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1996 Candidates' Positions on Key Co-op and Condo Issues

An election is an opportunity -- an opportunity for voters to learn about the candidates and where they stand on key issues; a chance to elect good leaders. In this year's election, 207 New York City citizens are candidates for seats in the New York State Senate and Assembly. CNYC wrote to each candidate, inviting them to answer six questions and to make any additional comments they wished.

We began with their positions on property taxes, since the state legislature will have to enact into law the long-term plan for continued fairness to homeowners in cooperatives and condominiums. We wanted to see if they agreed there were inequities in the present tax system and if they would be proponents of fairness and reform. After asking three basic questions, we invited comments on property taxes.

CNYC seeks a separate part in the housing court for co-op and condo issues. We asked where the candidates stood on this issue and invited them to make comments.

A third area of concern to CNYC is conversions. CNYC believes that sponsors have an obligation to complete a conversion by selling units as they become available -- at least until there are sufficient resident owners for the building to function as a true and viable cooperative or condominium.

We also seek stronger conversion requirements to prevent a recurrence of many of the problems that have plagued cooperatives and condominiums in the last several years. The candidates were invited to comment on conversion issues.

As of November 1, 57 individuals have responded to the questionnaire. Their replies and summaries of their comments are in the chart below. Please review the chart. See if the candidates in your district have taken the time to answer CNYC's questionnaire. To reply is to acknowledge that cooperatives and condominiums are a voting force worth addressing.

Now examine the responses -- do you agree with any candidates in your district? Do their responses raise further questions that you want to ask when you meet them on the campaign trail? Your vote is important. Use it wisely in support of candidates who share your views. We hope that this chart will provide helpful guidance.

In the chart, an asterisk (*) indicates an incumbent.

BROOKLYN | BRONX | STATEN ISLAND | MANHATTAN

Queens Candidates

Dist. Name Party 1. Should co-ops & condos be taxed in the same way as 1, 2, 3-family homes? 2. Would you support such legislation? 3. Is further tax legislation needed to treat Class 2 & Class 4 more fairly? Comments on Property Taxes: 4. Would you support a separate part in housing court for co-op/condo cases? Comments on Housing Court: 5. Would you support increasing % of res. purchasers needed to convert a building? 6. Would you support leg. requiring sponsors to sell units to achieve 50% owner-occupancy? Comments on Conversions:
QUEENS - Assembly Candidates
AD23 Audrey Pfeffer D,I,L Y Y Y Co-sponsored A/10588-A Y Sponsored bills - Y - Seems Draconian
AD24 Mark Weprin* D,I,L - Y Y Co-sponsored A/10588-A Y Y Y
AD25 Brian McLaughlin* D,I,L Y Y Y Y Y Y
AD27 Nettie Mayersohn* D,I,L Y Y Supported A/10588-A Y Y Y Sponsor of 51% bill
AD30 Joseph Crowley* D Y Y - - Y Y
AD31 Gregory W. Meeks* D,L Y Y Y Y Y Y
AD32 Rameshwar Jodha RTL N N N Y Y - Need info
AD34 Ivan Lafayette* D,L Y Y - Needs turnaround in assessment criteria Y Y Y Needs A.G. involvement
AD36 Denis J. Butler* D Y Y Y Y Y Y
AD36 Vincent Tabone R,C,FRE Y Y Y Y Y Y
AD38 Anthony Seminerio* D,C,I Y Y Y Y Y Y
QUEENS - State Senate Candidiates
SS10 Alton Waldon, Jr.* D,L Y Y Y - Need to be addressed Y Y Legislation needed with specific protections.
SS12 Ada L. Smith* D,L Y Y Y Y Y Y

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Brooklyn Candidates

Dist. Name Party 1. Should co-ops & condos be taxed in the same way as 1, 2, 3-family homes? 2. Would you support such legislation? 3. Is further tax legislation needed to treat Class 2 & Class 4 more fairly? Comments on Property Taxes: 4. Would you support a separate part in housing court for co-op/condo cases? Comments on Housing Court: 5. Would you support increasing % of res. purchasers needed to convert a building? 6. Would you support leg. requiring sponsors to sell units to achieve 50% owner-occupancy? Comments on Conversions:
BROOKLYN - Assembly Candidates
AD42 Richard Hartley FRE N Y Y Y Y Y
AD43 Leona Williams FRE N N N Taxes are too burdensome Y Gives tenants fair treatment Y Y
AD45 Daniel Feldman* D Y Y ? Need info Y Y Y
AD45 Aaron Maslow R,C,I,FRE Y Y - N Y N Compel disclosure
AD45 Rosalind Zittell L N Y Y Y N Y
AD46 Jules Polonetsky* D,L Y Y Y Y Will co-sponsor Y Y
AD51 Olga Gomez C Y Y Y N Y Y
AD52 Eileen Dugan* D,L Y Y N - Not necessary N Y
AD52 John Johnston R Y Y Undecided - Y Y
AD52 Gerard Sussillo C N N N - N N
AD56 Ernestine M. Brown L Y Y Y Taxes reasonable; need more ownership. Y The pits - needs reformation. Y Y Owners have right to do what they feel is best for them.
BROOKLYN - State Senate Candidates
SS17 Thomas Trzcinski C Y Y Y Y Y Y
SS18 V. Montgomery* D Y Y - Y - Y
SS18 Andre Ramon Soleil R,I,L,FRE Y Y Y No taxes for first 10% of life of mortgage N N Y
SS19 John Sampson D N N Y Y Y Y
SS20 Marty Markowitz* D Y Y Y Tax all homes equally N Need justification Y Y Protections needed
SS21 Carl Kruger* D,L Y Y Y Y Y Y
SS22 Seymour Lachman D,I,L Y Y ? Need info Y Y Y
SS22 Salvatore Calise R,C,FRE N N Y Should be lower Y Y Y
SS23 Vincent Gentile D,I Y Y Y Worked for tax fairness Y Y - Concerned for tenants
SS25 Martin Connor D,L Y Y Y N Need rationale; have questions Y Y Legislation needed to protect non-purchasing tenants
SS25 Robert Flanzer R,C,FRE Y Y Y Y Y Y

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Bronx Candidates

Dist. Name Party 1. Should co-ops & condos be taxed in the same way as 1, 2, 3-family homes? 2. Would you support such legislation? 3. Is further tax legislation needed to treat Class 2 & Class 4 more fairly? Comments on Property Taxes: 4. Would you support a separate part in housing court for co-op/condo cases? Comments on Housing Court: 5. Would you support increasing % of res. purchasers needed to convert a building? 6. Would you support leg. requiring sponsors to sell units to achieve 50% owner-occupancy? Comments on Conversions:
Bronx - Assembly Candidiates
AD75 William Newmark C Y Y Y Too high Y Good idea N Y Question is unclear
AD78 Roberto Ramirez* D,L N Y Y N N - Not enough information
AD79 Gloria Davis* D,L N N N N N Y
AD81 Jeffrey Dinowitz* D,L Y Y Cl 2 Y Sponsor of this bill Y Y Will sponsor a bill requiring sales
AD81 Carl Lanzano RTL Y Y Y N Y Y
AD81 Robert Press I N Y Undecided Y Court needs review N N N Present laws sufficient
AD82 Stephen B. Kaufman D Y Y Y Y Y Y
AD83 James Coleman I N N Y Y Y Y
BRONX - State Senate Candidates
SS32 Sarah Newmark C Y Y Y More equitable treatment Y Would be productive N Y
SS34 Joseph Palau I N N N N Y Y

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Staten Island Candidates

Dist. Name Party 1. Should co-ops & condos be taxed in the same way as 1, 2, 3-family homes? 2. Would you support such legislation? 3. Is further tax legislation needed to treat Class 2 & Class 4 more fairly? Comments on Property Taxes: 4. Would you support a separate part in housing court for co-op/condo cases? Comments on Housing Court: 5. Would you support increasing % of res. purchasers needed to convert a building? 6. Would you support leg. requiring sponsors to sell units to achieve 50% owner-occupancy? Comments on Conversions:
STATEN ISLAND - Assembly Candidate
AD60 Thomas Hamilton I Y Y Y Taxes far too high Y Greatly needed Y Y Reform urgently needed

 

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Manhattan Candidates

Dist. Name Party 1. Should co-ops & condos be taxed in the same way as 1, 2, 3-family homes? 2. Would you support such legislation? 3. Is further tax legislation needed to treat Class 2 & Class 4 more fairly? Comments on Property Taxes: 4. Would you support a separate part in housing court for co-op/condo cases? Comments on Housing Court: 5. Would you support increasing % of res. purchasers needed to convert a building? 6. Would you support leg. requiring sponsors to sell units to achieve 50% owner-occupancy? Comments on Conversions:
MANHATTAN - Assembly Candidates
AD63 Steven Saunders* D,L Y Y Y Y Y Y
AD64 Richard Gottfried* D,L Y Y - Need information N Unconvinced, will discuss. Y Y
AD66 Deborah Glick* D,L Y Y - Need information N Y Y
AD67 Scott M. Stringer* D,L Y Y Y Y Support sep. part; court needs reform Y Y
AD69 Edward Sullivan* D Y Y Y Graduated inc. tax instead ? Y ?
MANHATTAN - State Senate Candidates
SS26 Robert Polhemus I Y N N N Y N
SS27 Catherine Abate* D,L Y Y Y Undecided Have questions Y Y Protect buyers, prevent profiteering
SS28 Francesca Castellanos I Y Y Y Need affordable housing N Current procedure o.k. Y Need more information
SS29 Alphonzo Mosley I N N Y Y Y Y
SS30 Daniel Mahoney, Jr. C Y Y Y Keep taxes low as poss. - Y Y
MANHATTAN - Special Election in the City Council
CC5 Gifford Miller D,L Y Y Y Y Y Y

 

 
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