Association Executives News

September 2019


Judith Lindenau RCE scholarship application now open
Those who are a full- or part-time employee of a local or state association of REALTORS® are encouraged to apply for a Judith Lindenau RCE scholarship, which covers up to $570 of the expense of submitting the RCE applicant data form. The application deadline is October 9 and recipients are selected at the NAR 2019 REALTORS Conference & Expo in November. For more information and to apply, click here. 

William D. North 2020 AE Institute scholarship application now open
The William D. North AE Institute Scholarship aims to further the REALTOR® association management profession by funding three AE's who exhibit financial need and an initiative to pursue professional growth opportunities, to attend the 2020 Association Executives Institute, which will be held March 13-16 in San Diego. Recipients will receive $1,000 for expenses, plus complimentary registration (a $560 value). Selection is based on financial need and initiative to pursue professional growth opportunities. Applications are due by October 9. For more information and to apply, click here. 

2020 NYSAR Leadership Academy dates announced
The dates and locations for the 2020 Leadership Academy are set. The objective of NYSAR’s Leadership Academy is to discover, educate and empower future leaders. The content aims to help participants realize the leader within and focuses on the past, present and future of the association as well as a leader’s role serving the greater good of the association. Graduates come away with life-long friendships, a strong referral network and a real sense of accomplishment. While the Leadership Academy strives to provide a path to association service and leadership, participation does not guarantee graduates future leadership positions within the association.

Retreat 1 - April 20-21, 2020 - "Getting Acquainted, Learning to Lead" at Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY
Retreat 2 - June 1-2, 2020 - "Legal, Law, Legislation and Leadership" at the Hampton Inn, Albany, NY
Retreat 3 - July 20-21, 2020 - "Lessons in Leadership, Time Management, Balance and Renewal" at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront Hotel, Geneva, NY
Retreat 4 - August 24-25, 2020 - "Style & Substance, Key Lessons in Leadership & Planning" at the Delta Hotel, Utica, NY
Retreat 5 - September 21-22, 2020 - "Putting It All Together" at the Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, NY 

The completed application is due before October 18, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST. For more information, click here. 

Info and application deadline for REALTOR® Emeritus
Complete certification forms for REALTOR® Emeritus status must be received by October 2 for approval in November at our REALTORS Conference & Expo held in San Francisco. REALTOR Emeritus status, recognizes REALTOR and REALTOR-Associate members with 40 years of continuous membership along with committee service participation.

The REALTOR® Emeritus program is a special membership status honoring those REALTORS® who have maintained their membership for 40 years or more. Emeritus members receive a certificate and pin to show their status, National Association dues are waived for the remainder of their membership, and they are exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement. FOR 2019 ONLY, members may qualify for Emeritus status if they 1) Have held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR®-ASSOCIATE, or both, for a cumulative period of forty (40) years; AND 2) have completed at least one year of service at the national, state or local level. NOTE: 2019 is a members last opportunity to apply for REALTOR® Emeritus status with the state or local service requirement. To view the application form, click here. 

Nominations for the 2019 REALTORS® Honor Society are open
The REALTORS® Honor Society recognizes local board/association members for their REALTOR® association involvement during the 2018 elective year. This form can be reproduced to submit as many nominees as your board/association desires. The basis for this program remains the same as in previous years, i.e., the Honor Society Report Form must be completed and signed by an officer or executive officer of the board/association. The forms are then sent to NYSAR for verification and approval. Upon approval for the award, the pin and certificate are sent to the local board/association along with a bill for same. The cost of  the certificates and pins will be $10.00 (plus tax) per Honor Society member selected. The board will be billed when pins and certificates are sent. Please return the completed form(s) to Patrick Reilly,  NYSAR, 130 Washington  Avenue, Albany, NY 12210-2298 or as a pdf attachment to For the REALTOR Honor Society point chart, click here.

NAR 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo
The Delegate Body meeting scheduled for Monday, November 11 during the National Association of REALTORS® 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, California has been canceled. With no proposed amendments to the NAR Constitution or the NAR Code of Ethics, there is no business to be brought before the delegates. Each local board/association president is a delegate, or if the president is not attending, another member may be designated as the alternate. 


Register for Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Show
All state and local board/association staff members are invited to attend Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Show, which will be held December 9-12 in Atlantic City, at no charge. As an AE, you may register online, however, staff members must download, print and fax their registrations. The only item that you might need to pay for is the Professional Standards Administrator’s Training on Monday, December 9 (a $50 fee), should you need it. If you need to book a suite for your association, you should do so by September 20. Each board may reserve a one-bedroom suite plus two additional bedrooms. The board may designate the bedrooms, however, we do suggest that the board president and association executive officer be considered for assignment to the bedrooms. Please contact AmeriRoom Reservations to make your room reservations. by phone at 1-(800) 888-5825 or (609) 348-3032. In addition to our regular schedule, there are some programs designed specifically for AEs on Wednesday, December 11. These include "Composing Your Leadership" with Maura Neill, "Freddie Mac/Affordable Housing" with Carmen Mercado and "NAR Community Outreach Grants" with Holly Moskerintz. Register now!


Landlord/tenant law guest speaker at the 2019 NYSAR Fall Business Meetings
Learn more about recent changes to the law relating to NYS landlord and tenant reforms during the Legislative Policy Forum at NYSAR’s Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. Featured speakers include Nick Mastrosimone, attorney at Harris Beach PLLC, NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly and NAR Field Representative Zack Rubin-McCarry, who will provide insight into the top state and federal issues facing REALTORS®.
Department of State issues guidance to licensees on new rental laws
The NYS Department of State recently issued guidance to real estate licensees addressing the new rental laws. The purpose of the guidance was to notify licensees that the Department of State is of the opinion that certain sections of the new law “applies to real estate brokers and salespeople acting as an agent of the landlord, lessor, sub-lessor or grantor.” In other words, licensees acting on behalf of the landlord must comply with the new rental laws or face discipline from the Department of State (in addition to the outcome of any action brought by an individual or NYS agency). The guidance letter is not meant to interpret the new rental laws and should not be used by licensees to provide clarity to the landlord. To view the full guidance document, click here. 
NYSAR attends state Building Code Council public hearing
On September 5, NYSAR staff attended a public hearing on proposed amendments to the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Currently, the proposed rule does not include a controversial requirement mandating the installation of a residential fire sprinkler system in all new one- and two-family homes or townhomes. NYSAR submitted public comment in January urging the Code Council to exclude this sprinkler mandate. NYSAR will closely monitor this issue as the Code Council meets later this month.
NAR update and FAQ on National Flood Insurance Program
Without Congressional action, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire at midnight on Monday, September 30. NAR is working with Congress and the White House to secure a long-term reauthorization of the program and attach an extension to a continuing funding resolution for the U.S. government to continue operating after September 30. To view NAR’s FAQ section, click here.


September RPAC auction item- Fitbit Charge 3 fitness activity tracker 
Select from more than 15 exercise modes including run, bike, swim, yoga, circuit training and more while measuring calorie burn, heart rate, footsteps, active minutes and sleep quality. Bidding will end Monday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group or contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or

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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