State Comptroller has launched a new Academy For Local Government Officials
The Academy, operated by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government and School Accountability, increases the number of classroom training sessions and web-based seminars offered on a wide range of topics, including governmental accounting, fiscal responsibilities, board oversight, cybersecurity and policy development.
The Academy provides in-person and online training opportunities, including accounting schools, regional seminars and monthly webinars. There are also interactive training segments aimed at newly elected local officials, such as supervisors, clerks, board members, highway superintendents, attorneys and other fiscal personnel. These sessions will help individuals learn more about open meetings laws, conflicts of interest, financial reporting and requirements of the Freedom of Information Law.
The Comptroller’s office also regularly produces technical advisory bulletins and publications that address a variety of topics that are vital to understanding and managing local governments’ interests.
In 2014, more than 10,000 local officials received training through the Comptroller’s efforts.
To find out more about the Academy for New York State Local Officials, call 1-866-321-8503 or visit: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/academy/index.htmThe website has a full course catalogue and course calendar, and allows local government officials to choose their courses based on their position or topics of interest.