Nominating Committee Seeks Members for 2021

Thomas S. Pirro, NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer
Published Date:
Jun 24, 2020

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 here.

Nominations process

To be nominated for the Nominating Committee, petitions with electronic signatures must be received on or before 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, and shall be sent by email to the NYSSCPA Secretary/Treasurer at Copies of the Nominating Committee petition can be downloaded here.

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 CPA members for at least five consecutive years. 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 on the Board of Directors for the upcoming fiscal year. 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.

Any candidates for the Nominating Committee must have been a CPA 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 will 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 any email system to deliver a completed petition to the above address by 5 p.m. (EST) on Aug. 14, 2020, shall cause such petitions to be disregarded.

First meeting date

The date set in the bylaws for the Nominating Committee to meet is Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. 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 nomination process, contact me at or NYSSCPA General Counsel Timothy Twofoot Boulette at



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