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N.Y. Associations Eye Merger

October 1, 2011

Three associations in New York are considering a merger that would create the second largest REALTOR® association in the state with more than 9,000 members, according to the Westchester County Business Journal.

The Westchester Putnam Association, along with its neighbors to the west, the Orange County Association and the Rockland County Board expect to launch the merged association, prospectively named the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTOR® Inc., as early as January.

The two large association-run MLSs, the Empire Access MLS and the Greater Hudson Valley MLS, would either combine services or form a new MLS, but either way, any change in MLS operations is a few years off, P. Gilbert Mercurio, CEO of Empire Access Multiple Listing Service, told the Journal.