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Northeast Summer Seminar 2023

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome. 


Friday August 11, 2023 | Fort William Henry Conference Center, Lake George

9:30 - 10:00 am | Registration 

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

Michael Cohen, CPA, Comptroller, Town of Bethlehem and NYGFOA Northeast Region Council Chair

10:10 am - 11:00 am | GASB Update on Leases (Stmt. 87) and SBITAs (Stmt. 96) 

Implementing the GASB standards on accounting and financial reporting for Leases and Subscription-Based Information Technology Arrangements can be complex and challenging.  This session will highlight what you need to focus on with regard to implementing the standards and answer your questions.  

1 CPE Accounting | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Tim Doyle, CPA, Partner, Bonadio & Co., LLP

11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Financial Transparency Best Practices

Context is key when it comes to being transparent with citizens. They want to know how their tax dollars are being spent, and sharing complex financial
documents with them doesn’t help. To truly be transparent, information needs to be easy to access and understand, for every resident, including those who need ADA-optimized content.  This session will provide a series of best practices and recommendations on how your entity can be more financially transparent.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge  | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Robert Battaglia, Senior Market Development Executive, ClearGov 

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

1:10 pm - 2:00 pm | Understanding Arbitrage Rebate

Rising interest rate yields on municipal investments are heightening the need for government finance officers to be more sensitive to arbitrage rebate pertaining to returns on the investment of idle bond proceeds.  As markets have not been in this position for years, this is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge of the arbitrage rebate rules and regulations to be aware of, and prevent the incurrence of interest penalties on the investment returns of your entity's idle bond proceeds.    

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge  | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Christopher C. Canada, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP

A. Joseph Scott, III, Partner, Hodgson Russ, LLP

2:10 pm - 3:00 pm | Investing and Protecting Public Funds

This session is designed to help local officials understand procedures and policies used to control and account for cash. Presenters will discuss the following: principles and statutes, depositing public funds, securing deposits, investment policies, cash controls and reporting, and cash flow forecasting.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge  | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Leslie Richard, CPA, Auditor 2, OSC Division of Local Government and School Accountability

Sarah Driscoll, Auditor 1, OSC Division of Local Government and School Accoutability

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Reception

Agenda Subject to Change



  • 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. 
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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.
  • No Shows are liable for all registration fees. 

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August 11th, 2023 from  9:30 AM to  4:00 PM
Fort William Henry Conference Center
48 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fee
Member $95.00
Non-Member $190.00