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Wondering if a property requires flood insurance? Check the FEMA Flood Maps in the Flood Map Service Center:  This is a great tool to use when you are performing your initial due diligence on a property.

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From the Desk of Patrick Wahl, Technology Committee Chair
June 10, 2022

Nominations are open for our Commercial Real Estate awards to be presented at our November 15 President's Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  Use our new Google form to submit your nominations. For any questions, contact our Awards and Scholarships Chair, Christopher McCarthy,.


The NYSCAR Technology Committee encourages agents to become acquainted with Most of our local municipalities have uploaded their governing code to be readily available online. This is particularly valuable to review for a quick reference for the viability of a certain use at some certain property. For example, if you would like to put a medical office use within a retail complex like 125 White Spruce Blvd. in the town of Brighton, you could review the zoning code here: - to determine that medical office is a permitted use in the BF-1 district in the town of Brighton. Sometimes the zoning code leaves things a little less clear and a call to the Town Planner is warranted.

~ Submitted by Patrick Wahl, Technology Committee Chair

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Get Involved with the Laws of New York!

Being licensed and representing your clients requires keeping up with the everchanging legal landscape and participation in the process.  New York State has a free online system that every New York resident should log into and use.  EVERYONE SHOULD REGISTER and voice their opinions on Bills to ensure our industry is represented correctly.

All members of RAC NYSCAR should register on the New York State Senate website.  Once you register, go to the New York State Senate Bills & Laws section.  Search for Bills by keyword, issue, or print number. You can find their print number on sites like the NYSAR Advocacy page.  Or, you can visit the Government Affairs page of our RAC NYSCAR website. (See below)  While on the Bill's page and log in, each Bill will have a “aye” or “nay” option.  Click the option you feel best represents your opinion, and you may add any notes or comments.  It will then be sent to the appropriate representative for your location.

This week, many NYSCAR members may have received an email (see below) allegedly from NYSCAR offering to supply NYSCAR email addresses for a price.  Be aware these emails are NOT FROM NYSCAR! These types of emails circulate several times each year and should be ignored and deleted. 


On Feb 9, 2022, at 11:13 AM, kate.smith @ wrote:

Greetings, I’m just dropping by to check with you, Do you want New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS Updated Mailing List? In terms of marketing efforts, we can provide you OPT-IN (Permission based) list at discount price. List Benefits: Email, Call and message directly – Direct e-mail Campaign  – Generate Sales Leads – Increase ROI and many more. Shall I send you cost of full list.? Please let me know.

Kate Smith   - Marketing Coordinator
If you do not wish to receive future emails from us, please reply as 'leave out'

All Brokerages and Salespersons should take a moment to confirm with their council the implications of the Bill below. The level of documentation is still not clear and that has to be a concern. 

Chap. 696 – S.2131: Requires the DOS to develop regulations pertaining to requiring brokerages to institute standard operating procedures and submit them to the DOS and DOS to maintain a file of these statementsThe approval memo raises concerns about additional costs to the state per the bill’s requirement of the DOS to create and implement the Standard Operating Procedure database. As such, the governor and legislature have agreed to make several changes to this law that will 1) require real estate brokers to institute standard operating procedures, 2) allow the DOS to supplement the standard operating procedures through the rule making process; 3) require brokers to notarize and date stamp the standard operating procedures and any revisions thereto, and post the SOP on any website and mobile device application maintained by the broker, and require brokers to make a copy of such procedures available to the public at their office, 4) require brokers to affirm compliance with these requirements when renewing their license, 5) amend the effective date to allow for a public hearing, development of regulations and give brokers time to comply with the law.

RAC NYSCAR has made the decision to postpone our January, 2022 Kick-Off to later in February, 2021. We will continue to keep the membership notified of specifics for our event as COVID issues unfold.

NYC Council May Pass Legislation Banning Tenant Criminal Background Checks
The New York City Council continues to push toward passage of Int. 2047 as early as this week. The bill would block landlords from running criminal record checks on potential tenants before leasing their units. The legislation would apply to criminal cases that are pending, as well as past cases and convictions.
The New York City Council is also poised to pass an amended bill (Int. 2317-A) that will ban the use of fossil fuels such as natural gas in new buildings. Lawmakers reached a deal late Wednesday on a bill requiring new buildings less than seven stories to go electric on Jan. 1, 2024, and those seven stories or greater by July 1, 2027. Projects that get their construction documents approved before those dates will be exempt. Read more here.

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public places unless businesses or venues implement a vaccine requirement. This a major action to address the winter surge comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise statewide. This new business and venue requirement extends to both patrons and staff. This measure is effective Dec. 13, 2021 until Jan. 15, 2022, after which the State will re-evaluate based on current conditions.  Read more ...