Weekly Report for September 23, 2021
REALTORS® testify in opposition to NYC commercial rent control; Launch Call for Action
On September 17, NYSAR submitted formal testimony in opposition to a New York City Council bill (Int. 1796) by Council Member Stephen Levin, which would impose commercial rent control throughout New York City. REALTOR® Melissa Gomez also testified before the City Council at the virtual hearing which you can watch here. This legislation fails to provide the real economic relief that small businesses need and will deter commercial real estate investment. If you live in New York City, Take Action now. You can read more here. NYSAR also recently launched a Call for Action to New York City residents opposing a City bill (Int. 2047) that would prohibit landlords and real estate brokers in New York City from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants.
NYSAR Legislative Working Groups meet virtually
This week, NYSAR’s Legislative Working Groups met virtually during NYSAR’s Fall Business Meetings to discuss a variety of issues including pending implementation of statewide fair housing bills approved by the State Legislature earlier this year, proposed regulatory changes before the Department of State, New York’s eviction moratorium, emergency rental assistance issues, efforts to overturn the state’s telemarketing ban during states of emergency, as well as legislative efforts before the New York City Council, among other issues.
You can now tune in virtually to NYSAR’s Legislative Policy Forum for a political and legislative update on state and federal issues on October 5 at 8:30 a.m. available on NYSAR’s Meeting Planner here.
Governor Hochul requests additional rental assistance from federal government
Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she has formally requested additional emergency rental assistance funds from the federal government. Governor Hochul said that the state expects to have fully obligated or distributed all federal rental relief funds by next month. The state, however, continues to receive upwards of 9,000 applications per week, demonstrating the need. Read more here.
Marc Molinaro announces run for Congress against Rep. Delgado
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced on Tuesday that he will run for Congress in the competitive 19th Congressional District currently held by Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado since 2018. Read more here.