Viewpoints

Leon Cameron, Esq.

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: HUD Releases New Guidance on Fair Housing Protections

October 2016

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Sept. 15, 2016 issued "Limited English Proficiency" (LEP) guidance that addresses how the Fair Housing Act would apply to claims of housing discrimination brought by LEP persons who do not happen to speak, read, or write English proficiently. Housing providers are therefore prohibited from using…

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Trista Curzydlo, JD

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Being Smart While Being Social

October 2016

With the deadline for submitting this article looming ahead of me, I did what most members of my generation do when faced with limited time and significant work ahead of them, I went on-line. I checked out Instagram, read some stories on Snapchat and browsed Facebook. During my hour of “socialization” I learned that a…

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John Dolgetta, Esq.

LEGAL CORNER: The Americans With Disabilities Act: Does it Apply to Broker Websites?

October 2016

In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended in 2008 by the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, (collectively, the “ADA”) was enacted to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The ADA’s general rule provides, “No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Tokyo Holds the Key to Affordable Housing

October 2016

As we all know, land use regulations in New York State make it one of the most expensive states to build and do business in. We rank high in property taxes, high in utility costs, and in several other areas, as well. Rental costs have been increasing, in part, due to Millennials choosing to rent…

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Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Merger Vote

September 2016

What began as the Westchester County Board of Realtors in 1916 has, over time, transformed itself into what we now know as the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors. Apart from the natural growth of the industry that has been the main driver of our membership, we have also had multiple opportunities to join forces with…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Priorities

September 2016

In mid-August President Elect Dorothy Botsoe and I made the trek to Chicago to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Leadership Summit. NAR conducts the Leadership Summit every year for the association’s incoming President and the CEO. In addition to numerous updates on NAR initiatives, the program provides the incoming President of NAR the opportunity…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Calling Adventure Seekers: We Need A Hometown Team for Fireball Run

September 2016

We are currently looking for two people to embark on the 2,000-mile epic journey to commemorate the Fireball Run's 10th Anniversary. The eight- day adventure begins in Western New York, winds through Pennsylvania, Maryland, and back into New York before concluding in Amesbury, MA. Putnam County will be featured near the end of the trek,…

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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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