Western Holiday Seminar 2021

Thursday, December 9, 2021 |  RIT Conference Center, Rochester


10:30 - 11:00 am | Registration, Networking, and Coffee
 11:00 - 11:10 am | Welcoming Remarks

11:10 - 12:00 pm | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Public Sector Workplace  
1 CPE - Advisory Services | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in today's workplace is a critical component as we work together to meet today's social and economic challenges.  This session will provide an overview of the evolution of DEI, how it is being implemented in the public sector, and highlight best practices and implementation strategies.

Tracy Archie, Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Erie Community College
Ruben R. McDaniel, III, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)
Kinsey O'Brien, Senior Associate, Hodgson Russ, LLP

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:10 - 2:50 pm | The Cannabis Industry and the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act: Projected Economic Impact and Legal Questions
2 CPE - Specialized Knowledge (Gov't) | 2 GFI Elective Credits

The evolution of cannabis legalization policy in New York will have far-reaching social and economic impacts.  This session features a presentation by Reuben McDaniel, III, CEO of DASNY and recent appointee to the NYS Cannabis Control Board as well as discussion on the legal and financial impacts of the cannabis industry on local governments.

Reuben R. McDaniel, III, Member, NYS Cannabis Control Board
Charles 'Chuck' Malcomb, Partner - Public Authority Practice Co-Leader, Hodgson Russ, LLP
Kinsey O'Brien, Senior Associate, Hodgson Russ, LLP

3:00 - 4:00 pm | Holiday Networking Reception








We are excited to be returning in person! As excited as we are to be back in person, we are also sensitive to the changing environment with respect to COVID-19 and are dedicated to hosting an event that has the best interest of our attendees front of mind. To accomplish this we have updated our attendee policy concerning COVID-19 listed below.

  • NYGFOA is requiring all attendees to be screened on arrival to establish full vaccination status OR a negative test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Vaccination status can be proved by vaccination card or Excelsior Pass. Those who fail to provide either will not be allowed to participate in this seminar.
  • Walk-in registrants must abide by these rules as well.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, NYGFOA requests that masks are worn throughout the day.
  • Masks may be removed while sitting and eating meals.


  • 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. 
  • If you need a hard copy of the registration form, please contact the office. 



  • Cancellation notices must be made in writing and emailed to info@nygfoa.org.
  • Cancellations made up to one week prior to the event, will be refunded the registration fee less an administrative fee of $15.00.
  • 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.
  • Upon registering for this event, you agree to this policy. 
December 9th, 2021 10:30 AM through  4:00 PM
RIT Inn & Conference Center
5257 West Henrietta Road
Henrietta, NY 14467
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fees
Member $ 65.00
Non-Member $ 90.00