Right now, Realtors® are still being shut out of conducting cold calls due to recent actions taken by Governor Kathy Hochul renewing the gun violence a disaster emergency in New York. This is directly impeding real estate business operations, which are completely unrelated to the disaster emergency - Real estate licensees may not make any unsolicited phone calls to a member of the public during a state of emergency.
Curbing gun violence is a serious public safety issue. However, this state of emergency triggers a ban on cold calling such as we experienced during the COVID related state of emergency. We see no connection between acting to curb gun violence and the legitimate business practice of cold calling. We are asking the Governor and State Legislature to lift the ban on cold calling now and decouple the statutory restrictions on cold calling as it relates to States of emergency. This will not in any way impede efforts to curb gun violence.
There is a critical housing shortage and this ban is making it worse by stopping us from developing new listings to help raise inventory for new and potential home buyers in New York. We've been shut out of cold calling since the start of the pandemic - this ban must end.
You can also call the Governor’s office directly at 518-474-8390 to voice your concerns.