How REBNY OperatesThe Board's staff consists of experts in real estate matters, government affairs, public relations and economics. Several REBNY staffers have served as senior officials in executive or legislative branches of city and/or state government.
The Chairperson of the Board is REBNY's presiding officer and its principal spokesperson. The Chairperson presides at the regular and special meetings of the Board of Governors and performs other duties assigned by the Board. The Chairperson is the principal delegate at all conventions and meetings that he or she attends.
The President is the executive officer with the authority under the Chairperson of the Board and the Board of Governors to direct the Board's activities. The President presides at all annual and special meetings of the membership and is a member of all Standing Committees.
The Governors of the Real Estate Board chart the organization's policies
in close and continuous consultation with REBNY's elected committees.
These committees are composed of Board members who are highly knowledgeable
in their respective fields. The panels focus on issues that concern the
industry and formulate REBNY's positions. REBNY committees enjoy the
high regard of both policy makers and real estate professionals. The
Board monitors all bills of interest to the industry before the city,
state and federal legislatures. Members with particular real estate specialties
and Board staff analyze these measures in legal memoranda sent to the
legislatures' leadership. The committees' work has both prevented the
passage of countless potentially damaging bills and convinced the state's
and city’s lawmakers to enact measures that have greatly benefited
New York's economy and housing stock. City bills are typically handled
by an elected Board committee, such as the Tax Policy panel, with pertinent