Plattsburgh Housing Authority is funded by HUD and provides housing to those who are income eligible. There are more than 800 units in Plattsburgh for families and seniors.
O’Connell said the board felt that Hamilton was most qualified for the job and was not concerned about his relationship with Morris.
“I understand what people might think, but we made the best possible decision we could have, and we believe Mark will do very well for us,” she said.
Hamilton said he plans to do his best to promote the successful programs of Plattsburgh Housing Authority and to get more involved in the community.
“We hope to improve our relationships with the community and community organizations and get out there and be more a part of the community,” he said.
“Our staff is very dedicated, and they understand the importance of what we do for the families we serve here.”
Hamilton said he wants to promote the Ted K Center at the Housing Authority, which serves youth who live in the program’s housing units.
“It’s a unique thing we have here, and very few have something like this, and we want to let people know that there are good things going on here for kids,” he said.
The Housing Authority recently received a 99.9 on a performance review from HUD, which Hamilton said is a credit to the Housing Authority staff.
“It shows how well our staff does to fulfill its mission,” he said.
In addition to naming Hamilton as the new director, the Housing Authority Board also named Kathy Insley as the new attorney for the program. Insley, a Plattsburgh attorney, will be paid $36,000 for the job, which is a one-year appointment, O’Connell said.
Cantwell was serving as both the executive director of the Plattsburgh Housing Authority and as the outfit’s attorney. She was receiving a salary of $171,870 for both duties.
Insley was selected after the Housing Authority Board put the job out for bid.
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