SD 32 Bronx (Melrose-Soundview-Parkchester)

 District 32—Bronx (Melrose-Soundview-Parkchester)

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

 


Luis Sepulveda, incumbent—Democrat, Working Families, Women's Equality

Patrick Delices—Republican

Pamela Stewart-Martinez (Democratic, Reform) did not respond.


Luis Sepulveda, incumbent—Democrat, Working Families, Women's Equality

https://www.facebook.com/LuisSepulvedaNY/

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?

New York City needs to protect its affordable housing stock, and rent control has been a tool regularly used to do just that. During my tenure in the New York State Legislature, I have voted to protect rent-control provisions and supported rent regulations that safeguard affordable housing. I will continue to do so.

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

NYCHA housing is a key supplier of affordable housing in New York City, with almost 600,000 New Yorkers depending on it for shelter. Yet the physical structure of many of these facilities has faced decades of slow deterioration. The new estimated cost of fixing NYCHA infrastructure is over $60 billion. We need to develop a new model for the financing of low-income housing in New York State.

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. To accommodate the growth in population and the need for safe, decent, and affordable housing, major public financing for such a development must be put in place. At the current cost of almost $500,000 per unit, only a major government financing mechanism can solve this problem.

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

We first need to understand that many of our homeless suffer from severe mental illness. However, spending on average $28,000 per person for emergency shelter or $1.8 billion annually in New York City is wasteful. Permanent housing for families in transition due to job loss or financial hardships can be built or supported with the help of nearby upstate communities which are experiencing a population decline.

What is your position regarding campaign-finance reform?  

New York State and the nation both needs publicly financed campaign system. In addition, no entity doing business with the state or local governments should be allowed to donate to a political campaign.

 


Patrick Delices—Republican

http://www.voteforpatrickdelices.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?

It is my aim to ensure the affordability of housing and tenancies on the rental market for all New Yorkers. As such, I am in favor of price controls, rent control, and/or rent stabilization. If elected, I would end 421-a along with other subsidies that harm the working/middle class and the poor, while re-instituting commercial rent control and the 80/20 rule,

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

The biggest issue facing NYCHA is simply poor management, along with crime, lack of oversight, funding, resources, and repairs. I would address these issues by holding city/state agencies accountable, inflict penalties for poor management or mismanagement, and secure funding and resources, while developing timetables for the much-needed repairs, and augmenting housing police and security cameras within NYCHA,

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?

There is a great need for affordable housing in New York State. To meet that need, I would end 421-a along with other subsidies that harm the working/middle class and the poor, while reinstituting commercial rent control and the 80/20 rule, Moreover, I would secure additional funding for affordable housing.

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

To address the homeless crisis in New York State, I would advocate and secure funding for better and safer homeless shelters, health care, mental-health clinics, job-training programs, educational access and affordability, and affordable housing.

What is your position regarding campaign-finance reform?  

I am in favor of campaign-finance reform if it will prohibit unregulated contributions ("soft money") to candidates and their political parties.