February 2020

February 14, 2020

NYSAR urges state lawmakers to fund new fair housing program in state budget
NYSAR issued letters urging Governor Cuomo and leaders of the state legislature to include new funding in this year’s state budget to establish and maintain a state fair housing tester program. NYSAR also included support for specialized training and certification requirements for fair housing instructors and increasing the maximum state fines for fair housing law violations. You can read the letter here.

Governor vetoes bill, preserving property tax abatement for coops and condos
Governor Cuomo pocket-vetoed a bill that would have made coop and condo buildings ineligible for a 17.5 percent reduction on their annual property tax bill if they failed to provide a prevailing wage to its building service workers. Interested parties argued that smaller condos and coops would struggle to pay a prevailing wage. Read more here.

Special Election April 28 to fill open congressional and state legislative seats
Governor Cuomo announced special elections to be held on the same date as the presidential primary in New York, April 28, 2020 to fill a vacant Congressional seat and four vacant state legislative seats. They include: the 27th Congressional seat held by former Rep. Chris Collins, the 50th State Senate District seat previously held by Republican Bob Antonacci, the 12th Assembly District previously held by Republican Andrew Raia, the 31st Assembly District previously held by Democrat Michele Titus, and the 136th Assembly District previously held by Democrat Jamie Romeo. Read more here.

February 7, 2020

Legislative Forum Guest Speaker
This year’s Legislative Forum at NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings will be held February 12 at 10 a.m. in Fort Orange Rooms 7-9 and will feature guest speaker David Lombardo, host of WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. David is an experienced journalist in state politics and previously served as Capitol reporter for the Albany Times Union. NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly and NAR Political Representative Zack Rubin-McCarry will also be presenting state and federal issues updates during the legislative forum.

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to speak at Mid-Winter Business Meetings
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who was elected in 2014 and re-elected for a second term in 2018, is the keynote speaker during the General Session at the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings. Hochul has worked in all levels of government, from Town Board to Congress – where she represented New York’s 26th Congressional District.