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Issue Position: Housing

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José Peralta knows that too many of our families are being priced out of the neighborhoods and communities they love. In the State Senate, he will be a powerful voice for tenants, renters on fixed incomes and middle-class families struggling to keep up with rent payments.

Increasing Protections for Senior Citizens

José Peralta believes that seniors have earned the right to live with dignity in the neighborhoods of their choosing. In order to achieve this goal, he supports making improvements to the SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) program by providing a tax credit incentive to encourage landlord participation. In addition, José will fight to expand (SCHE) Senior Citizens Homeowners Exemption -- so the greatest generation can afford to own in the communities they have invested in and improved over decades.

Protecting NYCHA & Our Existing Affordable Housing Stock

José Peralta knows that we cannot cut state funding to the New York City Housing Authority - which provides affordable housing to 400,000 New Yorkers. In the Senate José will support legislation fully funding NYCHA's State and City built developments, as well as legislation to stop requiring NYCHA to pay outrageous sums for police and sanitation services.

Creating New Affordable Housing Units

New York City has actually experienced a net loss of affordable units over the past decade due to many once-affordable units lapsing out of affordability programs and into market prices. New York City needs more than mere 80/20 affordability programs, where only 20% of units are required to be "affordable." Often these units are in high-priced luxury high rises--buildings that working New Yorkers certainly do not consider affordable. We must recommit ourselves to creating thousands of new units of affordable housing and demand developers due their part when they receive government subsidies.

If New York City seeks to remain a place where people of all backgrounds can come together to accomplish great things, then the Legislature needs to do some major work to make New York City, as well as other parts of New York State, more affordable. In the Senate, José will staunchly advocate for the repeal of the Urstadt Law, which presently enables the state Legislature, not City Hall and our City Councilmembers, to determine rent laws within the five boroughs.


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