STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Whether you live on Staten Island or elsewhere, if you own a home, you know it’s an important investment.

And like the best investments, it can make you some serious money. There are people happy to stay in your spare room or park in your driveway — and pay good money for it. 

The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) suggests you don’t let opportunities slip by.

Follow these tips to turn your property into a money-maker:

Rent out your driveway

Do you have more parking space than cars to fill it?

If you live near an express bus stop or a Staten Island Rapid Transit train station,  you can collect parking fees from drivers willing to pay for proximity.

Make your home a star

If your property’s got the face for close-ups, you might want to rent it out for film or catalog shoots. This is not new for Staten Island—think Godfather House for example.

Shop your home around to film studios, production companies, and advertising firms. If a scout picks your house, you can earn about $2,000 to $4,000 per day —not to mention the chance to watch your abode on the silver screen.

Go back to the land

Those with a green thumb and a couple hundred square feet of growing space can turn their seasonal produce yield into regular income. You can save up to $23 per plant by building an edible garden with big ticket vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans. Sometimes, money does grow on trees.

Take in boarders

Whether you have a spare bedroom or a whole spare house, there are people who want to rent it. If your abode has a certain charm and you’re willing to put in marketing hours, you can transform unused space into a monthly moneymaker.

  • Bed & breakfast: Have a cozy home and like playing host or hostess? A bed and breakfast might be for you. Costs and revenue vary greatly by the number of rooms: The more rooms at, say, $100, the more potential income, but that also means higher costs for upkeep.
  • Rent your house: If you go on vacation or are otherwise out of town for extended periods, you might consider renting out the whole house. Be prepared for a commitment of time and money to make it work, or just hire a professional property manager for peace of mind. To calculate how much you could earn, check out the rental prices of other homes in your neighborhood.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

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

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) is reminding homeowners to carefully check a contractor’s reputation before signing on the dotted line.

Whether you’re planning an addition for a growing family, repairing damage in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy or simply getting new storm windows, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

As real estate professionals and your fellow neighbors, SIBOR members know firsthand that HOME OWNERSHIP MATTERS, and your home may be your most valuable financial asset.

That’s why it’s important to be cautious when you hire someone to work on it. Home improvement and repair and maintenance contractors often advertise online, in newspapers, the Yellow Pages, and on radio and TV.

However, don’t consider an ad an indication of the quality of a contractor’s work. Your best bet is a reality check from those in the know: Friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have had improvement work done. Get written estimates from several firms. Ask for explanations for price variations. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.

ASSISTANCE ON STATEN ISLAND

Locally, you can contact NARI-HIC Staten Island Home Improvement Contractors Association for information about firms in the borough. The group is a non-profit trade association with a general membership of licensed, reputable contracting firms, and a roster of associate and affiliate members who support them.

Before hiring a home-improvement professional, SIBOR suggests you consider the following information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Depending on the size and complexity of your project, you may choose to work with a number of different professionals.

YOUR OPTIONS MAY INCLUDE:

  • General Contractors manage all aspects of your project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, getting building permits, and scheduling inspections. They also work with architects and designers.
  • Specialty Contractors install particular products, such as cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
  • Architects design homes, additions, and major renovations. If your project includes structural changes, you may want to hire an architect who specializes in home remodeling.
  • Designers have expertise in specific areas of the home, such as kitchens and baths.
  • Design/Build Contractors provide one-stop service. They see your project through from start to finish. Some firms have architects on staff; others use certified designers.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

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

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

 

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Changes are coming to the critically important National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  that could impact real estate transactions and property owners across the country. That’s according to experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which manages the government’s flood insurance program, who spoke in Washington, D.C.,  to Realtors® during a session at the recent Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

Members of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) attended the conference and met with legislators to discuss a variety of housing-related issues.

Kristin Robinson, a FEMA senior advisor, summarized last year’s Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which reauthorized the critically important NFIP through 2017 so property owners could affordably access flood insurance.

SIBOR and the National Association of Realtors® strongly supported the legislation and believes the government’s insurance program saves taxpayers property and money because it increases the number of self-insured properties and reduces the cost of post-flood disaster governmental assistance.

The NFIP is responsible for writing and renewing flood insurance policies for more than 5.6 million home and business owners in more than 21,000 communities nationwide where flood insurance is required for a mortgage. Before Congress passed the legislation, the program operated under short-term extensions.

WREAKING HAVOC

In the past five years, there were 18 extensions and several lapses in program coverage, delaying or cancelling thousands of real estate transactions daily according to NAR’s own research, wreaking havoc on real estate markets.

Robinson said the NFIP is $24 billion in debt following several disastrous storms in recent years since the costs and consequences of flooding continue to increase. “For decades the program has made flood insurance available at subsidized rates that did not reflect the true risk of flooding; artificially low rates and discounts are no longer sustainable,” she said.

Andy Neal, actuary, addressed the gradual phase-out of subsidized rates, which was included in last year’s legislation to preserve the flood insurance program and critically important property insurance coverage for the nation’s homeowners. Neal said rate subsidies are being phased out over the next several years to help increase the NFIP’s soundness and financial stability.

ROUTINE RATE INCREASES

The majority of policyholders, more than 80 percent, are not subsidized and won’t be impacted by subsidized rate changes since they are already paying full actuarial rates, he said. However, these owners could see routine annual rate increases.

“Only about 20 percent of NFIP policies receive subsidies, mostly older structures built before the community’s first flood insurance rate map was issued, which are known as pre-FIRM properties. Some of these policyholders will be impacted by the gradual phase-out of subsidized rates; an even smaller number will see immediate changes to their insurance policy rates,” said Neal.

Rate changes are likely to affect owners of subsidized pre-FIRM non-primary residences, business properties, and properties that have experienced severe repetitive flood losses. Owners of some pre-FIRM condos and multi-family units will also see their rates gradually increase. Owners of pre-FIRM primary residences will retain their subsidies unless the policy lapses; it suffers a severe, repeated flood loss; or it’s sold to a new owner, which is retroactive to July 6, 2012, when the legislation was enacted. Some grandfathered principal residences will also lose their subsidies over a several year period, but not until the communities’ flood map is revised.

CHECK WITH INSURANCE AGENT

Neal recommended that home and property owners talk to their insurance agent to determine if their property is currently being subsidized. He said flood insurance rates vary based on a property’s location, elevation and flood risk and can be as low as a few hundred dollars up to $10,000 or more if the property is well below flood level and had severe repeated flood losses.

While higher rates may place a greater burden on families, there are investments homeowners can make to either reduce or better access their flood risk so they can continue to protect their families and possessions from damaging floods. According to Neal, homeowners can lower their risk by elevating their property and potentially reduce their flood insurance rates by having an elevation certificate completed to determine the property’s elevation relative to the base flood elevation. Elevation certificates can cost several hundred dollars to complete but could potentially lower homeowners’ flood insurance premiums.

Some homeowners with flood insurance policies have already received quotes for higher rates, which may be caused by several other factors such as improvements to mapping. As FEMA improves its mapping technology and draws more accurate flood maps, some homes may now be located in a flood zone, or a higher risk zone, where flood insurance is more expensive. Also, some insurance agents may adjust rates to correct previous mistakes made about the home’s features when they are re-evaluating an insurance policy at renewal.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

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

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

By Guelda Voien/The Real Deal

Staten Island homeowners who have struggled in the five months since Hurricane Sandy to get federal disaster assistance are being urged to be patient just a little longer: Help, their city councilman told them, is on the way.

The weary homeowners heard the plea Saturday [April 6] at a real estate forum, where city officials along with building and financial experts laid out options for relocation, federally subsidized mortgages, short sales and reconstruction as well as new FEMA construction guidelines for the borough.

City Councilman James Oddo estimated the money from Washington – for either selling or repairing storm-ravaged homes – would be coming in four to six weeks, sometime in May, if all goes as planned.

“It’s almost sinful, five months later, to ask you guys to have patience,” Oddo told the crowd at the meeting, sponsored by the Staten Island Board of Realtors.

For those hardest hit, the federal dollars should allow them to sell their homes to the government and move; homeowners who want to stay put will have to follow the FEMA guidelines, which limit how and where they can rebuild. READ MORE …

NEW YORK (Money Magazine)

Are you a homeowner? Not planning to sell your house anytime soon?

You can still take advantage of the rebound in the market by putting your rising home equity to work for you in the long run. Seize the opportunity to refinance.If you haven’t had enough equity to refinance your mortgage at the record-low rates of the past couple of years, it’s time to try again. Chances are you own more of your home than you did a year ago; according to the Federal Reserve, homeowners’ equity rose 18% from the third quarter of 2011 to the same period last year.

Related: Does it pay to refinance?

For a traditional refi, lenders typically require 20% equity; should you fall short of that, you’ll have to choose either a refi with private mortgage insurance or an FHA loan. PMI rates have come down, so that’s probably the better choice if your credit score is above 680. Otherwise, go for the FHA, which has less stringent underwriting guidelines. READ MORE …

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Thank you for visiting the blog site of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association inStaten Island, N.Y.

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

Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

SIBOR Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com


Many have reported on Robert Shiller’s recent comments on the investment aspect of homeownership. Shiller, a Yale professor and co-founder of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, is famous for making provocative comments on house prices and the financial benefits of owning a home. In a recent Bloomberg Televisioninterview, Shiller responded to a question about homeownership as an investment this way:

“So, why was it considered an investment? That was a fad. That was an idea that took hold in the early 2000′s. And I don’t expect it to come back. Not with the same force. So people might just decide, ‘Yeah, I’ll diversify my portfolio. I’ll live in a rental.’ That is a very sensible thing for many people to do.”

Today, we would like to debate Shiller’s notion by offering three FINANCIAL reasons to purchase a home:

1.) You Can’t Live in Your IRA

When you buy your own home you are not taking available dollars away from another investment. You are replacing one housing expense (rent) which has no potential for a return on investment with another (mortgage payment) that does give you an opportunity for a return. We realize that there has been research showing that over the last 30 years renting has been less expensive than owning. That research also says that if you invested the entire difference between the rent payment and mortgage payment you may have done better financially. There are two challenges with this conclusion:

  • Today, in the vast majority of the country, renting is actually more expensive than owning a home.
  • History has proven that tenants DO NOT invest the difference in their rent and mortgage payments.

2.) Homeownership Creates Wealth

Paying a mortgage creates what financial experts call ‘forced savings’. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University released a study titled America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities. In the study, they actually quantified the difference in family wealth between renters and homeowners:

“[R]enters have only a fraction of the net wealth of owners. Near the peak of the housing bubble in 2007, the median net wealth of homeowners was $234,600—about 46 times the $5,100 median for renters. Even if homeowner wealth fell back to 1995 levels, it would still be 27.5 times the median for renters.”

3.) There Are Tremendous Tax Advantages to Investing in a Home

There is no doubt that selling an investment such as gold is easier than selling your home. However, this liquidity comes at a price. The price is called capital gains. That is the tax you pay on any financial gain you receive from the investment. This tax doesn’t apply the same way when you sell your primary residence:

Theresa Palagonia, a CPA and the Accounting Manager for the firm G.S. Garritano & Associates, was good enough to explain the Home Sale Exclusion Rules:

“You may qualify to exclude from your income all or part of any gain from the sale of your main home.

Maximum Exclusion

You can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain on the sale of your main home if all of the following are true:

  • You meet the ownership test.
  • You meet the use test.
  • During the 2 year period ending on the date of the sale, you did not exclude gain from the sale of another home.

If you and another person owned the home jointly but file separate returns, each of you can exclude up to $250,000 of gain from the sale of your interest in the home if each of you meets the three conditions listed above.

You may be able to exclude up to $500,000 of the gain on the sale of your main home if you are married and file a joint return and meet the requirements. (Special rules apply for joint returns.)

We will let you decide for yourself whether homeownership makes sense financially.

– Reposted with permission of KEEPING CURRENT MATTERS

Thank you for visiting the blog site of the  Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

 


About the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

NY1 VIDEO: Staten Island Board of Realtors President Traci Cangiano recently stopped by the NY1 studios to discuss the ongoing decision facing many borough residents after Sandy: Rebuild near the water or find someplace else to live.

CLICK  HERE  TO SEE THE TV  INTERVIEW

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  –  The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) wants to remind everyone about the importance of vigilance when it comes to prevent fires.

More fires occur during the winter months than at any other time. Fortunately, taking simple precautions can prevent most fires. Follow the safety tips below from USA.gov to help ensure your safety:

Portable Heaters

  • Put at least three feet of empty space between the heater and everything else.
  • Vacuum and clean the dust and lint from all heaters.
  • If the cord gets hot, frayed or cracked, have the heater serviced.
  • Never use extension cords with portable electric heaters.
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving or sleeping.
  • An adult should always be present when anyone is using a space heater around children.
  • Make sure your portable electric heater is UL approved and has a tip-over shut off function.
  • Woodstove and Fireplace Safety

    • Have a certified chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace.
    • Place ashes outdoors in a covered metal container at least three feet away from anything that burns.
    • To prevent flue fires, burn dry, well-seasoned wood.
    • Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass. If children are present, use a special child-guard screen.

    Generators
    Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. You cannot see or smell it. A generator’s exhaust contains poisonous CO, which can kill you in a matter of minutes. Follow these important generator safety tips:

    • Never use a portable generator inside a home, garage, shed or other partially enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open.
    • Place portable generators outside only, far away from the home. Keep the generator away from openings to the home, including doors, windows, and vents.
    • Read the label on the generator and the owner’s manual, and follow the instructions.
    • Install CO alarms with battery backup in the home outside each sleeping area.
    • Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy. CO poisoning from exposure to generator exhaust can quickly lead to incapacitation and death.
    • Be sure generator fuel is properly and safely stored.
    • Always refuel the generator outdoors and away from any ignition sources.
    • If you choose to have a generator permanently connected to your home’s electrical system, make sure a licensed electrician installs it and be sure to notify your electric company.

    Candles

    • Place candles in sturdy, fireproof candleholders where they cannot be knocked over.
    • Make sure all candles are out before going to bed or leaving the house.
    • Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of children’s reach.
    • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, evergreen clippings, decorations, presents, and wrapping paper.

    Smoke Alarms and Home Escape Plans

    • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom.
    • Test and vacuum your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working.
    • Smoke alarms 10 years old or older need to be replaced with new units.
    • Know two ways out of every room.
    • Practice your escape plan with your whole family at least twice a year.
    • Do not attempt to go back into a burning home.

    Additional Resources:

    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

    Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — If your business is hurting in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Staten Island Board of Realtors wants you to know there is local help available.

    With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) offer free one-on-one expert business advice and low-cost training by qualified small business professionals to existing and future entrepreneurs.

    The SBDC program includes special focus areas such as, green business technology, disaster recovery and preparedness, import and export assistance and much more.

    Located at the College of Staten Island (CSI) — 2800 Victory Blvd., Willowbrook, Bldg. 1A, Room 102 — the Disaster Relief Business Recovery Center of the local SBDC may be reached at 718- 982-2595.

    Contacting the Staten Island SBDC:

    Address:
    College Of Staten Island
    2800 Victory Blvd., Building 2A rm. 300
    Staten Island, NY 10314-9806

    Directions to the center

    Director: Dean Balsamini

    Center: 718-982-2560
    Fax: 718-982-2323

    Email Address:
    sullivane@mail.csi.cuny.edu


    The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) wishes everyone a safe holiday season. With this in mind, we recommend the following article. Please share it with friends and neighbors.

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The law firm of Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates hopes everyone an enjoyable and safe holiday season.

    “Unfortunately, experience tells us that safety concerns are too often overlooked by busy families and individuals at this time of year,” said personal-injury attorney Jonathan D’Agostino, founder of the Eltingville-based law practice that bears his name.

    Personal-injury attorney Jonathan D’Agostino

    Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.

    In addition, Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires resulting in an average of 15 deaths and millions of dollars in property damage annually. Candle-related fires lead the list of hazards averaging more than 12,000 a year, resulting in 150 deaths and nearly $4 million in property damage.

    This is why Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates believes it is essential to share the following 10 tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for keeping your holiday home free from fire and injury:

    Trees and Decorations

    1. When purchasing an artificial tree, DO look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree won’t catch fire, it does indicate the tree is more resistant to catching fire.
    2. When purchasing a live tree, DO check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The bottom of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
    3. When setting up a tree at home, DO place it away from heat sources such as fireplaces, vents, and radiators. Because heated rooms dry out live trees rapidly, be sure to monitor water levels and keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic, and do not block doorways.
    4. In homes with small children, DO take special care to avoid sharp, weighted or breakable decorations, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children who could swallow or inhale small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.

    Lights

    1. Indoors or outside, DO use only lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory, such as UL or ETL/ITSNA.
    2. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Throw out damaged sets. DON’T use electric lights on a metallic tree.
    3. If using an extension cord, DO make sure it is rated for the intended use.
    4. When using lights outdoors, DO check labels to be sure the lights have been certified for outdoor use and only plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected receptacle or a portable GFCI.

    Candles

    1. Keep burning candles within sight. DO extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room or leave the house.
    2. DO keep lighted candles away from items that can catch fire and burn easily, such as trees, other evergreens, decorations, curtains and furniture.

    About Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates

    Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates is one of New York and New Jersey’s leading law firms with an emphasis on personal-injury cases.

    Established in 1991, the firm has a well-deserved reputation for excellence, and a diligent team of 30 legal professionals who are trained to work knowledgeably and aggressively on behalf of clients.

    Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates is headquartered at 3309 Richmond Ave., in the Staten Island, N.Y., community of Eltingville, with additional offices in Manhattan; Brooklyn; Redbank and Freehold, N.J., and Tompkinsville, Staten Island.

    In addition to personal injury, Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates expertly handles Social Security disability hearings and appeals; worker’s compensation third- party claims; medical malpractice; no-fault matters, and criminal defense.

    For additional information, Jonathan D’Agostino & Associates may be reached at 800-245-2924 and visited online at www.daglawteam.com.

    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

     


    Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com


    Brooklyn Allergy Mom’s Blog

    As board chair for the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, I began making calls to make sure that food banks were accepting donations from individuals of shelf-stable allergen-friendly foods, as well as palettes from manufacturers.

    I spoke with Elana at the Long Island Cares food bank and she told me there are seven food banks in New York. (Many thanks to fellow NYC gluten-free blogger Erin Smith who was first on the scene to call Elana with gluten-free needs). There are three in NYC and the five boroughs and I listed those in my previous post here. I asked her if there was anywhere on Staten Island where people could send donations of allergen-friendly food, and she directed me to the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR). I called this morning and spoke to a woman named Faye. By the end of the day, Faye had single-handedly arranged for a Shop Rite in New Dorp to accept donations from individuals and food manufacturers, and also allow people in need to pick up from their location. READ MORE …

    STATEN ISLAND, N..Y. –  It’s easy to join the chorus of those who bemoan the problems facing Staten Island. After all, the Island is the “forgotten borough;” we are the only New York City residents required to pay when we drive to, or return from, another borough; the local traffic can be infuriating; the media shows us no respect, and — need I say more?

    On the other hand, look at all the extended families who happily call Staten Island their home. We have an influx of new residents who continue to discover the Island as an incredible place to raise a family. These folks know that Staten Island offers much more than meets the eye.

    Sandy Krueger, CEO of the Staten Island Board of Realtors

    The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) is honored to represent over 1,700 professionals in the brokerage, property management, appraisal, lending and related industries. We strive to bring information, education, leading industry tools, professional-recognition programs, high professional standards and enforcement, and networking opportunities to our members.

    We also rally our membership to find ways to get involved in worthy local projects and community organizations. In conjunction with the National Association of Realtors and the New York State Association of Realtors, we are very involved in advocating for consumer-related housing issues and private property rights with legislators and regulators at all levels.

    Our Richmond County Real Estate Institute is the largest real estate school on Staten Island and our Staten Island Multiple Listing Service, Inc. is a key factor in creating an orderly marketplace for consumers and Realtors.

    In 2015, SIBOR will celebrate its 100th anniversary.  It’s been a great run, and Staten Island Realtors look to the future with an appreciation of all our borough has to offer.

    — Sandy Krueger, CEO, Staten Island Board of Realtors


    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

    Media Inquiries:

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: info@RelevantPR.com

    The days are counting down to Sept. 20, when the Staten Island Advance will be publishing a special “In Focus” section devoted entirely to the Staten Staten Island Board of Realtors. If you are looking for a special opportunity to promote your business, this is it.

    The section will highlight the benefits of homeownership and the many programs and services of SIBOR and its membership — including the numerous ways Island Realtors contribute to the betterment of Staten Island’s quality of life.

    The “In Focus” keepsake section will educate the public about SIBOR and the value of Staten Island Realtors and associated business members, such as bankers; mortgage brokers; attorneys; appraisers, and home inspectors, to name just a few.

    Space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Don’t pass up this chance to promote your business or professional practice in this historic venue.

    To take advantage of the unique opportunity, contact Tony Mulholland, Advance Classified Advertising Manager,

    by phone at 718-816-2850, or via e-mail at Mulholland@siadvance.com

    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

    Media Inquiries:

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: info@RelevantPR.com

    The days are counting down to Sept. 20, when the Staten Island Advance will be publishing a special “In Focus” section devoted entirely to the Staten Staten Island Board of Realtors. If you are looking for a special opportunity to promote your business, this is it.

    The section will highlight the benefits of homeownership and the many programs and services of SIBOR and its membership — including the numerous ways Island Realtors contribute to the betterment of Staten Island’s quality of life.

    The “In Focus” keepsake section will educate the public about SIBOR and the value of Staten Island Realtors and associated business members, such as bankers; mortgage brokers; attorneys; appraisers, and home inspectors, to name just a few.

    Space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Don’t pass up this chance to promote your business or professional practice in this historic venue.

    To take advantage of the unique opportunity, contact Tony Mulholland, Advance Classified Advertising Manager,

    by phone at 718-816-2850, or via e-mail at Mulholland@siadvance.com

    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

    Media Inquiries:

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: info@RelevantPR.com

    The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR)

    has partnered with the Staten Island Advance

    to offer you a rare marketing opportunity


    On Sept. 20, the Advance will be publishing a special “In Focus” section devoted entirely to SIBOR.

    The section will highlight the benefits of homeownership and the many programs and services of SIBOR and its membership

    – including the numerous ways Island Realtors contribute to the betterment of Staten Island’s quality of life.

     

    The “In Focus” keepsake section will educate the public about SIBOR and the value of Staten Island Realtors and associated business members, such as bankers; mortgage brokers; attorneys; appraisers, and home inspectors, to name just a few.

    Space will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    Don’t pass up this chance to promote your business or professional practice in this historic venue.


    To take advantage of the unique opportunity, contact Tony Mulholland, Advance Classified Advertising Manager,

    by phone at 718-816-2850, or via e-mail at Mulholland@siadvance.com


    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

    Media Inquiries:

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: info@RelevantPR.com


    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – There are signs the real estate market is making a comeback on Staten Island as closings, pending sales and median prices steadily rise.

    Numbers recorded by the Staten Island Board of Realtors are in line with those released in recent weeks from well-regarded national indexes which show increases not seen since the federal home buyers tax credit sunset in April 2010.

    Read more

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  – As the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) monitors housing indicators at home and across the nation, it seems clear to some public policy experts that housing and the economic recovery will play a large part in deciding the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.

    During a symposium held earlier this year, former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele, leading Democratic strategist Celinda Lake, and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling provided their unique insights into issues affecting the long-term direction of the country.

    On Staten Island, some of the most recent housing statistics for 2012 suggest a bit of optimism.

    “Looking forward, the number of properties going under contract is up 26 percent for the three months and 29 percent for 2012, which should result in increased sales further into the year,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR, commenting on March, April and May indicators.

    NATIONAL MEETING

    During the Realtors® 2012 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, held in May, National Association Of REALTORS (NAR) President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami, said:

    “As the leading advocate for homeownership, the National Association of Realtors® is working closely with policymakers to ensure that mortgages are more readily available for qualified buyers and real estate investors. We believe efforts that help creditworthy homebuyers obtain mortgage financing and allow more people to stay in their homes or avoid foreclosure through streamlined short sales are important for a housing and economic recovery.”

    HOUSING INITIATIVES

    Gene Sperling presented several of the current administration’s successful housing initiatives and accomplishments toward moving the housing market forward, included a recent proposal to help underwater borrowers refinance their mortgages. “This isn’t a partisan issue,” said Sperling. “The housing market is climbing back. We must not take our foot off the pedal to accelerate the housing recovery. We need to stay at it!”

    NUMEROUS CHALLENGES

    Panelists offered their perspectives on the current state of the industry and identified numerous challenges impacting the availability and accessibility of mortgage financing. In discussing the results of a recent voter survey, Celinda Lake said, “Voters see homeownership as fundamental to the American Dream. People are upset about the American Dream disappearing, so the economic numbers will be most predictive of the election outcome.

    ‘ACCOUNTABILITY IS KEY’

    Former RNC Chair Michael Steele encouraged Realtors® to continue engaging policymakers face to face and said public voice is needed to clear the legislative clutter in Washington. “Accountability is key,” said Steele. “Voice your concerns to your lawmakers by localizing the issues. Get off talking points and personalize your story. By making it personal you allow the accountability dots to connect.”

    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.


    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (June 20, 2012)  – With the official start of summer just hours away, the temperature soaring toward 100 degrees and Friday quickly approaching, Staten Islanders should be thinking of weekend sun – and shade.

    Most of know it’s unhealthy to bake in the sun; so, in additional to applying some sunscreen before enjoying the outdoors at home, let’s consider some options for shade.

    The folks at the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) would like to share some shade-related advice from the Natitonal Board of Realtors’ HouseLogic Web site:

    Immediate relief

    Umbrellas, awnings, and quick-assembly patio tents are quick, although sometimes costly, methods of creating shade instantly.

    The ubiquitous patio umbrella—found even in grocery stores for $30 — can either stand alone upright or offset, or slip into a hole in your patio table.

    Choose an umbrella that tilts, so you can block the sun at any angle. Or get one that’s fabulous, like Frontgate’s Rimbou Lotus Shade, which looks like a giant palm frond. (Cost: $1,795.)

    Retractable awnings, a permanent feature of older southern homes, are traditional shade makers for outdoor areas up to 12 feet from your house. Motorized awnings take the fuss out of opening and closing. Depending on size and what kind of bells and whistles they come with, awnings typically cost from $400 to $3,000.

    Portable awnings are my favorite, because they make shade wherever, not just areas close to the house. SunSetter’s Large Oasis Freestanding Awning, measuring 16 ft. by 10 ft., can provide 160 sq. ft. of shade. (Cost: $1,549 manual; $2,099 motorized.)

    A cloth gazebo (aka patio tent or canopy) is another option that’s great for entertaining. You can go simple and inexpensive ($50 for Target’s Outdoor Patio Pariesienne Gazebo Canopy, though online reviews indicate you get what you pay for). Or you can step it up with the Garden Oasis Lighted Gazebo, complete with lights and netting for $700 at Sears.

    Long-term re-leaf

    Growing shade trees is the greenest — and slowest — way to block the sun on patios and decks. There’s nothing as cool as sitting under the shade of an old oak tree.

    If you can’t wait 20 years for a little shade, plant a quick-growing variety which, in tree language, means it grows a couple of feet or more each year.

    You can rush the process by paying more and buying big trees, and you’ll see a return on your investment.

    Here are some species to consider:

    • American Elm: (Zones 2-9) Grows rapidly up to 100 feet tall and 120 feet wide. Adapts to varied climates and soil conditions.
    • October Glory Red Maple: (Zones 4-9) Provides a 35-foot spread and grows to 40 feet high.
    • Sawtooth Oak: (Zones 4-9) Dark green summer foliage turns yellow to brown in fall. Wildlife will love its acorns.
    • Chinese Pistache: (Zones 6-9) Wonderful wide canopy and grows in all but the coldest zones.
    • Natchez Crape Myrtle: (Zones 7-10) Lots of long-blooming white flowers and cinnamon-colored bark.

    About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

    The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

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

    Comprised of over 1,600 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 over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

    All SIBOR members 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 http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Living,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

    Media Inquiries:

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: Email: info@RelevantPR.com

    Congratulations to Mallory Hagan,

    Miss New York 2012

    Miss New York City Mallory Hagan is crowned as Miss New York 2012 by her predecessor, Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011. (photo by STEVE WHITE/StatenArts)

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) takes pride in our borough’s hosting of the Miss New York Pageant.

    The latest edition of the Miss New York Pageant concluded Saturday evening with Miss New York City Mallory Hagan being crowned as Miss New York 2012.

    The event, held in the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, N.Y., was co-hosted by Claire Buffie, Miss New York 2010, and Hunt Ethridge, a Mr. New York 2011 finalist. The first runner-up was Miss Manhattan Katie Berry. The other runners-up were:

    • Miss Greater Rochester Nina Davuluri, second
    • Miss Brooklyn Maria DeSantis, third
    • Miss Niagara Desiree Wiley fourth

    Each of the women received scholarship prizes. The newly crowned Miss New York was presented with a $10,000 scholarship, the largest in the pageant’s history. She will represent New York in the Miss America Pageant, which will take place Jan.12 in Las Vegas.

    About The Miss New York Pageant

    The Miss New York Pageant, an official preliminary of the Miss America Organization, awards scholarships every year to young women. At a local, state and national level, the pageant system gives the women an opportunity to promote a platform of community service. Miss New York will compete for the title of Miss America, which will be broadcast live on ABC TV.

    The Miss New York Scholarship Organization provides viable educational opportunities to the young women of New York through scholarships, service and volunteerism. It strives to recognize the intelligence, talent, moral character and personal commitment of its exceptional participants as they pursue excellence. 

    For additional information about the Miss New York Organization, log onto www.missny.org.

    Media Contacts:

    Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

    Relevant Public Relations, LLC

    Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

    Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

    Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com