Committee on Public Interest
Dated: July 2007
The general mission of the Public Interest Committee is:
1. To educate, share information, and provide support and networking to
committee members regarding current issues and developments that specifically
relate to the public interest aspects of real property law including, but not
limited to, the following areas of interest:
- Subsidized, Assisted and Supportive Housing Programs;
- Affordable Multifamily Housing Preservation and Development
- Zoning and land use (including eminent domain and takings);
- Fair Housing Legislation, Litigation and Enforcement;
- Foreclosures, Lending, Vacant and Abandoned Properties;
- Property Maintenance Code Development and Enforcement;
- Lead-Poisoning Prevention; and
- Homelessness Prevention
2. To monitor and recommend changes in law and regulations to the Section
with respect to each of the above categories and related areas.
3. To prepare reports, forms and administrative or legislative proposals
with respect to these areas of interest for presentation to the Committee and to
4. To provide information regarding the activities of Committee members to
the Section, the Bar Association, and the public.
5. To coordinate with other bar groups and associations, both within and
outside of the Real Property Law Section, who may be working on similar
6. To provide information regarding the range of views of Committee members
to the Section, to the Bar Association, and the public.
7. To create a forum for dialogue between attorneys representing public
consumers and constituencies (e.g., tenants, purchasers, community
organizations, civil rights organizations) and the attorneys acting as counsel
for agencies administering programs affecting these consumers and constituencies
(agency counsel, regulated lenders, housing providers, program administrators,
All members of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar
Association are welcome to join the Committee. In particular, attorneys working
in public interest practice areas are encouraged to join.
It is the objective of the PIC to assure participation of counsel not only
from the ”consumer” perspective (home purchasers, mortgagors, other borrowers,
tenants, co-op members, racial and ethnic minorities), but of agency and
governmental counsel (state and federal agencies, other public bodies, and
private parties whose activities entail responsibilities to be responsive to
affected communities, such as regulated lenders).
Organization and Meetings:
The Committee has two co-chairs, one from downstate and one from upstate.
Currently the Committee is scheduled to meet annually at the time of the
Section's annual meeting (historically, January). In addition, the PIC will
meet at the time of the Real Property Section's summer meeting, provided that a
sufficient number of members are available to conduct business.
Any member of the Committee may request that the co-chairs convene a meeting,
and the co-chairs shall give due consideration to convening such a meeting,
which may be held either in person or by conference call.
The Committee may meet at other times as circumstances warrant, upon notice
from the Co-Chairs.
Meetings typically consist of: (1) reports of standing subcommittees; (2)
reports on current legislative, case law and other developments; and (3)
discussion of topics of general interest.
The PIC shall communicate regularly by email through a distribution list of
the members. Upon the request of a member posting information to the email list,
that information shall be kept confidential to the members of the Committee and
the members of the Executive Committee of the RPLS.
Once critical mass has been achieved for this new Committee, the Co-Chairs
will propose standing subcommittees for: (1) Lending and Foreclosures; (2)
Assisted Housing /Multifamily Housing Preservation (3) Fair Housing Enforcement
and Litigation; (4) Continuing Legal Education; (5) Legislation.
Additional subcommittees or temporary work groups may be appointed by the
co-chairs as the circumstances warrant.