On May 17, I testified at a New York City Council Committee on Public Housing hearing regarding a resolution in support of my bill, the NYCHA Real Property Public Review Act (S4641/A6964), which is sponsored in the New York State Assembly by Housing Committee Chair Keith Wright. Our legislation would ensure that any time the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) seeks to sell or lease its land or buildings, public housing residents and the broader communities to which they belong would have a voice through the fair and transparent process afforded by the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).
I am grateful to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Committee on Public Housing Chair Rosie Mendez for holding the hearing, and to Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Melissa Mark-Viverito for introducing a resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to enact our bill in Albany. Please see the testimony I delivered on behalf of myself and Assembly Member Wright below.
You may also find of interest a May 2, 2013 New York Daily News article about our bill, which is being co-sponsored by State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh among others, here.