Field Updates

Cannabis banking bill SAFER Act heads to Senate committee next week
Sep 27, 2023 1 min read
State-sanctioned cannabis businesses would be able to access banks and credit unions under the latest version of a bill supported by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Gov. Hochul signs law expanding voting by mail
Sep 27, 2023 1 min read
On Wednesday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of election law bills that includes a measure allowing all registered voters in New York to cast an early voting ballot by mail.
Republicans win a temporary freeze in New York’s redistricting legal challenge
Sep 27, 2023 1 min read
Republicans won a preliminary round in the latest legal challenge over New York’s congressional districts
Legislation Adds Questions to PCDS Form
Sep 26, 2023 1 min read
On Friday, September 22, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a bill that will help consumers make informed choices when purchasing a home in New York.
RPAC: Queens Botanical Garden Tickets
Sep 20, 2023 1 min read
For a $20 RPAC contribution, you will receive an Admission Ticket to Queens Botanical Garden.
State Doubles “Do Not Call” Violation Fines
Sep 20, 2023 1 min read
Governor Hochul has signed into  law increased penalties for “Do Not Call Registry” violations, raising top fines from $11,000 to $20,000.
NYC Local Law 97 Update
Sep 20, 2023 1 min read
Mayor Adams has proposed new Department of Buildings rules to give more time to NYC buildings that make a “good faith effort” but don’t meet new carbon emission caps by the 2024 deadline
Queens Special Election: Democrat Wins State Assembly Race by 468 Votes
Sep 13, 2023 1 min read
“Democrat Sam Berger defeated Republican candidate David Hirsch in Tuesday, September 12th’s special election to fill former Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal’s seat (D)
Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skater Sarah Hughes Passes on Run for Congress in Nassau
Sep 13, 2023 1 min read
Former Olympic figure skating champion Sarah Hughes announced she won’t seek to unseat Island Park Republican Anthony D’Esposito in New York’s 4th Congressional District
NYSAR Reminder: Legislative Working Group Virtual Meeting Schedule
Sep 13, 2023 1 min read
NYSAR’s 2023 "Elevate Your Profession" Fall Business Meetings are scheduled to be a hybrid event with virtual meetings being held via Zoom from Sept. 18-22, and in-person meetings to be held Oct. 1-4. 
National Flood Insurance Program Set to Expire Sept. 30, 2023
Sep 13, 2023 1 min read
Caught in the ongoing standoff to avoid a government shutdown, the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) legislative authorization to provide flood insurance expires September 30, 2023.
Long Island’s Congressional Seats, All Up for Election in November 2024
Sep 6, 2023 1 min read
“New York’s 4th congressional district in Nassau County swung dramatically from 2020 to 2022, helping Republicans to recapture the majority in the U.S. House.
Mayor Adams May Allow Use of Rental Vouchers for Migrants Seeking Asylum
Sep 6, 2023 1 min read
“NY1 has learned that Mayor Eric Adams is considering making changes to the City’s housing voucher program that would allow them to be used statewide instead of only in the five boroughs,”
2024-25 State Budget Talks Have Started in Albany
Sep 6, 2023 1 min read
Newly appointed State Budget Director Blake Washington has begun early conversations within the Hochul’s administration to prepare plans for next year's potentially $9.1 billion+ deficit.
Governor Hochul Announces $650 Million Plan for Pro-Housing Local Governments
Sep 6, 2023 1 min read
Last week, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul launched her long-awaited “Pro-Housing Communities Program”
Early Voting Begins this Weekend in Northeast Queens on Special Election for State Assembly
Aug 30, 2023 1 min read
Following the resignation of State Assembly Member Dan Rosenthal, early voting begins Saturday, September 2nd in the 27th Assembly District
Governor Hochul Says State Will Not Force LI and Upstate to Shelter Asylum-Seekers
Aug 30, 2023 1 min read
On August 24, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she will not force other parts of the state to shelter asylum-seekers or move migrants against their will.
REALTORS® Meet with NYC Council Member Schulman on Broker Fees Legislation
Aug 30, 2023 1 min read
REALTORS® from LIBOR, along with LIBOR and NYSAR government affairs staff, met with NYC Council Member Lynn Schulman of Queens to discuss legislation ( Int. 1105) that would prohibit the collection of broker fees from a tenant to pay a landlord’s agent.
NYSAR Greenlights Support to Study a NYS Bill to Help First-time Homebuyers
Aug 30, 2023 1 min read
Last week, NYSAR’s Issues Mobilization Committee approved an application to provide funding for an economic impact study and fiscal analysis of NYSAR-supported legislation to create a NYS first-time homebuyer savings account program.
State’s Highest Court to Hear Congressional Redistricting Case that Could Upend the Political Map
Aug 23, 2023 1 min read
Political players of both parties expect New York State to be key to determining who controls the U.S. House of Representatives after 2024.