The Government Finance Institute (GFI) offers a unique opportunity to gain a well-rounded working knowledge of the core functional areas of government finance at a cost-conscious price. It is a comprehensive, two-level professional development program providing a series of in-depth workshops and forums at both a foundation (basic) and advanced level.  The program was created by some of NYGFOA’s most experienced government finance professionals from both the public and private sectors. 


GFI Enrollees who complete the requirements of each level will be formally recognized for their commitment to professional excellence.  Each graduate will receive a Certificate of Professional Development (for each level completed) and recognition at the NYGFOA Annual Conference during the annual graduation ceremony.  For those who cannot attend the Annual Conference, the certificate presentation can be made at a regional event of the graduates’ choosing. Graduates may also opt for acknowledgment of their completion to be disseminated to desired media outlets and/or supervisors.  

 

Congratulations to our 2020 GFI Graduates

 

 Group 1

Foundations GFI Virtual Graduation | January 7, 2021

 Group 1 ADV

Advanced GFI Virtual Graduation | January 14, 2021

Foundations Graduates:             

Laura Arena, Account Clerk, Town of Southold

Peg Beaulieu, Senior Account Clerk, Town of Victor

Amanda Blum, Assistant Business Manager, Jericho Water District

Sandra Bullock, Treasurer, Village of Croton-on-Hudson

Patricia-Jo Caruso, Accountant, Town of Huntington

Stefani DiBuono CPA, Director of Program Development & Grant Accounting, County of Westchester

Giovanna DiFiore CPA, Business Manager, Port Washington Water Pollution Control District

John Forte CPA, Director of Fiscal Services, County of Dutchess

Jeremy Goldstein, Director of Finance, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority

Kimberly Gutwein, Treasurer, Village of Larchmont

Rachel Jacobs CMFO, Comptroller, City of Auburn

Maureen Jerackas, Clerk-Treasurer, Village of East Aurora

Danielle Kruger, Treasurer, Village of Spencerport

Gina Langowsky, Clerk/Treasurer, Village of Wurtsboro

Gennelle MacNeil, Deputy Comptroller, Town of Yorktown

Frank Magneri MPA, Deputy Treasurer, Village of Dobbs Ferry

Robin McMillen, Chief Accountant, County of Oswego

Isabella Miller, Vice President, Capital One

Jon Natale CPA, Budget Analyst, Town of Greece

Margaret O'Keefe CMC, RMC, Village Administrator/Clerk, Village of Head of the Harbor

Angela O'Neill, Treasurer, Village of Chester

Amanda Quinlivan, Treasurer, Village of Coxsackie

Bill Rothaar CPA, Financial Administrator, Town of Riverhead

Courtney Rutt Rosenblatt, Village Auditor, Incorporated Village of Garden City

Marcus Serrano, Administrator, Village of Buchanan

Theresa Smith, DPW Accountant, County of Dutchess

John Snow, Jr., Budget Officer and Town Supervisor, Town of Granby

Abbas Sura, Director of Finance, Town of North Castle

Apryl Troutman, Treasurer, Village of Lakewood

Cesar Vargas, First Deputy Commissioner of Finance, County of Westchester

Maureen Wiedersum, Deputy Treasurer, Village of Head of the Harbor

Marilyn Yerks, Chief Financial Officer, THINK DUTCHESS

Michele Zagorski, Treasurer, Roosevelt Fire District

 

Advanced Graduates

Barbara Eannazzo, Treasurer, Village of Elmsford

Sherri Foley, Payroll Clerk, Town of Ogden

Jennifer Furman, Treasurer, County of Chemung

Jean Gallucci, Comptroller, Town of New Paltz

Kieya Glaze, Deputy Treasurer, Village of Pelham

Jeremy Goldstein, Director of Finance, Rockland Co Solid Waste Mgmt Authority

Rachel Jacobs CMFO, Comptroller, City of Auburn

Liz Janocha, Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Mgmt Services, City of Yonkers

Maureen Jerackas RMC, CMFO, Clerk-Treasurer, Village of East Aurora

Barb Kapperman CPA

Jill Lemke CPA, JKL Municipal Accounting Solutions, LLC

Gennelle MacNeil, Deputy Comptroller, Town of Yorktown

Karen McLaughlin CMFO, Treasurer, Village of Rhinebeck

Paula Parker, Director of Finance, Town of Brighton

CJ Rioux CPA, Deputy Commissioner of FinanceCounty of Ulster

Patty Robcke CPA, Comptroller, Town of Cortlandt

Ann Scaglione CPA, Treasurer, Village of Scarsdale


                                                                               

The GFI Program is open to both NYGFOA members and non-members.  GFI is also open to interested individuals from the private sector who desire to improve their overall understanding of their clients’ world.  

GFI Brochure and Enrollment Form

Complete the Enrollment Form and mail it along with your one-time $50 enrollment fee to the NYGFOA office.

 

Upcoming GFI Programs

Stay tuned!  The 2021 GFI schedule has not yet been announced.


Foundations Level 

This program is designed for:

  • Individuals (public or private sector) who are new to government finance
  • Individuals interested in learning about core functional areas of government finance
  • Individuals seeking to refresh their understanding of the fundamentals
  • Individuals wishing to demonstrate their commitment to professional excellence

To complete the Foundations Level you must complete the requirements within 3 years of program matriculation.

Foundations Requirements

  • Accounting & Financial Reporting (12 CPE)
  • Budgeting (4 CPE)
  • Cash Management (4 CPE)
  • Internal Control On-Demand Webinar (3 CPE)
  • 9 GFI elective credits

Foundations Electives


The 9 required elective credits can be earned by choosing from a number of sessions (based on a minimum 50-minute program) which are offered through various ongoing educational programs conducted by NYGFOA, including the Annual Conference, regional training seminars, and webinars.


 Advanced Level 

This program is designed for:

  • Individuals (public or private sector) who have completed the Foundations Level
  • Individuals who are seeking continuous learning challenges
  • Individuals interested in exploring other functions of government finance not directly related to their daily responsibilities

To enter the Advanced Level, participants must have successfully completed the Foundations Level. To complete the Advanced Level you must complete the requirements within 3 years of program matriculation.

Advanced Requirements

  • Accounting (7.5 CPE)
  • Accounting (7.5 CPE)
  • Financial Reporting (7.5 CPE)
  • Debt Management (7 CPE)
  • Cash Management Best Practices (4 CPE)
  • Budgeting Best Practices (4 CPE)
  • Internal Control (Best Practices) On-Demand Webinar (3 CPE)
  • Ethics (CPE based on NYSED regulations)
  • 12 GFI elective credits

Advanced Electives


The 12 required elective credits can be earned by choosing from a number of sessions (based on a minimum 50-minute program) which are offered through various ongoing educational programs conducted by NYGFOA, including the Annual Conference, regional training seminars, and webinars.