BOARDROOM REPORT: November 13, 2018

Real Estate In-Depth | January 2019

Boardroom Report
Boards of Directors
Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. (HGAR)
November 13, 2018
HGAR offices, Goshen, New York

Management, Financial & Membership Reports

Secretary/Treasurer Gail Fattizzi presented the Treasurer’s Report on behalf of HGAR, including the bank and investment summary for October 1st and November 1st, and the Directors approved receipt of the Cash Reports.

The Directors confirmed the selection of HGAR Officers, as presented in the Leadership Committee’s Report, presented at the HGAR Annual Meeting on October 29, 2018. The Officers for HGAR for 2019 are Ron Garafalo as President, Gail Fattizzi as President Elect, Irene Guanill as Treasurer, Crystal Hawkins Syska as Secretary and Barry Kramer as Past President.

CEO Haggerty discussed NAR’s Core Standards requirements for Realtor Boards. In that regard, HGAR is required to review the current Strategic Plan in place, which was included in the Directors packets. The Board of Directors have confirmed that they have reviewed the current Strategic Plan in place, in compliance with NAR’s Core Standards requirement.

Communications and Member Services

HGAR Director of Marketing Cathleen Stack advised the Directors that a HGAR Calendar of Events was included in the meeting packets and attendance was encouraged for the many planned events. In addition, attendance was encouraged at NYSAR’s Triple Play event in December in Atlantic City, where New York MLS will be registered as an exhibitor.

Director Rey Hollingsworth Falu presented the report of the Broker-Owner-Manager (“BOM”) Committee. He indicated that the next BOM event will be on January 16, 2019. The topic will be cybersecurity and will include a representative from the FBI.


Education Council Chair Katheryn DeClerck reported that there was a recent Council meeting on October 26 in which new instructors were approved as were new non-CE educational topics. Surveys will be sent to members to seek out new ideas and best practices for the School of Real Estate.

Legislative, Political and Legal Issues

HGAR Director of Government Affairs Phil Weiden summarized the recent election results in and around the Hudson Valley on election night, November 6. Director Richard Herska delivered an update on behalf of the RPAC Committee. He indicated that RPAC is making a final push for donations before year’s end. Additionally, RPAC raised more than $11,000 at the HGAR Members Day luncheon event. President Barry Kramer provided a brief update on Westchester County Co-Op Transparency Legislation, advising that a final vote concerning the same will be held on November 19.

Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity

Phil Weiden provided an update on behalf of the Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee, advising that the recent November 9 “Breakfast with Benefits” event with Westchester Residential Opportunities was well received.

Global Business Council

Director Robert Shandley delivered a status update on the Global Business Council. The recent Global Summit at the Marriot Marquis in Manhattan on October 22 was well received and had more than 500 attendees. There was a one-hour CIPS course offered at that event presented by Director Diane Cummins. In addition, the Council recently presented a one-hour CE class in conjunction with the Broker-Owner-Manager Committee. The course, taught by David Moore and Adam Stone, Esq., was on how to work with foreign nationals to finance homes in the United States.

Professional Standards

Leon Cameron, Director of Legal Services & Professional Standards Administrator, provided an activity report on behalf of the Professional Standards Council, advising that the HGAR Grievance Committee on September 28, 2018 approved three Requests to Arbitrate. They also approved five matters for Ethics Hearings. The Grievance Committee will meet again on November 15. Cameron then presented an Ethics Decisions designated as 245-E, 246-E, 247-E, and 248-E. After review and discussion, the Directors individually confirmed each of the ethics decisions.

Multiple Listing Service

HGMLS President Renee Zurlo reported that New York MLS recently held two Board of Managers meetings and that it is currently working on the following: (1) a branding and marketing Workgroup has been established, (2) a Rules and Regulations Workgroup has been established, (3) current MLS Vendors of HGMLS and MLSLI are working on combining their respective databases in order to perform a real-time data share for their respective Participants and Subscribers by the Full Operational Date, which will be in early 2019. President Zurlo further reported that a new website,, was launched addressing many questions concerning the new regional MLS. is live and will eventually replace the home search feature currently on HGMLS CEO Richard Haggerty reported that an aggressive social media campaign is being planned to promote New York MLS.

Commercial and Investment Division

Theresa Hatton, Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations, delivered a brief report on behalf of the Commercial and Investment Division advising that CID will have its next event at HGAR White Plains on November 29 which will explore new technological tools benefiting commercial real estate licensees.

WCR Empire Chapter

Director Angie Primus Gilford gave an update on behalf of the Women’s Council of Realtors. WCR will have its annual Installation event on November 15, 2018 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. Gilford will be installed as the 2019 WCR President.

Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation

Director Aimee DeCesare delivered an update on behalf of the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation. Attendance was encouraged at the Foundation’s Annual Holiday Party to take place on November 29, 2018 at the Westchester Hills Golf Club. The Foundation Trustees recently met in October. At that meeting, Community Capital NY was approved for $5,000 in funding. The organization, Drug Crisis In Our Backyard, was approved for $3,000 in funding and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley was approved for $5,000. Check presentations will be scheduled before the end of the year with those respective organizations. To date, in 2018 the Foundation has raised more than $100,000 and disbursed $63,450 to funding recipients.