Alicka Ampry-Samuel

Alicka Ampry-Samuel

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Twitter: @AlickaASamuel41 Instagram: @alicka_ampry_samuel41

Do you believe housing is a human right? Yes

What type of action have you taken in the past around issues of housing justice? (500 characters)

I currently sit on the committee for public housing as the chairperson. I have also introduced and co-sponsored numerous bills in relation to housing justice.

3. What type of housing do you currently live in?              

Unregulated Rental Apt

4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? Yes

4a. If yes, where & how many apts. did you own? 1

5. Does your campaign accept contributions from real estate developers (including related individuals), corporate lobbyists, organizations that participate in the carceral system, and/or landlords? No

6. Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?  Yes

7. Have any of your campaign or advisory staff held a position as a corporate lobbyist or an executive role with the Real Estate industry? No

6. & 7. If so, how can we be assured you will have tenants’ interests in mind?  (250 characters)

8. What do you think are the most pressing Housing issues & what action would you take to address them as a City Council Member?  (1000 characters)

Now that it has been a year since our city has been living through a global pandemic and we have all sought refuge in our homes; we should be assured that they are safe places for our families. That is why I have co-sponsored legislation that would require building owners to notify residents of any biological contamination present in their water supply and also to require them to provide filtration devices when the presence of lead contamination has been detected. Even prior to the pandemic, since elected to office i have been active in the preservation of traditional public housing, creating more housing units for homeless families, and opportunities for homeownership

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Now that it has been a year since our city has been living through a global pandemic and we have all sought refuge in our homes; we should be assured that they are safe places for our families. That is why I have co-sponsored legislation that would require building owners to notify residents of any biological contamination present in their water supply and also to require them to provide filtration devices when the presence of lead contamination has been detected. Even prior to the pandemic, since elected to office i have been active in the preservation of traditional public housing, creating more housing units for homeless families, and opportunities for homeownership

9a. What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters)

Yes

10. Do you support the move to legalize basement apts?  Yes

11. Do you support the concept of rent regulation and eviction protections? Yes

12. Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing? Yes

13. NYCHA has suffered from chronic underfunding, neglect and disrepair. What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?

As chair of the public housing committee of the new york city council, I believe that the best strategy to rectify problems within NYCHA developments is through the legislative process and ensuring that pursuant to 24 CFR  § 964.135 Resident involvement in HA management operations: Residents shall be involved and participate in the overall policy development and direction of Public Housing operations.

14. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes? No

15. Would you support an immediate moratorium on the sale or lease of all City-owned land and air rights to for-profit developers? Yes

16. Would you require that any housing built on public land be 100% permanently affordable to low- and extremely-low income New Yorkers? Yes

17. Would you aggressively use City programs and eminent domain to take ownership of distressed properties and transfer them to community control such as Community Land Trusts?      Yes

18. Would you end the custom of deferring to local council members on land use decisions? No

19. What standards would a rezoning need to meet for you to support it? (500 characters)

I have co-sponsored legislation that would require the department of housing preservation and development to conduct studies of the effects and displacement resulting from such rezoning. Having the following groups involved in the discussion: community input, community involvement, local workforce development, union labor. I would also follow the lead of the local community board members and the community.

20. What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development?  (500 characters)

For the community board to not be advisory only; for their opinion to be a part of the process.

21. Would you pass and enforce a true racial impact study as part of any rezoning?  Yes

Percentage of people who are below 200% of the poverty line 50% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  25%

23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it?  (500 characters)

My first major land use fight was a proposal to build a Community Court at 400 Thomas Boyland St.; directly across from the 73rd Precinct (NYPD), around the corner from Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center.  I was against this project which would’ve included permanent affordable housing, but the focus of the building was to build a court within Brownsville. My community demanded more resources and not funding for another court with court officers and a jail cell.

24. Would you support increased funding and oversight of NYC Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and Mayor’s Tenant Protection Unit to educate tenants on their rights to organize in NYC rental buildings? YesYes

25. Will you support the City seeking injunctions against the landlords on the Right to Counsel’s “worst evictors list,” barring worst evictors from bringing eviction cases while under investigation, and implementing good cause evictions protections? Yes

26. Do you support expanding funding and oversight of the City’s emergency repair program to correct hazardous violations and send the owner the bill? Yes

27. How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  (500 characters)

By enforcing the laws that are in place to prevent landlords from harassing tenants.

28. Do you support the Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA—Int 0737-2018) and Commercial Rent Stabilization bill (Int 1796-2019) currently in committee in the City Council?Yes

29. Do you support converting hotel rooms into permanently affordable apts? Yes

30. Would you end the practice of police responding to people who are homeless?  Yes

31. Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? Yes

31a. Why or why not?  (500 characters)

My district has been oversaturated with shelters for many years. In addition to shelters we now have hotels which have been converted into shelters.

32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? No

32a. If no, why not?

33. Are you committed to making sure every tenant has free access to counsel in Housing Court? Yes

34. Would you support an eviction moratorium every winter (Heat Season Oct. 1-May 31)?  Yes

35. Do you believe that the Rent Guidelines Board should lower rents for rent stabilized tenants? Yes

35a. If yes, what will you do to influence the board to do so?  (500 characters)
I will be intentional about my work with our state colleagues and tenants advocacy groups.  In addition to utilizing my office and platform; I will provide resources via discretionary opportunities to conduct tenant outreach and education so the tenants can be the loudest voice in the room.  

36. Have you ever testified on behalf of tenants at a public hearing of the RGB? No

37. Do you support restricting the ability of landlords to discriminate and surveil tenants through the use of technologies such as key fobs, smartphone apps, and facial recognition to gain entry into their apartment units and/or buildings? Yes

38. Will you commit to only vote for a budget that decreases funding to the NYPD? Yes