Jacqui Painter

Jacqui Painter

www.painterforcouncil.com

Twitter: @jacquipainter Instagram: @jacqui.painter

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)

For the past several years I have been working with NYCHA tenants around housing justice with the Red Hook Houses. We have organized multiple rallies, protests, press conferences, and meetings around the unacceptable conditions residents are faced with. Through my work with the NYCHA Senior Center, I started Red Hook Relief, which was able to provide water, heaters, and food for tenants during several heat, gas, and water outages. I have also been organizing with the #CancelRent campaign.

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)

Right now most New Yorkers spend more than 50% of their income on rent alone while our city prioritizes luxury apartments and for profit corporate developments. Many, like my mother, are being forced out of their homes due to rampant unchecked gentrification.

We need to protect and pass more tenant protection laws strengthening rent stabilization and regulation.I will fight to expand the 2019 Tenant Protection Act, pass the proposed “Good Cause Eviction” measure to require landlords to justify rent increases above 1.5% of the consumer price index, eliminate “ Major Capital Improvements ”, fully fund the Office of Homes and Community Renewal, and end all subsidies for new luxury and semi-luxury developments.

I will fight to fully fund NYCHA while also fighting for a GND for NYCHA that will give these buildings much needed renovations, expand public housing, fund truly affordable housing, municipalize certain vacant lots/residences, and champion rent stabilization/control.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Right now most New Yorkers spend more than 50% of their income on rent alone while our city prioritizes luxury apartments and for profit corporate developments. Many, like my mother, are being forced out of their homes due to rampant unchecked gentrification.

We need to protect and pass more tenant protection laws strengthening rent stabilization and regulation.I will fight to expand the 2019 Tenant Protection Act, pass the proposed “Good Cause Eviction” measure to require landlords to justify rent increases above 1.5% of the consumer price index, eliminate “ Major Capital Improvements ”, fully fund the Office of Homes and Community Renewal, and end all subsidies for new luxury and semi-luxury developments.

I will fight to fully fund NYCHA while also fighting for a GND for NYCHA that will give these buildings much needed renovations, expand public housing, fund truly affordable housing, municipalize certain vacant lots/residences, and champion rent stabilization/control.

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?

The Red Hook Houses are one of the largest and oldest housing developments in need of repairs and are still recovering from damage caused by Sandy- a decade after the fact. I will fight to fully fund NYCHA as I am also a big proponent for a Green New Deal for Public Housing- it is the only way to repair and retrofit these buildings for the future.

I will hold the Mayor and their appointed NYCHA board accountable and put pressure on the state to implement several reforms to NYCHA.

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)

We need actual affordable units to people living in the surrounding area, which is not the case under AMI. Projects under the rezoning should be built using union labor, and industrial/office space should provide quality union jobs.

Green infrastructure and sustainable buildings would be key to my support as well.

I would also tie up-zoning of residential blocks to affordable housing needs, guaranteeing that all new construction not only preserves current housing stock, but expands it.

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

I will fight to greatly democratize the rezoning process, ensuring the community has a say in how their neighborhoods are developed. The ULURP process must be reformed, since it currently favors developers and shuts out the community. I would propose changes to the rezoning process where the community is centered and the well being of the community as a whole is protected. This would entail a racial and environmental impact study and a democratically elected community panel with veto power.

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  20%

23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it?  (500 characters)

One of the most important recent ones in D38 was the Industry City rezoning proposal in Sunset Park. If the proposal went through, it would have accelerated gentrification, given developers more control over the area, and failed to provide affordable housing to good union jobs. I was very active in fighting against this rezoning proposal, helping organize demonstrations and testifying to the community board to stand against the proposal. After a lot of community work, the proposal fell through.

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 approach to using my office is two-fold. To be able to effectively protect tenants in the immediate I will build a strong constituent services team in my office that will quickly assist constituents facing tenant harassment or lack of repairs and connect them with the proper resources. Furthermore, I will introduce a legislative package that increases funding for HPD and creates harsher legal punishment for abusive landlords.

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)

Homeless shelters are the proper way to address housing insecurity. Instead, creating thousands of affordable housing units, and providing free safe housing for those who need it is the best way to address the needs of unhoused people. That being said, I would not oppose a homeless shelter in my district. While we work toward providing housing for all unhoused people, I am for immediate relief for people who may need temporary shelter.

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)
As the pandemic ripped through communities, it brought economic devastation that will take years to recover from. So many tenants have lost their jobs and incurred medical expenses, making paying rent impossible. I will introduce legislation mandating the lower rent for rent stabilized apartments, citing it as an urgent emergency action to help recover from the economic downturn. I would build support among tenant advocacy groups, elected officials, and press coverage.

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