Two weeks after the regional director of the federal Housing and Urban Development urged Mayor Joe Ganim to replace the appointees of his predecessor, four Housing Authority commissioners have resigned, according to the mayor’s office. That means the mayor is now actively searching for replacements following HUD assertions the housing authority is a mess.
From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
The Housing Authority board that oversees a $51 million budget and low-income housing for 12,000 residents is now Mayor Joe Ganim’s full responsibility.
Ganim’s office Friday confirmed that all four of the mayoral-appointed members he inherited after taking office in December have submitted their resignations. Their departures were prompted by a blistering letter last month from federal housing officials to Ganim that portrayed the board as unable to turnaround the authority, which is plagued by fiscal, personnel, infrastructure and security woes.
That Aug. 25 letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, drafted following several meetings with the mayor, asked Ganim to appoint new members within 30 days.
Ganim spokesman Av Harris Friday said Board Chairman Dulce Nieves, Sulton Stack, and newer members Richard DeJesus and Janet Ortiz, submitted resignations. They are holdovers from Mayor Bill Finch’s administration. Ganim, an ex-mayor, defeated Finch in last year’s Democratic primary.
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