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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

The Academy for New York State's Local Officials

Previous Webinars

Date Webinar Title Topic Length (HH:MM:SS) Availability Related Resources
2018-10-10 Property Tax Cap Reporting for Local Governments Current Issues Presentation [pdf]
Please join us for a general overview of the Property Tax Cap for Local Governments. Presenters will discuss the Property Tax Cap legislation, highlight common reporting errors and review reporting requirements. They will also demonstrate how to complete the tax cap form using OSC’s online reporting system.
2018-09-20 Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Briefing for Local Governments Reporting 40:50 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us for a general overview of the Fiscal Stress Monitoring System and a discussion of recent System enhancements. This session will provide you with the critical information you need to prepare for the local government public Fiscal score release later in September.
2018-09-10 Property Tax Cap Reporting for Fire Districts Reporting 51:28 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Presenters from the Office of the State Comptroller will discuss the Property Tax Cap legislation, highlight common reporting errors and review reporting requirements. They will also demonstrate how to complete the tax cap form using OSC’s online reporting system.
2018-08-23 Special District Verification Project Current Issues 37:59 On Demand
Town and County CFOs: Please join us for a discussion of the Division of Local Government and School Accountability Special District Verification Project. Today we emailed you the important background and information on this project. In advance of the webinar, please familiarize yourself with the materials if possible. During the webinar, OSC presenters will discuss the project in detail and walk participants through a sample update using the spreadsheet tool we have developed.
2018-08-16 Local Sales Tax - First Half of 2018 - Strong Statewide Growth Current Issues 20:01 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join OSC for a discussion on the local sales tax collections for the first half of 2018, including statewide and regional trends, county and city analysis, and economic factors and influences.
2018-07-31 Accounting and Reporting Update Accounting 37:10 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
GASB Statement 75 changes how local governments account for other post employment benefits (OPEB). This webinar will cover accounting and reporting for OPEB under this new standard. Specifically, we will discuss how the statement will affect local governments and school districts, address reporting changes in the AUD/ST-3, and review sample journal entries for both governmental and proprietary funds.
2018-07-18 Recent OSC Research on Local Infrastructure: Bridges, Dams and Water and Sewer Systems Current Issues 44:41 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Local officials play a significant role in managing infrastructure critical to public health and safety. This presentation highlights recent OSC research on local infrastructure, including bridges, dams, drinking water systems and combined sewer outflows. The presentation will summarize available data on the condition of these systems and discuss how they are regulated. Funding sources and risk management will also be addressed.
2018-06-12 Local Officials Provide First Line of Defense Against Cyberattacks Current Issues 1:03:34 On Demand Cybersecurity
Best Practices [pdf]


Cybersecurity 101 [pdf]
Please join us for a non-technical discussion of these threats and how you can mitigate them. Staff from the Division of Local Government and School Accountability’s Applied Technology Unit and the Center for Internet Security will discuss common cyber security threats and some best practices to protect your system and sensitive information.
2018-06-06 Property Tax Relief Credit Program Reporting 22:34 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Join us for an overview of the Property Tax Relief Credit Program as we discuss the Property Tax Relief Credit legislation, report on new Tax Cap reporting provisions and demonstrate filing the Tax Cap Compliance form using OSC’s Online Services system.
2018-05-30 Getting Municipal Data Using OpenBookNewYork.com Current Issues 31:09 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Ever wonder what your expenditure levels were 10 years ago or how much fund balance the neighboring town has maintained? Join us for a walkthrough of OpenBookNewYork.com and how to get municipal data for your own analysis. We will discuss the various data output options and potential uses of the data.
2018-05-23 Tax Data Verification for Towns and Cities Reporting 26:35 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Learn more about OSC’s new online Tax Data Verification (TDV) form, which completes the transition from MA-144 forms to a web-based TDV application. OSC staff will discuss how the reporting requirement works and walk participants through the TDV application in OSC’s Online Services portal. Local officials who provide OSC with TDV information for town and county purposes, whether that's a pdf of a tax roll or all TDV interactions for their municipality, are invited.
2018-04-10 Property Tax Cap Reporting - Villages Reporting 37:36 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
This webinar will provide an overview of the Property Tax Cap for villages. Presenters from the Office of the State Comptroller will discuss the Property Tax Cap legislation, highlight common reporting errors and review reporting requirements. They will also demonstrate the updated online reporting system.
2018-04-04 Managing Travel and Conference Expenses Policies 1:07:58 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
We will discuss responsibilities of the governing board, managers and employees in ensuring travel and conference expenses are properly approved and in the best interest of the local government or school district.
2018-03-14 Constitutional Tax Limit - Reporting Requirements Reporting 42:19 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us for an overview of reporting requirements, discuss some common reporting errors and provide a walkthrough of our online reporting system.
2018-02-21 New Tax Data Verification Application Reporting 35:05 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
OSC Presenters will focus on the new filing process and provide a demonstration of the new Tax Data Verification application in our Online Services portal.
2018-02-15 Local Sales Tax Growth in 2017 Current Issues 18:52 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us for an overview of the recently released 2017 local sales tax collections report. We will cover statewide and regional trends, sales tax influences and outlooks, and collections for counties and cities.
2018-02-06 Property Tax Cap Reporting - School Districts Reporting 46:52 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us as we provide an overview of the Property Tax Cap Program for School Districts. Presenters will discuss the Property Tax Cap Legislation, highlight some common reporting errors and review reporting requirements. We will also demonstrate the updated online reporting system.
2018-01-29 Accounting for an Enterprise Fund Accounting 24:27 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us as we go through the basics of using and accounting for enterprise funds. We will address accounting considerations, go through a few sample entries and wrap up with common issues.
2018-01-18 Reporting Requirements Reporting 42:04 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us as we provide an overview of the reporting requirements for your local government or fire district. We will review the basic internal reports that should be provided to the governing board, as well as some optional reports the board may request.
2017-12-12 Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Briefing for School District Officials Reporting 23:32 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
This session will provide you with a general overview of the System, a dscussion of recently announced enhancements and the critical information you need to prepare for the school district public score release in January.
2017-12-07 Just Elected - What Do You Do Now? Current Issues 1:57:31 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
To help ease your transition, the Office of the State Comptroller and the Association of Towns invite all newly elected and continuing town officials throughout the State to participate in a live webinar. Our goal is to help you start off on the right track.
2017-11-16 Justice Court Fund Back to Basics Current Issues 46:58 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
This session will help you minimize errors in your financial records and monthly reports, and facilitate a smooth and accurate transition when changes in Justices occur.
2017-10-31 Appropriated Fund Balance Budgeting 1:00:21 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us in a discussion about appropriating fund balance and learn best practices if appropriated fund balance is used in your budget.
2017-10-12 Property Tax Cap for Local Governments Reporting 53:26 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us for an informative discussion of the Property Tax Cap legislation. Staff will highlight common reporting errors and provide a walk-through of the updated tax cap form.
2017-09-13 Property Tax Cap - Fire Districts Reporting 50:13 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Presenters will highlight common tax cap reporting errors and provide a demo of the updated tax cap form for fire district officials.
2017-09-12 Fiscal Stress Monitoring: A Briefing for Counties, Cities, Towns and Villages (Calendar Year Filers) Reporting 32:09 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Presenters will discuss what scores do and do not mean, assumptions filers should avoid and how local officials should prepare for questions they may receive from the public.
2017-09-06 PARIS Improvements! Reporting 26:23 On Demand Contact Information [pdf]
Staff will demonstrate the new look and feel of the Public Authorities Reporting Information System prior to its September release.
2017-08-30 Agency Funds Accounting 36:09 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Presenters will discuss the various purposes of agency funds, go over sample journal entries and wrap up the session with common findings.
2017-08-03 Federal Aid Reported By Local Governments Current Issues 13:54 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Presenters will discuss the types of federal aid, recent trends and explain some of the data behind federal aid numbers.
2017-07-20 Proper Use of Encumbrances Accounting 31:56 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Participants will learn about encumbrances and when they should be used.
2017-06-20 Improving the Effectiveness of Claims Processing Internal Controls 32:12 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Local government and school district officials will learn to establish an effective and efficient claims processing system.
2017-06-02 Fiscal Responsibilities of the Town Clerk Internal Controls 55:44 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
OSC staff will discuss the collecting and depositing of money, the disbursement of money, maintaining adequate accounting records and reporting responsibilities.
2017-05-18 Multiyear Planning Budgeting 43:12 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
OSC will discuss the key elements of an effective multiyear plan and ways to help identify and manage potential fiscal difficulties.
2017-04-20 Interfund Loans Accounting 42:43 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
OSC staff will explain how interfund loans work and provide examples of situations in governmental accounting when they may be necessary.
2017-02-15 Local Sales Taxes - 2016 Annual and Longer-Term Trends Current Issues 50:09 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Join OSC for a discussion on the local sales tax and sales tax collection in 2016.
2017-01-31 Training, Data, and Publications – Overview of Resources Provided by the Office of the State Comptroller Current Issues 28:44 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Please join us as we provide a walk-through of the OSC website and discuss the resources and upcoming training opportunities we provide.
2016-12-15 Annual Update Document Common Reporting Errors Reporting 34:26 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Panelists will discuss annual financial reporting requirements for local governments.
2016-12-14 Justice Court Fund Reporting: Refund and Adjustment Processes and Requirements for Town and Village Justice Courts Reporting 53:23 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Learn how to save time and effort and minimize errors on monthly reports.
2016-11-16 Developing an Effective Fund Balance Policy Policies 56:37 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Join us as we explain the components of fund balance, factors to consider when determining a reasonable amount of fund balance, and the need for an effective fund balance policy.
2016-06-21 What to Expect from an OSC Audit Internal Controls 52:39 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
This session will familiarize you with the entire audit process from its early stages to final report. Learn what the auditors are looking for, the professional standards they follow, and your role in the process.
2016-05-25 Capital Planning Budgeting 49:29 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Participants will learn how to develop a capital plan and how to use an OSC capital planning template.
2016-04-27 Fraud Prevention and Detection Fraud 1:25:11 On Demand Presentation [pdf]
Presenters will identify steps local officials can take to help detect and prevent fraud and abuse. Participants will learn about the "fraud triangle," which consists of common "red flags," organizational vulnerabilities to fraud and how to minimize risks.