Kingston Housing Authority close to naming new director

The Kingston Housing Authority, the city’s largest provider of low-income housing, will name a permanent executive director after a year-long vacancy “as soon as possible,” according to authority commission chairwoman Roseanne Noble. Daniel Mills retired as director in January of last year. Shortly thereafter, the authority named Catherine Maloney, active in local community development for many years, acting director.

Noble, the aunt of Mayor Steve Noble and wife of Alderman-at-Large Jim Noble, said six finalists, including Maloney, have been interviewed by the commission. The authority is offering an $80,000 salary, plus benefits and a one-year contract. It may pay more “depending on experience,” the commission chairwoman said. Mills was paid $90,000 after 12 years as director.

The job opening was advertised nationally and locally.

The authority, which dates to the 1950s, manages 480 units of low-income housing in buildings ranging from Rondout Gardens in Downtown to Colonial Gardens Midtown and Wiltwyck Gardens for senior citizens Uptown. By comparison, Rupco, the leading provider of low-income housing in the region, operates 117 units in Kingston, with two more buildings in development.

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The Aaron family-owned Yosman Tower on Broadway and the Governor Clinton Hotel on Albany Avenue, manages 196 units. Those properties are in the final stages of being sold to a New York City development firm.

Kingston has about 8,000 residential units.

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