Western Holiday Seminar 2019

Online Registration for this Seminar is Closed. Please call the office to register. Walk in's are welcome. 

December 5, 2019 |  The Buffalo Club, Buffalo

10:30 am - 11:00 am | Registration, Networking, and Coffee


11:00 am - 11:10 am | Welcoming Remarks


11:10 am - 12:00 pm | The Municipal Bond Market: A Credit Rating Agency's Perspectives 

1 CPE - GSK | 1 GFI Elective Credit

  • Regional news and trends impacting municipal credit ratings.
  • Which factors are currently receiving the greatest weight when assigning a rating to a government entity's debt.
  • Update on changes to the general obligations rating process and methodology.

Robert Weber, Vice President/Senior Analyst, Moody's Investors Service

Susanne Siebel, Associate Lead Analyst, Moody's Investors Service


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch


1:10 pm - 2:00 pm | 2020 Economic Forecast

1 CPE - Advisory Services | 1 GFI Elective Credit

  • Employment forecast for Western New York.
  • The direction of interest rates for the region and nation.
  • Current economic trends which could impact tax revenues.

Edward Hutton, CFA, Associate Professor of Finance, Niagara University


2:10 pm to 3:00 pm | Hemp Legalization: Potential Impacts and Issues for Local Governments   

1 CPE – GSK | 1 GFI Elective Credit 

  • The current status of initiatives in New York to expand the hemp and cannabis industry in New York.
  • Potential legal concerns and challenges for local governments in New York if initiatives expanding the hemp industry are approved.
  • The experience of other states and local governments which have expanded production of and legalized the purchase and use of hemp and hemp by-products
  • How tax revenues from legalized hemp have materialized

Mitchell J. Pawluk, Member - Cannabis Industry Team, Harris Beach, PLLC


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Holiday Reception   


We are very excited to be going to the Buffalo Club for our holiday seminar this year. Please note that there is a formal attire dress code. (Men:  jacket and tie with collared dress shirts beneath their jackets. Tee shirts, golf shirts, and turtlenecks or untucked shirttails are not permitted. Women: business suits, dresses, skirt and blouse combinations or tailored pants suits)

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  • Payment should be made in advance or brought with you to the seminar
  • Pre-registration is highly preferred
  • On-site registrations are accepted; however, there will be an additional fee of $10.00



  • Cancellation notices must be made in writing and may be emailed to info@nygfoa.org
  • Cancellations made up to one week prior to the event will be refunded the registration fee, less an administrative charge 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
  • Upon registering for this event, you agree to this policy


December 5th, 2019 10:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
Buffalo Club
388 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
United States
Seminar Fee
Seminar Fees
Member $ 55.00
Non-Member $ 75.00