Local Board Liaison Subcommittee Report Out

Subcommittee met on April 3, 2002, in Syracuse. Commissioner of Labor and Carolyn French co-chaired the meeting that was attended by chairs from Tompkins, Oswego, Fulton-Montgomery-Schoharie, Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming, Allegany-Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Cayuga-Cortland, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison and Broome-Tioga. Sam Haines, State Board member, also was in attendance. Local Board staff directors from Finger Lakes, St. Lawrence and Chenango-Delaware-Otsego were in attendance, although their board chairs were unable to joint the group.

Local Board Chairs kicked off the meeting by each giving a report out on the issues their local boards are working on or confronting in terms of WIA implementation. Issues raised by the board chairs included:

Agenda Items Raised by the Co-Chairs included:

Action Items As a Result of the Meeting:

  1. Subcommittee staff would collect and distribute to all State Board members a schedule of all 33 local board meetings. That list would include a contact person from the local board as a point of reference for details on meeting location, time, etc., if a SWIB member chose to attend. (This schedule is in the board packet for the May 16th meeting and will be mailed to all that could not attend the meeting.)
  2. When complete, the Allegany-Cattaraugus Orientation Package will be made available to all local chairs for their use.
  3. Commissioner of Labor would review with her staff the need for the new Job Bank Agreements and whether or not these agreements could be incorporated into the MOU or through some other means. It was understood that the need for the agreements related to equal opportunity issues were part of a federal mandate and thus could not be eliminated at this point.
  4. A document would be drafted to distribute to local board chairs explaining which funds lapse when.
  5. Subcommittee staff would survey other states to see if WIB staff evaluation instruments had been developed and could be made available for distribution to local boards in New York State.
  6. Subcommittee co-chairs would bring to the State Board the desire of local chairs for guidance on assisting local boards and youth councils in moving toward a more systemic approach.