Crystal Hudson

Crystal Hudson

https://www.crystalforbk.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/crystalrhudson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chudchud/

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)

As a community activist and city government staffer, I have fought alongside tenants in my district. I have worked on behalf of NYCHA residents to address the myriad issues that they face, and am proud that my first endorsements were from four NYCHA tenant leaders in my district. I have worked on behalf of tenants across issues from challenging predatory landlords and the problematic programs led by HPD and DOF, to helping neighbors navigate the shelter system and find permanent housing.

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

Own a co-op, condo or private home

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)

A central reason I am running for City Council is because I believe housing is a human right. Over the last several years, we have seen the abysmal lack of moral courage by our City’s leadership to build truly affordable housing for New Yorkers experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness. Land use and zoning are one of the Council’s most important powers. ULURP is intentionally opaque, leaving it almost impossible for anyone other than private developers and lobbyists to intervene. Rezonings in our City have decimated communities across the boroughs with little to no meaningful input from residents. As Council Member for the 35th District, first, I will work to dismantle the ULURP as we know it; ensure the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) subsidizes deeply affordable housing (0-80% AMI); and expand the right to counsel to all tenants in New York City who seek representation in housing court.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  A central reason I am running for City Council is because I believe housing is a human right. Over the last several years, we have seen the abysmal lack of moral courage by our City’s leadership to build truly affordable housing for New Yorkers experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness. Land use and zoning are one of the Council’s most important powers. ULURP is intentionally opaque, leaving it almost impossible for anyone other than private developers and lobbyists to intervene. Rezonings in our City have decimated communities across the boroughs with little to no meaningful input from residents. As Council Member for the 35th District, first, I will work to dismantle the ULURP as we know it; ensure the Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) subsidizes deeply affordable housing (0-80% AMI); and expand the right to counsel to all tenants in New York City who seek representation in housing court.

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 a Green New Deal for NYCHA and to fully fund NYCHA through City and State allocations. Citywide, I will fight for at least $2 billion a year to fund the entire system’s capital repair needs. I will also work with colleagues at the State and Federal level to explore other financing opportunities to address the $40 billion budget gap and ensure NYCHA’s budget shortfalls are no longer balanced on the predatory promises of privatization.

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)

My office will serve as the place for community members to determine our shared standards for rezonings in our City. Anecdotally, we know we need deeply affordable housing, green space, schools and accessible transit. I will hold a participatory process whereby these needs and more can be named and made explicit. Developers and the Administration will know our standards and we will retain community control over our process – not the other way around.

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

I will champion a vision for comprehensive planning that rectifies the historic injustices of our planning process and sets a community-led, citywide vision forward. I unequivocally support overhauling ULURP to balance local and citywide needs, including measures to better incorporate data, context, and citywide planning goals, as well as require processes that engage and bind proposals to community input — all of which will prevent displacement and gentrification.

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)

I grew up next door to Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park which shaped my depth of understanding as to how a project that no one wanted can still get pushed through by capitalism and politicians who believe they have no repercussions for their actions. The biggest land use fight in my district in recent memory was the Bedford Union Armory, which I have clearly spoken out against: https://www.bkreader.com/2020/12/01/opinion-the-bedford-union-armory-project-is-a-disgrace-we-cant-let-it-happen-again/

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)

My office will meet with tenants and tenant advocates regularly, deploying community organizers to connect tenants to resources and help form tenant associations across the district. Together, we will also ensure HPD engages in cyclical tenant enforcement, triggered not only by violations but by a far more aggressive outreach and engagement strategy. Lasly, I will work to expand the Right to Counsel program to help ensure all tenants seeking a lawyer in housing court have access to one.

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)

Every community has the responsibility to address our homelessness crisis, in the same way that every community has the responsibility to ensure that we have access to long term permanently affordable housing. The city has a set of fair share laws which continue to be skirted, especially by white residents with money and the ability to sue the city when they don’t want a homeless shelter or other “unwanted” facility in their neighborhood.

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 support legislation to give advice and consent power to the New York City Council rather than giving sole power to the mayor to appoint the nine members of the Rent Guidelines Board.  I will also stand with my colleagues in Albany to fight to re-regulate some 300,000 apartments in New York City that the HSTPA failed to re-regulate that were deregulated in the 25 years that Vacancy Decontrol was in effect.  This would return basic rent protections to these hundreds of thousands of apartments.

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