Joint Legislative Budget Hearing - Housing
January 31, 2022
2:00 p.m.


RuthAnne Visnauskas
Commissioner & CEO, New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal

Barika Williams
Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD)

Erin Burns-Maine
Chief of Staff, Vice President of Policy, Community Preservation Corporation

Rachel Fee
Executive Director, New York Housing Conference

Mary Robinson
Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity of New York State

Baaba Halm
Vice President and New York Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners

Fannie Lou Diane
Leader, Neighbors Together

Karen Blondel
President, Red Hook West Tenant Association

Kassi Keith
VOCAL-NY Homeless Union Leader, VOCAL-NY

Pablo Estupiñan
Director, CASA – Community Action for Safe Apartments

Christie Peale
CEO/Executive Director, Center for NYC Neighborhoods

Jay Flemma, Esq.
Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York

Jeremy Bunyaner
Staff Attorney, CAMBA Legal Services

Malika Conner
Director of Organizing, Right to Counsel Coalition

Michael Borges
Executive Director, Rural Housing Coalition of New York

Blair Sebastian
Director, New York State Rural Advocates

Athena Bernkopf
Project Director, East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust (EHEBCLT)

Elise Goldin
Campaign Organizer, New Economy Project New York City Community Land Initiative

Mark Streb
Executive Director, Neighborhood Preservation Coalition

Joseph Condon
General Counsel, Community Housing Improvement Program

Ben Anderson
Director of Economic Mobility and Health Policy, Children’s Defense Fund-New York

Sonal Jessel
Director of Policy, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Paul Webster
Director of Programs, Clean and Healthy New York

Elaine Gross
President, ERASE Racism

Katherine Leitch
Senior Policy Analyst, Citizens Housing and Planning Council

Samuel Stein
Housing Policy Analyst, Community Service Society

Casey Berkovitz
Coalition Coordinator, ADU NY

Sally Santangelo
Executive Director, CNY Fair Housing, Inc.

Marlene Zarfes
Executive Director, Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc.

Ryan Chavez
Program Director, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Timothy Foley
CEO, The Building & Realty Institute of Westchester and Mid-Hudson Region

Bill Simmons
President, New York State Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (NYSPHADA)

Elda Luisi
Tenant, Cooper Square Committee

Elise Levy
Tenant Organizer and Advocate, Housing Conservation Coordinators

Christine Hughes
Tenant Leader, Affordable Housing Leaders Group/Housing Conservation Coordinators

Written Testimony
ACE, Allied Community Enterprises

AGREE, Alliance for a Green Economy

Alexis Yong, Tenant

Alfred E. Smith Houses President Association, INC

Ann Stenson
Coordinator of the Rector Square Affordable Housing Group

Asian Americans for Equality

Bailey House


Catholic Homes NY

Center for NYC Affairs

Citizens' Committee for Children

Coalition for Affordable Homes

Community Housing Improvement & Program Supplemental

Cooper Square

Daniel Stein

Empire Justice Center

Enterprise Community Partners

Fair Housing Justice Center

Hudson Valley Justice Center

Interboro Community Land Trust

LeadingAge NY

Legal Services NYC


Make the Road NY

NY Land Bank Association

NY Legal Assistance Group

NYS Association for Affordable Housing

NYU Furman Center

Open New York

Osborne Association

Pratt Center for Community Development

Real Estate Board of NY

Red Hook Initiative

Regional Plan Association

Residents to Preserve Public Housing

Tenants Political Action Committee

Valerio Orseli

Volunteers of America

WNYLC, Western NY Law Center