LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Make Your Voices Heard at RPAC Members’ Day Luncheon

Philip Weiden | September 2017

October 30th is HGAR’s annual Members’ Day, which is an exciting and incredibly important day for all Realtors in our five-county service area. There is a lunch that day that many people do not know about—it is the RPAC luncheon.

The luncheon program consists of an update from New York State Association of Realtors Government Affairs Director Mike Kelly who will provide the latest word on everything going on legislatively at the state and local levels. Hopefully, by that time the “New York First Home Program” will be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Mike does an amazing job advocating for the interests of Realtors and homeowners in Albany.

Our guest speaker at the luncheon will be Tax Watch columnist David McKay Wilson who writes a column for the Journal News detailing everything that is going on from a fiscal perspective with your local governments. His presentation will be of particular interest because this year we have local elections coming up after Members’ Day in November. David uncovers and breaks down stories that are complex in nature and makes them easy to understand.

Your entire cost for the luncheon will be directed to RPAC. Our RPAC goal this year is more than $200,000—last year it was $144,787, significantly less. It is imperative that we make goal again this year. I know the goal may seem extremely high compared to last year, but we must meet it in order to stay competitive, have a seat at the table, and not be on the menu in the tax reform talks.

Another issue that makes our support of RPAC critical at this time is the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization. This is critical in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The bill would institute several reforms including stabilizing rate increases, allowing more private options in the market and alter the way we assess flood risk.

Please do not be a spectator; be an advocate for our rights and your children’s future. Thank you so much for all that you do and I look forward to seeing you at the luncheon.

Philip Weiden
Legislative Affairs columnist Philip Weiden is the Government Affairs Director for the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.