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Association Executive News - September 23, 2016

August 2016 statewide housing market report and video available on
In addition to the 10K local report you received from either NYSAR or directly from 10K, the August 2016 statewide housing market reports are available on The full statewide reports are available to NYSAR members only.
Also available on is “The Skinny,” a video highlighting our current statewide housing market conditions. Please encourage your members to share this video with consumers to help them understand the Empire State’s housing market. Learn more on the Housing Statistics page.
There’s still time to register for next week’s 2016 NYSAR Fall Business Meetings
The New York State Association of REALTORS will hold its annual Fall Business Meetings next week, Sept. 25-28, at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. There’s still time to register! You won’t want to miss the opening day keynote speaker, Jeff Slutsky, founder of Street Fighter Marketing, give clever, shrewd and low-cost marketing tactics that get proven results on the local level. General Session keynote speaker Mark Sanborn, president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., will share the exciting opportunities that await you when you pursue your own potential. NYSAR encourages all members to participate as many of the sessions do not require official committee service. Hear from NYSAR President Linda Lugo about why this set of meetings will be the best yet here.  
For more information or to register for the meetings, click here.

Application period is now open for AE Institute scholarship
The application period for the National Association of REALTORS’ William D. North AE Institute Scholarship is now open. The purpose of the scholarship is to further the REALTOR association management profession by funding three AEs, who exhibit financial need and an initiative to pursue professional growth opportunities, to attend the institute. The scholarship covers tuition ($535) and $1,000 in expenses.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 5. Click here for more information. The 2017 AE Institute will be held March 17-20, 2017, in Denver, CO, at the Sheraton Denver.
NYSAR member Susan Gruen Helsinger named a finalist for the NAR Good Neighbor Awards
New York State Association of REALTORS member Susan Gruen Helsinger from Merrick, NY was named a finalist for the National Association of REALTORS’ Good Neighbor Awards! The public can vote for their favorite of the 10 Good Neighbor finalists. The finalist who gets the most votes - the Web Choice Winner - will take home an additional $1,000 donation. Help Susan get the recognition she deserves for her good works, and help her win a grant to advance her efforts. Voting is open until Sept. 26. Click here to vote today! 

Recognize your outstanding agents with the 2016 REALTOR Honor Society
The 2016 REALTOR Honor Society recognizes board/association members for their involvement during the 2015 elective year. The Honor Society Report Form must be completed and signed by an officer or executive officer of the board/association. The forms are then sent to NYSAR for verification and approval. If an individual is approved for the award, the pin and certificate are sent to the local board/association along with a bill for the same. The cost of the certificate and pin is $10 (plus tax). 
The deadline for receiving the form is Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Completed forms must be returned to Patrick Reilly, NYSAR vice president of member and board services, 130 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. Click here for a report form. For the REALTORS Honor Society point chart, click here.
NYSAR launches ‘Wingman’ campaign to promote New York State REALTORS
NYSAR has launched an online media campaign designed to show the benefits of working with a New York State REALTOR® when selling a home. The humorous, shareable video casts the REALTOR® as a “trusted wingman” in guiding consumers to make good decisions. An online advertising campaign is being used to drive video shares and ultimately bring consumers to the new consumer“Wingman” landing page.  There they can learn more about the value of working with a REALTOR® and use our Find a REALTOR® tool to connect with members in their area.
You can help us promote New York’s REALTORS by sharing the video with your clients and customers through your social media networks. 
Register for October’s Legal Leftovers, HealthiestYou, and Tax and Retirement Planning webinars
Don’t miss any of the webinars coming up in October! NYSAR’s Legal Leftovers webinar, presented by NYSAR Director of Legal Services Anthony Gatto, Esq., will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2:30 p.m. The webinar will cover topics including commissions, agency and other recent legal developments. The “Need a Doctor? The Power of Telehealth” webinar on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m., will explain what telemedicine is, HealthiestYou's innovative platform and how you'll benefit from enrolling. The “Tax and Retirement Planning for REALTORS” webinar on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m., is a must-attend presentation covering tax and retirement planning and the benefits of starting an Independent 401(k) plan. 
September is REALTOR Safety Month
To remind REALTORS to be aware of the dangers they face throughout the course of their work day, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) has dedicated September as REALTOR Safety Month. The association has created an expanded toolkit to empower practitioners to avoid risky situations. NYSAR also included an article on how to navigate the dangerous situations REALTORS face in their day-to-day lives in the September/October issue of New York State REALTOR magazine. 

Governor Cuomo seeks water testing
On Sept. 7, the Cuomo Administration issued a press release indicating it will be introducing legislation requiring the EPA to test all public water systems, even those serving less than 10,000 people, in addition to the mandatory testing of private wells.  Under his proposal, Cuomo said the state would require testing of private wells upon the sale of homes or when a new home is built. The same standards would apply to landlords who own homes using private wells.  NYSAR staff will be meeting with the governor’s office soon to outline concerns with mandatory well testing tied to the real estate transaction.  Learn more here.

Commercial drone rules take effect
New Federal Aviation Administration rules that make it easier to get clearance to use drones for commercial purposes took effect Aug. 29.  Watch a video about how one real estate practitioner is using footage shot from a drone to market a listing. Click here to learn more about the rules.
NYC building permits fall dramatically
Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has attempted to restart talks on 421-A between labor and developers. Earlier this month, Crain’s New York reported that New York City will see its lowest number of building permit applications since the mid-2000s financial crisis - just under 13,000.  The lapse in the 421-A tax credit has been pointed to as one of the reasons for the decline of affordable housing development.  Last year, the city issued more than 56,000 permits.  Read the full report here.

EPA a no-show at Senate water crisis hearing
On Aug. 30, the New York State Senate held the first of several water quality hearings across the state.  During the hearing chaired by Sen. Kathy Marchione, both the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health commissioners provided testimony and answered questions. The EPA, who failed to appear at the hearing, was criticized by both those providing testimony and the Senators presiding over the hearing.  More information can be found here.

NYSAR announces speakers for upcoming Legislative Policy Forum
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Bob Bellafiore and Steven Greenberg, two of Capital Tonight’s "insiders" and political consultants, will address the Legislative Policy Forum during NYSAR’s Fall Business Meetings at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. The pair will assess the state of the political landscape at the national level and here in New York State. They will discuss the most unique presidential race in our lifetimes, future control of the United States Senate and House, and closer to home, the elected officials in New York State and New York City.

NYSAR creates consumer-focused STAR flyer
NYSAR has introduced an updated informational flyer for new homeowners following recent changes to the state’s STAR Program. The flyer includes eligibility for the program, how to enroll, and where to contact the New York State Department of Tax and Finance. REALTOR members are encouraged to share the document with their clients. A link to the flyer can be found here.

Cuomo proposes release of $2 billion for affordable housing
On Sept. 14, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he directed Robert Mujica, director of the New York State Division of the Budget, to execute a memorandum of understanding to release $2 billion in funding to advance the creation of more than 100,000 units of affordable and supportive housing over the next five years.  The $2 billion was set aside in the 2016-17 Enacted Budget.  The memorandum now heads to the Senate and Assembly for approval.  The press release can be found here.

NYSAR-supported candidates win on Primary Election Day
On Sept. 13, three NYSAR-supported candidates for the New York State Legislature won their primary elections, and will move on to the General Election on Nov. 8. Those candidates were Phil Ramos, Marisol Alcantara and Jim Tedisco. Click here to view how NYSAR provided support for those candidates.

Ramos cruises to victory in Assembly Primary Election 
Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D, Brentwood) defeated his opponent Giovanni Mata in the Primary Election.  Ramos garnered more than 70 percent of the votes in that election.  Full story here.
Alcantara wins race to replace Espaillat, will caucus with the IDC
Marisol Alcantara, a former union organizer, declared victory in a crowded Democratic primary to replace outgoing state Sen. Adriano Espaillat.  Click here for the full story. 
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco wins Primary to replace Sen. Hugh Farley
In the race to replace long-time Capital Region Senator Hugh Farley, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco on edged out Christian Klueg for the Republican nomination.  See the full story here.

Encourage your members to text to win $100 Amazon gift card
Encourage your members to text the phrase “NYREALTOR” to 30644 to be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card and sign up for REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts. If they sign up before Oct. 31, they will also be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card from the National Association of REALTORS. Members will only receive important messages on REALTOR Calls for Action a few times a year to help protect our industry.

Enter NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation’s MacBook Air raffle
Every donation you make to the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation between now and Sept. 28 will enter you into a raffle for a MacBook Air. Earn one chance with a $20 donation or three chances with a $50 donation. Make your donation now at or while you’re at Turning Stone for the Fall Business Meetings. The winner will be announced during the NYSAR Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 28.
Housing Opportunities Foundation ‘It’s New to You’ Couture Store drop-off
Bring your men’s and women’s formal wear, business wear, smart casual clothing, outerwear, shoes and accessories to the Turning Stone Resort & Casino during the Fall Business Meetings, Sept. 25-28. These items will be sold in the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation Couture Store at the 2017 Mid-Winter Business Meetings being held February 5-9 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. Proceeds go toward the foundation’s first-time homebuyer grant program, which awards $2,000 grants to low-to-moderate income families/individuals. 
Encourage your members to tune in to NYSAR Radio in October for ‘Agency – Dual and Designated Agents’
The Tuesday, Oct. 18, NYSAR Radio show will cover agency issues, specifically related to dual and designated agents. Tune in at 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 on your PC or Mac by using the player on the NYSAR Radio page. You will need to be logged in to listen. If you have not yet created your account with the website, you will need to click on "New User" on the Member Login page and follow the prompts. 
Register for the RPAC Trivia Night during the Fall Business Meetings
Test your trivia knowledge while raising funds to support RPAC during the RPAC Trivia Night on Monday, Sept. 26, from 7:30-11 p.m. at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. In addition to the trivia tournament, there will be live and silent auctions, a selection of your favorite hot pub foods, and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Register online to attend NYSAR’s Fall Business Meetings and the RPAC Trivia Night today. Or, simply download, complete and return the registration form to NYSAR via fax at 518.462.5474. Questions? Contact Derick King at or 518.463.0300 x238. Click here to watch a promotional video. 
Submit nominations for Terry McDermott Community Leadership Award
Nominations are being accepted for the NAR Terry McDermott Community Leadership Award. This award honors an association executive who has gone above and beyond in his/her service to the community in which he/she lives and works. Local and state AEs and staff specialists are eligible to receive this award. Local and state association members, leaders, and staff, along with local community groups, may nominate an AE or staff specialist for this award. Self-nominations will also be considered. A $500 donation will be made in the award recipient’s name to his/her charity of choice.
Please consider nominating someone or sharing this information with others who may choose to nominate someone. The nomination deadline is Oct. 5. Click here for the nomination form.  

Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70 percent of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your NYSAR PAC reaches its PAC goal 30 percent is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after NYSAR PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

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