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Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association Hosts Expert Financial Training Session Led By Jericho Water District’s Kathleen Cannon

Jericho Water District Business Manager Kathleen Cannon, CPA, recently led a special financial training session for LI water commissioners addressing water commissioners’ fiscal responsibilities and water district budget process.

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Westbury, NY - October 26, 2015 - Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA), which consists of water commissioners representing 21 Long Island water districts, recently held a Special Training Session hosted by Westbury Water District Commissioners Vincent Abbatiello, Kenneth O. Jones and William C. Olson that was led by Kathleen Cannon, CPA and Business Manager of the Jericho Water District. Addressing the topic of “Fiscal Responsibilities of Commissioners & The Budget Process,” Ms. Cannon’s presentation included sections on the New York State Tax Cap and New York State Property Tax Freeze’s current law regarding government efficiency plans. Among topics discussed were key fiscal responsibilities of water commissioners, which included the development and maintaining of Water District policies & procedures, monitoring fiscal operations, conducting internal audits and developing an annual budget.

“Budget development is a serious process that requires meticulous attention to detail,” Ms. Cannon commented.  “Water districts are required to submit an Annual Budget for approval from the Town in which they are located. With this in mind, the process should involve a team effort led by a Budget Officer, with water commissioners’ ultimate responsibility to set a realistic, structurally balanced budget.”

NSWCA President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Thomas P. Hand commented, “This is the latest in our series of Continuing Education and Training.  It was particularly apropos because it helped prepare our Commissioners, Superintendents and Business Managers for their budget processes.  Ms. Cannon’s ability to articulate the intricacies of each topic was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.”

A graduate of St John’s University, Ms. Cannon received her CPA license from the State of New York in 1993.  She is a former Comptroller at the Town of Huntington and is currently Jericho Water District Business Manager.

For more information about Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association, please contact NSWCA President Thomas P. Hand, via phone, 516-798-5269, or email.

Organized and chartered in 1981, Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) is comprised of water commissioners from 21 Nassau and Suffolk County water districts.  The NSWCA is dedicated to promoting environmental excellence and best practices as well as maintaining the highest standards of water quality and supply. NSWCA sponsors regular educational meetings on topics that include the environment, security, economics, rules and regulations, among other related issues.

Pictured: During a recently Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association (NSWCA) meeting in which Jericho Water District Business Manager Kathleen Cannon, CPA, led a Special Training Session that address the topic, “Fiscal Responsibilities of Commissioners & The Budget Process,” (from left to right) are: NSWCA 2nd Vice President and Plainview Water Commissioner Andrew Bader; Ms. Cannon; NSWCA President and Massapequa Water District Commissioner Thomas P. Hand; NSWCA Secretary and Westbury Water District Commissoner Vincent Abbatiello; and NSWCA Treasurer and Hicksville Water District Commissioner Karl Schweitzer.