National search is on for NYCHA’s next CEO after Russ stepped down, Adams says

The metropolis will embark on a nationwide search for the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) next CEO following Greg Russ stepping down from the function final week, Mayor Eric Adams mentioned Monday.

“It’s going to be a national search,” Adams mentioned. “We’re going to find the best person to provide leadership to some of the best people I know, and that’s my NYCHA residents. So, they need to have that quality of leadership and we’re going to do a national search to find that person to do so.”

The mayor made the remarks in response to a question from PoliticsNY, following a press convention on increasing broadband web entry to roughly 300,000 NYCHA residents throughout 200 public housing developments by the tip of next year.

Adams’ office refused to supply any further particulars on the NYCHA CEO hiring course of – like a timeline or particular traits/job description – when reached by PoliticsNY after Monday’s occasion.

The search is on for the general public housing authority’s next CEO after its final chief government Greg Russ stepped down from the position final week, though he’ll be staying on as chair of NYCHA’s board as the 2 roles he held shall be break up amongst two folks. NYCHA General Counsel Lisa Bova-Hiatt took over as interim CEO till the town finds a everlasting head for the beleaguered housing authority. The administration change took impact Monday.

The shakeup in management final week adopted an arsenic contamination scare on the Jacob Riis Houses on the Lower East Side that prevented residents there from consuming or cooking with their faucet water for a little bit over every week. The assessments that originally got here again optimistic for the toxin had been retracted every week later, when the lab conducting the assessments – Environmental Monitoring and Technologies – mentioned these outcomes had been inaccurate and issued revised assessments damaging for arsenic.

Adams has mentioned his office wasn’t notified concerning the optimistic assessments till a number of days after NYCHA grew to become conscious of the outcomes and that somebody on the company can be held accountable for the debacle. However, Adams’ office wouldn’t affirm or deny whether or not Russ stepping down was a punishment for the arsenic scare, when reached by PoliticsNY final week.

According to a broadcast report, the plan to split the roles of CEO and board chair wasn’t a response to the arsenic scare, though the timing could have been, however was somewhat a part of a plan accepted in June to remodel the company. Russ will still be making a plumb $258,000 a year salary, in line with reporting from the information website The City, an quantity on par with the mayor. The metropolis may even proceed to cover Russ’s journey bills as he commutes back-and-forth from his residence in Minnesota.

Russ is a holdover from former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration. De Blasio confronted fast pushback on Russ’ hiring when he was first introduced on in 2019, when it was revealed the town began him at an over $400,000 annual wage and was protecting his journey prices to-and-from his Minneapolis residence.

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