Carmen De La Rosa

Carmen De La Rosa

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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)

Housing justice has been central to my work in public service. I have personally assisted tenants from avoiding evictions and accompanied them to housing court. In 2019, as the legislature was working to reform the rent laws, I was part of a group of legislators who worked with housing advocates across the state to pass the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act. I have also worked to ensure that legal service funding are prioritized in our state budget.

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)

We must address the disinvestment and deteriorating conditions of our affordable housing stock by holding negligent landlords accountable. We must also address the invisible homelessness that exist in our communities in the form of families who live double and tripled up. For these families we must create real affordable housing options and eliminate eligibility barriers. Finally, we must ensure that any housing that is built in our city is accessible and affordable for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  We must address the disinvestment and deteriorating conditions of our affordable housing stock by holding negligent landlords accountable. We must also address the invisible homelessness that exist in our communities in the form of families who live double and tripled up. For these families we must create real affordable housing options and eliminate eligibility barriers. Finally, we must ensure that any housing that is built in our city is accessible and affordable for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.

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?

We need an infusion of investment from every level of government: Federal, State and City. We can no longer continue to pass the buck on the investments needed into NYCHA. I truly believe NYCHA is a tool to combat homelessness and we must work to protect and elevate NYCHA.

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)

I will approach development proposal centered around a set of core values:

-Extensive outreach and collaboration with community stakeholders including local community board, grassroots groups and partners in Labor.

-Deep affordability and plan to prevent further displacement in the surrounding community.

-Complete studies of the racial and environmental impacts of the proposal.

-The guarantee of having a union/ local hire requirements and worker safety guidelines.

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

I would propose a door knocking campaign to ensure residents of the district are engaged. I would also sponsor digital ads and surveys to ensure we are reaching a broad sector of the community. Finally, I would empower community stakeholders such as community boards and local advocacy groups.

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  50%

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

Inwood NYC is the biggest land use project. When the proposal was first brought forward, I was working as the Chief of Staff to our current Council Member. As a staffer, I had my disagreements with the proposal. I was elected to the NYS Assembly in 2017 and came out publicly in opposition to the rezoning in that capacity.  Since then, I have been supportive of community efforts to halt the rezoning. If elected, I will work with community groups to reverse the impacts of Inwood NYC.

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 work to ensure NYC HPD is accountable. HPD must work with communities to keep landlords from neglecting their buildings. I will also ask to be placed on the housing committee and look forward to holding hearings to address these pressing issues. Finally, I will work with organizations like Met Council to lead direct actions against unscrupulous landlords.

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)

I do support the creation of homeless shelters in the district, However– we must engage the community in the process of siting the shelters so they feel empowered in the process.

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 have submitted testimony before the RGB in the past on behalf of lowering/ freezing rents and will continue to do so as a City Council Member. In addition, we must ensure our next mayor appoints people who understand the plight of tenants and can stand up for them on the board.

36. Have you ever testified on behalf of tenants at a public hearing of the RGB? Yes

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