Ron Garafalo Installated as 2019 President, Renee Zurlo as 2019 HGMLS President

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® Installs Ron Garafalo of John J. Lease Realtors in Middletown as its 2019 President

Renee Zurlo of BHG Rand, Central Valley, Installed as Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service President

Officers and Directors throughout the Hudson Valley Also Installed

White Plains, NY (January 2019) The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) welcomes Ron Garafalo, Sales Manager with John J. Lease Realtors in Middletown, as its 2019 President. Renee Zurlo, Regional Manager with BHG Rand Realty in Central Valley, was re-elected as the 2019 President of the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS). Zurlo has served as the HGMLS president for the past three years.

Garafalo and Zurlo, along with the executive officers and directors of HGAR and HGMLS, were officially installed in their new positions at the Falkirk Estate & Country Club in Central Valley on January 17. More than 250 people from the lower Hudson Valley attended.

“I’m so excited to welcome Ron Garafalo as our new 2019 HGAR President and wish him much success,” said Richard Haggerty, HGAR CEO. “Ron has been involved with our Association for many years and we’re looking forward to working with him in this new role in the coming year. I’m also delighted to welcome back Renee Zurlo as our HGMLS president for the third time.”

Garafalo has enjoyed a real estate career for almost 20 years, following many successful years in corporate sales and management. He quickly became a director with the former Orange County Association of REALTORS® (OCAR) and later, President of OCAR. Garafalo was an owner of Real Estate United, in Middletown, before joining John J. Lease Realtors.

Today he manages an office with more than 40 agents and is also a New York State certified real estate instructor. He teaches classes for HGAR at its Goshen location, with courses including Ethics, Fair Housing and Licensing.

In addition to the new HGAR president, the 2019 HGAR Executive Officers installed include: Gail Fattizzi of Westchester Real Estate Inc. in Somers as President-elect for 2020; Irene Guanill, of Meet the Sellers in the Bronx, as Treasurer; Crystal Hawkins Syska, of Keller Williams New York Realty in White Plains, as Secretary; and Barry Kramer, of Westchester Choice Realty, Inc. in Scarsdale, as Immediate Past President.

New regional directors include: Tony D’Anzica of Dynamax Realty NYC, Inc. in Manhattan as Regional Director, New York County; Clayton Livingston, of Rand Commercial in White Plains, as Regional Director, Putnam County; Eydie Lopez, of Keller Williams Hudson Valley United in Middletown, as Regional Director, Orange County; Roberta Bangs, of BHG Rand Realty in New City, as Regional Director, Rockland County; and Aimee DeCesare, of RE/MAX Distinguished Homes & Properties in Bronxville, as Regional Director, Westchester County.

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade association consisting of almost 12,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties as well as the Bronx and Manhattan. It is the second largest REALTOR® Association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS), owned by HGAR, offers some 20,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest MLSs in the country.


Mary T. Prenon
Director of Communications
(914) 681-0833, ext 3022