Downstate Holiday Seminar 2022

Thursday December 15th, 2022 | The Women's Club, White Plains 

9:00 - 9:30 am | Registration  

9:30 - 9:40 am | Welcoming Remarks

9:40 am - 10:30 am |  ESG Reporting and Your Government Entity 

Governmental entities are increasingly being asked to disclose their efforts in the area of environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.  How does a local government report on ESG?  Are there guidelines to follow?  What assistance is available?  Learn the answers and more at this session.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge (Gov't)  | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Elizabeth Gousse Ballotte, Principal, PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP

10:40 am to 11:30 AM  | Auction Options for Municipal Bonds

Do you know the difference between a closed auction and open auction when your entity issues municipal bonds?  Learn the differences, how they work and proposals before the State Legislature to expand open auctions to more bond issuers.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge (Gov't) | 1 GFI Elective Credit

John McCarthy, Executive Director, Grant Street Group

11:40 am to 12:30 pm  | Cannabis in New York - An Update

As we come closer to the beginning of legal sales of recreational cannabis in New York, what do local government officials need to know?  Learn about the latest rules and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries, and have your questions answered.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge (Gov't)  | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Douglas E. Gerhardt, Partner, Harris Beach, PLLC

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm | Networking Luncheon



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  • Payment should be made in advance or brought with you to the seminar.
  • Pre-registration is preferred.
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  • CPE and GFI credit can be earned by verified attendees of the Seminar. 


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  • 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.
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December 15th, 2022 9:00 AM through  2:00 PM
The Women's Club of White Plains
305 Ridgeway
White Plains, NY 10605
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fee
Member Rate $95.00
Non-Member Rate $95.00