District  51 Marcela Mitaynes     

Will you publicize an endorsement from Met Council Action?  Yes             

Will you pledge to meet with us regularly?  Yes

What type of housing do you live in?  Unregulated rental apartment

Are you now, or have you ever been a landlord?  No

If yes, how many units?

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

Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?  No

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

If so, how can we be assured you will have tenants’ interests in mind?  

Do you believe housing is a human right? Yes

If so, what does that mean to you?  Housing is a human right, not a commodity to be traded to the highest bidder. I will continue to work tirelessly to fight evictions, stop displacement of communities of color, fully fund NYCHA, and create affordable housing. I will continue to fight to make Good Cause Eviction protections a reality for renters across New York State and to guarantee every New Yorker a home.

What actions have you taken in the past to fight for housing justice?  After I was evicted from my stabilized apartment of 30 years, I began my life’s work of empowering my neighbors to know their rights and find their voices to fight to stay in their homes. Through my previous work with Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and with tenants throughout New York State, I was instrumental in the passage of the historic Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. This legislation dramatically and comprehensively strengthened the rights of tenants in rent stabilized apartments to defend their homes and communities. Through this fight, I realized that the housing crisis is not much different than “politics-as-usual”: the powerful few gatekeeping critical information and decisions from families and communities seeking the stability to make better lives for themselves.

What are the most pressing housing issues, and what would you do as an elected official to address them?   My top priority is to win stronger tenant protections that allow working class people to stay in their homes and their neighborhoods. New Yorkers are facing illegal evictions and egregious rent hikes. We desperately need Good Cause Eviction protections to guarantee lease renewals and keep people in their homes. I am also the sponsor of the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act that would give tenants the chance to buy their building if their landlord wants to sell, allowing for more control over our homes. We also need to build more truly affordable housing. I support the creation of a social housing development authority to build and operate publicly-owned, forever affordable housing. We know that the market cannot serve the need for housing at the rent levels that people can afford. We also need to expand access to existing affordable housing by fully funding NYCHA and expanding the Housing Access Voucher Program.

Have you or anyone close to you (family, friend, etc) been evicted or been threatened with eviction?  Yes

Have you ever had to fight a landlord for repairs or faced harassment?  Yes

Do you believe that housing should be decommodified? Yes

Please explain your answer. Housing is a human right, not a commodity to be traded to the highest bidder. I will continue to work tirelessly to fight evictions, stop displacement of communities of color, fully fund NYCHA, and create affordable housing. I will continue to fight to make Good Cause Eviction protections a reality for renters across New York State and to guarantee every New Yorker a home.

Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing?  Yes

What is one rent and/or eviction protection you would enact if you had the opportunity?  Good Cause Eviction protections and eliminate MCI increases, which allow landlords to pass the cost of building repairs and renovations on to renters– rather than paying for it out of the rent money they are already collecting.

Do you agree that all evictions are bad?  Yes

Why or why not?  No one should have to live through the trauma of eviction. As a tenant-organizer I have been fighting for years to keep my fellow tenants in their homes and protect them from experiencing homelessness and unjust evictions like I have.

Do you support the concept of universal rent control?  Yes

Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and other privatization schemes?  No

Please explain why or why not Further privatizing public housing does not bring us closer to decommodifying housing. We must keep NYCHA public and provide the proper resources to stop such schemes.

What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?  We need to take care of our existing NYCHA public housing – it is the only major stock of decommodified and deeply affordable housing in New York City, yet it has fallen into deep disrepair with residents experiencing deplorable conditions. The State must re-assume financial responsibility for NYCHA committing billions in capital funds and operating funds to remedy decades of disinvestment.

How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  I will always support tenants and do everything in my power to assist them. Just this past week I stood alongside hospital workers under the threat of being evicted by Maimonides Medical Center. I promise to continue fighting alongside all tenants and show up for them as they see fit and do everything in my office’s power to help. Whether that be calling or sending letters to landlords to pressure them or showing up at public-facing events in support of tenants undergoing harassment.

Do you support regulating the 300,000 deregulated rent-stabilized apartments? Yes

Will you support increased funding and oversight hearings of DHCR’s Office of Rent Administration to ensure timely responses on overcharge complaints and rent reduction orders for hazardous conditions?  Yes

Do you support stronger penalties against landlords that practice source of income discrimination? Yes

Do you support Good Cause Eviction Protections?  Yes

What will you do to ensure Good Cause gets passed this session?  In solidarity with tenants, we must reject any proposals to weaken existing tenant protections. Our focus must remain on moving forward, not backward, by passing statewide Good Cause Eviction laws to ensure that every New Yorker has a safe, affordable place to call home.

Will you support ending MCIs?  Yes

Will you commit to fully funding the Housing Access Voucher Program?  Yes

Do you support the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)?  Yes

How will you support tenants in your district opting into TOPA?  I am the lead sponsor of TOPA, which we need in order to provide ordinary tenants the tools needed to fight back against the speculative forces of real estate and an opportunity to remain in their homes. I will make sure to oversee the implementation of TOPA, and support tenants opting in and with navigating the legislation.

Do you support the move to legalize basement apartments and Accessory dwelling units?  Yes

Do you support 421a or Gov Hochul’s proposed 485w?  No

Do you support fully funding the Unemployment Bridge Program (S3192 | A4821)?  Yes

Do you support the vacancy reset bill?  No

Are you committed to making sure every tenant in the state has free access to counsel in Housing Court by fully funding Right to Counsel in 2025’s budget?  Yes

What will you do to ensure that OCA makes proceedings for tenants facing eviction fair by slowing down cases to match the capacity of legal service providers?  Yes

Do you support the creation of a Social Housing Development Authority?  Yes

Do you support legislation to reform the NYC Rent Guidelines Board?  Yes

Do you support the Universal Rent Control bill (to be introduced) – do you support expanding rent regulation to smaller buildings?  Yes

Do you support increasing the Individual Apartment Increases (IAI) allowance?  No