NEW YORK CITY — Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of Make the Road New York, praised Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s avowed commitment to improve housing conditions in her State of the City speech last week.
On behalf of the 10,000 members of Make the Road New York, Archila said she applauds Speaker Quinn “for outlining a broad and inspiring vision” on issues from housing, to education, to employment,” with a goal of creating a more welcoming city for immigrant and working class families.”
Among the highlights of the speech were Quinn’s promise to pass new legislation that will improve housing conditions by expanding the Alternative Enforcement Program. Make the Road New York has been working for 10 years to improve housing conditions for working-class New Yorkers and played an instrumental role in 2007 in the passing of the Safe Housing Act that created the Alternative Enforcement Program to promote real accountability for negligent landlords who fail to repair housing code violations that the city deems “immediately hazardous” or “hazardous.”
“We welcome the opportunity to partner with the speaker,” said Archila. “And, again, on behalf of the members of Make the Road New York, we thank her for her vision and her tenacity to make New York City a more welcoming city for immigrant and working-class families.”