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NYSAR Committees

The New York State Association of REALTORS has more than 30 committees, forums, working groups and foundations for members to participate in and offer guidance and support for the organization as a whole. We value your volunteerism as we learn new trends and navigate issues that impact the real estate industry. Please consider joining us and volunteering your time.

Click here for the 2018 Committee List.

Committee Descriptions

Appraisal Committee
Article 12A Working Group
Association Executives Advisory Committee
Association Executives Forum
Budget & Finance Committee
Commercial Issues Working Group
Communications, Marketing and Technology Forum
Communications and Marketing Steering Committee
Co-op Issues Working Group
NYS Real Estate Education Foundation
Education Management Committee
Executive Committee
Faculty Development Sub-committee
Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee
Global, Resort and Second Home Markets Committee 
Grievance Committee
Housing Opportunities Committee
Housing Opportunities Foundation
Investment Committee
Issues Mobilization Committee
Leadership Academy Advisory Board
Legal Action Committee
Legislative Policy Forum
Legislative Steering Committee
Local Board/Association Education Forum
Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee
New York City Issues Working Group
Nominating Committee (& alternates)
NYSAR Awards Committee
NYSAR Past Presidents' Advisory Board
NYSAR Real Estate Services 
Organizational Planning Committee
Professional Standards Committee
Professional Standards Steering Committee
RPAC Trustees
Statewide Forms Committee
Young Professionals Network (YPN)


Appraisal Committee – Staff Liaison: Ali Mann (ext. 203) amann@nysar.com

The Appraisal Committee is an open committee whose objectives are to; enhance the public image of real estate appraisers, provide educational programs for real estate appraisers, enhance the professional standards of real estate appraisers, provide information services to the appraisal industry, and provide recommendations on legislative issues. The chair of the Appraisal Committee will also serve on the Executive Committee and Legislative Steering Committee as the appraisal representative for the respective year.

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Article 12A Working Group - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The Article 12A Working Group is a subcommittee of the Legislative Steering Committee and its mission is to monitor New York State legislative policy surrounding Article 12A, the New York Real Estate Licensing Law.  The working group reports directly to the Legislative Steering Committee.  The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the working group is open to all members who request it.

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Association Executives Advisory Committee - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

The Association Executives Advisory Committee is comprised of nine Association Executives serving staggered terms. The AEAC may make recommendations to the Board of Directors on policy issues before the association. The committee will also make recommendations to the state association president and president-elect on Association Executives nominated to serve on key NYSAR committees.

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Association Executives Forum - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

The Association Executives Forum provides an opportunity for local board/association executives to discuss items of mutual concern relative to the operation of their respective organization and to plan programs to achieve their effectiveness. They are responsible for the Annual Association Executive Seminar for Executive Officers and Staff Specialists and awarding scholarship(s) to the NAR Association Executives Institute.

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Budget & Finance Committee - Staff Liaison: Duncan MacKenzie (ext. 200) dmackenzie@nysar.com 

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Commercial Issues Working Group - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The Commercial Issues Working Group is a subcommittee of the Legislative Steering Committee and its mission is to monitor and analyze New York State legislative policy surrounding commercial real estate issues.  The working group reports directly to the Legislative Steering Committee. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the working group is open to all members who request it.

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Communications, Marketing and Technology Forum - Staff Liaisons: Kristen Egelston (ext. 229)kristen@nysar.com and Sean Dowling (ext. 234) sdowling@nysar.com

The Communications, Marketing and Technology Forum provides the opportunity for members to learn about the latest trends in these areas as it relates to the real estate industry. The Forum also encourages members to share ideas for applying what’s learned to enhance business practices. The chair is appointed by the NYSAR President. Membership in the body of the forum is open to all members who request it.

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Communications and Marketing Steering Committee - Staff Liaisons: Kristen Egelston (ext. 229)kristen@nysar.com

The Communications and Marketing Steering Committee guides programs to facilitate communication between the association and its members, the media and general public utilizing a variety of methods. It also guides the marketing and promotion of NYSAR and its programs to the same audiences. This is a termed committee appointed by the NYSAR President. The 13-member committee consists of a chair, vice chair, nine member appointees serving staggered terms and two local board staff representatives.

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Co-op Issues Working Group - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The Co-op Issues Working Group is a subcommittee of the Legislative Steering Committee and its mission is to monitor New York State and New York City legislative and public policy developments dealing with cooperative housing.  The working group reports to the Legislative Steering Committee. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the working group is open to all members who request it.

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NYS Real Estate Education Foundation - Staff Liaison: Priscilla Toth (ext. 318) ptoth@nysar.com 

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Education Management Committee - Staff Liaison: Priscilla Toth (ext. 318) ptoth@nysar.com 

The Education Management Committee provides educational services and programs to meet the needs of local boards and members. It develops and provides educational programming for the Annual Conference and business meetings, administers the REALTOR Institute Program within the mandates of the National Association of REALTORS and provides for members to earn the GRI Designation. The committee also provides other NAR designation programs to members across the state, including the ABR, CIPS, GREEN, RSPS, SFR and SRES. The Chair and Vice Chair of the committee are appointed by the NYSAR President. Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Executive Committee - Staff Liaison: Duncan MacKenzie (ext. 200) dmackenzie@nysar.com 

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Faculty Development Sub-committee - Staff Liaison: Priscilla Toth (ext. 318) ptoth@nysar.com 

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Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

The Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee supports and promotes equal opportunity in real estate through the distribution of information and discussion of established and new concepts. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Global, Resort and Second Home Markets Committee - Staff Liaison: Priscilla Toth (ext. 318) ptoth@nysar.com 

This committee promotes educational and marketing opportunities among REALTORS specializing in second home, resort and investment properties in a local, national or international marketplace.

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Grievance Committee - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

A termed committee of five individuals serving staggered three year term who receive ethics complaints and arbitration requests to determine if an ethics hearing or arbitration hearing is warranted.  All positions are appointed by the NYSAR President.

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Housing Opportunities Committee - Staff Liaison: Ali Mann (ext. 203) amann@nysar.com

The Housing Opportunities Committee develops a program of coordination, education, implementation and dissemination of information to acquaint NYSAR members with the benefits of involvement in affordable housing programs and opportunities. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Housing Opportunities Foundation - Staff Liaison: Ali Mann (ext. 203) amann@nysar.com

Created by the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of REALTORS in 2003, the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that promotes safe, decent and affordable housing for citizens of New York State. With the goal of assisting individuals in becoming homeowners, the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation identifies outside partnership opportunities with organizations that facilitate homeownership and also provides direct support in the home buying process to low-to-moderate income families.   Members serving on the Foundation Board are appointed by a nominating committee selected by the HOF President and the NYSAR President.

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Investment Committee - Staff Liaison: Duncan MacKenzie (ext. 200) dmackenzie@nysar.com 

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Issues Mobilization Committee - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The Issues Mobilization Committee is a termed committee consisting of a chair and vice chair, 12 members appointed by the NYSAR President serving three year terms (eight regional members and four at-large members), plus the chair of Legislative Steering, and a Local Board/Association Executive Officer Representative. The committee monitors legislative and public policy development at the state and local level, identifies issues warranting REALTOR public advocacy programs and provides funding for specific campaigns of support or opposition.

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Leadership Academy Advisory Board - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

The purpose of the NYS Association of REALTORS Leadership Academy is to identify, educate and inspire future leaders in a professional, supportive environment. The Advisory Board seeks applicants representing a cross-section of the profession. In addition to their real estate and REALTOR Association activities, these leaders and potential leaders should be active in; business, education, the arts, government, community organizations, ethnic or minority groups, or real estate specialty areas, and will reflect the diversity of the NYS Association of REALTORS. The Leadership Academy Advisory Board assists NYSAR with oversight of the NYS AOR Leadership Academy.  Leadership Academy Advisory Board helps identify emerging REALTOR leaders and encourages them to sharpen their leadership skills so that they may exert a strong positive influence on the future of the local, state and national associations and boards, as well as their profession. The Advisory Board reviews previous class evaluations and provides input on future Leadership Academy content and curriculum.  The Advisory Board reviews applications to the academy and selects individuals to participate.

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Legal Action Committee - Staff Liaison: Anthony Gatto, Esq.

The Legal Action Committee is a termed committee consisting of 12 individuals appointed by the NYSAR President for a term of three years.  The NYSAR Secretary/Treasurer is also a member of the committee. It maintains a watch on legal issues arising throughout the state which could have an effect on the membership and the real estate industry, communicates legal information of importance to the local boards/associations and the membership, and administers the Legal Action Fund for proactive and reactive legal matters.

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Legislative Policy Forum - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The Legislative Policy Forum advises the Legislative Steering Committee on governmental and legislative issues affecting the real estate industry and the membership. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Forum are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Legislative Steering Committee - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

This is a termed committee consisting of a chair and vice chair, eight regional representatives, eight at-large members (four of which are the respective chairs of the legislative working groups), one commercial practitioner, one appraiser, one local board Government Affairs Director, and a local board/association Executive Officer representative all appointed by the NYSAR President.  The chair of RPAC Trustees serves on the committee. The committee establishes NYSAR’s governmental and legislative agenda affecting the real estate industry and the membership and develops and implements strategies to communicate association positions to government officials and the public sector.

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Local Board/Association Education Forum - Staff Liaison: Priscilla Toth (ext. 318) ptoth@nysar.com 

This forum provides an opportunity for local board education staff members and volunteers to meet with the New York State Department of State staff and to discuss items of mutual concern. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

The Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee disseminates MLS policy as promulgated by the National Association of REALTORS and offers discussion on MLS operations and administration. It also provides information and updates on various topics related to the operation and administration of multiple listing services by REALTOR boards and associations. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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New York City Issues Working Group - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The New York City Issues Working Group is a subcommittee of the Legislative Steering Committee.  Its mission is to monitor New York State and New York City legislative policy surrounding real estate issues in the City of New York.  The working group reports to the Legislative Steering Committee. The Chair and Vice Chair of the working group are appointed by the NYSAR President.  Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Nominating Committee (and alternates) - Staff Liaison: Ali Mann (ext. 203) amann@nysar.com 

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NYSAR Awards Committee – Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com

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NYSAR Past Presidents’ Advisory Board – Staff Liaison: Duncan MacKenzie (ext. 200) dmackenzie@nysar.com 

The advisory board shall be composed of all former presidents of NYSAR which will serve the NYSAR leadership team and the CEO by providing advice and counsel. They shall meet twice annually during the NYSAR business meetings and at such other times as deemed necessary by NYSAR leadership and/or CEO. The chair shall be the second immediate past president who is able to serve.

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NYSAR Real Estate Services (termed)- Staff Liaison: Kristen Egelston (ext. 229) kristen@nysar.com 

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Organizational Planning Committee - Staff Liaison: Duncan MacKenzie (ext. 200) dmackenzie@nysar.com 

A termed committee of 35 individuals consisting of NYSAR Leadership, eight Regional Vice Presidents and 24 individuals serving three year terms who are appointed by the NYSAR President. The committee provides an ongoing review process of the organizational structure, goals, objectives and programs of the association, provides venues for dissemination of information on identified topics, select presenters to address identified critical issues, and analyzes information on trends to disseminate to appropriate NYSAR committees..

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Professional Standards Committee - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

The Professional Standards Committee conducts ethics hearings or arbitration hearings as required on matters of unethical conduct or arbitration as requested by individual members or referred by local boards. It provides procedural training for conducting ethics hearings, arbitration hearings and mediation as well as information and assistance regarding the understanding of the Code of Ethics and enforcement of professional standards and arbitration matters. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee are appointed by the NYSAR President. Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who request it.

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Professional Standards Steering Committee - Staff Liaison: Patrick Reilly (ext. 305) preilly@nysar.com 

This committee is comprised of 20 individuals, the chair and vice-chair of the Professional Standards Committee and 18 individuals appointed to staggered terms by the NYSAR President. The committee composition includes REALTOR Principals and non-principals as well as Association Executives including professional standards administrators. The Professional Standards Steering Committee is charged with reviewing professional standards enforcement and code of ethics matters and may meet at any time throughout the year as well as during the NYSAR Business meetings to review issues coming before the NAR Professional Standards Committee, Board of Directors and Delegate Body. The Professional Standards Steering Committee is charged with making recommendations in favor of or opposed to Articles, Standards of Practice and other policy matters.

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RPAC Trustees - Staff Liaison: Mike Kelly (ext. 315) mkelly@nysar.com 

The chair and vice chair of the committee and twelve members serving staggered three year terms are appointed by the NYSAR President. Eight of these twelve are regional representatives and four are at-large appointments.  The committee also consists of the chair and vice chair of the Legislative Steering Committee, chair of the Issues Mobilization Committee, and a Local Board/Association Executive Officer Representative. It is an independent body that oversees administration of the REALTORS Political Action Committee of New York (RPAC). It oversees political funding of state and federal level candidates and committees.

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Statewide Forms Committee - Staff Liaison: Anthony Gatto, Esq. agatto@nysar.com, Patrick Reilly (ext. 205) preilly@nysar.com 

The Statewide Forms Committee discusses, develops, drafts and reviews real estate related forms for use by NYSAR members throughout the state. The committee will work closely with NYSAR’s Legal Services department and local Realtor boards to achieve the use of NYSAR provided forms by members throughout New York.

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Young Professionals Network (YPN) - Staff Liaison: Kristen Egelston (ext. 229) kristen@nysar.com

The New York State Association of REALTORS Young Professional Network (YPN) is chartered and approved by the National Association of REALTORS. The NYSAR YPN is a member-driven group that gives a voice to NYSAR's young REALTORS. The YPN's mission is to: develop young real estate professionals through association involvement; provide members with new tools, education and training opportunities; offer networking opportunities; foster idea sharing among REALTORS of all ages and experience levels; and encourage community volunteerism.
 
The NYSAR YPN has a Chair, Vice Chair and Immediate Past Chair. The Chair and Vice Chair are appointed by the NYSAR President. Membership in the body of the committee is open to all members who have submitted their Member Information Form to join the YPN.

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