BNAR Achieves 2012 RPAC Goal for Eighth Consecutive Year
BNAR Achieves 2013 RPAC Goal
For the ninth consecutive year, the BNAR has surpassed its RPAC financial goal. 2013 RPAC Chairperson Shelia Ferrentino stated that the local association surpassed its $37,635 target in late April, matching last year's achievement as the earliest that the dollar goal has been achieved by the organization in the past ten years. This year’s participation goal of 921 still has to be achieved as only 734 members have contributed to the cause.
The question now is: Why give if the Association has hit its goal? It is even more beneficial since 100% of the RPAC dollars contributed stay with the local organization for its own use. And this being an important election year for state races, we need to make our voices heard to retain our friends and remove those legislators who hinder property rights.
Remember: RPAC is the life-blood of the BNAR’s political affairs effort. Every contribution goes toward protecting your livelihood and improving our community.
BNAR Participates In 2013 Lobby Day
19 BNAR members and staff joined Realtors from across the state in the annual NYSAR Lobby Day on June 11. Local association representatives will met with 18 Western New York legislators to discuss issues relevant to REALTORS® and homeowners including opposition to tax increases, fighting regulations regarding agricultural disclosure, and expansion of environmental legislation which will stifle construction and raise building costs. Representatives voiced support for mandate reform, calling on officials to strike down unfunded mandates which force municipalities to raise taxes in order to meet state requirements.
Realtor Victorious in Election Bid
Realtor Diane Benczkowski won a seat on the Cheektowaga Town Council in the November 5th general election. Ms. Benczkowski was the second leading vote-getter among seven candidates vying for three seats which have a 4-year term. Prior to this election, she served 12 years on the Depew School Board.
To assist her in her race, Diane garnered the support of the local, state and national Realtor associations resulting in two separate initiatives expended on her primary and general races. Over $50,000 was spent on a combination of mailing, web and phone call campaigning. Placing Realtors in elected office in order to protect both homeowner rights and our profession has been a top priority of the associations.
The BNAR offers Diane its best wishes for a successful tenure on the Cheektowaga Town Council.
In another governmental development, the BNAR announced its public endorsement for City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. Mayor Brown has opponents in both this year's Democratic Primary and the general election. 2013 BNAR president Lou Vinci cited the Mayor's positive housing and development record as the primary reasons for the rarely given support. The endorsement announcement was made outdoors at Colonial Circle in Buffalo.
Anyone interested in participating in the Public Affairs Committee or wanting more information should contact Dan Locche at dlocche@BNAR.ORG, or calling (716)923-4152.