Joint Legislative Hearing on the Crisis Facing Homeowners In Brooklyn

March 19, 2019

PDF icon Testimony from Michael Barbosa - Assistant Attorney General In Charge Brooklyn Regional Office, NYS Attorney General PDF icon Testimony from Yolande I. Nicholson, Esq. - President, New York State Foreclosure Defense Bar PDF icon Testimony from Julie Howe – Senior Staff Attorney, Foreclosure Prevention Project, New York Legal Assistance Group PDF icon Testimony from Ivy Perez – Senior Policy & Research Associate, Center for NYC Neighborhoods PDF icon Testimony from Dr. John Flateau – Executive Director, DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College PDF icon Testimony from Patrick Pyronneau – Supervising Attorney Foreclosure Prevention Program, CAMBA Legal Services PDF icon Testimony from Sarah A. Filcher – Senior Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project PDF icon Testimony from Richard Flateau - Chairperson of Community Board 3 PDF icon Testimony provided by Sarah Ludwig - Founder Co-Director, New Economy Project PDF icon Testimony from Ali Naini – Senior Staff Attorney, Mobilization for Justice PDF icon Testimony from Judge Jeffrey Arlen Spinner, Attorney & Counsellor at Law PDF icon Testimony from Enid Braun, Brooklyn homeowner PDF icon Testimony from Allyson Martinez – Co-Chair of Land Use Committee, Community Board 17 PDF icon Testimony from Brenda Stokely – Co-Chair, Brooklyn HDFC Coalition PDF icon Testimony from Lori Kelley – 111 Linden Street HDFC PDF icon Written Testimony submitted by Neighbors Helping Neighbors PDF icon Written Testimony submitted by Dr. Cleopatra Brown, Member of Community Board 16 PDF icon Case Study - Thecia Mohansingh PDF icon Case Study - Joseph Redhead PDF icon Testimony from Demetrice Mills – President, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust PDF icon Testimony from Ayo Harrington - LES HDFC Alliance PDF icon Written Testimony submitted by the Office of Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez PDF icon Written Testimony Submitted by Devanie Jackson, Brooklyn Homeowner PDF icon Testimony from Scott Kohanowski – Project Director, Home Stability Project, City Bar Justice Center PDF icon Written Testimony Submitted by Ndukwe Agwu - Deputy Director of the Consumer Economic and Advocacy Program, Brooklyn Legal Servi PDF icon Testimony from Sherlivia Thomas-Murchison -248 Madison Street HDFC Housing Development Fund Corporation .pdf PDF icon Testimony from Carlton Burroughs, Resident of 936-938 Cliffrest HDFC
Senator Montgomery, Assemblywoman Wright and Brooklyn Borough President Adams convene Joint Legislative Hearing on the Crisis Facing Homeowners In Brooklyn

(l to r) Senator Brian Kavanagh, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assemblyman Al Taylor, Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright, Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Senator Robert Jackson, Assemblyman Nick Perry and Senator Kevin Parker

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright were joined by Senator Robert Jackson, Senator Brian Kavanagh, Senator Kevin Parker, Assemblyman Nick Perry, Assemblyman Al Taylor for the Joint Legislative Hearing to Examine The Crisis Facing Homeowners in Brooklyn and throughout New York City.

Over 300 attendees heard testimony from homeowners, legal experts, foreclosure prevention advocates and stakeholders on issues such as the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Third Party Transfer (TPT) Program and its impact on Housing Development Fund Corporations (HDFCs), redlining and predatory lending practices, deed theft and equity fraud, the devastating impact of municipal water and sewer liens, and the court system. 

Testimony was provided by:

  • Michael Barbosa - Assistant Attorney General In Charge Brooklyn Regional Office, NYS Attorney General
  • Yolande I. Nicholson, Esq. - President, New York State Foreclosure Defense Bar
  • Dr. John Flateau – Executive Director, DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy at Medgar Evers College
  • Sarah Ludwig – Founder & Co-Director, New Economy Project
  • Catherine Isobe - Senior Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Legal Services
  • Ivy Perez – Senior Policy & Research Associate, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
  • Julie Howe – Senior Staff Attorney Foreclosure Prevention Project, New York Legal Assistance Group
  • Ali Naini – Senior Staff Attorney, Mobilization for Justice
  • Demetrice Mills – President, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
  • Judge Jeffrey Arlen Spinner, Attorney & Counsellor at Law
  • Lurie Daniel Favors – General Counsel, Center for Law & Social Justice at Medgar Evers College
  • Brenda Stokely – Co-Chair, Brooklyn HDFC Coalition, Lori Kelley – 111 Linden Street HDFC & Ayo Harrington - LES HDFC Alliance
  • Allyson Martinez – Co-Chair of Land Use Committee, Community Board 17
  • Enid Braun & Patrice M. Laing-Ejuwa – Brooklyn Homeowners
  • Richard Flateau - Chair, Community Board 3
  • Sarah A. Filcher – Senior Staff Attorney, Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Patrick Pyronneau – Supervising Attorney Foreclosure Prevention Program, CAMBA Legal Services
  • Scott Kohanowski – Project Director Home Stability Project, City Bar Justice Center

 

The hearing was co-sponsored in partnership with State Senator Brad Hoylman, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary,  State Senator Robert Jackson, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cities, State Senator Kevin Parker, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Telecommunications, State Senator Brian A. Benjamin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Revenue and Budget, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Construction & Community Development and Assemblymember Al Taylor, Chairman - Assembly Subcommittee on Regulated Mortgage Lenders.