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2015 Annual Conference on State Taxation
June 10 - 11, 2015
Albany Law School, Albany, NY

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, New York

Sponsored by:   The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

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 for tax networking with the experts who implement the state tax law.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception: Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center
Sponsorship Available

Thursday, June 11, 2015

7:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by: Hodgson Russ LLP

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Early Bird Session – Legal Ethics for Tax Professionals

  • Scott M. Susko, Esq. (Bio), Partner
    McDermott, Will & Emery LLP

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.


  • Brett M. Blair, Esq. (Bio), Staff Attorney
    Albany Law School Law Clinic & Justice Center
  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky (Bio), Vice President
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Living with NYS Corporate Tax Reform
Part A: 2014 Key Compliance Issue

  • Matthew Gokey (Bio), Corporate Tax Team Leader, Office of Tax Policy Analysis
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance
  • Jessica Lesczinski (Bio), Tax Policy Analyst
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance
  • Marc A. Simonetti, Esq. (Bio), Partner
    Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
  • Jack Trachtenberg, Esq. (Bio), Counsel
    Reed Smith LLP

Part B: 2015 Amendments

  • Lindsay M. LaCava, Esq. (Bio), Partner
    McDermott Will & Emery LLP
    Ocean Mills, Esq., (Bio), Tax Counsel
    Citigroup, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Pascal, Esq. (Bio), Senior Associate
    Hodgson Russ LLP

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Experis, A Manpower Group

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Part A: Income Tax Treatment of Pass Thru Entities

  • Gilbert L. Carey, Esq., (Bio), CPA
    Fusco & Carey, PLLC
  • Benjamin M. Farber, Esq. (Bio), Partner
    Phillips Lytle LLP

Part B: Comptroller v. Wynne: Implications for New York State

  • Timothy P. Noonan, Esq. (Bio), Partner
    Hodgson Russ LLP

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Sponsored by: Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

  • Remarks
    Nonie Manion, Executive Deputy Commissioner
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

State Tax Issues Around the U.S.

  • Maureen B. Riehl, Esq. (Bio), Vice President, Government Affairs
    Council on State Taxation (COST)

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Real Property Tax Administration: Business Impacts and Reforms

  • Scott Palladino (Bio), Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Tax Policy
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance
  • Robert D. Plattner, Esq. (Bio), Deputy Commissioner for Tax Policy
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance
  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky (Bio), Vice President
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

3:15 – 4:15p.m.

Part A: Use of Related Entities as a Sales Tax Planning Technique

  • Richard Graf (Bio), Tax Auditor 3, Transaction Field Audit Staff
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance
  • Robert D. Plattner, Esq. (Bio), Deputy Commissioner for Tax Policy
    NYS Department of Tax & Finance

Part B: Planning for 2016

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


This Conference has been approved for CEUs 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Call 800.358.1202, or contact Ellen Clickner.

Premier $5,000 Registration $ 2,000
Gold $4,000 Continental Breakfast Sold out
Silver $3,500 Production (a-v, print and production) $ 1,500
Luncheon Sold out Refreshment Break Sold out
Welcome Reception $2,500 Session $ 1,000


Sponsorship includes:

** Fees are for Business Council members. Future members, please contact Ellen Clickner at or call 800.358.1202 for more information.

Early Registration

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

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 year from date.

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center
62 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

A block of rooms has been reserved for June 10 – June 11, 2015 at the special room rate of $129. Overnight reservations should be made directly through the Hilton Garden Inn reservation system. Hilton HHonors.

Rate $ 129
Group Code: NYSBC
Cut-off Date: May 20, 2015
Phone: 518.396.3500
or 877.396.3500


Limited accommodations are available at the:

TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Albany Downtown/Medical Center
22 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12209
Phone: 518.860.1500
Reserved for Conference on State Taxation
Cut-off Date: Friday, June 5, 2015

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For more information contact Ellen Clickner at 800.358.1202 or