2019 Spring Conference and Registration

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Conference: May 1 – May 2, 2019
Turning Stone Resort Casino
5218 Patrick Rd
Verona, NY 13478

NYSPHADA is planning several timely sessions for the 27th Annual Spring Conference, May 1- 2. The conference will feature four tracks that include RAD, Section 8 practices, Commissioners Essentials, and Policies. You will not want to miss this premiere conference for housing professionals in the tri-state region. Register below

To Our Exhibitors and Sponsors

On behalf of NYSPHADA, I invite you to participate as an exhibitor and/or sponsor in the 2019 Annual Spring Conference held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York from April 30 – May 2.

At the 2019 Annual Spring Conference you will have the opportunity to market and showcase your goods and services to over seventy-five New York State housing authorities. This is the premiere conference to reach professionals who make the purchasing decisions for housing authorities across the state.  This is a cost-effective method of communicating directly with Executive Directors, Staffers and Board Members from New York State housing authorities as well as representatives from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

NYSPHADA will assist you with your networking efforts by providing you with a high value booth package at a low cost. Our staff is eager to assist you to make this show a success for everyone.

If you have any questions about the conference, sponsoring or exhibiting please contact Stephanie White, Director of Events, at 202-246-8296 or email .

All vendors are required to register and make payment online (below).


William Simmons
Executive Director-Syracuse Housing Authority
President – NYS Public Housing Authority Directors Association

Conference Overview

Agenda by Tracks

Exhibitor Kit

Conference Agenda

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2019

    12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Exhibitor Set-up

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

    7:30 am – 8:30 am

    Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

    9:45 am – 10:15 am

    Visit with Vendor

    9:45 am – 7:30 pm

    Exhibit Hall Open

    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

    Attendee and Exhibitor Reception

  • Thursday, May 2, 2019

    7:30 am – 8:30 am

    Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

    8:30 am – 9:00 am

    Visit with Vendors

    9:00 am – noon

    Exhibit Hall Open

    12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Exhibitor Removal

  • Breakout Session Descriptions

    Commissioner Essentials Track (CE)
    Key Policies for Board Members

    MaryAnn Russ
    This session for commissioners will answer your burning policy question. Why we have policies, how policies are adopted and amended, what policies are required by State Law and Federal Regulations, pet policy vs assistance animals, and so many more.

    Understanding Financial for Commissioners

    Brian Alten, BDO
    This session for Commissioners will include a review of fundamental financial terms and concepts and an examination of financial reports. The session will analyze sample monthly budget versus actual statements via case study to inspect different reporting formats and determine their impact on the bottom line. Attendees will learn to identify and isolate important variances and learn which occasions may require further investigation.

    The Role of the Board in Repositioning Housing

    Mark Lukens, MBA, Capatus
    Mark Hamilton, PHM, C3P, MST, Capatus
    This session for Commissioners will include a brief history of public housing and provide a foundation for understanding the necessity for housing authorities to investigate repositioning, the options available and explore some of the items Commissioners should be aware of regarding the repositioning process.

    Policy Track (P)
    Financial Update

    Brian Alten, BDO
    This session for all staff members and EDs will discuss the latest on LIPH cash management, and if time permits, implementation of the use of Operating Subsidy for approved capital fund activities (HOTMA).

    Fair Housing and Disability Rights Part 1 and 2

    MaryAnn Russ
    This in-depth session led by MaryAnn Russ will provide housing professionals with a working background in the requirements of the Fair Housing Act and other important civil rights statutes that pertain to Fair Housing compliance. She will discuss how PHAs get in trouble with Civil Rights Laws, reasonable accommodations, administrative accommodations, assistance animals and much more.

    Section 8 Track (S8)
    HCV Regulatory Update

    Samantha Sowards, Nan McKay
    This session geared for Section 8 professionals will update attendees in Small Area FMRs, HOTMA changes, criminal background checks, and streamlined verification.

    Maximizing Utilization in the HCV Program

    Michael Petro, Nan McKay
    This session led by Mike Petro will help Section 8 professionals understand utilization from the finance department perspective.

    Securing your Data

    Integrated Systems
    This session will deal with the safety of your data in the changing cyber world we live in. Are you using the cloud for storage of your data? Learn how to ensure the system you are using is safe and your data is secure.

    RAD Track (RAD)
    Beginning Stages of RAD – Do or Don’t

    Mack Carter, White Plains HA
    Jason Sackett, Hornell HA
    This session led by Executive Directors and their RAD consultants will walk you through the beginning stages of RAD and will give insights into your decision making. Is it right for your agency.

    Putting a Deal Together with Extensive Renovations

    Andy Tyman, Geneva HA
    Bruce Levine, 3d Development Group
    Jeremy Root, Attorney, Cannon Heyman & Weiss
    This case study will discuss Geneva Housing Authority’s conversion to PBRA with renovations, LIHTC, historic tax credits, bond financing, PH Preservation Funding, Use of Not-For-Profit Affiliates, and Limited Partnerships.

    Smaller RAD Deals Using PBV and Limited or No Renovations

    Kathie Soroka, Nixon Peabody
    Michael Tonovitz, CVR
    This panel will discuss the key steps in the RAD process and key questions for PHAs to consider, including assembling a project team, completing the RAD Capital Needs Assessment, addressing critical repairs, and employing potential funding sources. It will also address ownership issues and key operational matters that must be considered in the transition to Section 8. Actual experiences and best practices from similar conversions will be shared.

    Top 10 Tips for Managing a Successful RAD PBV Program

    Michael Petro, Nan McKay
    Samantha Sowards, Nan McKay
    The last session in the RAD track will provide tips on how to successfully manage a RAD PBV conversion from both the property compliance and financial perspectives.

    All Attendees (All)
    Discipline and Discharge of Housing Authority Employees

    Suba Viswanathan, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
    This session for all attendees will discuss the Civil Service Law, collective bargaining agreement provisions, preparing for hearings and arbitration, as well as negotiating disciplinary agreements. Come learn the correct way to discipline or discharge an employee.

    Legislative Update

    Tim Kaiser, PHADA

    *Agenda items and times are subject to change