FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012
Island Realtors ‘Rally to Protect the American Dream’
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Representatives of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) joined with some 13,000 colleagues from across the nation for the recent “Rally to Protect the American Dream” at the foot of the Washington Monument.
Early morning on May 17, Realtors from every state in the country gathered in Washington, D.C., to make their voices heard.
“We felt an obligation to travel to this event on behalf of homeowners, real estate investors, and those who seek homeownership on Staten Island and across the nation,” said Georgianna Diaz, president of SIBOR.
Accompanying Ms. Diaz on the trip were her husband, Michael Diaz; Sandy Krueger, CEO of the Staten Island Board of Realtors; Traci A. Cangiano, SIBOR president- elect; Laird Klein, SIBOR secretary/treasurer; SIBOR directors Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, Greg Sokol and Dil Gillani, and SIBOR members Harold Chesnoff and Rosa Marciano.
Also in attendance were SIBOR members who serve the National Association of Realtors (NAR): Sari Kingsley, Global Business and Alliances Committee; George K. Wonica, Realtors Political Action/Trustee Committee; George S. Wonica, Land Use Property Rights and Environment Committee; Dawn Carpenter, Commercial Committee, and John Vernazza, liaison to Congressman Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn).
Realtors from across the United States connected with nearly 20 members of Congress to demonstrate their commitment to preserving access to homeownership and robust real estate investment.
“Realtors know that homeownership is an investment in our collective futures, and we’re here today to protect the American Dream of homeownership,” said National Association of Realtors President Moe Veissi, broker-owner of Veissi & Associates Inc., in Miami. “Homeownership and investment in real estate impacts families, communities, small businesses and the nation’s economy in a very meaningful way. Today, we’re proud to be showing the country that homeownership matters.”
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.
PHOTO CAPTION: Gathering in Washington, D.C., for the “Rally to Protect the American Dream” are Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) representatives, from left, George K. Wonica; Rosa Marciano; Harold Chesnoff and his wife, Claire Bisignano Chesnoff; John Vernazza, liaison to Congressman Michael Grimm; Dawn Carpenter; George S. Wonica; Michael Diaz; Greg Sokol; Diaz’s wife, Georgianna Diaz, president of SIBOR; Laird Klein, SIBOR secretary/treasurer, with SIBOR President-elect Traci Cangiano on his shoulders, and Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR.
Media Contact: Alexandria Greco
Relevant Public Relations, LLC