Join the Empire Center for a morning of briefings and conversations about New York and its local governments.

Hear from experts about important trends and key policies affecting our towns, cities, villages and counties.

Itinerary:

  • New York State Economy & Finances Unraveled with E.J. McMahon (Empire Center)
  • NY Property Taxes: Navigating Albany’s Challenges with Ken Girardin (Empire Center)
  • Local Government Practitioner Panel with Ari Brown (NYS Assembly), Phil Barrett (Clifton Park), and Mark Grimm (Albany County)

Empire Center’s Policy Academy

A look at the key policy areas that impact local governments.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM

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Join the Empire Center for a morning of briefings and conversations about New York and its local governments.

Hear from experts about important trends and key policies affecting our towns, cities, villages and counties.

Please register for the in-person seminar below.

Empire Center’s Policy Academy

A look at the key policy areas that impact local governments.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Breakfast will begin at 8:30 AM

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