State Assembly 59 Jaime Williams

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  1. What type of housing do you currently live in?
    Own a co-op, condo or private home
  2. Are you, or have you ever been, a landlord?
    Yes
    1. If yes, where & how many apts. do/did you own?
      my house is a two family
  3. 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
  4. Have you ever worked in, or had another affiliation with, the Real Estate industry? No
  5. 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
    1. If so, how can we be assured you will have tenants’ interests in mind?  (250 characters) 
      Equality for tenants and insuring that they have rights is very important

Values and Vision

  • Do you believe housing is a human right?
    Yes
    • If so, what does that mean to you?   (500 characters)      
      That on both the tenant and the landlord side that a befit can be reached for both parties if there is an affordable rent commiserate the cost of living and finances.
  • What type of action have you taken in the past around issues of housing justice? (500 characters)             
    I have stood hand in hand with Met Council
  • What do you think are the most pressing Housing issues & what action would you take to address them as a state representative?  (1000 characters)
    the need to establish a fair rent for both landlord and tenant.
  • Have you or anyone close to you (relation, friend, etc) been evicted or been threatened with eviction?
    Yes
  • Have you ever had to fight a landlord for repairs or faced harassment?
    Yes
  • Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified?
    No
    • Please explain your answer (500 characters)       
      It is possible in the long run it will be detrimental to tenants and deprive tenants of modern  and proper housing, thereby depriving tenants of a fundamental right. The importance of housing can not be underscored but without the proper living conditions it would not prove valuable. Decent, affordable housing reduces  allows for a reduction of stress, and leads to improvement in both physical and mental health. Affordable housing also frees up funds within families’ tight budgets to spend on health care and food thereby improving overall quality of life.
  • Do you believe in publicly owned and controlled housing?
    Yes
  • What is one rent and/or eviction protection you would enact if you had the opportunity?   (500 characters)
    A subsidy for both landlords and tenants to allow the mutually aligned interests to be aligned and achieved.
  • Do you agree that all evictions are bad?
    No
    • If no, why not?   (500 characters)
      Some are merited, that is to say that all people are exact the circumstances dictate certain reaction and the housing should not be taken advantage of.
  • Do you support the concept of universal rent control?
    No

Overview on Housing

  1. Do you support the NYCHA 2.0 Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) and other privatization schemes?
    Yes
    1. Please explain why or why not (250 characters)
      It can have a positive effect on the improvement of the housing and facilities of the current housing.
  2. NYCHA has suffered from chronic underfunding, neglect, and disrepair. What do you see as the best strategies to rectify these problems?             (500 characters)            
    Its a budget allocation that may prove as saving grace, and allow for NYCHA to take the lead in housing.
  3. Do you support setting aside 15% of all units created in new state-subsidized affordable housing projects for homeless families and individuals?
    Yes
  4. How would you use your office to put pressure on landlords to make repairs and stop harassing tenants?  (500 characters)
    Pressure may not be the right tactic in a tight economy. It may be better suited to approached the situation from a perspective  of seeing mutually aligned interests and see where money can be of assistance.
  5. Do you support regulating the 300,000 deregulated rent-stabilized apartments?
    No
  6. Will you support increased funding and oversight hearings of DHCR’s Office of Rent Administration to ensure timely responses?
    Yes
  7. How will you ensure people who owe back rent due to COVID are not evicted and do not continue to owe money?   (500 characters)
    Once again searching for federal and state funds to assist. I believe that every stone must be overturned to discover the funds.
  8. Would you support financial and criminal penalties against landlords and brokers that deny a prospective tenant housing based on using a tenant blacklist?
    Yes

Current Bills and Campaigns

  • Do you support Good Cause Eviction Protections?
    No
  • If Good Cause is not passed this session, what will you do to ensure it gets passed in 2023?  (500 characters)
    I am still reviewing and see whether ti is a plausible solution as opposed to one that can repercussions for generations to come.
  • Will you support ending MCIs?
    No
  • Will you commit to fully funding the Housing Access Voucher Program?
    Yes
  • Do you support the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA)?
    Yes
  • How will you support tenants in your district opting into TOPA?  (500 characters)
    The best solution is guidance and education, and to allow tenants to see any all resources that may be available to them.
  • Do you support the move to legalize basement apartments and ADUs?
    Yes
  • Do you support tenants’ right to collective bargaining?
    Yes
  • Do you support 421a or Gov Hochul’s proposed 485w?
    No
  • Do you support fully funding the Excluded Workers fund?
    No
  • Do you support the “Excluded No More” bill?
    Yes
  • Are you committed to making sure every tenant in the state has free access to counsel in Housing Court?
    Yes
  • Will you commit to fully funding statewide Right to Counsel in 2023’s budget?
    Yes