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January 2019

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Register for the 2019 NYSAR Local Board Leadership Conference
Be sure to register your officers and directors for the 2019 NYSAR Local Board Leadership Conference, which will be held during the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings on Sunday February 10 at 11 a.m. To register, click here. 

Local Board/Association 2018 REALTORS of the Year to be recognized in February 
NYSAR will recognize Local Board/Association 2018 REALTORS of the Year by presenting them with a Local Board REALTOR pin and photo with 2018 President CJ DelVecchio during the Mid-Winter Business Meetings in February at the Desmond Hotel in Albany. Register for the event by clicking here. 

NAR: "Homeownership part of 'American Dream'; housing costs deterrent for non-owners"
Homeowners and non-homeowners both strongly consider homeownership part of the American Dream, according to new consumer survey data from the National Association of REALTORS. The survey revealed that among those polled, approximately 75 percent of non-homeowners believe homeownership is part of their American Dream, while nine in 10 current homeowners said the same. Learn more. 

EDUCATION

NYSREEF scholarships to be awarded in February 
The New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) awards scholarships to eligible New York REALTORS twice a year at NYSAR's semi-annual business meetings. The scholarships allow REALTORS to earn national designations and certifications without paying the tuition rates typical for these programs. Also, participation in co-sponsored classes helps boost revenue for local boards. We hope your board will consider a generous donation to the Education Foundation this year. While you're at the Mid-Winter Business Meetings, stop by the registration area to see who contributed in 2018 and to make your 2019 donation. Visit NYSREEF.org to see how easy it is to contribute online. 

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Gov. Cuomo delivers 2019 State of the State address and Executive Budget proposal
On Tuesday, January 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is entering his third term, delivered his 2019 State of the State address while rolling in his Executive Budget proposal, which outlined a $175 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year. Within that spending plan, the governor highlighted a number of fiscal and policy initiatives, including making the 2 percent property tax cap permanent, fighting the federal cap on SALT deductions, lowering state income tax rates on middle-class earners, prohibiting housing discrimination based on legal source of income, enacting stronger tenant protections and eliminating vacancy decontrol, to name a few. NYSAR staff will be reviewing the governor’s proposals as the administration continues to release more details and specific budget legislation. The State Senate and Assembly will also be releasing their respective spending plans in the coming weeks. The 2019-2020 Executive Budget Briefing Book can be found here.  

Attend NYSAR Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 7
All REALTORS are welcome to attend NYSAR’s Annual Lobby Day in Albany on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Lobby Day provides members the opportunity to meet one-on-one with state lawmakers to discuss REALTOR issues. NYSAR will provide breakfast and lunch as well as reimburse members for some travel and hotel expenses. Stay tuned for more details. 

Gov. Cuomo signs NYSAR-supported AMC legislation into law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed into law NYSAR-supported legislation that will require the registration of Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs). The governor signed Chapter 517 on December 28, 2018. The law will take effect in late April and authorizes the Department of State to issue certificates of registration to AMCs for a period of two years. The legislation was necessary due to changes in federal regulations requiring that states license and regulate AMCs for these companies to operate in the state. NYSAR would like to extend its gratitude to appraiser members: Carol DiSanto, Rebecca Jones and Stephen Roefaro for their diligent efforts on helping to get this legislation passed and signed into law. 
 
NAR helps secure FEMA Reversal on new flood policies during shutdown
On Dec. 21, Congress passed legislation that extends the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) until May 31, 2019. In an unexpected policy decision, FEMA said on Dec. 26 it couldn't allow insurers to issue and renew federal policies while the partial government shutdown was ongoing. NAR, along with other organizations, expressed concerns urging a reversal of that ruling. As a result, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reversed its ruling and will continue issuing and renewing flood insurance policies. Learn more.
 
NYC Council addresses spike in store-sign violations
The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to institute a two-year moratorium on violations related to store signs and awnings after a mysterious spike in 311 complaints that led to costly penalties for small businesses. The bill, which Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign, would also create an interagency task force to study the issue, waive or return fines for some past violations, and require the city to provide education and training to help small businesses ensure their signs comply with the law. Learn more. 

NYC Mayor de Blasio announces new tenant protection office and vacancy tax proposal
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants during his State of the City address delivered on January 10. The office will be tasked with coordinating city agencies and initiatives that work on tenant and landlord issues. Mayor de Blasio also said he will urge state lawmakers to approve legislation that would impose a vacancy tax penalizing landlords who keep storefronts vacant for extended periods. Learn more. 

Text the word “REALTORS” to 30644 for chance to win $250 Amazon gift card
Respond to important REALTOR Calls for Action more conveniently by signing up for REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts. Simply text the word, “REALTOR” to 30644 to receive short text messages only when there is a national or state legislative Call for Action. Sign up today and you will be entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card. Learn more.

RPAC

RPAC VIP Lounge to be held on Tuesday Feb. 12 at The Desmond
Back by popular demand, the RPAC VIP Lounge will be open on Tuesday, February 12 during the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. Receive a manicure, massage, psychic reading, sketch by a character artist, deluxe breakfast and lunch, and much more for a new $250 RPAC investment to kick off the 2019 RPAC fundraising year. For complete details, click here. Register for the RPAC VIP Lounge when you register for the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings by clicking here
 
RPAC award ceremonies during the Mid-Winter Business Meetings 
The 2018 local board RPAC award ceremony, Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service award presentation and the 2018 RPAC of New York Hall of Fame induction will take place during the General Session at The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center on Tuesday, February 12 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the King Street Ballroom. 

January RPAC Auction Item – Coach Bag & Key Chain
Bid on a deluxe Coach bag and key chain, which were donated by Connie Ryan of the Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS. Bidding will end at the close of business on Thursday, January 31. To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group or contact Derick King 518-463-0300 x 238 or by email at dking@nysar.com


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 percent 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 percent 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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