RPAC Monthly Report


May 7, 2018

We at NYSAR Government Affairs can’t thank you enough for your efforts to build RPAC. This interactive monthly report includes an RPAC fundraising and participation update, RPAC online silent auction, information on local RPAC events and a “Resources” section with links to RPAC fundraising ideas, RPAC FAQ’s, the Local Board RPAC Manual and much more. Please let us know if you have ideas on how we might make the report even better!

Fundraising and Participation Update

2018 RPAC fundraising and participation status
As of April 30, RPAC of New York has raised $495,527 reflecting 45 percent toward our 2018 fundraising goal of $1.1 million. In terms of participation, 8,763 members have invested in RPAC, representing 45 percent toward our 2018 Participation Goal of 19,415. These figures represent 16 percent of NYSAR’s total membership as invested in RPAC to date.
Congratulations to the first boards to reach their 2018 RPAC Fundraising Goal:
Bronx Manhattan North Association
Clinton County Board
Cortland County Board
New York State Commercial Association
Northern Adirondack Board
Southern Adirondack REALTORS
Congratulations to the first boards to reach their 2018 RPAC Participation Goal:
Clinton County Board
Cortland County Board
Elmira Corning Regional Association
Hamptons & North Fork Association
Ithaca Board
Jefferson Lewis Board
New York State Commercial Association
Staten Island Board
St. Lawrence Board
Southern Adirondack REALTORS 
Ulster County Board

Click here to view RPAC fundraising and participation totals organized by region. 
Click here to view board by board Local Revenue Sharing (LRS) figures.

Other 2018 NAR RPAC Goals for New York
Major Investor Goal: 223
President’s Circle Goal: 22
Statewide Participation Goal: 35%

NOTE:  Please be aware that due to processing, some investments may not appear as being credited until the following monthly report.
As a reminder to local boards, the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) requires: 
- Investments in excess of $50 to be forwarded to NYSAR within 10 calendar days of the date of the check
- Investments of $50 or less to be forwarded to NYSAR within 30 calendar days of the date of the check.
To simplify the forwarding procedure, it is highly recommended that all RPAC investments be forwarded at least once a week to NYSAR.  

Please mark your calendars….the deadline to invest in RPAC in the 2018 fundraising year is Friday, November 30.

RPAC/Legislative News and Events

Local boards raise nearly $18,000 for RPAC in April!
The spring RPAC fundraising season is underway. Thank you to the following local boards for holding events to support RPAC in April:
• Greater Syracuse raised $7,500 during a top producer cocktail party. 
• Dutchess County in conjunction with Women’s Council raised $6,000 during the 2nd annual bowling event!
• Dutchess & Ulster raised $600 during a wine & craft beer pull held as part of their combined agent’s day.
• Hudson Gateway raised $1,000 during an RPAC Zumba class & another $500 during an RPAC phone bank.
• Greater Capital raised $500 during an RPAC phone bank.
• Long Island raised $1,800 during an RPAC phone bank. 

Looking to attend an RPAC event in your community?
There are several local board RPAC events on the calendar for the months ahead. From Bowling, Happy Hour gatherings, Horse Racing, River Cruises, White Water Rafting and a New York Yankees vs. New York Mets subway series game, there is something for everyone. To view the event calendar, click here.

Legislative Update
At the NYS Capital, Albany

State Senate and Assembly special election results
Democrats Shelley Mayer (37th SD-Westchester) and Luis Sepulveda (32nd SD-Bronx) won in special elections for New York State Senate on April 24, giving Democrats a statistical majority. However, Republicans currently maintain leadership control as long as Democratic Senator Simcha Felder continues to caucus with them. Nine open state Assembly seats were also filled in special elections. Democrats won four out of the nine, with one seat changing party. The 10th Assembly District in Suffolk County flipped to being Democratic after it was vacated by Republican Chad Lupinacci. Democrats in the Assembly now hold a 107 to 42 super majority. Read full special election results here.

Cuomo introduces source of income bill
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he is advancing a bill to outlaw housing discrimination based on the lawful source of a person's income. He also announced the filing of two complaints by the New York State Division of Human Rights against housing providers in Queens, alleging that they discriminated against tenants based on their sex, familial status, and national origin. Read the governor’s press release here.

NYSAR meets with Assembly housing chair on coop transparency bill
NYSAR staff met with Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn), chair of the Committee on Housing, and Assembly counsel staff to discuss the advancement of cooperative transparency legislation (A.10084/S.7523). The bill would improve transparency by establishing a clear timeline for the receipt, acknowledgement, completion and acceptance/denial of a cooperative purchase application. These efforts on the state level are in conjunction with similar efforts to introduce and advance legislation before the New York City Council. NYSAR will continue to update members on any progress.

Moody’s report: SALT cap impact on home values and local governments
A report released by Moody’s found the $10,000 limit on state and local tax deductions will impact local governments, especially those in the New York City metropolitan region. The firm found growth in property tax revenue will be pressured and result in a damper on the increase in home values. Recent changes passed in the state budget creating workarounds on the SALT deduction cap could provide some relief, however, the federal government has yet to announce whether it will allow such vehicles. Learn more.

IDC reunifies with mainline Democrats in state Senate
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Jeff Klein announced the two Democratic factions (Independent Democratic Conference and mainline Democrats) in the state Senate will reunite as a single conference. The new Democratic conference will be led by Stewart-Cousins with Klein as deputy. Democratic Senator Simcha Felder currently caucuses with the Republicans, allowing them to maintain a majority. Read more here.

NY enacts $168 billion budget, rejects real estate transfer tax increases
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature finalized a $168.3 billion on-time state budget last week. The budget closes a $4.5 billion deficit and excludes roughly $1 billion in new taxes and fees proposed by the governor and state Assembly. NYSAR was pleased to see the exclusion of two real estate transfer tax increases from the final budget, which were originally proposed in the Assembly one-house budget. The final budget includes provisions to decouple state tax law from federal revenue code, create a new optional payroll tax program that employers would enroll into, and allow for the creation of tax deductible state and local charitable contribution funds, which has municipalities looking for IRS guidance and questioning how to implement such funds. Also included in the final budget are new fees imposed on ride-hail services in parts of Manhattan, funding for the New York City Housing Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and additional funding for flood recovery efforts along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline.

On Capital Hill, Washington D.C.
HUD proposes federal rent increases for low-income households
HUD Secretary Ben Carson unveiled a major overhaul of the rental-housing system proposing to increase the share of rent that low-income households must pay before receiving federal assistance and allow public housing authorities to impose work requirements. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed his opposition to the proposal, which would require Congressional approval. Read more here.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announces resignation
GOP Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will not seek re-election in November, and plans to let his term expire at the end of this year. It’s yet to be seen if a new speaker will be elected by House Republicans before the end of this year. Learn more.

To view NYSAR’s Government Affairs weekly report archive for the month of April, click here.

RPAC Monthly Auction

Congratulations Sharon Ciminelli!
Thank you to Sharon Ciminelli from the Buffalo Niagara Association for submitting the high bid of $525 for the Michael Kors bag offered as the April RPAC auction item. Thank you Sharon for your ongoing support of RPAC at the Sterling R ($1,000) level and for your service as Western Regional RPAC Trustee.  Thank you also to Lin Field from the Jefferson Lewis board for generously donating the Michael Kors bag. 

May RPAC auction item - Fitbit Charge 2 in navy blue

Track all-day activities like steps, distance, calories, floors climbed, heart rate and active minutes. Track sleep quality, set alarms and even view calls and texts. Use connected GPS during run mode to see real time stats like pace and distance! Get a better understanding of your fitness level and how you can improve over time.   


Starting bid: $150
Bidding Increments: $25

Email bids to, call Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or join the RPAC of New York  Facebook group to submit a bid. Bidding closes on Thursday, May 31.

RPAC Promotion & Recognition

RPAC of New York’s brand new “Empire Pin” is now available for a $25 investment in RPAC
Show your support of RPAC of New York through the brand new, limited edition Empire Pin. The pin is one-inch wide with a powerful magnetic backing and features New York State in REALTOR blue with a brushed silver trim. Download and complete your order form today, or contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King at or 518-463-0300 x238.

Flyer 1: Broker Flyer 
A broker-specific piece offering a few pointers on how brokers may bring RPAC into the conversation among their agents. Click here for the flyer. 

Flyer 2: How has RPAC protected your business? 
Shows how RPAC has worked to protect your business and to defend the dream of Homeownership.Click here for the flyer. 
Flyer 3: Giving Homeowners a Voice
Shows how RPAC has helped give REALTORS and homeowners a voice in the Empire State! Click here for the flyer.
Flyer 4: The return on your RPAC investments 
The return on your RPAC investments means real savings for REALTORS and consumers. Take a look at some of the things your RPAC dollars have accomplished for you and your industry by clicking here.

*If you plan to print these documents, please be sure to print double sided.

RPAC Magnetic Bumper Magnets available for a $25 investment in RPAC – New in 2017 
Download and complete your order form today, or contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King at or 518-463-0300 x238 
Option 1: I fight for my clients’ rights! 
Option 2: Fighting for the rights of property owners! 
Attention Major Investors

RPAC of NY offering Major Investor Installment Plan 
Once again, NYSAR will be offering the RPAC of NY Major Investor Installment Plan. The plan gives members the option to spread their RPAC investments over a course of months to achieve Major Investor status ($1,000+) by the end of the fundraising year in December. How the program works: members pledge to become an RPAC Major Investor, provide NYSAR with their credit card information, select five months to spread out their payments and NYSAR will charge their card over five monthly installments. Click here to enroll in the RPAC Major Investor Installment Plan today.
RPAC of New York’s “Pay As You Go – Major Investor Pledge” Program
In addition to the installment plan, RPAC of NY is thrilled to announce the “Pay As You Go Major Investor Pledge” program. This new program allows Major Investors to pledge their RPAC support at the Major Investor level and to pay incrementally throughout the year. This may be accomplished by attending state and/or local RPAC events or by investing in RPAC whenever financially convenient during the year. This program gives Major Investors the flexibility to pay as they go and will also assist staff in maintaining an accurate list of Major Investors across the state, to ensure all are on track to fulfilling their pledges by the close of the fundraising year.To pledge your Major Investment through the Pay As You Go Major Investor Pledge, click here.

RPAC Power Point: Take a look at the RPAC Fast Facts Power Point to learn why every REALTOR should invest in RPAC!
Please contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator, Derick King at or 518-463-0300 x238 to order copies of these flyers!

RPAC of New York on Facebook
To gain up to date information on RPAC fundraising, local and state RPAC events and much more join the RPAC of New York  Facebook group.

RPAC Major Donor Recognition
On behalf of New York's 55,000 REALTORS, RPAC of New York thanks the members listed here for being major donors in 2018. 

RPAC Resources 

NYSAR provides resources to local boards to host RPAC fundraising events 
In fact, RPAC of New York will pay 75 percent of the cost to put on the event, while the local boards’ Local Revenue Sharing (LRS) account will be charged the remaining 25 percent. Many boards host events such as auctions, talent shows, group outings at a local attraction such as a restaurant, brewery or sporting event. As a reminder, local boards must complete the RPAC Local Board Event Fundraising Request Form prior to holding the event. By law, all expenses associated with RPAC fundraising must be paid for by RPAC and never by the local boards’ corporate account. Please contact the Government Affairs department for guidance on holding local RPAC events.  

RPAC of New York Local Board Manual
RPAC Local Board Event Fundraising Request Form
RPAC Works For Me Educational Video
RPAC Dues Billing Basics
RPAC Pledge Form
RPAC Top Ten Legal Questions about Fundraising 
RPAC of New York Staff Contacts 
RPAC Fundraising Ideas: 
RPAC of New York "REALTORS Got Talent" Flyer
RPAC Jail Flyer
RPAC VIP Lounge Flyer
LIBOR Day at the Races Flyer
LIBOR New York Mets Game Flyer
LIBOR New York Yankees Game Flyer
LIBOR "REALTORS Got Talent" Flyer 

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or Thank you again for all of your support of RPAC.

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% 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% 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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