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For an Opportunity to Make a Difference, Join the NYSSCPA Nominating Committee

Published Date:
Jun 17, 2014

Are you interested in helping to select who will serve on next year’s NYSSCPA Board of Directors? If so, consider serving on the Society’s Nominating Committee.

This year’s 11-person Nominating Committee will be recommending a president-elect, four vice presidents, a secretary/treasurer, five at-large directors and directors from the Buffalo, Manhattan/Bronx, Southern Tier, Syracuse and Westchester chapters. These nominees are then presented to the membership in a proxy ballot that is sent out in April.

Under Article IX of the Society’s bylaws, the CPA membership-at-large fills nine Nominating Committee positions, and the Board of Directors designates the remaining two members. The NYSSCPA bylaws can be found online.

Nominations process

To be nominated for the Nominating Committee, petitions with original signatures must be received on or before Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, and shall be sent to: NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer, 14 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005. Copies of the Nominating Committee petition can be downloaded online.

Petition signers are limited to signing only one petition, and signatures of members signing multiple petitions will be disregarded on all petitions they sign. Signers must also certify that the nominee would serve if elected. Petitions must be signed by at least 10 CPA members (other than the nominee), all of whom have been members for five consecutive years; however, submission of multiple petitions for one nominee will not cause the nominee to be disqualified, so long as there are at least 10 signers in the aggregate for that nominee.

Potential Nominating Committee members should know that they may not themselves be nominated for any position. If you hope to serve on the Board of Directors, you should not put yourself forward for the Nominating Committee.

A candidate for the Nominating Committee must not be a current member of the Board of Directors or have been a member of the Nominating Committee either for the two immediately preceding fiscal years or for any three years after June 1, 2003. A list of the members ineligible to serve on the Nominating Committee due to these restrictions can be found online on the Nominating Center Web page.

Also, a candidate must have been a member of the Society for at least five continuous years, including at least two years of participation on either a statewide committee or a chapter executive board, or a combination of both.

Once all the Nominating Committee petitions are received, if more than nine people are nominated, we hold a membership election to determine the nine petitioners to serve on the committee. If fewer than nine nominations are received, the Board will select the additional committee members, along with the two it designates under the bylaws.

Failure of the post office or any other person or entity to deliver a completed petition to the above address by 5 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2014, shall cause such petitions to be disregarded. In addition, any submission by email (including email submission of a petition in PDF format) or by fax shall be disregarded. Submission of a petition with any photocopied signature shall be disregarded.

First meeting date

The date set in the bylaws for the Nominating Committee to meet is Jan. 8, 2015. In recent years, the Nominating Committee has also met via conference call in December to prepare for the January meeting.

For more information

For additional information on the process, contact NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer F. Michael Zovistoski at or NYSSCPA Counsel Brad Pryba at     

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