SD 28 Manhattan (Gramercy-Upper East Side)

District 28, Manhattan (Gramercy-Upper East Side)

Published: 
August 2018

Welcome to this special election issue of Tenant/Inquilino.

Many crucial issues about New York City housing are determined at the state level, from the strength of our rent-regulation laws to funding for public housing. Therefore, we have taken the step of sending questionnaires to all candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and for the state Senate in the 20 districts with the highest numbers of rent-regulated tenants.

The primaries will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Find your polling place here: https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search

 


Liz Krueger, incumbent—Democrat, Working Families

Peter Holmberg (Republican, Reform, Independence) did not respond.


Liz Krueger, incumbent—Democrat, Working Families

http://www.lizkrueger.com

What is your position on rent regulation, what work have you done in the past to further that position, and if elected, what would you do in 2019?

Prime sponsor of bills for preferential rent reform, MCI reform, repealing Urstadt, and ending fuel pass-alongs for rent-controlled tenants. Cosponsor of bills to repeal vacancy decontrol, end vacancy bonuses, and reduce rent increases faced by rent-controlled tenants. 2019 is a critical year for tenants, since the rent regulation laws come up for renewal in June 2019. I will work closely with tenant advocates to develop strategy and priorities for the renewal fight and for the passage of key pro-tenant legislation.

What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the New York City Housing Authority, and how would you address it?

Decades of under-investment by federal and state governments has led to $32 billion in unmet capital needs. Continue to work with tenant advocates and legislative colleagues to increase state capital funds for NYCHA, and advocate for increased federal support.

Do you believe that there is a need for more affordable housing in New York, and if so, what would you do to meet that need?

Yes. We must preserve and expand protections for rent-regulated tenants and invest in housing development that is truly affordable. I will work with advocates to identify creative ways of funding expanded affordable housing.

What would you do to address the homelessness in New York State?

Increase funding for eviction prevention, affordable housing development, and supportive housing programs. Strongly support Home Stability Support legislation sponsored by Assemblymember Alan Hevesi that would create a new rental-assistance program to help homeless individuals and families exit the shelter system and find stable and affordable housing.

What is your position regarding campaign-finance reform?  

I support public campaign financing, closing the LLC loophole, and other reforms to reduce the influence of big money on our electoral process.