Testimony of Lucy Block Before the New York City Council Regarding Use of Facial Recognition and Biometric Data Collection

We have four core concerns. First, facial recognition technology frequently misidentifies women, people of color and the elderly, creating a disproportionate risk that such residents will be locked out of their homes in the name of “security.” Second, unnecessary collection of biometric data is a breach of privacy of all tenants, and there are no safeguards to guarantee the security of the data collected. Third, the proposed opt-out provision - though well-intentioned - cannot adequately safeguard tenants.

Testimony to the New York City Council Immigration Committee In Support of Intro 1706-2019

Thank you to Councilmember Menchaca and the members of the New York City Council Immigration Committee for the opportunity to give testimony today about the addition of an EMV/RFID chip to the IDNYC identification card. I am here to testify strongly in support of your bill that would prevent such a chip from being added to the card.

Testimony of Lucy Block Before The New York City Council Committee on Civil and Human Rights on Int. 85-A Regarding Housing Accommodations and Tenant Blacklists

My testimony regards Intro 85-A. ANHD enthusiastically supports the elimination of tenant blacklists and ending discrimination against tenants for their involvement in housing court. While we applaud Council Member Kallos and the bill’s sponsors for this important advancement of tenant rights, we have concerns that we feel are imperative for the Council to take into account.

Comments on the Draft Scope of Work for the Proposed Bushwick Rezoning (Bushwick Neighborhood Plan)

In my comments today I want to echo the demand of neighborhood residents and stakeholders in stating that the Bushwick Community Plan’s zoning proposal must be studied as an alternative in the EIS. 

Comments to the Subcommittee on Zoning & Franchises on the Proposed Bay Street Corridor Rezoning

In offering my testimony today I want to echo the vital concerns raised by community members asking who this rezoning will actually serve. This is a concern that is borne out by looking at the numbers. The EIS acknowledges that the Bay Street rezoning will bring in a higher income population than exists in the study area today. The EIS further identifies a low-income population of 1,700 renters in unprotected units who are vulnerable to the increase in rents the rezoning could bring.

Testimony of Emily Goldstein Before the New York City Council Committee on Land Use Regarding CEQR

Over the past five years, we have worked intensively to prevent our City’s land use and planning processes from exacerbating New York City’s housing affordability and displacement crises and have come to see the current CEQR process as a key obstacle to that goal.

Comments to the City Planning Commission on the Proposed Bay Street Corridor Rezoning

Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to testify. My name is Chris Walters and I am the Rezoning Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). ANHD is a coalition of community groups across the city working to build community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers.

Testimony of Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen Before City Planning Commission Regarding 1010 and 1050 Pacific Street

Good morning. Thank you commissioners for the opportunity to testify.

Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) Community Panel for Boston Outreach Meeting

Federal bank regulators invited ANHD to present our analysis on the community panel at the EGRPRA outreach meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Testimony of Benjamin Dulchin, Before the City Planning Commission Regarding the Proposed "Zoning for Quality and Affordability" Text Amendment

While we do have some suggestions for improvement, and we acknowledge that the proposed text does mean some real trade-offs for communities, we believe the Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) proposal is worthy of support. The ZQA proposal reflects thoughtful and modest changes to encourage affordable and senior developments, while preserving the types of livable, mixed-use communities New Yorkers value.