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GHA hires a new interim executive director

The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday introduced Amsterdam Housing Authority Executive Director Damaris Carbone, left, as the GHA's new interim executive director. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Directors on Tuesday introduced Amsterdam Housing Authority Executive Director Damaris Carbone as the GHA’s new interim executive director.

The GHA initiated a search for a new executive director in a job posting on Oct. 31 ahead of the Nov. 22 departure of Executive Director Heather Reynolds, who submitted her resignation planning to relocate outside of the area to be closer to family.

During the Nov. 19 meeting the Board of Directors approved the appointment of Tenant Relations Assistant Debora Ambrosino as interim executive director pending the completion of a search for a permanent executive director.

According to Chairman John Poling, the board was unable to identify a candidate to become the permanent executive director during the initial search and contacted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking assistance.

Poling said the board is now working with HUD to hire a firm to conduct and expand the ongoing search, hoping to have an individual in place this spring. In the meantime the federal agency recommended that the GHA seek assistance from the AHA’s executive director on an interim basis.

The board subsequently contacted Carbone and secured her agreement to fill in as the interim executive director two days a week beginning at the end of December. Following an executive session on Tuesday the Board of Directors approved a motion authorizing the execution of an agreement with the AHA and Carbone securing her services at a daily rate of $500.

Poling said the experience of working with Carbone who has over 21 years of experience in public housing and has served as the executive director of the AHA for around seven years has already been “nothing but positive.”

“She’s very good,” Poling said. “She’s willing to do anything she can to assist us, even when we do get an executive director in there she said she is still willing to assist us any way she can.”

“It’s a pleasure being here, I’m glad to be able to help you through this transition and provide you some support,” said Carbone before providing the board an update on her work since coming to the GHA.

Carbone reported that she will submit designated plans for Forest Hill Towers and Kingsboro Towers to HUD by the end of the week, she is working in coordination with GHA attorney Anthony Casale to review the authority’s policy to propose updates to the board in the future and she is evaluating staff training levels to make recommendations to meet unfulfilled requirements.

Additionally, Carbone reported that contract registrations have been updated by the staff preventing future gaps in services at the GHA by allowing any needed requests for proposals to be issued on time and an RFP seeking consultants to conduct the executive director search was issued with candidates to be presented to the board for future selection.

Overall, Carbone said the GHA seems to be in good working order.

“It looks like everything is working really well, the staff is doing a good job with keeping the units occupied and getting back on track with getting the units ready to turn over,” Carbone said.

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