Events Calendar

2022 Compliance & Legal Conference
From Thursday, September 22, 2022 -  09:00am
To Friday, September 23, 2022 - 02:30pm

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Learn to navigate complex laws and regulations impacting your credit union! Over the past year, there has been no shortage of regulations, laws and legal cases that have had a direct impact on New York's credit unions. The New York Credit Union Association's Compliance & Legal Conference will help you navigate these new developments.

During this timely and informative two-day session, you'll hear important updates on state and federal regulations, human resources, cannabis banking and practical law — all of which are directly applicable to credit unions in New York.

Conference Agenda:
*Subject to change*

Thursday, September 22        
9:00am - 10:00am       Registration (Chautauqua-Canandaigua-Saranac)
10:00am - 11:00am  
Labor & Employment Law Update

John Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Bond, Schoeneck & King
11:00am - 12:00pm  
An Update on the State Licensing Process for Cannabis Businesses and Issues for Credit Unions to Consider as they Explore the Possibility of Providing Banking Services
Axel Bernabe, Chief of Staff & Senior Policy Director, Office of Cannabis Management

12:00pm - 12:45pm
12:45pm - 1:45pm  
HR Hacks You'll Wish You Knew Sooner
John Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Bond, Schoeneck & King

1:45pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 3:15pm  
Legislative Update

Kristina Persaud, Legislative Analyst, New York Credit Union Association
3:15pm - 4:30pm  
Negotiating Core Contracts: Lessons from the Frontline

Charles Nerko, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP; Joy Peterson, CEO, Bessemer System FCU; Kevin Szczepanski, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Reception (Cayuga-Tuscarora)

Friday, September 23
8:00am - 9:00am   Breakfast (Chautauqua-Canandaigua-Saranac)
9:00am - 10:00am  
Dealing with a Contentious Examination: Do's and Don'ts from the Frontline

Dori Bailey, Bond, Schoeneck & King
10:00am - 11:30am  
Legal Issues Surrounding Subordinated Debt: How to Figure Out if Your Credit Union Should Consider Secondary Capital

Jeff Cardone, Partner, Luse Gorman, PC

11:30am - 12:15pm
12:15pm - 1:15pm  
Your Credit Union Has Been Accused of Infringement; Now What?

Denis Sullivan, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

1:15pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 2:30pm  
Compliance Update

Genevieve Caputo, Director of Compliance, New York Credit Union Association

Location & Lodging:
Turning Stone Resort Casino
5218 Patrick Road
Verona, NY  13478

Tower King/Double Rooms: $179 per night

To Reserve Your Room:

  • Call (800) 771-7711 - Attendees should identify themselves with the New York Credit Union Association's room block to ensure that they receive the group rate.

All reservations will require a one night's room deposit (including applicable taxes and surcharges) or valid credit card to guarantee the reservation. 

Hotel Reservation Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2022

Who Should Attend: Credit union compliance professionals, credit union lawyers, including outside counsel, and credit union HR professionals

Educational Investment:

  • Credit Unions Up to $50 Million in Assets - $225
  • Credit Unions Over $50 Million in Assets - $449

The New York Credit Union Foundation is proud to support New York credit unions with up to $50 million in assets by underwriting this special rate on Association events. To learn more about the Foundation and its programs, click here.

Registration Deadline:  September 5, 2022


BagyiJohn Bagyi, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Bond, Schoeneck & King

Recognized as one of the 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers by Lawdragon, John Bagyi counsels and represents employers on labor and employment issues helping them achieve and maintain legal compliance, while improving employee engagement and workplace productivity.

With years of experience advising employers in a broad range of industries, John provides his clients practical, real world advice, mindful of the need to balance the legal “ideal” with a client’s operational reality. He focuses on preventative counseling, administrative proceedings, training, personnel policies and procedures and employee handbooks, workplace investigations, contracts/agreements and business transitions.

BernabeAxel Bernabe, Chief of Staff & Senior Policy Director, Office of Cannabis Management

As Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Director, Axel is responsible for standing-up all aspects of the new Office of Cannabis Management (OCM). The OCM is responsible for implementing the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act that controls all aspects of the medical, hemp, and adult use cannabis economy in the State of New York. Prior to starting the OCM, Axel spent 6 years as chief health counsel to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, overseeing all legal and policy deliberations in the health portfolio. As part of his cannabis responsibilities, he led the expansion of the medical program, the launch of the State's hemp program, and the drafting and negotiating of the cannabis law. Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Axel was a partner at an international law firm where he was a nationally recognized antitrust expert, with a particular focus on the healthcare industry.

Sullivan1Denis Sullivan, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

Denis is Barclay Damon’s Intellectual Property Practice Group leader. A nationally recognized intellectual property lawyer and registered patent attorney, Denis handles patent and trademark infringement disputes in federal district court and at the International Trade Commission, patent office proceedings such as inter partes reviews and reexaminations, and the preparation of patent and trademark applications.


BaileyDori K. Bailey, Member and Chair, Financial Institutions Regulatory Practice, Bond Schoeneck & King

As Chair of the Financial Institutions Regulatory Practice at Bond, Schoeneck & King, Dori has substantial experience advising federally chartered and state chartered credit unions regarding highly complex and extensive credit union regulations. Dori has assisted credit unions in all types of regulatory compliance and corporate governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, privacy and data security matters, fraud investigations, suspicious activity reporting, disclosure requirements, and board and policy matters. Dori has particular experience in navigating credit union examinations and engaging with regulators, and has successfully argued regulatory appeals. Dori also advises credit unions on contract matters and negotiates all types of contracts, including information technology agreements, data storage agreements, loan participation agreements, master services agreements, and professional services agreements. Dori has published and presented on financial institution issues.


CardoneJeff Cardone, Partner, Luse Gorman, PC

Jeff Cardone specializes in representing credit unions and other community-based financial institutions with respect to various transactional matters, including credit union mergers, credit union acquisitions of banks, purchase and assumption transactions, branch sales, secondary capital/subordinated debt offerings, public stock offerings and CUSO formations. Mr. Cardone also assists credit unions and other financial institutions with various corporate, regulatory compliance and enforcement, corporate governance, securities and executive compensation matters. He also regularly speaks about mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, regulatory and compensation matters to various financial institutions industry groups.

NerkoCharles Nerko, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

As co-leader of Barclay Damon LLP’s Cybersecurity Team, Charles helps credit unions throughout the country with core processing and vendor management issues. Charles assists credit unions in achieving their strategic goals in a diverse array of areas, including member satisfaction, cost savings, business process improvement, employee retention, reputation management, regulatory compliance, and government relations. He also litigates on behalf of credit unions to further assist them achieve their goals when business solutions are unattainable. Charles has a track record of success representing credit unions in high-profile litigation against some of the largest core providers. His advocacy on behalf of credit unions in core processing matters has been featured in a front-page article in the Credit Union Times.

Szczepanski1Kevin Szczepanski, Partner, Barclay Damon LLP

A trial and appellate lawyer who primarily concentrates his practice on insurance-coverage litigation and cyber risks, Kevin has extensive experience litigating directors and officers (D&O), errors and omissions (E&O), and property and casualty (P&C) coverage under both primary and excess policies. He has served as both lead settlement and trial counsel in highly sensitive business and coverage disputes. He also advises clients on insurance-policy drafting and underwriting issues.

As co-leader of the Cybersecurity Team, Kevin represents businesses facing first- and third-party losses due to data breaches, service interruptions, theft, and other cyber threats. He also counsels clients on contract drafting and coverage for cyber risks and represents them in liability and coverage disputes.

Joy E. Peterson, CEO, Bessemer System FCU

Joy E. Peterson is the Chief Executive Officer of Bessemer System Federal Credit Union in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Joy is a steadfast advocate for the credit union movement and the privacy of members it serves. Her advocacy has received national attention when her single-branch rural credit union uncovered a security problem at the nation’s largest core processor.

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Cancellation Policy:

A refund of the amount paid, less an $90 administrative fee per registrant, will be given for all cancellations submitted via email to ten or more business days prior to the start of the session. No refunds will be granted if the cancellation is received after that time frame. Substitutes will be accepted any time prior to the start of the program at no additional cost. Simply email, listing the new participant and who they will be replacing.

COVID-19 Event Protocols:

The New York Credit Union Association is working hard to ensure our in-person events are informative and enjoyable, while providing a safe environment for our attendees, speakers, Association staff and venue staff.

  • By attending any of the New York Credit Union Association’s events, you are agreeing to comply with all applicable requirements imposed by federal, state or local health authorities, as well as the venue.
  • If a mask is required by the venue or by federal, state or local authorities, the Association will require attendees to wear a mask during the event when indoors. Should you forget a mask, we will have them available at registration.
  • Please be respectful of other event attendees, speakers, Association staff and venue staff, and allow for appropriate social distancing when applicable.
  • Please do not attend the event if you are feeling ill, you recently tested positive for COVID-19, or you had recent COVID-19 exposure. Contact us at if you need to change or cancel your registration.
  • Your attention to these matters is of the utmost importance, and we truly appreciate your compliance.

As COVID protocols continue to evolve, there may be circumstances beyond our control that force us to cancel or reschedule an event. You will be entitled to a refund if such an occasion arises.


All persons who attend NYCUA-sponsored events are expected to treat their fellow attendees and all others present in a respectful manner consistent with federal and state anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws. Failure to do so may result in a person being banned from any and all Association events.

In the event you experience or witness conduct contrary to this policy, you are encouraged to address your concerns immediately with either the offending party, a member of your own management team, NYCUA staff or any other party in a position to be able to assist you with your concerns.

By registering for or attending this event, you agree to abide by this code of conduct.