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Downstate Holiday Seminar 2023

 Registration is closed for this event

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome. 


Wednesday December 13, 2023 | Travelers Rest, Ossining

9:00 - 9:30 am | Registration  

9:30 - 9:40 am | Welcoming Remarks

9:40 - 10:30 am |  The Inflation Reduction Act and its Impacts on the Local Government Role in Renewable Energy Generation

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is making it easier for local governments to undertake and finance renewable energy projects.  Learn more about the financing options available and how New York municipalities can benefit.  

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge   | 1 GFI Elective Credit


Carlos Desmaras, Executive Director, Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

10:40 to 11:30 AM  |  Trends in Employee Benefits and Local Government Budgets

When planning for employee benefit costs, health insurance is first on the list.  But how about the entire employee benefit package?  As costs in the general economy continue to rise, what other cost factors should finance officials be examining when assessing personel costs?  This session will look at the larger picture of employee benefit trends and how they can impact your entity's budget.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge  | 1 GFI Elective Credit


Michael L. Frank, ASA, FCA, MAAA, Managing Director and Actuary, Risk Strategies

11:40 am to 12:30 pm  | Governmental Accounting Software Roundtable - Challenges and Best Practices

This entirely interactive session features discussions on a topic close to most (if not all) government finance officers - governmental accounting software.  Small groups will discuss the types of software utilized in their entity, the pros and cons of the systems used, and a sharing of best practices when choosing, implementing, and upgrading accounting software systems.  Facilitators from the small groups will share what was discussed with everyone.   

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge  | 1 GFI Elective Credits

12:30 - 2:00 pm | Networking Luncheon



  • Upon registering for this event, you agree to the below policies. 


  • Payment should be made in advance or brought with you to the seminar.
  • Pre-registration is preferred.
  • On-site registrations are accepted; however, there will be an additional fee of $10.00. 
  • If you need a hard copy of the registration form, please contact the office. 


  • CPE and GFI credit can be earned by verified attendees of the Seminar. 


  • Cancellation notices must be made in writing and emailed to
  • Cancellations made up to one week prior to the event, will be refunded the registration fee less an administrative fee of $15.00.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than one week before the event; the registrant is liable for the full amount of registration.
  • No Shows are liable for all registration fees. 

Recording & Use of Photography Policy:

  • By registering for this seminar, you give NYGFOA the right to publish and distribute photos and/or videos taken of you during the program.

Personal Information Policy:

  • NYGFOA may collect, store, or transmit your personal identifiable information such as name, address, contact information, preferences, demographic information, as well as any hotel or travel requests you provide us. This information is necessary for the facilitation of registration services for you. This information may be shared with other 3rd parties such as travel or lodging providers.

ADA Policy:

  • If you require special accessibility or accommodations please email Mandie at
December 13th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to  2:00 PM
Travelers Rest
25 Saw Mill River Road
Ossining, NY 10562
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fee
Member Rate $100.00
Non-Member Rate $200.00