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Catskill Housing Authority board members reappointed

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    C-GM file photoExecutive Director Nina Krupski at the Catskill Housing Authority regular board meeting, May 30.
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    C-GM file photoThe Hop-O-Nose Apartments in Catskill.
October 11, 2018 12:57 pm

CATSKILL ― The Catskill Village Board of Trustees on Sept. 26 reappointed four out of the five commissioners of the Catskill Housing Authority who resigned in August.

The trustees reappointed Chairwoman Erica Brantley and commissioners Patrick McCulloch, Louise Schwartz and Kimberly Jones-Holt. Ann Gibbons, the fifth commissioner did not want to be reappointed, citing differences with the federal Housing and Urban Development agency.

“I wish to remove my name from consideration for reappointment to Catskill Housing Authority board,” Gibbons said. “My reappointment will only make matters worse for staff, board members and Hop O Nose residents. It is discouraging to see HUD rules and regulations used against the very people they are supposed to help.”

The five resigned Aug. 9, citing issues between management and the board of commissioners, Village President Vincent Seeley said at the meeting.

“The Board of Commissioners would further like to point out to HUD that we see the agency more committed to crossing the T’s, dotting the I’s and following the maze of regulations than it does having the board moving forward with a handful of simple projects that would enhance the lives of residents in the Hop O Nose community,” the commissioners wrote in their resignation letter to Lisa Pugliese, director of the Buffalo Office of Public Housing, and Seeley.

“If the board had not pressed these matters, the dryers would still not work, the park benches would still not be painted, the basketball court still not cleaned with minor repairs, the playground slide would still be broken and not replaced, and the playground itself still in need of some picking up and cleaning,” the commissioners wrote.

The village board of trustees unanimously approved the reappointments.

“We need the board; we have to have something there,” Trustee Peter Grasse said.

The remaining position is still open, Seeley said, and can be filled by a village resident.

Catskill Housing Authority Executive Director Nina Krupski declined to comment Thursday.