He allocated $3.3 million in his FY15 capital budget towards projects across the borough, including sites in neighborhoods such as Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Flatbush and Park Slope. In July of 2014, he used his vote as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) to commit $13 million to a new fund that will create 7,500 new affordable units citywide. As a small landlord himself, he supported a rent freeze by the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) and has committed to freezing his own tenants’ rent.
Public housing is an area of concern for the Borough President, particularly regarding the safety of developments. He helped lead a call for greater security measures, such as the fast-tracking of camera installation and increased lighting, following the stabbings of several children in East New York. Borough President Adams has also supported the protection of NYCHA community centers, including expanding their hours of operation, and improving maintenance of units.
In partnership with elected colleagues and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Borough President Adams launched a series of workshops aimed at helping Brooklynites apply for affordable housing lotteries in Community Board 2, addressing issues such as credit scores. He hopes to expand this program to other parts of the borough going forward. His administration has also worked with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to address concerns over “rightsizing” of tenants in the City’s Section 8 program, focusing on ensuring the dignity of tenants are respected.
Going forward, Borough President Adams believes in a 50-30-20 model of affordability for new housing, making sure to focus on middle-class households. He also plans to collaborate with the Kings County District Attorney’s office to tackle tenant harassment concerns. Additionally, the Borough President is focused on improving services for homeless Brooklynites, as well as working with his Mitchell-Lama taskforce on issues impacting their communities.