Weekly Report for May 13, 2022
NYSAR President Jennifer Vucetic testifies before Climate Action Council
On Wednesday, May 11, NYSAR 2022 President Jennifer Vucetic testified at a public hearing (view transcript here) before the New York State Climate Action Council to express NYSAR’s concerns with specific recommendations to reduce carbon emissions, including prohibiting natural gas in new construction and banning new natural gas service to existing buildings beginning in 2024, prohibiting traditional heating and cooling system replacements beginning in 2030, and prohibiting gas appliance replacements beginning in 2035. NYSAR is deeply concerned that the Council’s recommendations on electrification would negatively impact property owners and worsen housing affordability in the state. You can find more information here.
NYSAR Lobby Day draws hundreds of REALTORS® to Albany
On Tuesday, May 10, hundreds of REALTORS® from across the state converged on Albany during NYSAR’s annual Lobby Day to advocate on critical REALTOR® issues and legislation, including removing the ban on telemarketing during states of emergency, opposition to “good cause eviction” and the All-Electric Building Act, and support for transparency and fairness in cooperative housing. NYSAR 2022 President Jennifer Vucetic and Assemblyman John McDonald of the Capital Region delivered opening remarks, while NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly provided an overview of legislative issues. Video and additional content from the day will be posted on NYSAR’s website and NYSAR’s Facebook page. Anyone who has not filled out your Lobby Day expense reimbursement form, please do so here.
NYSAR continues to urge lawmakers to fix telemarketing ban
NYSAR continues to urge state lawmakers to pass legislation (S.7656/A.8662) which would make technical amendments to current law in order to allow for telemarketing activities during declared states of emergency. The bill was NYSAR’s top issue discussed with lawmakers during our Lobby Day earlier this week. Several months ago, NYSAR organized a coalition effort to help advocate for the bill. You can Take Action here.