Downstate Holiday Seminar 2021

 Registration is closed for this event

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | Travelers Rest, Ossining

8:30 - 9:00 am | Registration 

9:00 - 9:10 am | Welcoming Remarks

9:10 - 10:25 am | Cybersecurity Update - Can't Hide Anymore 

Public sector entities are increasingly the subject of cybersecurity breaches.  This session will cover several pertinent issues on this topic:

  • Current cybersecurity threats
  • Unemployment insurance scams impacting current public sector employees
  • The difficulty in obtaining cyber insurance and the cost of this insurance vs. the coverage provided
  • Are there any reasonably priced IT cyber security solutions in the market

Come, learn the latest, and have your questions answered!

1.5 CPE - Specialized Knowledge (Gov't) | 1.5 GFI Elective Credits

Thomas DeMayo, CPA, Director - IT Audit and Consulting Services, PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP

10:45 - 12:00 pm | From Disaster Preparedness to Disaster Recovery -  It's All in the Plan

Disasters, whether natural or manufactured, appear to be increasing in frequency and scope.  Many public sector entities often seem to be reacting to disasters with little or no preparation or a plan to deal with the longer-term impacts of unexpected events.  This session will illustrate how to develop a comprehensive plan to be better prepared for, deal with, and emerge from the next disaster declaration.

1.5 CPE - Specialized Knowledge (Gov't) | 1.5 GFI Elective Credits

Dennis Delborgo,  Director - Office of Emergency Management, County of Westchester

Daniella Heppard, Public Assistance Infrastructure Branch Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Susan Spear,  Deputy Commissioner - Department of Emergency Services, County of Westchester

Patrick Tuohy,  Emergency Management Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Holiday Networking Luncheon








We are excited to be returning in person! As excited as we are to be back in person, we are also sensitive to the changing environment with respect to COVID-19 and are dedicated to hosting an event that has the best interest of our attendees front of mind. To accomplish this we have updated our attendee policy concerning COVID-19 listed below.

  • NYGFOA is requiring all attendees to be screened on arrival to establish full vaccination status OR a negative test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Vaccination status can be proved by vaccination card or Excelsior Pass. Those who fail to provide either will not be allowed to participate in this seminar.
  • Walk-in registrants must abide by these rules as well.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, NYGFOA requests that masks are worn throughout the day.
  • Masks may be removed while sitting and eating meals.


  • 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. 


  • 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.
  • Upon registering for this event, you agree to this policy. 
December 2nd, 2021 8:30 AM through  1:00 PM
Travelers Rest
25 Saw Mill River Road
Ossining, NY 10562
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fee
Member Rate $ 95.00
Non-Member Rate $ 190.00