Training Opportunities

Upcoming Training Opportunities 

NYS Department of State has also posted there fall calendar of in-person training events  

Events in adjacent counties include:

Thursday October 6, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm  Wayne and Seneca counties at Wayne County Public Safety Building in Lyons.  First topic is Intro to Planning & Zoning, 2nd topic is Joint Boards: Options for consolidating review boards, 3rd topic is Short Term Rentals.  Seating limited to 65 people

Monday October 24, 2022 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm Livingston County Highway Conference Room, Mount Morris -topics are walkable communities, aging in place and Joints boards.

Thurs. Nov 3, 2022 from 9-4:30 pm GFLRPC at Del Lago Resort, Waterloo- topics include sign regulations, SEQR basics, and Joint boards.

9 Counties Hosting 5 on-line Clean Energy related trainings It is important that 1 or more staff,  or elected or appointed official from each municipality in Ontario County attend each of these events.

Wednesday  Nov. 2 from 3:00-5:00 p.m- Understanding PV Permitting and Inspecting in NYS

 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Overview of the Model Solar Energy Law

Monday Nov. 14, 2022  from 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Clean Energy and Your Comprehensive Plan

Wednesday Nov. 30  from 3:00-5:00 p.m. - Overview of the Model Battery Energy Storage Law 

from 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Battery Energy Storage for First Responders

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

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 2022

NYS DOS On-Demand Training

 Click Here  NYS DOS On-Demand Trainingto access on-demand training available on the NYSDOS  website. The courses are 1-2 hours each.  You may chose to complete a final quiz on each topic.  Print the quiz to provide documentation of course completion.  You will need to disable your browser's pop up blocker to access links in the training.

 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 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