PATERSON, NJ – The Paterson Housing Authority Board of Commissioners held their 79th annual reorganization meeting Monday, setting an agenda for 2021 that newly reelected Chairman Reverend Michael McDuffie predicted would see the system implement “creative solutions” though “thinking exterior the box.”
“People say it just can’t be performed,” McDuffie mentioned of the Authority’s mission to offer housing alternatives to Paterson citizens. “Let’s be the kinds to do it.”
McDuffie would go on to describe himself and his colleagues as “a progressive board” and joked that whilst they in some cases “grind in opposition to each individual other” they are a group of leaders that want the finest for Paterson.”
Also reelected was Pete Rendina who will shell out another calendar year as the co-chair of the Board. Lamenting that they never have the capacity to get care of all the needs of Paterson people, this sort of as schooling and position generation, the longtime commissioner stated that when it will come to furnishing housing they are “doing points no a person recognized could occur.”
Obtaining praise for his service in return, Reverend Doug Maven, whom McDuffie referred to as the “silent soldier” of the board, announced that because of to increased responsibilities at this church, and within just the denomination he signifies, he would have to resign from the human body but is generally readily available to be supportive of its efforts to make Paterson improved.
Commissioner Robert Guarasci and Paula Alford also gave transient remarks to enable start off the new 12 months, with the initially saying he envisioned it to be 1 of “hope, healing, and transformation,” and the second, the latest member of the physique, sharing her appreciation for everyone’s “input, expertise, and talents.”
Predicting it would be a calendar year of “new problems and new solutions,” Irma Gorham, govt director, also shared a look at of the months in advance that involve functioning to defend the health and fitness of senior inhabitants by introducing a vaccination software towards COVID-19 and ongoing perform to construct and transfer residents back again to new Riverside Terrace.