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August 2017 Government Affairs Update Archive

Government Affairs Update for Aug. 26, 2017


Tell Congress to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program 
The National Association of REALTORS has issued a Call for Action asking all REALTORS to urge the House of Representatives to bring up and pass H.R. 2874, the 21st Century NFIP Reform Act. H.R. 2874 reauthorizes the NFIP and makes a number of critical improvements to the NFIP including: increased funds for mitigation activities; caps on overall premium increases; improved claim and mapping processes; and removing hurdles for more private market participation in the flood insurance market. If Congress fails to take action to reauthorize the NFIP, it will expire by Sept. 30. Respond to the Call for Action today

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opens
On Thursday, Aug. 24 Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally opened one span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.  Formerly known as the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee bridge, the new $4 billion span will connect Rockland and Westchester counties.  More on the grand opening can be found here.
Assemblyman Farrell announces retirement
After serving 42 years in the New York State Assembly, Assemblyman Denny Farrell who represents northern Manhattan, announced this week he will retire on Sept. 5, 2017.  Farrell is the long-serving Chairman of the Assembly’s Ways and Means committee and has been in office during the terms of six governor’s.  More on his career and trhe announcement here.

NYS Board of Elections files suit against Senate IDC Committees
The Albany Times Union reported this week that Risa Sugarman, counsel for the New York State Board of Elections, filed a suit earlier this month that seeks to curb certain fundraising committees established by the Senate Independent Democratic Committee (IDC).  The suit is challenging a campaign agreement between the state Independence Party Committee and the IDC that provides the IDC with greater contribution limits and flexibility in supporting other candidates, specifically IDC members.  More on this story here.
 


Government Affairs Update for Aug. 18, 2017


NAR to launch Call for Action on flood insurance on Aug. 22

NAR will launch an all-member Call for Action to the full House of Representatives to ask for passage of H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act”, on Tuesday, Aug. 22. NYSAR will be emailing REALTOR members reminding them to take action on this vital federal issue. Read more on the efforts to reauthorize the NFIP here. Also, watch the recorded webinar and download the presentation for the latest updates from NAR's senior legislative and policy representatives on the reauthorization of the NFIP, which is set to expire on Sept. 30. 

NYSAR launches Call for Action opposing cease and desist in areas of Queens and Bronx
Last month, the New York Department of State (DOS) released proposed regulations that will impose “cease and desist” zones in parts of Queens and Bronx counties. If adopted as proposed, real estate licensees will be prohibited from soliciting an owner of real property for the sale, lease or listing of property if that owner has filed a cease and desist notice with the Department of State. The Call for Action can be found here.

NYC Council members running to be next city council speaker
The next New York City Council speaker will be elected after the Nov. 7, 2017 general election in an internal decision by the 51 council members. Council member Ritchie Torres recently added his name to the crowded field of candidates including council members Mark Levine, Corey Johnson, Donovan Richards, Robert Cornegy, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez. Read morehere.
 

Government Affairs Update for Aug. 11, 2017


Call for Action: Tell Governor Cuomo to sign NY First Home into law!
Don't forget to answer the NYSAR Call for Action asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the NY First Home initiative into law. Please take action today and share the petition link on your homepages, social media, MLS login pages, etc.  Answer Calls for Action more conveniently: Simply text the word “NYREALTOR” to 30644 to receive REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts and answer important Calls for Action that help protect our industry! 

NYS purchases mortgage notes for homes in high foreclosure communities
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state is purchasing the mortgages for 398 homes in targeted communities to get owners out of foreclosure through a new $7.6 million Community Restoration Fund. This was first announced in his 2017 State of the State address. Learn more.

NY voter registration deadline for Primary is Sept. 12
If you need to register to vote or change your voting address, applications must be mailed to your county Board of Elections and postmarked by next Friday, Aug. 18, in order to be eligible to vote in the Sept. 12, 2017 Primary election. For more information, visit the NYS Board of Elections.

One NYS senator resigns, others running for local positions
State Senator Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn) announced he is resigning his Senate seat, which will be filled during the November general election. Other state senators that could leave the Senate this year include Democratic Sens. George Latimer of Westchester County and Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, who are seeking local elected positions, and Republican Sen. Phil Boyle of Long Island, who is running for Suffolk County sheriff. Learn more.
 

Government Affairs Update for Aug. 4, 2017


Call for Action: Tell Governor Cuomo to sign NY First Home into law!
Don't forget to answer the NYSAR Call for Action asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the NY First Home initiative into law. Please take action today and share the petition link on your homepages, social media, MLS login pages, etc.  Answer Calls for Action more conveniently: Simply text the word “NYREALTOR” to 30644 to receive REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts and answer important Calls for Action that help protect our industry! 

NAR to launch Call for Action to address flood insurance program
NAR will launch a national Call for Action on Tuesday, Aug. 22, asking REALTORS to urge their Congress representative to pass H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act.” This action is needed to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which expires September 30, 2017. Learn more on the NFIP issue and read the talking points here.

Waters of the U.S. rule repeal and replacement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers announced a joint proposal to implement a more narrow Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) definition. This represents the first step of a two-step process to repeal the 2015 rule and replace prior rules. Groups, including NAR, have argued that the current WOTUS rule is overly broad and infringes on property rights. Read more here.

New York City 2017 upcoming election summary
Read here for a full list of candidates running in New York City’s upcoming 2017 primary and general elections.
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