Representatives of the Staten Island Board of Realtors speak with New York State Assemblyman Michael Reilly, foreground, during a day of meeting virtually with Albany legislators. Photo courtesy of Staten Island Board of Realtors


SIBOR advocates for the strengthening of New York State fair-housing laws

Representatives of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) were among Realtors from across New York state who gathered online April 27 to meet with Albany lawmakers.

Taking best advantage of their virtual trip to the capitol, the Island real estate professionals addressed initiatives that are vital to the industry and consumers.

During a series of Zoom meetings, SIBOR members had discussions with Sen. Diane Savino; Sen. Andrew Lanza and John Turosky, Sen. Lanza’s chief of staff; Assemblyman Michael Tannousis; Assemblyman Michael Reilly; Brian Early, Assemblyman Charles Fall’s legislative director,and Alaina Hinkley, legislative session intern; Assemblyman Michael Cusick; and Tom Blanchero, Assemblyman Cusick’s chief of staff.

The Staten Island Realtors rallied in support of various proposed legislation, such as those designed to strengthen New York State fair-housing laws and expand access to affordable housing. SIBOR representatives also joined with Realtors from across the state denouncing the proposed statewide “good cause” eviction standard on rental housing with rent control measures, and pressing for the removal of telemarketing restrictions on real estate licensees in order to allow licensed real estate professionals the opportunity to provide services and information to the public, including telemarketing services, that are normally provided while not within a state of emergency.

Included among the participating Island Realtors were SIBOR CEO Sandy Krueger; President Angelo Pappalardo; President-Elect Frank Rizzo; Secretary/Treasurer Rosanne La Fata; Immediate Past President Scott Setaro; Past Presidents Georgianna Diaz and Sari Kingsley; Director Phyllis Cangro; and SIBOR members Joseph Tirone and Raymond Urciuoli.

About the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR)

Established in 1915, the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) is the largest professional association in Staten Island.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically, and promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of more than 2,300 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in more than 5,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at Staten Island Board of Realtors, Twitter via @SIBOR and Instagram at SIBOR REALTORS (siborrealtors).