Weekly Report

Government Affairs Update for July 14, 2018

Now is the time to take Action to save the National Flood Insurance Program
With the July 31 expiration deadline rapidy approaching, now is the time to respond to this important Call for Action urging Congress to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Any lapse in the federal program could seriously delay home sales and closings. Through today, only 9 percent of New York REALTORS have responded. NAR has been advocating for a long-term reauthorization of the program along with needed reforms. 
REALTOR television ad airs opposing Albany fire sprinkler mandate
NYSAR and the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS released a television commercial opposing a proposed Albany County mandate that would require the installation of fire sprinkler systems in all new homes. NYSAR and GCAR have issued a Call for Action, and will continue to engage the Albany County Legislature on the issue as it considers the legislation this month.
New cease and desist zone in effect in Chestnut Ridge in Rockland County
A new cease and desist zone in the town of Chestnut Ridge in Rockland County went into effect July 1, 2018. The regulation prohibits real estate brokers, salespeople and other persons regularly engaged in the buying and selling of real estate from soliciting a real estate listing from homeowners whose name appears on a Department of State issued cease and desist list. The list, which is updated monthly, can be found here

Assembly Democrats say they will not return for special session
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Thursday that his Democratic conference would not return to Albany for a special session in response to State Sen. Marty Golden’s call to extend the state’s speed camera program near schools, which expires July 25. Earlier in the week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo calledon the Senate to return to Albany and pass reproductive rights bills.


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