoint Community of Practice

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Leadership & Communication Development – Toastmasters

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017

The NYS Forum 2nd New York City Annual Meeting