Mayoral Forum Tackles Co-op/Condos

Staff Writer

While many far-reaching topics have been covered throughout this year’s mayoral race, the Presidents Coop and Condo Council and Queens County Bar Association had the candidates talk about co-ops issues.

The forum, which took place at North Shore Towers in Floral Park on Aug. 20, was attended by Democrats Christine Quinn, making a rare forum appearance, Anthony Weiner, Sal Albanese and Erick Salgado; Republicans Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis and George McDonald and Independent Adolfo Carrion Jr. Bill Thompson, Bill de Blasio and John Liu were invited but could not attend.

Each candidate was questioned by moderator Azi Paybarah for 15 such, interactions between the candidates were kept at a minimum.

A big talking point for the candidates was State Sen. Liz Krueger’s (D-Manhattan) bill that would create a position of oversight for the State Attorney General’s Office that would help co-op applicants that believe they have been rejected wrongly for an apartment. The office would also oversee a coop election if 50 percent or more of those co-op residents called for it.

“We don’t want there to be any discrimination of any kind in housing in New York City,” Quinn said. “The bills, and various forms of it, are remedies though that create other problems.”

“Given Liz Krueger’s district, the Upper East Side of New York, which is notorious for people in co-ops denying other people from going in there, I think I understand where she’s coming from,” Lhota said. “I’m not sure it requires statewide legislation.”

“I am very concerned about giving more bureaucratic responsibility to co-op boards, who already have a lot of things they have to worry about,” Weiner said.

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