Weiden Named HGAR Government Affairs Director

Mary Prenon | April 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-03 at 4.24.28 PMWHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors announced earlier this month the appointment of Phil Weiden of Brooklyn as its new Government Affairs Director.

Weiden will help to develop HGAR’s policies and objectives involving local, state, and federal government issues, as well as analyze proposed legislative actions and their potential impact on the industry. In addition, he will be monitoring legislative and regulatory activities, recommending Association positions and coordinating RPAC initiatives.

Prior to joining HGAR, Weiden worked for the Long Island Board of Realtors (LIBOR) for seven years as its Legislative Liaison. At LIBOR, he lobbied local lawmakers in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens counties for fair housing legislation that sought to ensure answerability by co-op boards in rejecting applicants for units.

He was successful at getting laws passed in Suffolk County and the Village of Hempstead that sought to end discriminatory practices. He also won a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to host a Fair Housing Conference on Co-op Discrimination and inform the Realtor members about Suffolk County’s new source of income law.

In addition, Weiden advocated for both mandate relief and the New York State property tax cap, which has kept the growth of property taxes in check.  He served as Acting Government Affairs Director while the current director was out on medical leave.

Before joining LIBOR, Weiden worked with Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi in his Constituent Affairs Office. He also worked with Congressman Gary Ackerman in both Washington, D.C. and in the District Office in Bayside. Queens. In 2008, he served as Assembly Member Charles Lavine’s Campaign Coordinator.

Mary Prenon
HGAR, Director of Communications