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The Long Game

Posted By Robert Treuber, Thursday, April 12, 2018
Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2018


The current issue of City and State Magazine is dedicated to the topic of insurance.  You can read it online here - .


This edition contains interviews with the Chairmen of the Insurance Committees in the State Senate and the Assembly, Senator Seward and Assembly Member Cahill.  Both of these gentlemen answer a question on title insurance on page 21 and I encourage you to read their comments. (I also suggest you take a look at the NYSLTA ad on page 23.)


For several months, NYSLTA Members and other concerned citizens have activity communicated with our legislators to repair DFS regulations that threaten our livelihood, disrupt the real estate finance marketplace and create new costs and complications for consumers, lenders and attorneys.


At times, it may appear our efforts are fruitless. I admit the investment is great and to date the returns have been slim. For perspective, I ask you to look closely at Chairman Cahill's reply to the title insurance question.


" Last year, the Assembly Insurance Committee held a hearing on the impact the new regulations are having or would have. The testimony and evidence from stakeholders and consumer advocates was compelling.


Since then, even more colleagues have approached me as chair of the Assembly’s Insurance Committee to discuss title insurance regulatory change.


In fact, more than any other single insurance topic, Assembly members from across the state have brought the concerns of their constituents regarding title insurance regulation to my attention.


While some would attribute the currency of the issue to heavy industry lobbying, it is clear, instead, that the disruption caused by regulatory overreach has impacted stakeholders in every phase of real estate transactions..."


This growing awareness and understanding of the problematic consequences of DFS regulation 208 is the result of YOUR phone calls, YOUR emails, YOUR person-to-person conversations with legislators and key staffers.


The process is slow but this is how we build a presence for the title insurance industry in the halls of government. One by one, one meeting at a time, with follow-up and repetition, with single-minded and consistent messaging - this is how we counter the misinformation and misunderstanding about the work we do and the financial product we provide.


Our work informing and educating the legislators and their staff does not end with Regulation 208. Next year and every year after that, we will function under the purview of the DFS.  Strong relationships in the legislature are our best means of counterbalancing onerous regulation.


If you have sent an email or made a phone call to your Senator or Assembly Member - thank you and now take the next step and meet with them in person.  If you have lobbied in the district office or in Albany - you are a champion, and we need you to bring along others as we continue the effort.





Tags:  DFS  engagement  lobbying  NY Senate  NYS Assembly  Reg 208  Regulations 

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