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Newsletter: September 2019

The Forming of the Finance Committee

In 2019 I became the Treasurer for the CRHRA and Joseph D. Koyon became President. Joe has so many missions as the new President, one of which was bringing back a Finance Committee to the CRHRA. We have two accounting and finance professionals who have expressed interest, but we are looking for at least one or two more professionals to join us. This is NOT a huge time commitment. This is a great opportunity for someone in the Accounting & Finance world to be involved with the local Human Resources community and/or for that individual who wears the hats of both HR and Accounting professional with their employer, also would be a great fit. If you may be interested or know someone who could be great, please pass the word along and feel free to email me directly with interest/questions at

- Kristie Moon, Treasurer, CRHRA

Legal Q & A

September 2019
By: Paul Buehler
Bond Schoeneck & King

Question: What do employers need to know about New York State’s recent amendments to the Labor Law?

Answer: On July 10th , Governor Cuomo signed into law two bills that amend the New York State Labor Law. The first amendment prohibits salary history inquiries, in an effort to prevent wage discrimination.

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What’s Hot in Comp in 2020?

Wednesday, October 16

Join us for breakfast as Jennifer Loftus of Astron Solutions leads an exploration of key compensation trends and strategies for 2020. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn Clifton Park
30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park NY 12065

More information will be available soon.

Register Today!

Chapter Chatter

Member Spotlight
Name:  Leesa L. Perazzo
Company/Title or Area of HR Expertise: Human Resources Director, Proctors (Schenectady), Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany) and Universal Preservation Hall (Saratoga Springs)
How many years have you been a member of CRHRA? For this position, I have been a member for nearly three years. In addition, I have been a member with past positions. 
What has been your key to success so far? The key to success is ongoing learning. Things change so quickly in this field. I do a lot of reading and attend as many pertinent seminars as possible. I also look to others and their best practices. Another important component is being a good listener and question asker. When dealing with coaching, progressive discipline and workplace complaints things are often not as they initially appear. A wide open mind and diligent information gathering always serve me well. 
What is one thing you like doing when you are not working?
I love working in my yard. More so, I enjoy the end result. I find it very satisfying to create a sanctuary of beauty to be enjoyed alone or with friends.


SHRM Certification Recipients following the Saint Rose Prep Class
Spring 2019

Cathy Geoffroy, SHRM-CP, SHRM/CRHRA Member
Scott Neverett, SHRM-CP, SHRM/CRHRA Member
Danielle Zarrelli, SHRM-CP, SHRM/CRHRA Member
Donna Mogul, SHRM-SCP, SHRM/CRHRA Member

Welcome New Members! 
James Sargalis, Golub Corporation
Sarah Schmidt, ProNexus, LLC
Jennifer Scott

HR Advisory Group

Have you started a new HR position? Are you somewhat new to the field of Human Resources? Have you been in the HR field and wish you had some subject matter experts to speak with regarding your HR projects, initiatives, programs and/or policies? Maybe you’re looking for HR career advice too? How many times during your career have you wished that you had some experienced colleagues to speak with regarding your HR undertakings? Isn’t it more comforting and a little less scary with a helping hand and a reassuring voice to support you? In our continuing quest to be the trusted resource for the HR professional, CRHRA strives to provide members with the resources they need to solve problems like these. Sometimes, the perfect resource is our members.  

CRHRA’s HR Advisory Group consists of local, seasoned (20+ years of experience) Human Resources professionals, in a variety of industries, who are here to provide advice and guidance, whether your concern is a practical workplace issue or a matter of your personal career development. This group of HR professionals can share personal insights and provide guidance and support to help establish and reach your professional goals. These mentors can often serve as a teacher, coach, supporter, counselor, and role model. We can also provide our members with how to apply real-life wisdom, and the benefit of each participant’s point of view, to workplace situations and/or career development. Regardless of age or career tenure, we believe that all CRHRA members have something to offer each other.  

This complimentary benefit provides you the opportunity and resources as a member of CRHRA to seek guidance and is easily accessible! Many of our advisors can be found at our monthly programs.  In fact, HR Advisory Group members will have a table available to meet with you right after the October breakfast meeting!  To send any questions, please use the following link on CRHRA's website any time:


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