Anthony Beckford

Anthony Beckford

AnthonyBeckford.com

Twitter: Twitter.com/Vote4Beckford Instagram: Instagram.com/AnthonyBeckford4CityCouncil

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 have joined protests against Cuomo and legislators to demand the Cancellation of Rent with NYCC, Make the Road, Housing Justice For All Coalition and other orgs. I have organized rent strikes against corrupt landlords, protested against developers trying to block out the sunlight of Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, have helped with rapid response to stop illegal evictions, exposed Jason Korn; the number one worst landlord of NYC, advocated for RTC, have helped tenants to file for relief, etc.

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

Regulated Rental Apt

4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? No

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

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?  No

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)

Privatization of NYCHA, Increased Rent, Illegal Evictions, Homelessness.

I would continue to push for full funding snd repairs for NYCHA residents and make sure that Section 9 tenants are protected. Even now I am working with tenants at Glenwood Houses to get their heat and hot water repaired on various occasions.  I will introduce legislation for rent rollbacks and at the same time, push for rent rollbacks by the RGB. Penalize and prosecute landlords who commit illegal evictions. Turn shelters into permanent housing, turn hotel rooms into apartments, expand supportive housing and expand the section 8 program and housing vouchers. Also, push for the state to pass the “Good Cause Eviction” legislation.

I will also work with housing advocates and tenants to draft the legislation needed to further protect tenants.

Note: endorsed by NYCC

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Privatization of NYCHA, Increased Rent, Illegal Evictions, Homelessness.

I would continue to push for full funding snd repairs for NYCHA residents and make sure that Section 9 tenants are protected. Even now I am working with tenants at Glenwood Houses to get their heat and hot water repaired on various occasions.  I will introduce legislation for rent rollbacks and at the same time, push for rent rollbacks by the RGB. Penalize and prosecute landlords who commit illegal evictions. Turn shelters into permanent housing, turn hotel rooms into apartments, expand supportive housing and expand the section 8 program and housing vouchers. Also, push for the state to pass the “Good Cause Eviction” legislation.

I will also work with housing advocates and tenants to draft the legislation needed to further protect tenants.

Note: endorsed by NYCC

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?

Help to secure federal and state funding for NYCHA. By taxing the rich we are able to fully fund NYCHA and provide the much needed repairs. There must also be accountability of NYCHA management and the agency itself. NYCHA must be prioritized in the budget. More workers are needed to handle the demand for repairs and maintenance. Tenants need to be moved into another unit in order for full lead abatement and mold removal to be done. The new boilers initiative, needs to be ramped up.

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? Yes

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

100% affordable low income housing, infrastructure investments (schools, affordable grocery stores, etc), impact studies that prove that there will be no negative effects such as displacements, rent increases, etc. The community must be at the table throughout the whole process and have a voice at the table. Take out council member deference and no towers.

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

Remove council deference, allow the community to be a part of the conversation and decision making 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 100% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  100%

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

City planning has been talking about rezoning our district with the current council member. I am fighting against the rezoning. There is also a derelict building in the district that has been an illegal dumping location. My team & I continue to clean it up & have been organizing community members to demand the city take the property & turn it into 100% low income housing. Fighting against the council member who has opposed the shelter that will house about 80 community members who are homeless.

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)

I will introduce legislation that will increase their fines and lead to prosecuting these landlords. I will also draft legislation with organizations and my colleagues to take the property of landlords who refuse to do repairs and who continue to violate tenants rights by harassing them. I will also be out their with tenants and housing organizations to demand justice and accountability. I will highlight who these landlords are as well.

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? No

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

I will work with my colleagues to turn homeless shelters into permanent housing. I will not.oppose shelters, so that community members are not sent out into the streets with their families. I will do everything in my power as the next council member to help put a stop to homelessness in general so that we no longer have to look at shelters being built, but at community members with permanent housing. Housing Is A Human Right!

32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? Yes

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 testify, hold hearings and town halls and I will introduce legislation. I am the only candidate who has been advocating for rent rollbacks. In regards to question 36, I have always sent my testimony with other advocates and have shown up to disrupt the process of the RGB increasing rents.

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