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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)
I have opposed the sweeps of our homeless population, attended multiple criminal justice reform protests that are inextricably tied to accomplishing housing justice.
3. What type of housing do you currently live in?
Unregulated 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)
Not only is there an inadequate amount of true affordable housing but there have been inadequate indoor temperatures in housing in the 40th District. We need quality housing that is free of lead and meets the basic standards of health. As your City Council Member, I want to make my office accessible with specific constituent liaisons that can take in my constituents’ needs and have a complaint procedure where it will be taken into a report. This report can be provided in committee meetings and community boards to understand the statistical reports of day to day issues with inadequate housing. I will consistently demand that housing rates are set by local Area Median Income (AMI) at a lower market rate. I commit to rejecting any proposals that do not allocate at least 50 percent of the units designated for the lowest AMI in the area.
9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified? Not only is there an inadequate amount of true affordable housing but there have been inadequate indoor temperatures in housing in the 40th District. We need quality housing that is free of lead and meets the basic standards of health. As your City Council Member, I want to make my office accessible with specific constituent liaisons that can take in my constituents’ needs and have a complaint procedure where it will be taken into a report. This report can be provided in committee meetings and community boards to understand the statistical reports of day to day issues with inadequate housing. I will consistently demand that housing rates are set by local Area Median Income (AMI) at a lower market rate. I commit to rejecting any proposals that do not allocate at least 50 percent of the units designated for the lowest AMI in the area.
9a. What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters)
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 more funding as well as reallocation of funds from the NYPD into the NYCHA. Revenue can come from the legalization of marijuana, creating tax brackets for our various high-income New Yorkers, the pied-a-terre tax, and restructuring the NYPD. We can invest into the Housing Access Voucher Program where all income eligible households, including undocumented households, are eligible to apply and receive support.
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)
Because a rezoning needs to go through the ULURP process, we have to ensure the ULURP process is inclusive of the community members that may be directly and indirectly affected. The initial stages are where community members and leaders can provide their thoughts on the benefits and consequences from rezoning. We need a racial disparity report for certain land use applications as well.
20. What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development? (500 characters)
Currently, community involvement is more pertinent in certain community boards. I want to make my office accessible to the public through meet and greet/discussion meetings. General board meetings and commission hearings are not enough as community members are not able to participate. My office can prepare a timely schedule of meetings well in advance to assist our residents that need specific times to attend.
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 30% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers 30%
23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it? (500 characters)
The most important land use fight was the 2018 rezoning which would have allowed for two 16-story developments at 40 Crown Street and 931 Carroll Street and Franklin Avenue near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I was a supporter in impeding this rezoning because not only were there any thorough environmental impact processes but community members and leaders expressed that this proposal was a mechanism for displacement.
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 be a strong advocate to help any tenants file a Housing Part Harassment Petition and be a liaison for residents that want to go through the New York State Homes and Community Renewal office for assistance. It is landlords that need to know these protections exist and an increased oversight of the fees charged by landlords and brokers. Penalties need to be put into place where landlords and brokers cannot find a way around them when they let their property fall into disrepair.
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)
We have long-term plans to increase affordable housing, however the most immediate solution for homelessness is housing the homeless. Governments should provide housing for the homeless first. There needs to be transitional housing programs, where we actively reach out to our homeless population and address the issues of domestic and sexual abuse, the facets of homelessness that exist for TGNCIQ/LGBTQ+ people of color.
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)
When the Rent Guidelines Board approved the first hike for rent-stabilized apartments in two years from 2017, the folks that were there were mostly tenants. City Council Members need to be involved and be a supporting voice where they can apply pressure on the board to heavily consider tenants’ input on rent increases.
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