Viewpoints

Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Visible Benefits

August 2016

In speaking with many of our members over the years, I have always been perturbed by the fact that many of us forget or are unaware that HGAR offers more tools to its members than simply our Multiple Listing Service. Don’t misunderstand me, our MLS is vital and often central to our ability as real…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Preserving and Promoting Putnam County’s Small Business Base

August 2016

The Business Council of Westchester’s Third Quarter 2016 edition of 914INC. magazine has an editorial entitled “Big Ideas From Small Businesses” and a special feature saluting small business in Westchester County. 914INC. Executive Editor Amy Partridge spelled out the reasons for featuring these businesses, and stressed the importance of small businesses in our daily lives,…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: A Legacy to Remember

August 2016

First, a disclaimer, I am blatantly biased as I write this month’s article. I have been a huge fan of HGAR’s Legal Counsel Edward I. Sumber for more than three decades. In my opinion Ed has been one of the most effective and knowledgeable association legal counsels in the country, and he has earned the…

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Richard Struck

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Don’t Let Rockland Become the County of ‘No’

July 2016

I want to share the perspective of someone who has practiced professional economic development in Rockland for over 30 years, including in my current role at Rockland Economic Development Corp. We all understand that Rockland can be an expensive place to live. While not a panacea for all financial concerns, there is a means available…

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Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Focus on Fair Housing

July 2016

On May 31st, more than 100 of our Managers and Broker/Owners gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown for their first 2016 meeting. Each year, the incoming president of HGAR invites two members to chair a committee that is responsible for organizing a minimum of two educational events throughout the year for the Managers and…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Persistence Pays Dividends in Albany

July 2016

  Last month I wrote in detail about HGAR’s success in preventing an increase in the transfer tax in the City of Yonkers. It was a great example of the value of teamwork and persistence. This month I want to address an issue that has long been on both HGAR’s and NYSAR’s legislative agenda, co-cop…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Assessing the Business Value of Divided Government

July 2016

When (if ever) is it acceptable for business community leaders to weigh in on the political makeup of the state Legislature? According to a recent article by POLITICO New York’s Jimmy Veilkind, Heather Briccetti thinks the time is now. The leader of the Business Council of New York State (BCNYS) has maintained for some time…

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Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Ethics Sets ‘Realtors’ Apart

June 2016

For the vast majority of those who receive our Real Estate In-Depth newspaper and are reading this column, it is not because you are a real estate professional and have a real estate license, but because your are a “Realtor.” Unless you are a member of the National Association of Realtors, you are not permitted…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Teamwork Key to Victory

June 2016

Approximately six weeks ago I received a phone call from HGAR Government Affairs Director Phil Weiden, who alerted me that the proposed budget for the City of Yonkers included an increase in its local transfer tax from 1.5% to 3%. Such an increase would have added an additional $7,000 of closing costs on a transaction…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Women Take Lead at Chamber of Commerce

June 2016

Putnam County’s largest local chamber of commerce became a showcase for the talents of strong female leadership this month as Faith Ann Butcher of Mahopac News-Halston Media, and Amy Sayegh of Putnam Community Cares, became Chairwoman and Vice Chairwoman, joining CEO & Executive Director Erin Meagher in key leadership roles. This marks the first time…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: HGAR Supports Equal Housing Opportunities for All

May 2016

As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and the progress that has been made, sadly, we must recognize that after nearly five decades illegal discrimination in housing is a crime that still exists today. The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors applauds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to expand state fair…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Latest CFA Process Stresses Downtown Development, Community Involvement

May 2016

Through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), a single application for multiple sources of state funding, New York State is soliciting grant applications for projects that advance the priorities of the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). Governor Andrew Cuomo has emphasized infrastructure in his budget message and a CFA priority this year seems…

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Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Enhancing the Member Experience

April 2016

As I continue with my quest to use this forum as a means to highlight the initiatives of each of HGAR's councils and committees, I think it is only fitting to examine the efforts of the Member Experience Committee. Two years ago, the Association decided to retain the services of August Partners, a firm that…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Constant Vigilance

April 2016

Usually I cover one topic for my monthly Article in Real Estate In-Depth but this month I’m going to break that rule and cover several topics. In several of the Harry Potter books there is a character named Mad Eye Moody who preaches “constant vigilance” against the dark arts. I’m going to steal his mantra…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Mixed Perspectives on the New York State Budget

April 2016

New York State adopted its budget this month, and, predictably, the level of enthusiasm for its contents varied depending on political perspective. The New York State Executive Chamber extolled the virtues of having come “together as New Yorkers, Democrats and Republicans alike, to make our state stronger, safer and fairer now and for years to…

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Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Elevating Your Game

March 2016

In any given profession, there is one critical component to our work ethic that, if not applied, can make or break us. We must realize that without continued education we are not only putting our future careers at risk, but we are allowing our industry to fall short in the services and expertise we are…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: The Odyssey

March 2016

During the summer of 1984, I “temped” at the then Westchester County Board of Realtors located at 59 South Broadway in White Plains. I had been temping for about four months as I looked for a permanent position in the publishing field in the city. By October of that year my predecessor, Gil Mercurio, offered…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: It’s Time for Less Talk, More Action on Business Concerns

March 2016

Prior to the recent Trailblazer Alumni Networking party on Feb. 25, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and I were collaborating on new business strategies while she was teeing up her State of the County speech, which was scheduled on March 10th at the Putnam County Golf Course. She plans to announce that this year’s focus…

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Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’

February 2016

For those of you who were unable to attend our Centennial and Installation Celebration on Jan. 21st, you would have been proud and amazed at the style with which we commemorated our past accomplishments and how capable we are of facing the challenges ahead. I would venture to say that the old adage, “Work hard,…

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