President Joe Biden (D) has appointed former New York City Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel as the new U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regional administrator for New York and New Jersey.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am excited to serve as HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey and continue my work in housing and economic development,” Ampry-Samuel said in a statement.
“I look forward to increasing access to quality affordable housing for low-income residents and homebuyers and ensuring HUD grantees provide economic opportunities and services to underserved populations. We must work together to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers and New Jerseyans.”
She served chaired the public housing committee as deputy leader of the NYC council, though came up short in her re-election bid last year.
Her council district represented the highest concentration of public housing in North America. Prior to being elected to the council in 2017, Ampry-Samuel served on the senior team at the New York City Housing Authority.
Ampry-Samuel will now oversee HUD operations, including the New York City Regional Office and field offices in Buffalo, Albany, and Newark.
“Regional Administrator Ampry-Samuel comes to HUD with a long and admirable record of service fighting on behalf of communities in support of housing and community development,”added HUD Office of Field Policy and Management Assistant Deputy Secretary Michele Perez.
“She grew up in public housing, giving her an empathetic and deep understanding of the experiences and the needs of the Department’s most vulnerable customers. I am genuinely thrilled that she has again answered the call to serve.”