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Published: Autumn 2002

WHERE THEY STAND
2002 Candidates' Positions on Key Co-op and Condo Issues

This year's elections were on November 5. To see where your elected officials stand, we are maintaining this page on the website. Below are answers that the candidates provided on key issues affecting cooperatives and condominiums.

Candidates responded to the following questions:

PROPERTY TAX ISSUES
1. Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?

HOME RULE ISSUES
2. Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?

QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES
3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?

ESCALATING COSTS OF ENERGY AND INSURANCE
4. Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.

HOUSING COURT ISSUES
5. There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?

AFFORDABLE HOUSING ISSUES
6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?

CONVERSION (to co-op or condo) ISSUES
7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?

8. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?

YOUR OWN PERSPECTIVE
9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums

 

CANDIDATES FOR STATE SENATE
Legislator
Boro District
Ada L. Smith, Queens 10
Frank Padavan* Queens 11
George Onorato*
Queens 12
John D. Sabini
Queens 13
Julia Harrison
Queens 16
Toby Ann Stavisky*
Queens 16
Martin J. Golden
Brooklyn 22
Andrew Eristoff
Manhattan 26
Cark Kruger
Brooklyn 27
Nicolas Leobold
Manhattan 29
George E. Rubin Bronx 36
*Indicates incumbent
     
CANDIDATES FOR STATE ASSEMBLY
Legislator
Boro District
Evergreen Chu
Queens 22
Audrey Pheffer*
Queens 23
Mark Weprin*
Queens 24
Rachel A. Gordon
Queens 32
Robert Goodman
Bronx 33
Ivan Lafayette*
Queens 34
Theodore Alatsas
Brooklyn 45
William Colton*
Brooklyn 47
John S. Mulia
Staten Island 61
Alexander "Pete" Grannis*
Manhattan 65
Jak Karako
Manhattan 66
Thomas Siracuse
Manhattan 67
Keisha Morrissey
Manhattan 70
Steven Sanders*
Manhattan 74
Richard N. Gottfried*
Manhattan 75
Dan Latner
Manhattan 75
Jeffrey Dinowitz*
Bronx 81
Andrew Osterezy
Bronx 84
Raymond Capone
Bronx 86
*Indicates incumbent
     

CANDIDATES FOR STATE SENATE

 

Ada L. Smith
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Currently fund with member items.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Sponsor legislation to assist in establishing an insurance fund. Set up grants for energy savings projects such as new windows, caulking, etc.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Have in the past.
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Comments:
Have done so prior to being elected 14 years ago. Previous co-op board president. Current co-op board member. Need I be more specific. I live this nightmare every day.
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Frank Padavan
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I have sponsored and passed legislation which spreads the tax burden more equally amongst homeowners, cooperatives, condominiums, andcommercial property.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I currently sponsor S. 3723 which provides that no person 62 or older shall be denied occupancyin a multiple dwelling on the grounds that he or she owns a dog or cat.
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Extend to cooperatives and condominiums the City's EnergyCost Savings Program ("ECSP")
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
 
Comments:
Only if there are sufficient number of judges and court support staff provided for.
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I have sponsored legislation which would require just that.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I currently sponsor S. 1826, which provides that any unsold unit must be offered for sale when it becomes vacant, unless the offering plan states otherwise or the sponsor or unit owner obtains consent of a majority of the unaffiliated members of the board.
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums?
Comments:
I have continually fough for and passed legislation aimed at curbing abuses in the formation of cooperatives and condos, as well as protecting the rights of owners as well as tenants and individual members of the Board of Directors
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George Onorato
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Establish and foster conservation programs for residents. Utilize water metering and install low flow fixtures. Purchase energy efficient appliances.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums?
Comments:
I would keep abreast of the issues by utilizing the information provided by the Council's recommendations.
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John D. Sabini
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Founding fundor of Northridge/Southridge/Brulene
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Increase use of fuel co-ops with tax breaks.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
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Julia Harrison
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
My family and I moved into a Section 213 housing co-op in 1954 and I still live in the same building. As a City Councilwoman for the 16 years from 1986 to 12/31/2001, I voted for the tax bills that treated co-ops and condos as home owners and reduced our real estate taxes.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
I have served on my Board of Directors over the years and am presently secretary to the Board. We have a "no pets" policy; we have not con-sidered registering guests; we do not permit subletting.
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Absolutely. As Chair of the City Council's Committee on Aging for 10 years and as a senior citizen myself, I am very familiar with NORCs and have just accepted an offer from Self-Help's representative to be a member of the Committee to Advance NORC Development.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
We, too, have just had an increase in our insurance premium. One thought is that, working through CNYC and the Federation of NY Housing Cooperatives a sufficiently impressive pool of consumers could command reduced costs greater than coops/condos seeking coverage as individual consumers could.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I hadn't given this question prior thought, but since a coop/condo does not operate exactly as a privately-owned housing unit does, and judges are not all aware of how co-ops/condos work, I think it would be a good idea to have a separate trial part.
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Certainly affordable housing is a critical need for New York residents. The City is not able to promote production by itself and will have to turn to private developers, in my opinion, and they will not forego their profits without some quid pro quo. I don't see this happening soon, but I would support the concept.
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
 
Comments:
I don't know. I have never understood conversions to be a boon to tenants, who get saddled with all kinds of capital improvements long neglected by private owners! I also don't understand how any house can operate half conversion, half private.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
That would be one way to cure the problem of shared administration of a half (or less) condo/coop with a private sponsor.
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
As a cooperator recognized by your organization worthy of a citatiuon at a City-wide, day long conference a few years ago, and as a candidate for whom Greg Carlson wrote a laudatory letter which I used in this year's campaign for State Senate, I would work with my own Board of Directors which affiliated with the Federation at my suggestion, to address the issues of housing cooperatives and condominiums.
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Toby Ann Stavisky
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
In the interest of full disclosure, I just sold my Section 213 cooperative and I own a cooperative.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I support the NORC program but I understand that there are funding problems. I would live to see it expanded--many of the Section 213 co-ops in my district are in need of a NORC.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Buying cooperatives -- pool resources to obtain cheap gas, electric, insurance, similar to fuel buyers cooperatives. Analyses of energy consumption and insurance coverage of all coops should be undertaken.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
 
Comments:
This would have to be part of the court re-structuring proposals.
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
have legislation on this issue.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
This would depend on the sponsor.
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I understand the unique nature of co-ops and condos. They should receive the same benefits as homeowners and should be taxes equitably. I have sponsored legislation exempting coops from the corporate franchise tax. We must re-examine all taxes paid by condos and co-ops in an effort to make them fair to all.
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Martin J. Golden
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I voted for tax reform in the City Council
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Yes, I proposed such communities to DFTA
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Encourage, through tax incentives, conversion to more efficient energy systems.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
There is a need to insure tax parity between homeowners and cooperative/condominium owners.
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Andrew Eristoff
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I have always supported long term tax reform for co-ops and condos.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would work to create and promote purchasing co-ops.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Need more information
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
 
Comments:
Need more information
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I will seek the advice and counsel from CNYC on all issues affecting co-ops and condos. I have been quite familiar with the tax equity issue since my days on the staff of Senator Roy Goodman; I helped pass tax fairness legislation in the City Council and, as Commissioner of Finance, I had staff explore in depth various plans for fair tax treatment of all property tax payers. As a Senator, I would continue this effort.
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Cark Kruger
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I am currently funding two NORC programs in Trump and Warbasse Houses.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Create a pool that would subsidize costs and spread the pain' of ever escalating rates.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
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Nicolas Leobolds
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
As a Libertarian candidate, I am in favor of repealing all income taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, estate taxes and capital gains taxes, and believe the government should be funded by user fees, excise tases and voluntary contributions.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
Yes to all these questions for co-ops;
no to all these questions for condos.
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
Yes to all these questions for co-ops;
no to all these questions for condos.
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
Yes to all these questions for co-ops;
no to all these questions for condos.
Comments:
Yes to all these questions for co-ops;
no to all these questions for condos.
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
I am against government programs like this. I believe in a government limited to protecting life and liberty.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would de-regulate the utilities industries and insurance industries, as well as the entire economy and institute true free-market capitalism.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
 
Comments:
I am not familiar with this issue.
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
I am against government programs like these. The government has no appopriate role in the housing market or the economy, other than protecting people from force and fraud with the courts.
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
I believe in free-market capitalism, not regulation.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
They should be free to do what thety want with their property.
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I will strip away government regulations, and allow property owners full control over their property. But everyone will be equal before the law.
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George E. Rubin
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I would support the power of a board to ban large pets like dogs but not fish, small birds and cats (maybe).
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Grant tax rebates for senior citizens and residents who would experience hardship and/or reduction in quality of life due to economic hardship.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
Obviously, I would sponsor and/or support legislation to enhance the quality of life, the economic viability (fair taxes) and increased power of resident owners to deal with over-bearing sponsors. Also, mandate civil penalties for housing law enforcement, not criminal penalties.
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STATE ASSEMBLY

Evergreen Chu
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I support the concept of progressive equitable taxation. The richer pay more.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
I am against sublet for profit. Many coop and condo owners buy multiple units to sublet as a small landlord.
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
We lack senior housing; we lack affordable housing.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Look to solar panels and alternative ways of cutting cost. Look to European cities for guidance.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
The most important is keeping the maintenance fee low or the common charges low. Making sure that the coop and condo owners do indeed live at the place and not use it as an investment.
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Audrey Pheffer
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
In the years I have served the 23rd Assembly District I have supported and worked towards legislation that will reduce insurance and energy costs for cooperatives and condominiums. I have recently supported the efforts of a local cooperative to secure participation in the NYS EDRA Combined Heat & Power Technical Assistance Program. In the future, I will continue to support efforts to reduce these costs for those in cooperatives and condominium.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
If elected, I will, as I have in the past, support all legislative attempts to address the concerns and issues that face cooperative and condominium residents. I will, and have support tax programs such as STAR to help relieve the tax burden that these residents may face.
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Mark Weprin
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I am and continue to be one of the State's leading advocates on behalf of cooperators and their buildings.
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Rachel A. Gordon
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Tenants also need to make that determination; it’s the tenants home. Meetings need to be inclusive.
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Any profitable organization will be hit with rising costs, however, if coop and condo boards are allocating percentages of apartments toward affordable housing then I would have no problem in seeking subsidy programs to defray some high energy costs.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
UNDECIDED
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
UNDECIDED
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
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Robert Goodman
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
However, I will oppose eminent domain to evict them unless the property is to be taken for a truly public purpose.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Continue deregulation to allow more entry into the electricity generation and delivery businesses. Deregrlate insurance to allow custom coverage.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
What is the advantage?
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
1. Reduce tax. 2. Legislate to honor/recognize squatters rights in abandoned or condemned buildings. 3. Limit eminent domain to truly public purposes.

Comments:
 
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Ivan Lafayette
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Sponsor of A. 04010
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:

Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Co-sponsor of law.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
I'm the sponsor of the law to make the Insurance Department responsible for a prior approval policy for excessive property taxes on co-ops and other residential properties.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I will continue to initiate and pass laws that help cooperators. I'm the sponsor of A.9502 -- Chapter 344 that exempts sales taxes on parking garages for coops. I'm also a sponsor of the bill that made available the STAR program for co-ops, SCHE, SCRIE and tax abatements, and Chapter 171 giving Veterans exemptions to homeowners in cooperatives.
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Theodore Alatsas
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
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William Colton
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I believe cooperative and condominium ownerships provide a major vehicle for attaching and keeping viable housing in NYC. However, the inequities in the tax structure which discriminate against it must be changes. Incentives available to private home owners must be extended to co-ops and condos. Obstacles to residents assuming meaningful control over their home complexes must be removed. Director's liability exposure must be addressed and tax abatements, capital grants, and incentives for renovations and improvements must be simplified. Sponsors must be required to sell units so the control by resident shareholders over the management and expense decision making will be accomplishedn. If these and other changes are implemented then co-ops and condos can achieve their promise of providing affordable housing in which residents can live, raise families, and enjoy their senior years.
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John S. Mulia
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
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Alexander "Pete" Grannis
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I have worked actively to promote property tax equity for city coops and condominiums. I sponsored the 1996 legislation that provides for a city-funded targeted property tax abatement as well as the 1999 and 2001 extenders of this relief program. At my insistence, the initial legislation included a provision requiring the city to develop a long-term comprehensive plan for bringing about tax parity/equity among owners of various classes of residential properties.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
 
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
 
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
 
Comments:
"Duly elected" boards of converted buildings are often under the control of the sponsor for extended periods of time. I am a strong supporter for timely transfer of board control to resident owners. While I have some reservations, I generally favor owner/resident boards having authority to set policy in these areas with two caveats: 1) such actions must be fair and reaasonable and applied with an even hand; and 2) they must not supercede either the letter or intent of state and city laws.
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Energy: repeal the Pataki administration's disastrous energy deregulation policies. Insurance: require greater justification and insurance department scrutiny of insurance premiums and establish minimum loss ratios to prevent price gouging.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
But not to the point of making eviction plans seem more attractive.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I will continue to fight for tax equity for resident co-op and condo owners and to force the city to produce a comprehensive long-range plan to achieve this goal.
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Jak Karako
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I am in favor of repealing all property taxes.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
NO
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I support such programs, but funding has to be accompanied by voluntary contributions.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Repeal taxes on energy and insurance, so that these savings can be passed on to customers.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
As communication is the key for the legislator to understand the problems, I will seek regular meetings with involved parties. I will repeal all tasex including mortgage, sales, etc., to help owners and sponsors. The only fair tax is NO TAX.
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Thomas Siracuse
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I would also concentrate on other quality of life issues such as traffic and noise pollution. I believe we have to work to decrease the pollution in our air and water.
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would require utility companies and insurance companies to justify any increases in their charges. Coop and condo owners with limited incomes should get tax rebates as well.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would have to study this more.
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
There is a crisis in housing affordability. There is no affordable housing for low and middle income persons coming into the city or subject to the open rental market (unregulated).
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I believe it is presently 51%; If so, I would leave it as is.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would especially push for tax fairness and to control the escalating costs of energy and insurance. Tax incentives can be given to sponsors of building new coops and condos.
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Keisha Morrissey
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
 
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
Community Relations; Control by the Tenant; Safety and Security.
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Steven Sanders
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I am already a co-sponsor of similar legislation in Albany.
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Bulk rate prices in energy and insurance rates should be made available to the greatest extent possible-- as is done in rental buildings.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
 
Comments:
Given the constraints of the Court System in terms of physical space and related resources, I am not sure that this ps practical or necessary, but I would not rule it out and I would keep an open mind on the issue.
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I have sponsored bills dealing with this isses.
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Provided that there continues to be a market for the purchse of these units as opposed to renting then out. Units should not be unoccupied for an extended period of time.
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
It is important to promote the varied forms of residential living in New York City and particularly in Manhattan. For many persons and families, co-op or condo accomodations is the desired circumstance. We must make tese alternatives as possible as we do with private homes and one and two family homes with concommitant tax benefits, etc.
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Richard N. Gottfried
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
I am concerned about unlimited authority to prohibit pets
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
If a tenant vouches for a guest, having the building keep a record of the guest's identity would be a major privacy problem.
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
I am concerned about unlimited authority to regulate sublets.
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would start by looking to coops/condos for ideas.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
NO
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
Generally I support this concept, but this does not mean that every housing program has a coop/condo component.
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would be happy to work inj coalition with coops/condos and their organizations, and with like-minded legislators, to advance legislation we agree on.
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Dan Latner
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
UNDECIDED
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Energy conservation and new technologies can cut these costs 25% or more, and I have used them successfully. Insurance companies must be more closely watched for fraud that causes higher premiums.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
UNDECIDED
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
UNDECIDED
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
UNDECIDED
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I will use common sense ideas and methods that have proven to work in other cities. We do not always need to "reinvent the wheel" to find good solutions to problems.
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Jeffrey Dinowitz
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Other than the obvious issue of a change in national energy policy which favirs clean, renewable sources of energy over dependence on foreign oil, I would suggest that large groups of coops working together and pooling resources could secure cheaper energy.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I am the sponsor of such legislation
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
I am the sponsor of legislation that would induce sponsors to sell apartments.
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I have worked during my eight year tenure in the Assembly to address issues of concern to co-ops and condos. For example, I have sponsored legislation to encourage sponsors to sell rather than rent, to protect board members from criminal liability in certain cases, and to create a separate co-op part housing court. I have also worked with my colleagues in the ongoing effort to achieve tax equity between Class one and Class two properties. In my community, I worked very closely with the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives which represents 100 co-ops and over 17,000 families. We have worked together on Town Hall meetings, on legislative issues and many other projects.
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Andrew Osterezy
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Try to control the costs of energy and insurance.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would listen to your concerns and issues and evaluate them all on their merits.
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Raymond Capone
Question 1: Will you actively support a long term tax reform plan that continues progress towards tax fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums and also treats all other New York City taxpayers equitably?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 2: Would you support the right of a duly elected Board of a cooperative or condominium to set policy about:
a) whether pets will be permitted or prohibited in the building?
Answer:
YES
b) ensuring building security through registration of all guests?
Answer:
YES
c) resident owner's ability to sublet their units?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 3. Would you support and fund expanded programs to provide services necessary to enable senior citizens to 'age in place', as their buildings become Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs)?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 4: Like other consumers, cooperatives and condominiums have experienced substantial increases in energy and insurance costs. State briefly what you would do to make these essentials more affordable.
Answer:
 
Comments:
Co-ops and condo owners represent a microcosm in the home owner population and those energy/insurance problems plague all home owners as well as renters, they must be addressed as a whole and dealt with in equal proportion to benefit all property owners.
Question 5: There is currently a separate resolution part in Housing Court in four boroughs in New York City to hear cases relating to cooperatives and condominiums. Would you support the creation of a Separate Trial Part to deal with such cases?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 6. When the City establishes programs to promote production of affordable housing units, will you work to ensure that cooperative and condominium is a significant part of such a program?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 7.. Would you support legislation to increase the percentage of residents required to agree to purchase their apartments before a building can be converted to a cooperative or condominium?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 8.. Do you believe that sponsors of cooperative and condominiums should be required to sell units as they become available instead of renting them at market rates?
Answer:
YES
Comments:
 
Question 9. If elected, how will you work to address the issues and concerns of housing cooperatives and condominiums .
Answer:
 
Comments:
I would have to educate myself to all the questions and concerns of coop/condo owners and act fairly and timely to remedy as many problems as possible.
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