BOARDROOM REPORT: January 16, 2019

Real Estate In-Depth | March 2019

Boardroom Report
Boards of Directors
Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. (HGAR)
January 16, 2019
HGAR offices, White Plains, New York

Management, Financial & Membership Reports

Treasurer Irene Guanill Elukowich presented the Treasurer’s Report as of January 1, 2019, and the Directors approved receipt of the Report.

Director Dorothy Botsoe then provided a report of the HGAR Leadership Committee concerning Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Trustee vacancies, and the Directors confirmed Kerri F. Stretch and Gail Fattizzi as Trustees of the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation.

President Garafalo outlined his HGAR 2019 Initiatives and Priorities in his capacity as President. In that regard, he discussed leadership training for new Directors to be led by David Severance of Advanced Development Services. In addition, he discussed his RPAC initiative whereby he is seeking to have every HGAR Broker-Owner contribute to RPAC in 2019. He further discussed his plans to develop a new HGAR Strategic Plan by mid-year. Lastly, President Garafalo mentioned NAR’s C2EX “Commitment to Excellence” and stated he will enroll himself that week in the “Commitment to Excellence” course.

CEO Haggerty outlined his HGAR 2019 Initiatives and Priorities in his capacity as CEO. Haggerty discussed the soon to be released new website with integration of Rapattoni data personalized to the member. He discussed the status of the new regional MLS initiative with the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island and estimated that the launch of the new MLS would occur in the second quarter of 2019. He further discussed strengthening the Commercial and Investment Division and HGAR’s continued plans to expand Manhattan membership. Lastly, he detailed his plans for the expansion of the Global Business Council in coordination with Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations Theresa Hatton and Global Business Council Chair Robert Shandley.


Secretary Crystal Hawkins Syska, in her capacity as RPAC Co-Chair, outlined her vision for the RPAC Committee in 2019. The first RPAC Committee meeting of the year will be held on January 23 and it will be followed by the first RPAC fundraising event on January 31 at the Pax Romana restaurant in White Plains. Hawkins Syska discussed the possibility of planning a Manhattan cruise in the summer to raise funds for RPAC in addition to several other events. The RPAC Committee has an initiative in 2019 for each HGAR Broker-Owner member to contribute at least $250 in order to meet the annual goal requirement.

Professional Standards

Leon Cameron, HGAR Professional Standards Administrator, delivered a brief update on the recent meeting of the HGAR Grievance Committee, advising that the committee met on Jan. 11, 2019 and approved one Request to Arbitrate, and approved three matters for Ethics Hearings. Cameron then presented an Ethics Decision designated as 249-E. After review and discussion, the Directors confirmed the ethics decision.


Women’s Council of Realtors (“WCR”) President Angie Primus Gilford invited all to attend the WCR Empire Chapter Kick-Off Breakfast event on January 28, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at HGAR in White Plains. HGAR CEO Richard Haggerty will present a market update and Leon Cameron will present a legal update.