Press Inquiries

To schedule an interview with our staff, please contact Marsha Nicholson at (212) 286-9211, ext. 117 or email

Jerilyn Perine, an urban planner with nearly 30 years of experience, is available to comment on a variety of issues related to housing and community development in New York City’s neighborhoods. Ms. Perine is currently Executive Director of Citizens Housing and Planning Council, was formerly Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Gentrification
  • In rem housing
  • Abandoned housing and its impact on neighborhoods
  • Moderate rehabilitation
  • Housing standards and regulations
  • Federal housing policy
  • Prevailing wage and affordable housing
  • Public housing
  • The mismatch between housing stock and demand
  • The impact of city land use policies on affordable housing
  • Inclusionary zoning
  • Supportive housing and homeless housing policy
  • Urban Renewal and eminent domain
  • J-51 and 421 tax abatements
  • UK and European housing policy

Harold Shultz is an attorney who served in New York City government for more than 30 years and specialized in policy, legislative and legal affairs particularly in regard to housing preservation, community development, Code Enforcement, and homelessness.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Lead Paint Abatement Laws
  • In rem housing and tax lien sales
  • Distressed, foreclosed, and abandoned multi family housing
  • HUD subsidized housing (including Section 8 housing)
  • Moderate Rehabilitation
  • Federal housing policy
  • Prevailing wage and affordable housing
  • Public housing
  • Water and sewer taxes and impact on housing
  • Mitchell Lama housing
  • Code Enforcement
  • Eminent domain
  • Rent stabilization

Sarah Watson, Senior Policy Analyst
Areas of expertise include:

  • UK and European housing and planning
  • Gentrification
  • Public housing
  • Housing design and space standards
  • New York City’s Housing and Vacancy Survey
  • The American Community Survey
  • Population, household composition and housing in NYC
  • Zoning in NYC
  • CHPC’s Archival Library
  • CHPC’s website