2019 Fall Conference and Registration

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Conference: October 17 – October 18, 2019
Resorts World Catskills Hotel
888 Resorts World Drive
Monticello, NY 12701

Our 2019 Fall Conference will be devoted to the increasingly complex legal and practical issues the PHAs face in dealing with their tenants and employees. We will have sessions on the New York State Housing Stability and Protection Act, Sexual Harassment, Multi-Faceted approaches to dealing with the Bed Bugs issue, and the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. These sessions will be informative and interactive, bring your burning questions to the Catskills October 18.

The registration fee includes the networking reception on Thursday, October 17 as well as continental breakfast and lunch on Friday, October 18. All other meals are on your own.

Advance registration is necessary.

All refunds for cancellation will include a 25% administration fee.

Conference Agenda

  • Thursday, October 17, 2019

    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Fall Networking Reception (All conference attendees are invited)

  • Friday, October 18

    7:30 am – 8:15 am


    8:15 am – 9:15 am

    Continental Breakfast and Sponsors/Vendor Visit

    9:15 am – 9:30 am

    Welcome & Opening Remarks by NYSPHADA President, Bill Simmons

    9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    Morning Sessions (approximately 60 minutes each)

    • NYS Tenant/Landlord Law
      The Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 and its Impact on Landlord-Tenant Proceedings
      On June 14, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019, which significantly changed the law as it relates to landlord-tenant proceedings. In this presentation, Amy Rhinehardt, an attorney from Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, will discuss the differences between the new laws and the old, such as changes to timeframes for rent demands and notices for late rent, changes in notice requirements, mandatory adjournments, penalties for unlawful evictions and much more.
    • Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
      On August 12, 2019, Governor signed legislation that will have a profound impact on the litigation of sexual harassment claims filed with the Division of Human Rights and in court. As a result of this legislation, it is more important than ever for employers in New York to focus their efforts on preventing and effectively addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. This presentation by Suba Viswanathan, an attorney from Bond, Schoeneck & King, will cover the legal requirements and best practices for promulgating sexual harassment policies, training of employees, investigating internal complaints, and taking corrective action against employees who engage in sexual harassment.
    12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

    Lunch & Sponsors/Vendor Visit

    1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    Afternoon Sessions (approximately 60 minutes each)

    • Getting to compliance and beyond in an evolving energy landscape by NYSERDA
      A number of pivotal pieces of climate change legislation have recently passed in New York State triggering potentially new requirements for public housing. At the state level, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, signed into law July 18, 2019, codifies that New York State reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050. In New York City, Local Law 97, signed into law on May 18, 2019, requires that any building above 25,000 sf must either meet a greenhouse gas emissions cap by 2024 and 2030 or, if the building qualifies as affordable housing, it must implement a set of prescriptive measures. These laws herald New York as a leader in climate legislation, but also mean a new set of compliance issues for multifamily buildings. In order to comply with these laws, multifamily building owners will need to implement energy saving measures. Public Housing Authority Directors are not without support. NYSERDA has a toolkit of program opportunities that can facilitate compliance with these laws. From real time energy management to comprehensive energy upgrades, these programs could be utilized by a wide variety of building types and have varying incentive levels. Many of them can also be combined with other incentive programs executed through utilities and the Weatherization Assistance Program. The implemented energy saving measures could reduce operational expenses freeing up capital to be used elsewhere, yield greater tenant comfort, and improve the resiliency of the building stock. In this session, you will become familiar with the recent laws, learn about compliance requirements, and the resources NYSERDA offers to get you to compliance and beyond.
    • Approaches to dealing with Bed Bugs (TBD)
    3:30 PM

    Door Prize Drawing