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Weekly Report for October 18, 2019

DOS proposes updated rule for advertisements not listed with a broker
The Department of State published an updated rule regarding advertisements not listed with a broker. The proposed rule clarifies the requirements around the use of third-party advertising by a broker, including when such advertisement references property subject to an exclusive listing agreement with another broker. The rule is subject to a 60-day comment period. The final adopted rule will not be published until January or February of 2020 and will take effect 180 days after final publication. You may view the text of the rule here. REALTORS® may comment on the proposed rule by contacting the Department of State at david.mossberg@dos.ny.gov

State Senate holds hearing on “Gig Economy” legislation
NYSAR staff attended a public hearing to examine legislation introduced by Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo that seeks to address the gig economy’s impact on workers. California enacted a law earlier this year to provide various workers classified as independent contractors with additional labor protections. The law exempted real estate professionals. Senator Savino’s and Assemblyman Crespo’s legislation would create a class of workers known as dependent workers and provide these workers with labor protections, which include collective bargaining rights and overtime pay. This legislation currently does not exempt real estate professionals. NYSAR intends to work with the sponsors to have its concerns addressed and seek the exclusion of real estate licensees. 

National Grid to reconnect gas service for approximately 1,000 customers after PSC order
National Grid is reconnecting gas service for nearly 1,000 residential and commercial customers in the downstate region, after the Public Service Commission issued an order directing the utility company to reinstate service. National Grid maintains that there is a long term need for more gas in the region, which they hope can be met through the approval of the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project. NYSAR currently has a Call for Action in support of the NESE project, which you can use to contact your lawmakers and encourage them to support the project. 

Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey to retire
Rep. Nita Lowey announced that she will not seek reelection in 2020 after serving in Congress for more than three decades. Lowey is currently the chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Several names have been mentioned as potential candidates, including Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains), who declared his candidacy a few days after Lowey’s announcement. Former Obama administration staffer, Mondaire Jones, previously declared that he is running for the seat. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton, announced that she will not run for the seat.

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