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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 have organized weekly meetings with residents of Sheepshead/Nostrand Houses and Bayview Houses to encourage them to take action to beautify their neighborhood. Providing them with tools and resources. In addition, I have provided them with information concerning RAD and NYCHA’s plan that they as residents should have a say in.
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? 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 a landlord of a two family home I rent below the market price and I continue to be reasonable and consider my tenants needs.
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)
Sustaining ones home is a real issue. Home owners are loosing their homes due to rising taxes and the increase of their mortgage and the increasing rent prices are pushing people out of New York. As a member of city council I will advocate for giving owners an additional tax break for them to regain some of what they pay out annually to help them keep their homes.
9. Do you believe that housing should be de-commodified? Sustaining ones home is a real issue. Home owners are loosing their homes due to rising taxes and the increase of their mortgage and the increasing rent prices are pushing people out of New York. As a member of city council I will advocate for giving owners an additional tax break for them to regain some of what they pay out annually to help them keep their homes.
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?
1. NYCHA needs to partner with nyc unions to do repairs. There are standard things that needs to be checked on fixed in general: plumbing (fixing leaks), mold in walls, and out dated boiler systems. These three things make up over 80 percent of the issues NYCHA tenants complain about continuously. 2. NYCHA’s budget needs to be re-evaluated and regulated differently. NYCHA can generate additional income if we give a fine to people who pee in the elevators and throw trash out the windows.
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 must include a diverse population, that is inclusion of all income levels and logical.
20. What reforms to zoning would you propose to increase community input into development? (500 characters)
Parents and property owners should have more of a say. Their opinions should be targeted.
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 100% Percentage of Unhoused New Yorkers 80%
23. What is/has been the most important land use fight in your district and what position did you take on it? (500 characters)
There was a “hotel” that was approved to be built in district, then when it was not going so well. They transitioned the building into a shelter. Residents became angry. They felt deceived. I agreed with the residents, that we thought one thing was coming and then right under our nose it became something else. This is unfair to our community and I think it is a loop whole developers can use to switch up and undermine the community.
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)
Enforcing the tenant’s right act.
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? No
31. Would you oppose homeless shelters being built in your district? No
31a. Why or why not? (500 characters)
Homeless is on the rise in my district. As well as mental health related issues. We need additional resources to help remedy the issues before us.
32. Do you agree that all evictions are bad? No
32a. If no, why not? Not all, some people have violated the housing agreement and I think they should be evited. but I also think, people should be given a chance to rectify their wrongs. Each case needs to be individually evaluated.
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? Yes
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