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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’ve assisted individuals in navigating housing issues and participated in proposed housing development negotiations fighting to secure more affordable housing. I’m a member of Community Board #1 where housing issues are of primary concern. I’m in the Board of Directors for Project Hospitality.
3. What type of housing do you currently live in?
Own a co-op, condo or private home
4. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord? Yes
4a. If yes, where & how many apts. did you own? 1
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)
I’ve loved every aspect of NYC housing: raised in public housing, moved in the middle of the night, and approached homelessness. My experiences and faith guide my concern for all, especially the “least of these”
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)
At this moment in time, the sunset of the eviction moratorium is the greatest concern. Many landlords in this district are jumping at the opportunity to evict tenants that experienced difficulty during the pandemic. This will move the homelessness crisis into unprecedented territory. Rent forgiveness and property tax discounts for cooperating landlords is the only way out.
9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified? At this moment in time, the sunset of the eviction moratorium is the greatest concern. Many landlords in this district are jumping at the opportunity to evict tenants that experienced difficulty during the pandemic. This will move the homelessness crisis into unprecedented territory. Rent forgiveness and property tax discounts for cooperating landlords is the only way out.
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?
The primary cause for underfunding is the lack of political will to press for more, I don’t fear a limited term in office, therefore I intend to push for what helps all constituents.
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? Depends
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? No
19. What standards would a rezoning need to meet for you to support it? (500 characters)
At the top of the list, the current longtime residents would have to support it. The changes, if any, would have to be consistent with the character of the area, supportive of the community, and be locally affordable.
20. What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development? (500 characters)
Projects over a certain size would require community input, require more than the current amount of affordable housing and would have to be sensitive to the environment.
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 20% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers 10%
23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it? (500 characters)
It’s still underway: a proposal to change the zoning for a single project to R-7 with a pittance of concessions to affordability at the outrageous current affordability formula… my vote will be NO
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 like Leticia James’ idea of publicly shaming owners. This sends a strong message to the owners that the benefactor is unacceptable. It also informs prospective tenants that they may end up in similar circumstances.
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? No
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)
Every district SHOULD be responsible for their homeless. Ideally, there shouldn’t be a need, and policies will allay the need for homeless shelters. They MUST be a truly temporary solution.
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? No
35a. If yes, what will you do to influence the board to do so? (500 characters)
They should not raise rents
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? No