New York State School Boards Association

Training Events

The 2019 Capital Conference
Date: February 10 - 11, 2019

Location: Show map
Renaissance Hotel
144 State Street
Albany, NY 12230


Preregistration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.


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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Where: Renaissance Hotel, 144 State Street, Albany, NY
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Sunday, February 10

11:00 a.m. - Close Registration • Renaissance Hotel
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Welcome & Remarks

Introduction: Julie M. Marlette, NYSSBA Director of Governmental Relations

Welcome: William L. Miller, NYSSBA President

Remarks: Timothy G. Kremer, NYSSBA Executive Director
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. State of New York Education
Engage in an interactive conversation focusing on the key issues facing New York’s schoolchildren. Gain insight into the legislative process and glean tips that will be useful in your Monday meetings.

NYSSBA's Governmental Relations Team
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:15 Executive Budget Proposal

Terry Pratt
, Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Education
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. A Conversation with the Commissioner
The commissioner will discuss current issues facing New York school boards and answer your questions.

Speaker: MaryEllen Elia, New York State Commissioner of Education
4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Reporters Roundtable
Hear from reporters who specialize in covering legislative activities and receive an “insiders” perspective on the budget process and the specifics of the 2019 budget.

Anna Gronewold, Statewide K-12 and Higher Education Reporter, POLITICO New York
Jon Campbell, NY Capitol Reporter, USA Today Network
Susan Arbetter, Host, The Capitol Pressroom
Jimmy Vielkind, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Moderator: Liz Benjamin, Host, “Capital Tonight” on Spectrum News

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Reception 2nd Floor-Renaissance Hotel
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner Albany Capital Center, Level 1, Room 2ABC
Hear from the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year, a social studies teacher at the New York City School District's International Community High School. The immigrant from West Africa uses his personal journey and social and emotional lessons to expands his students’ worldview so they can find meaning in their own lives and become leaders.

Speaker: Alhassan Susso


Monday, February 11, 2019
Where: Albany, Capital Center
55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207

Monday, February 11

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Registration • Renaissance Hotel
8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast • Guest Speakers
Albany Capital Center, Level 2

Learn how this honors student from Bolton Central School is an avid volunteer in her community and abroad. She is a founding member of the Warren County Young Democrats and has participated in the YMCA Y-Corps service trip and Conference on National Affairs. In the fall, the three sport varsity athlete, will attend St. Lawrence University where she will double major in business and government and minor in sociology.
Speaker: Kiara Mantz, Bolton Central School District, Head Lobbyist, YMCA Youth and Government Program

Hear from the new Senate Education chair on the Senate Majority's Legislative and budgetary priorities.
Speaker: Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair, Senate Education Committee
10:00 a.m. and beyond Legislative Appointments
Remember: please schedule your appointments in advance and allow plenty of time to go through security and get to your appointments.


Complimentary for NYSSBA members

Meals Included
The included meals are based on full conference participation and are the Sunday reception, dinner and Monday breakfast. All other meals will be on own.

Recognition Program
All NYSSBA member school boards are eligible for recognition in this program.  Credit will accrue for listed events and activities for individuals serving on a NYSSBA member board.
Board members will earn 20 points for attending the Capital Conference. 
Click here for more information.


Need a room for NYSSBA’s 2019 Capital Conference? The host hotel is the Renaissance Albany Hotel, 144 State Street, Albany, NY 12207.

Call Marriott’s Toll-Free Reservations at 1.888.236.2427 to obtain a group rated room ranging from $184-$214.

Group code SCHSCHA for a signature king
Group code SCHSCHB for a signature two queens
Group code SCHSCHD for a deluxe king

You can also reserve online:
Book your group rate for NYSSBA’s 2019 Capital Conference
Rooms are available in the block for the nights of Saturday, February 9, Sunday, February 10 and Monday, February 11, 2019.

The room block will be held until January 18, 2019. Reservations will continue to be accepted after this date, at prevailing room rates, subject to availability. Dependent upon demand, rooms may become unavailable prior to January 18, 2019.


All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured with a credit card or credit card authorization form. Hotel is unable to accept purchase orders to reserve or pay for accommodations.

For payment by district check, send the check, a copy of the tax exempt form and confirmation(s) to the hotel at least four weeks prior to the first arrival date. Hotels will not apply check payments that have not cleared the financial institution. For payment by district credit card, send a copy of the credit card authorization form, tax exempt form, and confirmation(s) to the hotel at least four weeks prior to the first arrival date. If a balance is due upon check-in, a credit card will be required for method of payment. It is recommended to provide a tax exempt form at check-in.

Tax Exemption
Hotels will not honor tax exempt status for charges paid by personal credit card. For those paying with district credit cards, tax can be removed upon receipt of a signed exemption certificate (NYS Department of Taxation and Finance ST-129) sent at least two weeks prior to the first arrival date.

Lodging Before or After Conference Dates
Should you need lodging prior to February 9 or after February 11, those arrangements can be made separately. You can reserve online at the hotel website. Prevailing rate and property policies will apply.

Standard self-parking fees will apply. All parking charges are the responsibility of the individuals who park in the hotel garage or other areas in downtown Albany.


CTLE credit is available from NYSSBA for participation in this event

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