2017 Annual Conference
on State Taxation


Wednesday, May 10 - Thursday, May 11

Renaissance Albany Hotel
144 State Street, Albany

About the Conference

The Conference focuses specifically on the latest tax issues and disseminates how these will impact businesses in New York State.

Presented in cooperation with Albany Law School and the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, this conference provides the most up-to-date information to New York’s tax specialists and an opportunity to network with the experts who implement the state tax law.

The event will kick off with a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, May 10 with a premium selection of hors d’oeuvres and beverages providing a great environment to network with fellow attendees.

The Conference will take place on Thursday, May 11 with all events being held at The Renaissance Albany Hotel.


This Conference has been approved for CEU’s for New York Certified public accountants under section 7409 of New York State Education Law, New York Sponsor License #002719.


Albany Law School’s Institute of Legal Studies has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York. This course has been accredited as a source of Continuing Legal Education credits for all attorneys in the State of New York.

For financial hardship guidelines, please call the Institute of Legal Studies at 518.472.5888.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception: Renaissance Albany Hotel
Sponsorship Available

Thursday, May 11, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Early Bird Session – Ethics for Tax Attorneys

  • TBD

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky (Bio), Vice President
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Article 9A Rules/Implementation

  • Mark Simonetti, Esq. Partner
    Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • Jack Trachtenberg, Esq., Counsel
    Reed Smith LLP
  • TBD
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break
Sponsorship Available

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

Key Legal / Litigation Developments

  • Scott Susko, Esq., Partner
    McDermott Will & Emery LLP

11:20 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Sponsorship by Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


  • Nonie Manion, Acting Commissioner
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance

1:15 – 2:05 p.m.

Trump Administration Tax Initiatives and Impact on Business

  • Caroline Harris, Esq., Vice President for Tax Policy and Chief Tax Policy Counsel
    US Chamber of Commerce

2:05 – 2:55 p.m.

The Other 49 Survey of State Tax Issues:

  • Ferdinand S. Hogroian, Esq., Senior Tax & Legislative Counsel
    Council On State Taxation (COST)

2:55 – 3:45 p.m.

2017 New York State Tax Legislation

  • Robert Plattner, Director, Tax Policy
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance
  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky (Bio), Vice President
    The Business Council of NYS, Inc.

3:45 p.m.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Heighten your corporate visibility.

Sign up now as a Conference Sponsor. Call 800.358.1202

Conference Sponsorship Levels:

$ 5,000
$ 2,000
$ 4,000
Continental Breakfast
Sold out
$ 3,500
Sold out
Refreshment Break
Welcome Reception
$ 2,500
$ 1,000

Sponsorship includes:

  • Complimentary Conference Registration(s)
  • Pre and Post Conference List of Participants
  • Recognition in Conference Material and Signage
  • Promotional Item in our Conference Packet
  • Company Logo Displayed at Event

** Fees are for Business Council members. Future members, please contact Sara McDonnell at sara.mcdonnell@bcnys.org or call 800.358.1202 for more information.

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Registration Information

Payment must accompany registration. Registration includes all sessions; handout material; welcome reception, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and luncheon.


Before 5/3/17

After 5/3/17

Business Council Member

$ 349

$ 399

Future Member

$ 425

$ 475


To Cancel: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. If you need to cancel less than seven days prior, you may: 1) send a substitute; or 2) receive a non-refundable credit voucher, good for any Business Council event valid for up to one full year.

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Venue / Hotel Accommodations

Albany Law School
Renaissance Albany Hotel

144 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

A block of rooms has been reserved at Renaissance Albany Hotel for May 10 – May 11, 2017. Overnight reservations should be made directly through the Renaissance Albany Hotel reservation system.

Rate: $ 189
Group Code: BCNYS
Phone: 888.236.2427
Online: Renaissance Albany Hotel Reservation Link

For more information contact Sara McDonnell at 800.358.1202 or sara.mcdonnell@bcnys.org