Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor

www.taylormadeforharlem.com

Twitter: @Taylor4Harlem Instagram: @TaylorMadeForHarlem

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 been a member of Manhattan Community Board 10 for the past 12 years and have participated in scrutinizing proposed Central Harlem land use projects via the NYC Uniform Land Use Review Process, as well as review and provide feedback on as-of-right projects in order to optimize community benefits.

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)

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)

Essential to the quality of life in Harlem is the creation of more affordable housing to fill the full spectrum of need. Whether it is creating homes for the homeless or shared equity and land trust housing, it is imperative that multiple paths to clean and safe housing and homeownership be made available to our District. What’s clear is that a better menu of choice options are necessary; ‘one plan fits all’ just doesn’t work. As city councilmember I would support programs like the M/WBE Build Up, M/WBE Build Out, Affordable Neighborhood Cooperative and Neighborhood Entrepreneurs programs- they need to be significantly expanded to create more opportunities for minority ownership.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Essential to the quality of life in Harlem is the creation of more affordable housing to fill the full spectrum of need. Whether it is creating homes for the homeless or shared equity and land trust housing, it is imperative that multiple paths to clean and safe housing and homeownership be made available to our District. What’s clear is that a better menu of choice options are necessary; ‘one plan fits all’ just doesn’t work. As city councilmember I would support programs like the M/WBE Build Up, M/WBE Build Out, Affordable Neighborhood Cooperative and Neighborhood Entrepreneurs programs- they need to be significantly expanded to create more opportunities for minority ownership.

9a. What would you do as an elected representative to move that vision forward? (500 characters)

No

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?

NYCHA should be re-organized as five independent borough-wide housing authorities with governing boards that include public housing residents from the borough. Each new housing authority should be tasked to create cooperative, shared equity and condominium ownership opportunities at each of its sites in a progressive effort to divest ownership of its 330+ sites citywide.

14. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)/ PACT program and other privatization schemes? Depends

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)

It would have to accommodate the existing character of a neighborhood while also grow into the future character of that same neighborhood.

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

As a member of Manhattan Community Board 10’s Land Use Committee, I believe the current process allows for proper community input and advocacy.

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 5% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers  5%

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 land use fights was the Lenox Terrace rezoning proposal by the Olnick Corporation. I voted against it because it was very unfair to the existing tenants.

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 would ensure the agencies responsible for enforcing landlord repair compliance have the adequate resources to do

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?No

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?  No

31. Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? Yes

31a. Why or why not?  (500 characters)

While government and nonprofit providers have a responsibility to provide vulnerable New Yorkers with homelessness services, they should be located in all New York neighborhoods to serve the local populations in need. Every New York neighborhood must take on its fair share of these programs and Harlem needs relief from the disproportionate burden that it has struggled under.

32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? No

32a. If no, why not? A tenant can be evicted for a number of reasons, including not paying rent or violating a lease or rental agreement. It is important to have adequate legal protections for tenants against unlawful evictions, and it is important for landlords, especially small landlords, to have a fair process by which to resolve their financial losses.

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)
I would use all the resources available as city councilmember to fight to protect the rights and interests of rent-stabilized tenants in my District and the entire City.

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