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4 Cyber Security Safety Steps: Is Your Municipality at Risk?

4 Cyber Security Safety Steps: Is Your Municipality at Risk?

If you don’t have a cyber security plan in place, you can’t afford not to. Local municipalities are under a growing threat from cybercriminals. Now more than ever before, residents need reliable, real-time access to information from public officials. While there is never a convenient time for a cyber-attack to
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Three Steps to a Smarter Work from Home Plan

Three Steps to a Smarter Work from Home Plan

A year after the COVID-19 pandemic first shut down businesses statewide, many municipalities are still struggling to keep up with public demand. We are finding that those struggling the most have one common denominator: they are still completely paper-based, which creates a lot of delays, backlogged work, and overwhelmed employees.
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4 Steps to Help Small Businesses Succeed

4 Steps to Help Small Businesses Succeed

While local municipalities can’t provide the level of financial relief to small businesses that the US Treasury can, local officials can take strategic actions to improve the survival odds for local businesses. Below are some ideas for you to help your community succeed amidst the ongoing obstacles and pressure of
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The 411 on the 1099

The 411 on the 1099: What You Need to Know

Ready for a blast from the past? OK, maybe that description is a bit ambitious, but we think it’s interesting that the government is now bringing back Form 1099-NEC, which was last used back in 1982, during the Reagan administration. For the last few decades, business owners and local government
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How Solid is Your Plan?

How Solid is Your Safety Plan?

A year ago, it would be incomprehensible to imagine a time where local family-friendly traditions like attending a holiday concert or a crowded community tree lighting could pose a public health threat to us, but as challenging as it is to accept that we still need to operate under pandemic
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Covid-19 - Looking Towards 2021

New York Municipal Governments and COVID-19: Important Financial and Accounting Considerations for 2021

Eight months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, local governments in New York are faced with bad news and good news: On one hand, a new rise in case numbers, and little movement on legislation to help municipalities weather the fiscal fallout of the ongoing pandemic; and on the other hand,
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Knowing when outsourced accounting services can benefit New York local governments

COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdown have been hard on local governments, and now may be a good time to weigh whether the trained eyes of outside accounting services can help put your Town, Village or City back on track. In the best of times, officials in New York’s cities,
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Shaking Hands

When Shared Services Make Sense for New York Municipal Governments, and How to Build Foundations for Success

Local municipalities in New York searching for ways to save money in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should take a hard look at whether sharing services with other local governments is feasible. In 2017 New York launched its Shared Services Initiative, asking counties to convene shared services panels
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