Political Advocacy

Speaking Up When It Counts

HGAR takes an active role every day to protect REALTOR® and Homeowner interests. HGAR’s Government Affairs department and the HGAR leadership team work actively to protect REALTOR interests at the local, state and national level.

We work to promote pro-REALTOR legislation and to defeat legislation that would adversely affect consumers, homeowners, Realtors and the real estate industry.

In addition, we participate actively in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). The Realtors® Political Action Committee makes legislative advocacy possible. Formed in 1969, RPAC works to elect pro-Realtor® candidates at the local, state and federal levels. RPAC is supported by voluntary contributions from Realtors® across the nation. RPAC is committed to supporting candidates and issues important to your profession and your livelihood.

HGAR is proud to support RPAC, because our mission is to protect and serve homebuyers and sellers. Here is what RPAC has done for you:

  • Fought for a study to enact a First-time Home Buyer Savings Account (NY First Home) in New York State
  • Through RPAC, HGAR fought for STAR savings for New York State’s homeowners, a two percent tax cap, lower closing costs, and limits on flood-insurance rate increases
  • RPAC defeated a proposal requiring a 20 percent down payment on a home purchase
  • RPAC fought and won a co-op transparency law in Westchester County
  • RPAC fought and won an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program without which closings on many homes would not have happened
  • Fought for reinstatement of the SALT deduction to keep New York affordable

For the first time in 2020 RPAC won:

  • Pandemic unemployment insurance for Realtors which has never happened before.
  • We stopped a "Good Cause" eviction bill that would have prevented landlords from being able to raise rents to keep up with inflation and would have taken right of landlords to set the terms of their lease away from them.
  • We stopped an independent contractor status bill, that would have made Realtors employees instead of independent contractors which would have devastating impacts on the real estate profession.
  • We also stopped a tax on Pied-a-terre homes, that would have added an additional property tax on homes in New York City.

These are meaningful accomplishments that have a profound effect on homebuyers and sellers in the Hudson Valley and New York State

RPAC protects the real estate industry and for the public’s ability to own and maintain a home. HGAR and RPAC work every day to keep the American Dream of home ownership alive and well. It’s an insurance policy for you — and your clients.

View the full list of Legislative Priorities that are promoted at the Local, State and National Levels

View the List of State and Local Lawmakers

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Take an active role in RPAC. Invest today.
Contributions can be made several ways, including:

1. Complete and return the investment form. It can be returned to NYSAR or HGAR.
2. Call HGAR Government Affairs Director, Phillip Weiden, 914-681-0833, ext. 311

Meet Your 2021 RPAC Chairs: Anthony Domathoti and Carol Christiansen

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Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your NYSAR PAC reaches its PAC goal 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after NYSAR PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

Dorothy Botsoe receives the Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award 

Dorothy Botsoe 2019 Rpac AwardDorothy Botsoe of the Hudson Gateway Association was presented the prestigious Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award, the highest honor presented by the REALTORS® Political Action Committee of New York, during the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings on Tuesday. Dorothy has been an RPAC Major Investor for nearly 20 consecutive years and has invested over $60,000 in her lifetime. She is a current member of the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame at the $25,000 tier and will be inducted into the $50,000 tier this May as part of the NAR Meeting in Washington, DC.  In addition, Dorothy sits in the RPAC of New York Hall of Fame, serves as an RPAC of NY Trustee and she continues to generously invest at the Platinum R Level ($10,000 annually) and serves as an RPAC ambassador, advocating on behalf of RPAC at her local board and all across the state of New York.  NYSAR’s 59,000+ members thank Dorothy for her commitment and dedication in support of RPAC.

Marcene Hall Of Fame

Congratulations to the following NYSAR members on their induction into the RPAC of New York Hall of Fame in recognition of their generous $15,000 total lifetime investments in RPAC:
Michael Kelly, NYSAR; Marcene Hedayati, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR); Miguel Berger, Greater Capital; Donna Littlefield, Buffalo Niagara; Michael Johnson, Buffalo Niagara; Tony Smith, Long Island; Jennifer Stevenson, St. Lawrence; Timothy Sweeney, Ulster; Yoshi Takita, Long Island