Testimony Before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and New York State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

My name is Karen Narefsky, and I am the Senior Organizer for Equitable Economic Development at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). I am testifying today on behalf of United for Small Business NYC, a coalition of which we are a member. I would like to thank Committee Chairs Krueger, Weinstein, Kaplan, and Bronson for holding today’s hearing on the economic development-related proposals in the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Executive Budget.

Testimony Before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and New York State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means Regarding Priorities for the New York State Executive Budget for Housing

Good Morning. My name is Emily Goldstein, and I am the Director of Organizing and Advocacy at the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD). I would like to thank Committee Chairs Krueger, Weinstein, Kavanagh and Cymbrowitz for holding today’s hearing on the housing-related proposals in the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Executive Budget.

Testimony of Lucy Block Before the New York City Council Regarding Deed Fraud and Deed Theft

I’d like to thank the Committees for holding this hearing on the important issues of deed theft, speculation, and harassment of small homeowners in New York City. ANHD fully supports Resolutions 1429 and 1430, partially support Resolution 1427, and support Introductions 1913 and 1919 with proposed modifications. 

TESTIMONY OF MALIKA CONNER BEFORE THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND BUILDINGS REGARDING TENANT SAFETY AND BUILDING SANITATION IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Under the warrant of habitability, tenants throughout New York City have a right to a safe, sanitary, and liveable apartment. This standard also applies to the public areas of residential buildings. However, we know anecdotally, that many landlords have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to let buildings slip into disrepair at a time when making sure buildings are clean and secure, and that tenants are protected from hazardous conditions, is more important than ever before. 

USBnyc Testimony for Small Business Committee April 2020

Our members and clients (small businesses, sole proprietorships, cooperatives, street vendors, and non-profits who provide goods and services to the public) are seeing a catastrophic drop in income, up to 100 percent and many will not be able to resume normal operations for many months. Because of this, we need swift action to protect small businesses and non-residential tenants from displacement and closure. We applaud the relief package introduced by Speaker Corey Johnson and Members of the Council, including two bills before this Committee: Int. Nos. 1914 and 1932. 

USBnyc Testimony for Consumer Affairs and Licensing Committee April 2020

Our members and clients (small businesses, sole proprietorships, cooperatives, street vendors, and non-profits who provide goods and services to the public) are seeing a catastrophic drop in income, up to 100 percent. Because of this, we need swift action to protect small businesses and non-residential tenants from displacement and closure. We applaud the relief package introduced by Speaker Corey Johnson and Members of the Council, including one bill before this committee: Intro 1912-2020. 

Testimony of Barika Williams Before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings Regarding Intros 1936-2020 and 1912-2020

Amidst the global pandemic brought on by COVID-19, tenant harassment and displacement persists, and serves to further undermine affordability, exacerbate existing inequalities, and fuel gentrification.

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.