The Gloversville Housing Authority board met publicly Friday for the first time since a meeting last week that resulted in the authority’s executive director being placed on leave and the resignation of two board members.
The shakeup, which came after a three-hour executive session, saw Executive Director Timothy Mattice placed on paid administrative leave. Immediately after the board voted on that action and several others, board Chairman Michael Ponticello and board member Bernard Manzer resigned.
Also placed on paid administrative leave last week was tenant relations manager Sherri McCoski.
Daniel Towne, who ran the authority from 1984 to 2015, was appointed as interim director. Former head of maintenance Frank DeSantis was appointed as interim maintenance supervisor.
On Friday, the board went into a nearly three-hour executive session to discuss, according to the meeting agenda, pending litigation and employee personnel matters. Afterward, newly appointed board Chairman John Castiglione said the board is not at liberty to discuss the status of Mattice or McCoski or for how long they might be on paid leave.
The board did pass a resolution authorizing a salary of $102,000 to Towne and $70,000 to DeSantis on a prorated basis for however long they’re employed by the authority. Towne reiterated Friday that neither he nor DeSantis is looking to stay at the authority indefinitely.
“Mr. DeSantis and I are just here on a short-term basis. We’re only here to help this brand new board prepare and reorganize as necessary,” Towne said.
Towne said he’s not concerned about inheriting…
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