NYS Board of Real Estate

The New York State Board of Real Estate was established pursuant to §442-i of the Real Property Law. The effective date of this law was January 1, 1996.

Membership Information


List of Members

Meetings and Procedures

Powers and Duties of the Board

Powers and Duties of the Secretary of State

NYS Real Estate Board Meeting Summary, December 11, 2017


The Board consists of fifteen members:
  1. The Secretary of State;
  2. The Superintendent of The Department of Financial Services; and
  3. Thirteen appointed members.

The appointed members are either real estate brokers or public members. A public member cannot be a real estate broker. The members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and the legislative leaders according to a specific statutory direction. See the Appointments section of this summary.

At least five members of the Board must be real estate brokers. To qualify, a real estate broker must be currently licensed as a real estate broker by the State of New York and must have been engaged in the real estate business in the State of New York for at least ten years.

The term of office is two years. A member may be appointed for successive terms, but no member may serve more than ten years in his or her lifetime. A member may be removed by the member's appointing authority.

In case of death or resignation, the successor shall be appointed by the person who appointed the member who has vacated his or her office.

Members of the Board receive no compensation for their service but are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses.


Eleven members of the Board are appointed as follows:

Appointment to the Board of Real Estate
Governor Temporary President of the Senate Speaker
Real Estate Brokers 3 1 1 (5)
Public Members 4 1 1 (6)

In addition, the Senate and Assembly Minority Leaders each appoint one member; and each Minority Leader may, at his or her discretion, appoint either a real estate broker or a public member. Thus, depending on the appointments by the Minority Leaders, the Board will be composed as follows:

  1. Seven real estate brokers and six public members;
  2. Six real estate brokers and seven public members; or
  3. Five real estate brokers and eight public members.

List of Members

Member Name, Address, & E-mail Category Appointed By
NYS Secretary of State 
Secretary of State
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231-0001

Board Chair

Maria T. Vullo
Acting Superintendent
Department of Financial Services
One State Street
New York, NY 10004-1511
Statutory Governor

David L. Rumsey
Morgan Management LLC
1080 Pittsford-Victor Rd. Suite 100
Pittsford, NY 14534

Real Estate Broker Assembly Minority Leader
Vacant Public Representative Governor

Daniel Hartnett
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty
7575 Buckley Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212

Real Estate Broker Temporary President of the Senate

Sandra Erickson
Sandra Erickson Real Estate, Inc.
1920 Anthony Ave Ste. 1
Bronx, NY  10456

Real Estate Broker Governor

Gregory Weston
Winston & Strawn LLP
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166-4193

Public Representative Governor

Neil B. Garfinkel
Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
1430 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York NY 10018

Real Estate Broker
Board Secretary

Dale A. Burnet
Assurant Asset Management
28 Liberty Street, 41st floor
New York, NY 10050

Public Representative Governor

Diane M. Ramirez
Halstead Property LLC
499 Park Avenue 14th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Real Estate Broker Governor

David P. Leno
Rivkin Radler LLP
926 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, NY 11556-0926

Public Representative
Vice Chair
Temporary President of the Senate


Public Representative Governor

Trisha Ocona Francis
Real Estate Ocona LLC
5911 Church Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Real Estate Broker Speaker of the Assembly

Duncan R. MacKenzie
NYS Association of Realtors
130 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210-2220

Public Representative
Senate Minority Leader

David Dworkin
415 Park Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Public Representative Speaker of the Assembly

Members without business addresses may be reached through the Department of State. FOIL 120302

Meetings and Procedures

The Secretary of State is the Chairperson. A Vice-Chairperson and Secretary are elected from among the other members of the Board.

A quorum for the Board is a majority of the entire Board; i.e., eight members.

A majority of the members currently serving on the Board is required for the passage of any resolution or approval of any matter before the Board.

The Board shall meet no fewer than three times per year at the call of the Secretary of State or a majority of the members.

In addition, the Board shall hold public hearings each year in New York City, in Buffalo, and in Albany. The purpose of the public hearings is to solicit public comment, suggestions, and observations about real estate practice in New York.

If a member fails to attend three consecutive meetings, the member shall forfeit his or her seat on the Board unless the Secretary of State, upon the request of the member, finds that the member should be excused due to illness or death in the family.

Powers and Duties of the Board

With the exception of matters delegated specifically to the Secretary of State, the Board has general authority to promulgate rules and regulations affecting real estate brokers and salespersons in order to administer and effectuate the purposes of Article 12-A of the Real Property Law.

The Board is specifically authorized to prescribe the content of courses of study for the examination and education of real estate brokers and salespersons. In addition, the Board may advise the Secretary of State on policies governing the administration of examinations.

The Board is specifically authorized to establish rules and regulations governing the approval, by the Secretary of State, of schools to offer or conduct courses for qualifying and continuing education.

The Board shall study the operation of the laws and regulations affecting real estate brokers and shall make recommendations on related pending or proposed legislation, excepting legislation and regulations related to nonsolicitation orders and cease-and-desist orders.

The Board may advise and assist the Secretary of State in carrying out the provisions and purposes of Article 12-A and make recommendations concerning the programs and activities of the Department of State in connection with the enforcement of the provisions of Article 12-A.

Annually, the Board shall submit a report to the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees, which report shall contain a description of the types of complaints received, the status of cases, and the length of time from the initial complaint to any final disposition.

Powers and Duties of the Secretary of State

The Secretary of State has the duty to administer all licensing, examination, education, and compliance provisions of Article 12-A; the rules of the Board; and the rules of the Secretary of State.

In addition, the Secretary of State has specific authority to adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the following matters:

  1. Commingling money of a principal;
  2. Rendering of accounts to clients;
  3. Managing property for a client;
  4. Broker's purchase of property listed with the broker;
  5. Inducing breach of contract of sale or lease;
  6. Records to be maintained by licensees;
  7. Handling of clients' funds;
  8. Nonsolicitation orders and cease-and-desist orders; and
  9. Administration and enforcement of the provisions of Article 12-A and the rules promulgated thereunder.

The Secretary of State has the authority to enforce the provisions of Article 12-A upon complaint by any person or upon his own initiative; to investigate any violation thereof; and to investigate the business, business practices, and business methods of any person applying for or holding a license as a real estate broker or salesperson. In addition, the Secretary of State has the authority to approve or deny license applications and renewals; and the Secretary of State may suspend or revoke a license, or impose a fine or reprimand, for violations of Article 12-A.