Weiss appointed to GHA board

GLOVERSVILLE —First Ward Councilwoman Marcia Weiss has been appointed to the board of directors at the Gloversville Housing Authority.

Mayor Dayton King announced Weiss’ appointment during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting to fill the vacant seat left by Anthony Ferraro, who resigned from the board April 20.

Ferraro had served on the board for 20 years.

King said he was in contact with the Buffalo Field Office for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which confirmed that Weiss can serve on both the GHA board and Common Council. The term runs through April 2018.

He said Weiss has almost 30 years of property management experience, including managing a more than 150 unit co-op complex. She also has bookkeeping experience.

“Her interest is in continuing to collaborate. I think by adding her here from the city, and working together with this board and the tenants association, employees and executive director, I think it makes a good fit,” King said.

King said City Attorney Anthony Casale and retained labor attorney Bryan Goldberger, of Goldberger and Kremer lawfirm of Albany, who also contracts with the GHA, told King they saw no issue with the Weiss’ appointment.

He said GHA Executive Director Timothy Mattice supports adding Weiss to the board.

Council members voted to approve the measure, with Weiss recusing herself from the voting.

Weiss is the third person to be appointed to the board in a little more than a month.

Greg Gottung and Thomas Canty were appointed by King at the end of March to fill vacant seats.

King said, in addition, he has asked the GHA to post the agendas a day or two prior to its meetings. He also asked that the meeting minutes be posted on the GHA’s website after they are approved.

At Thursday’s GHA meeting, residents were told they could submit a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the minutes. King said Gloversville and other municipalities put their minutes on their website, and said the GHA should follow suit.

King has additionally asked the GHA to change its meetings from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to allow working individuals to attend.

“I think it’s important, I think most municipalities do that,” King said.

GHA board member Jason Sweeney has brought up this time change a few times to the board, most recently on Thursday.

King said he thinks the GHA is starting to move in the right direction.

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Chad Fleck

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