Presentation to feature John P. Herrion, director of Disability Rights,  New York State Division of Human Rights

Staten Island. N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2023) – A class titled Fair Housing: Disabilities” will conclude a special three-part fair-housing course presented by the Richmond County Real Estate Institute, a division of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR). The presentation will offer insight into the regulatory and ethical conduct expected of real estate agents when working with consumers who have disabilities.

Required of all SIBOR members, the three-credit continuing education class will take place Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., via Zoom.

Dorothy Botsoe, vice chair of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Fair Housing Policy Committee, is the creator/facilitator of the three-part course. She will be joined for the presentation by guest speaker John P. Herrion, director of Disability Rights, New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR).

DHR enforces the New York State Human Rights Law. The agency protects New Yorkers against discrimination based on disability in employment, housing accommodations, nonreligious educational institutions, places of public accommodation, commercial spaces, and credit transactions.


As part of SIBOR’S ongoing commitment to fair housing, the latest continuing education classes were preceded by Staten Island’s real estate professionals having participated in Fairhaven, a fair housing simulation training-experience for Realtors provided by NAR. The platform uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate.

Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process.

During their Fairhaven interaction, SIBOR members also walked in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provided customized feedback that the Island REALTORS® can apply to daily business interactions.

About the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR)
And Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS)

Established in 1915, the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR) is the largest professional 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 promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of approximately 2,500 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 275 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 5,000 real estate transactions every year.

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

SIBOR and the SIMLS may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at Staten Island Board of Realtors, Twitter via @SIBOR and Instagram at SIBOR REALTORS (siborrealtors).


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