Training Opportunities

Upcoming Training Opportunities 

  • Upcoming Training

Monday January 24 ,2022 from 1-2:30 pm EPA webinar on state level initiates to increase renewable energy projects on brownfields, landfills, mines, and other contaminated lands

Thursday February 10th from 6:00pm-7:00 PM Large Scale Agrivoltaics; Solar Grazing on Utility Scale Solar Facilities in Western NY- Part 1: Sheep GrazingThis webinar is Part 1 of 2 sessions reviewing the findings of the recently published Mount Morris Agrivoltaic Study. registration link.

Thursday February 10th from 2 - 3:15 pm Small Businesses Big Moment:  Using ARPA Funds to Support Small Business Development.  Institute for Local Self -Reliance & Main Street America    Here

4th Thursday 2022 Monthly Municipal Boot Camp Program presented by MRB Group and Hanockc Estabrook 

January 27, 2022- 6:00 to 7:00 pm Getting it Together - the Basics of Running a Meeting

February 24, 2022- 6:00 to 7:00 pm Planning for Success - the PB Role in community development

March 24, 3030-6:00 to 7:00 pm How Appealing- the role of the ZBA in community development

April 28, 2022 – 6:00-7:00 pm Here Comes the Sun – shaping solar and battery storage projects 

May 19, 2022 – 6:00 to 7:00 pm Keep the Grass Green and the Water Clean – SEQR review

June 23, 2022 – 6:00-7:00 pm How it All Fits Together – long-range plans and near-term challenges

July 28, 2022 – 6:00-7:00 pm Ask Us Anything – hot topics in planning, zoning, & community development

September 22, 2022 – 6:00-7:00 pm What Not to Say & What Really Not to Do – avoiding sexual harassment 

October 27, 2022 – 6:00 to 7:00 pm A History Lesson – managing projects with historic significant

December 22, 2022 - 6:00 to 7:00 pm Santa’s Nice and Naughty List – the best and worst of 202

 New York Planning Federation  trainings are free if your municipality is a member.  

Call or e-mail with membership number or to pay and participate as a non-member. 518-512-5270 or email 

Recorded Webinars


Introduction to Planning, Zoning and Land Use

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Preparing a Comprehensive Plan

Understanding and Applying SEQRA (NY State Environmental Quality Review Act)

The What, Why, and How of Site Plan Review

Common Mistakes and Mishaps in Site Plan Review


Enhancing Transparency Effectiveness in Planning Proceedings

Innovations and Best Practices for Planning/Zoning Boards

Engaging Diverse Communities and Dealing with Difficult People

Working with Elected Officials and Understanding Everyone’s Role in Planning

The Open Meetings Law for Zoning and Planning Boards, Part 2

Working with Developers to Foster Investment in the Community

Communication, the Media and Social Media

Open Government and Planning and Zoning Decision Making

The NY Conference of Mayors also offers virtual and recorded webinars for member villages and cities

NYSCOM Annual Convention Sagamore Hotel May 4-6, 2022

NYSCOM Fall Village and City Officials Training School         September 12-16, 2022  Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs

NYSCOM Recorded webinars 

ACCESSING FEDERAL FUNDING FROM FEMA (recorded 7-29-20) | Speakers: Robert T. Kennedy, Mayor of the Village of Freeport and NYCOM President; J. Andrew Martin, CFM, Public Assistance Section Chief, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; Janet Plarr, Village Administrator, Village of Blasdell; and Donna Lyudmer, Village of Saltaire

ADOPTING LOCAL LAWS AND CONDUCTING REFERENDA | (recorded 6-24-21) | Speaker: Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel

ARPA FUNDING: OVERVIEW OF ALLOWABLE USES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS (recorded 8-3-21) | Speakers: Peter Baynes, NYCOM Executive Director and Barbara VanEpps, NYCOM Deputy Executive Director

CELL TOWERS AND WIRELESS REGULATIONS AND A CASE LAW UPDATE (recorded 12-15-20) | Speakers: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel and Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel

CONDUCT MEETINGS NOW AND DOWN THE ROAD: NAVIGATING THE FUTURE OF MEETINGS AND HEARINGS AS COVID NUMBERS DROP (recorded 3-18-21) | Speakers: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel; John Mancini, NYCOM Counsel and Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel

ETHICS FOR ZBA AND PLANNING BOARD PROCEEDINGS (recorded 12-9-21) | Speaker: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel

FAIR HOUSING CONSIDERATIONS FOR MUNICIPALITIES (recorded 12-16-21) | Speakers: Charles Grieco, Bond, Schoeneck & King; Moderator: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel

GRANTS TRAIN IS AT THE STATION: GET READY FOR THE RIDE AHEAD! | (recorded 5-6-21) | Speaker: Jim Thatcher, Manager, Community Development, C.T. Male Associates

LAWYERS AND ETHICS FOR ZBAS AND PLANNING BOARDS (recorded 12-10-20) | Speaker: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel

NEW YORK’S MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS? | (recorded 4-15-21) | Speakers: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel; John Mancini, NYCOM Counsel; Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counsel

PLANNING AND ZONING HOT TOPICS AND CASE LAW UPDATE (recorded 12-14-21) | Speakers: Terry Rice, Partner, Law Office of Terry Rice; Moderator: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel

REGULATING CANNABIS OPERATIONS (recorded 12-7-21) | Speakers: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel; Corey Auerbach, Barclay Damon, LLP

SOLAR PANELS, LARGE SCALE ENERGY GENERATION SITING, AND LOCAL ZONING (recorded 12-17-20) | Speakers: Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel and Rebecca Ruscito, NYCOM Counse