Shirley Paul

Shirley Paul

Twitter: shirleypaulnyc Instagram: shirleypaulnyc

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)

As attorney, I’ve asssited homeowners pro bono facing foreclosures, protected homeowners from predatory lending and deed fraud. i’ve also volunteered as a NYS Court Arbitrator to assist housing tenants and helping them stay in their homes.I’ve volunteered on housing panels to assist tenants involved in court actions where they were without counsel.

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? 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? Yes

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

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)

As an attorney I’ve represented clients in real property transactions, such as selling and buying homes and apartments.

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)

Affordability is the most pressing issue. As a Member, I want to address this crisis by bridging communication between the community and real estate developers to address community needs and build actual affordable housing in each community. Given the pandemic, I want to expand the eligibility pool for SCRIE applicants.

9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?  Affordability is the most pressing issue. As a Member, I want to address this crisis by bridging communication between the community and real estate developers to address community needs and build actual affordable housing in each community. Given the pandemic, I want to expand the eligibility pool for SCRIE applicants.

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?

I believe the issue is actually removing the redtape and expediate the backlog of repairs.

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? Yes

19. What standards would a rezoning need to meet for you to support it? (500 characters)

Community involvement. Affordable housing. Union jobs. Transparency.

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

Often times decisions are already made with respect to development projects before a community is involved and therefore they ahve no real authority. Therefore, I propose that the community be brought in at a much earlier stage in the process so that their input, if any can be useful and actually applied.

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 40% 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)

To my knowledge we have not had much zoning fights. My community is primarily residental and we have not experienced the overdevelopment that most other areas in Brooklyn, however, I look forward to working with all partners to address the housing needs of all New Yorkers.

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 partner with tenants to organize and HPD’s tenant protection bureau and other relevant partners.

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?  No

31. Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? No

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

I see housing homeless as a city wide issue, however, I would work with my community and city agency’s to ensure that community concerns are heard and addressed if a shelter should come to my district.

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

32a. If no, why not? I only oppose wrongful evictions where the landlord has made a good faith effort to work with the tenant in compliance with the lease and the tenant has failed to meet their obligations.

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)?  No

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)

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? No

38. Will you commit to only vote for a budget that decreases funding to the NYPD? No