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Cuomo taps Garfinkel for State real estate board

Neil B. Garfinkel, best know as REBNY’s in-house legal eagle, has been  appointed to the New York State Real Estate Board by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.


Garfinkel, managing partner at Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP (AGMB) in Charge of its Real Estate and Banking Practices, will serve for two years.

For the past several years,  Garfinkel has served as Broker Counsel to the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where he hosts the REBNY Legal Line and authors the REBNY Question of the Week.

He and AGMB also serve as Counsel to the Empire State Mortgage Bankers Association and the New York State Mortgage Brokers Association. He maintains the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation and is certified by the New York Department of State as an instructor of real estate courses.

The New York State Real Estate Board has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations affecting real estate brokers and salespersons as they relate to the Real Property Law. As part of its responsibilities, the board studies the operations of the laws and regulations affecting real estate brokers and makes recommendations on related pending or proposed legislation.

The Board consists of the state’s Secretary of State, the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services and 13 appointed members who are either real estate brokers or public members.

“It is an honor to be appointed to this prestigious board,”  Garfinkel said. “I look forward to working with other members of the board in providing the necessary guidance on how rules and regulations affect real estate brokers in the state.”


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