District  75 Tony Simone

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?  Regulated 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?  Yes

Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry?  Yes

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?  I briefly held a broker license which further demonstrated to me that we have a housing crisis. My support for tenants is inflexible. As an Assemblymember I have stood against bad landlord in my district and championed pro-tenant legislation in Albany.

Do you believe housing is a human right? Yes

If so, what does that mean to you?  While I believe that current incentives to build affordable housing are insufficient and I support public control of new housing, if one chooses, I do not believe decommodifying all housing is the answer. I support policies that would contribute to the de-commodification of housing such as capping rent increases, denying evictions without good cause, right to counsel for tenants and building new housing to reduce the pressure of the lack of supply on housing costs. I strongly support the recently proposed Social Housing Development Authority.

What actions have you taken in the past to fight for housing justice?  As an Assemblymember, affordable housing has been my top priority. I have fought for legislation such as good cause eviction to end offensively high rent increases that remove people from their longtime communities. I have worked against attempts at vacancy decontrol and introduced legislation to block landlords from bypassing rent regulations through illegal demolitions as well as stronger protections for disabled tenants. In my district, I have helped shine a light on bad landlords, with one now sitting in jail.

What are the most pressing housing issues, and what would you do as an elected official to address them?   Homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, deregulation of hundreds of thousands of units, and the lack of rent regulation for market rate apartments are the most important housing issues facing New Yorkers. We must pass the Housing Access Voucher Program, the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, good cause eviction, bills to increase supply such as legalizing accessory dwelling units, and increasing transit-oriented development in the suburbs and real incentives to build affordable housing because it’s doubtful to get done otherwise unless publicly built.

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? No

Please explain your answer. While I believe that current incentives to build affordable housing are insufficient and I support public control of new housing, if one chooses, I do not believe decommodifying all housing is the answer. I support policies that would contribute to the de-commodification of housing such as capping rent increases, denying evictions without good cause, right to counsel for tenants and building new housing to reduce the pressure of the lack of supply on housing costs. I strongly support the recently proposed Social Housing Development Authority.

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?  I would enact protections for all renters across the state, both residential and commercial, through universal rent stabilization. Tenants are in a crisis of rapidly rising rents from Buffalo to Brooklyn, and setting a defined threshold of what constitute

Do you agree that all evictions are bad?  Yes

Why or why not?  Every eviction represents a policy failure at some point in the line.

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?  Yes

Please explain why or why not Years of defunding & failed promises has led to distrust between residents & NYCHA. Yet privatization is concerning. RAD can provide needed renovations but residents must also gain strengthened protections & rights and be engaged in the process.

What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?  NYS is in a strong budgetary position and can afford directing funds towards the rehabilitation and operating costs of public housing. In Chelsea, the local elected

officials created a working group. It included residents, NYCHA, the city admin, experts & advocates and created a model resident-driven plan. Redevelopment will take place under RAD, with strengthened resident protections and rights, and never before seen resident engagement in the developer selection process.

How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  My office has put multiple landlords on notice who have harassed their landlords. We work in coalition with other elected officials, residents, and tenant advocates to ensure all landlords are held to their legal responsibilities.

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?  I have fought for good cause protections to be included in any housing deal, most recently in an op-ed in City & State.

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 would use social media and other communications and hold educational events for tenants on how TOPA can be used. I would seek out support from organizations to help tenants interested in purchasing their building. If TOPA is passed and becomes widely used, it has the potential to bring new stability to communities and reduce the harms of neglectful landlords.

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