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Fri Sep 9, 2016, 06:57 PM

Bridgeport housing board members resign

BRIDGEPORT - The Housing Authority board that oversees a $51 million budget and low-income housing for 12,000 residents is now Mayor Joe Ganimís full responsibility.

Ganimís 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 Finchís administration. Ganim, an ex-mayor, defeated Finch in last yearís Democratic primary.

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Bridgeport-housing-board-members-resign-9213638.php

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