HGAR Calls on State Lawmakers to Oppose ‘Good Cause’ Eviction and Pass Co-Op Transparency Bill

John Jordan | May 10, 2022

ALBANY—A contingent of more than 70 members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and staff traveled to Albany earlier today to lobby state lawmakers on the organization’s 2022 legislative agenda that includes staunch opposition to “Good Cause” eviction and the association’s support for statewide co-op transparency legislation, similar to laws passed in Rockland and Westchester counties recently.

The delegation was led by Legislative Co-Chair Leah Caro and HGAR President Anthony Domathoti. HGAR Chief Executive Officer Richard Haggerty noted that today’s event, part of the New York State Association of Realtors Annual Lobby Day, had the most association participants in memory. In addition, HGAR’s session with lawmakers at the State Capital lasted close to two hours and was attended by the most state Assembly members and State Senators in the history of the association’s annual Lobby Day programs.

The HGAR delegation featured members from throughout the association’s market area of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan, the Bronx and Manhattan.

The 2022 HGAR Advocacy Agenda included its support for expanded access to homeowners, including enacting a first time homebuyer’s savings account; support for affordable workforce housing development through tax incentives and smart zoning policies; enactment of direct state funding for universal broadband Internet access and expanding state level student loan debt forgiveness. HGAR also voiced its support for a host of Fair Housing Law enhancement bills and measures that would reduce state and local real estate taxes.

Besides Good Cause eviction legislation, HGAR also stated its opposition to a bill that would seek to strip real estate professionals from their hard-fought independent contractor status and a bill that would establish a statewide rental control scheme on nearly all private properties in the state. State Assemblymember Amy Paulin told HGAR members that she said the “flawed” Good Cause eviction legislation does not have sufficient support to pass the State Legislature.

HGAR’s Caro informed lawmakers about the co-op transparency legislation passed in Westchester and Rockland counties and termed the state’s current lack of transparency over cooperative transactions as “the last bastion of institutionalized discrimination.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Please check for further updates of this story at www.realestateindepth.com and for extensive coverage of the program in the May 2022 edition of Real Estate In-Depth, which will be published later this month.

John Jordan
Editor, Real Estate In-Depth