Government Affairs

2019 Fall Business Meetings - Legislative Policy Forum PowerPoints

For Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly's presentation, click here.

For Harris Beach Attorney Nicholas C. Mastrosimone's presentation, click here.

For NYSAR NAR Political Representative Zack Rubin-McCarry's presentation, click here.

Call for Action – New York City Residents

Send a message to your New York City Council Member now and voice your opposition to a proposed cap on fees collected from residential rental real estate transactions.

City Council Member Keith Powers of Manhattan has introduced legislation (Int. No. 1423-A) that would limit fees collected from tenants for residential rental real estate transactions to the value of one month’s rent, where the individual collecting the fee is an agent of the property owner. NYSAR strongly opposes this legislation. The proposal would unjustly target REALTORS®, establish a dangerous precedent regarding private real estate transactions and hurt prospective tenants without making rental housing more affordable in New York City. 

Take action to protect your business by urging your New York City Council Member to oppose this legislation!

Record attendance at NYSAR Lobby Day in Albany

A record number of REALTORS from across the state converged on Albany to take part in NYSAR’s annual Lobby Day at the capitol. Well over 300 REALTORS were welcomed to Albany by State Senator Shelley Mayer (D-Westchester), who has been a long-time supporter of REALTOR issues, then briefed on this year’s legislative agenda by NYSAR Government Affairs Director Mike Kelly. NYSAR President Moses Seuram, Vice-President Jennifer Stevenson, Secretary/Treasurer David Legaz and Legislative Steering Committee Chair Tom McCarthy met with State Senate and Assembly leadership to advocate for greater transparency in the application process for cooperative apartments, expansion of continuing education requirements for all real estate licensees, enacting a first-time home buyer savings account program, and to express concerns with any statewide expansion of New York City-style rent regulations. Throughout the day, REALTORS from all regions of the state held productive meetings with their respective state lawmakers to update them on state and local issues.  

NYSAR will reimburse individual members up to $150 for travel and lodging expenses. You must submit receipts and complete the NYSAR reimbursement form HERE.. Email the completed form with copies of your receipts to Leanne Little at

NYSAR attends Assembly public hearing on rent and tenant reforms

On Thursday, May 9, NYSAR attended a public hearing held by the State Assembly on rent and tenant reforms. NYSAR submitted written comment urging state lawmakers to delay action on any form of rent controls outside of New York City. REALTORS have concerns with the implementation of a statewide rent control program and its impact on upstate communities. You can read NYSAR’s written testimony HERE.. The next Assembly hearing is scheduled for Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m. in Rochester. You can watch the Assembly hearing live or taped recordings of all the hearings. The State Senate has also scheduled hearings on rent and tenant reforms for May 16, 22 and 23 in Brooklyn, Albany and Newburgh.


NYSAR’s Government Affairs department protects REALTOR interests at the state capitol. Our staff works to promote pro-REALTOR legislation and to defeat legislation that would adversely affect you and the real estate industry. We advocate before the governor’s office, legislature and state agencies including the Department of State.

In addition, we oversee the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) which provides financial support to pro-REALTOR candidates for public office.  

Contact us at (518) 463-0300 ext. 217 or


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