January 2011 Monthly Announcements


1. Tug Hill Commission Local Government Conference - Registration information has been mailed to local officials for the Tug Hill Commission's 22nd Annual Local Government Conference on Thursday, March 31, at JCC, Watertown.  The keynote speaker will be Jay Rifenbary who will be speaking on a very timely topic, An Ethical Approach Toward Public Service. Mr. Rifenbary spoke at the conference 10 years ago and was very well received. Two courses from the NYS Comptroller's Office will focus on the fiscal and auditing responsibilities by town and village board members. There is wide variety of courses for all elected and appointed officials. The course for assessors will be for continuing education credits.  Certificates of attendance will be available at the end of the conference. When sending in your registration forms, please mark the registration form in the lower left corner for the courses you would like to take.  Also please mark your lunch choice.  This helps in planning for enough seating and adequate handouts available for each session. Early registration fee is $50 and must be postmarked by 3/9/2010, registration is $75 if postmarked by 3/16/2010 and if you pay at the door, the fee is $100.  If you have any newly elected or appointed officials, please provide the NOCCOG circuit riders contact information so these new officials will receive future mailings.


2.  LGRMIF Grants -   Application guidelines and instructions for 2010 New York State Archives Grant are now available online at

There are some changes -

              Grant applications for this year will have to be filed electronically except for a few specified parts of the grant that need signatures.

            The RMO for each municipality will need a user name and password the first time you log into the system.  If you have applied for a grant in the last three years, this information should have been received electronically by your Clerk/Records Management Officer.


Also please note that all the support staff positions in all the NYS Archives regional offices were targeted for mandatory state layoffs.  Denise Russo from the regional office in Utica is no longer in that office affective December 31, 2010.  The best method to reach Kent Stuetz with any questions is via email at or cell phone 315-542-5909.  The Utica office is still open and Kent will be calling to check for messages.

NOCCOG will not be submitting a records management grant this year since there are two historical grants currently underway.


 3.  DEC Forestry Grants-   The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is making grants available to support urban forestry projects across the state. The Urban and Community Forestry grants will enhance New York's landscapes with healthy trees and provide numerous environmental, health and economic benefits. Due February 10, 2011, eligible projects include tree inventories and management plans, tree and shrub planting and maintenance, and green infrastructure projects such as green roofs and rain gardens. Applicants can include municipalities, public benefit corporations, public authorities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations that have a public ownership interest in the property or are acting on behalf of a public property owner. Grants, provided through the state's Environmental Protection Fund, will range from $2,500 to $62,500 depending on municipal population, with a 50/50 match requirement. Additionally, $1,000 "Quick Start Arbor Day" grants - with no match requirement - will be available to help communities generate support for a tree program with an Arbor Day celebration. Department of Environmental Conservation foresters are available to provide applicants with technical assistance (see contact information below). Conservation staff will review the completed grant applications and choose recipients based on established rating criteria. Proposals will be evaluated on their cost effectiveness, projected benefits, use of recommended standards in implementation, community outreach, education, and support, and regional impact. Applicants may obtain all necessary instructions and forms on the DEC website. Grant applications must be postmarked by Feb. 10, 2011, and sent to: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Urban Forestry, Division of Lands and Forests, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4253. For more information, call DEC at (518) 402-9425.                                                                                                                               Please let us know ASAP if you would assistance in completing a grant application.


4. NOCCOG Yearly Dues Vouches - The vouchers for the $550 yearly dues were mailed to supervisor & mayors the first week of January.  We greatly appreciate the support and participation of our municipal members, especially during these difficult economic times.


5. NOCCOG Executive Board - The five member NOCCOG Executive Board meets quarterly during the year.  The first meeting of the year will be Thursday, January 13 @ 4:30 in Rome at Jervis Library.  If you would like to see a topic discussed or added to the agenda, please contact Gerry Ritter at 392-2260 or or you can contact a NOCCOG Board member.


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