District  69 Carmen Quinones    

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? NYCHA

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? If we take housing off the speculative market it can’t be bought and/or sold for a profit. There are alternative housing models which create secure and affordable housing for generations to come.

What actions have you taken in the past to fight for housing justice? I have been fighting for years for affordable housing, improved living conditions within public housing and for the overall wellbeing of residents within housing. From safety protocols, to food distribution to creating a resident-managed housing complex within NYCHA, my actions speak for themselves.

What are the most pressing housing issues, and what would you do as an elected official to address them?  Safety, better response time to service requests/tickets, proper allocation of available inventory, good cause eviction and the creation of pathways to home ownership.

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. If we take housing off the speculative market it can’t be bought and/or sold for a profit. There are alternative housing models which create secure and affordable housing for generations to come.

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

Do you agree that all evictions are bad? No

Why or why not? Causes where the tenant is a clear threat to the community and/or intentionally harmful for the landlord may warrant an eviction.

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 While RAD aims to improve NYCHA conditions, I am weary that privatization will lead to rent hikes and neglect. We need more public oversight and guarantees for tenant protections to ensure improvements truly benefit residents without displacement.

What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems? To address NYCHA’s challenges, we must secure increased federal and state funding, implement transparent, accountable management, and engage residents in decision-making. Partnering with community organizations for oversight and maintenance can also ensure that repairs are timely and effective, directly addressing residents’ needs while fostering a sense of community ownership and pride in their living environments.

How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants? I would push for stronger enforcement of existing housing laws and support new legislation to increase penalties for landlords who neglect repairs or harass tenants. Establishing a dedicated task force to handle tenant complaints and regularly inspect properties ensures accountability. Additionally, boosting funding for tenant advocacy groups empowers residents to demand their rights and hold landlords accountable, creating a safer, more just housing environment for all.

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? Lend my time, energy, talents (and most importantly my vote) to the passing of the bill.

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? By making necessary resources available to them in order to aide their efforts.

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

Do you support 421a or Gov Hochul’s proposed 485w? Yes

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