As NYSAC President, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell hosted county delegates from across the state at the 2018 Legislative Conference hosted by the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) at the Desmond Hotel in Albany in late January.
“This annual event is an important opportunity for county officials to share best practices, engage with state leaders, and get up to date on the priority issues facing counties,” said Odell. “We come together across party lines, from counties rural and urban, upstate and downstate, and we focus on the needs of our counties. It is a unique opportunity to share ideas, innovative solutions, and best practices.”
Over 700 attendees, including members of the Putnam County Legislature, convened in bipartisan standing committee meetings, training workshops, keynote addresses, and business meetings. The conference also included a special orientation program for newly elected and appointed county officials from across the state.
Over the course of the conference attendees heard from Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, NYS Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, NYS Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith.
The conference also included a meeting of the NYSAC Women’s Leadership Council, which brought together over 50 of New York’s women in county leadership positions.
Odell was also invited to a reception hosted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Governor’s mansion. She had the honor of introducing the governor to the county leaders from throughout New York State.
Photo Caption: Stephen J. Acquario, NYSAC Executive Director, County Executive, MaryEllen Odell & NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli