SIBOR seeks to ensure storm-impacted Staten Islanders get their share of Sandy-relief funds

Rep. Michael Grimm, front row center, greets representatives of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) in Washington, D.C., from left, Realtor John Vernazza, National Association of Realtor’s federal political coordinator to Rep. Grimm; Realtors Valerie Wonica; Laird Klein, SIBOR president-elect; Dawn Carpenter; George S. Wonica; Traci Cangiano, SIBOR president; George K. Wonica, and Sari Kingsley, and Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  – Members of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) recently gathered in Washington, D.C., with more than 9,000 Realtors® from across the nation.

The annual conference, held during the week of May 13, is known as the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. The event, coordinated by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), brought the Island Realtors to Capitol Hill, where they spoke with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Rep. Michael  Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) about critical housing and private-property issues, such as: Ensuring storm-impacted Staten Islanders get their share of Sandy-relief funds; mortgage finance reform, tax laws for homeownership and real estate investment, and keeping the Federal Housing Administration single-family mortgage program affordable.

“As the leading advocate for private property rights, homeownership and housing issues, Realtors® are committed to keeping housing first in the halls of Congress and in our communities across the country,” said Traci Cangiano, president of SIBOR.

Joining with Mrs. Cangiano in Washington were Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBO; Realtor Laird Klein, SIBOR president-elect; NAR Committee members and Realtors George K. Wonica, George S. Wonica, Sari Kingsley and Dawn Carpenter; Realtor Valerie Wonica, and NAR Federal Political Coordinator to Rep. Grimm, Realtor John Vernazza.

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 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.

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