GHA names Mazur as executive director
GLOVERSVILLE — Jason Mazur of Johnstown has been named the new executive director of the Gloversville Housing Authority, effective Monday.
The filling of the position comes only three weeks after the sudden departure of the previous GHA director.
Mayor Vincent DeSantis verified Friday that Mazur – husband of Gloversville City Clerk Jennifer Mazur – will be heading up administration of the agency. But he noted the GHA is not connected to city government.
“City government is completely separate,” DeSantis said.
He said the only time there is a connection with city government is that the mayor has the ability to appoint an applicant for a vacancy on the GHA Board of Commissioners.
GHA board Chairperson Brenda Leitt — a former Gloversville councilwoman — couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
But board member and 1st Ward Gloversville Councilwoman Marcia Weiss said Friday that Mazur was appointed by board Thursday night in a special meeting. He was given a four-year, $80,000 per year contract.
Weiss received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Husson University’s School of Business in Bangor, Me. in 2006. His last position was as warehouse supervisor with the Dollar General warehouse in Amsterdam.
“This is what we need,” Weiss said. “We’ve been lacking someone who has business management experience.”
She said she also believes Mazur has the soft-spoken “temperament” to deal with residents of the GHA complexes. Weiss, who has been on the board since 2017, said she is “excited” about the appointment.
Mazur replaces former Gloversville Housing Authority Executive Director Amanda Ossenfort, who left that position April 22. No reason was ever given for her sudden departure.
Albany attorney Bryan J. Goldberger, who represents the GHA, didn’t return phone calls to The Leader-Herald after her departure.
The GHA administrates three main housing units in Gloversville: the 85-apartment, low-income family housing at Dubois Garden Apartments, and Forest Hill Towers and Kingsboro Towers, both for ages 62 and older.
The GHA Board of Commissioners approved a resolution appointing Ossenfort executive director of the GHA last Nov. 18 during a special meeting. She was also serving under a four-year contract, with a starting annual salary of $80,000.
Mazur couldn’t be reached Friday.
A Friday call into the main GHA office on West Street found that the housing authority still has Ossenfort’s recorded voice answering messaged public phone calls.