Hoboken Housing Authority settles suit with ex-deputy director for $125k


The Hoboken Housing Authority settled a lawsuit with a former deputy executive director for $125,000 last month, according to a copy of the agreement obtained by Hudson County View. 

Ravon Anderson

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The settlement, dated November 13th and obtained via an Open Public Records Act request, says that the HHA will pay $125,000 to the Jersey City law firm of Miller, Meyerson & Corbo – who represented Ravon Anderson in a discrimination suit.

As is standard procedure in lawsuit settlements, the HHA admits to no wrongdoing alleged in the court filing – which was not included with the settlement agreement.

The HHA Board of Commissioners approved the deal at their November 9th meeting and the matter was also okayed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to the agreement.

At that same meeting last month, the HHA signed off on a $700,000 settlement with former Executive Director Carmelo Garcia, as only HCV has reported.

Back in February 2015, Anderson was hired as the deputy ED, at a salary of $55,000 per year, under then-agency chief Bob DiVincent.

At the time, Anderson’s return to the agency, he also worked there as the modernization coordinator from 2005 until 2009, was touted as a welcome homecoming since he grew up in the HHA.

Harriet Miller, the attorney who handled Anderson’s case, did not return a call seeking comment on Thursday, while multiple officials at the HHA declined to comment.

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  1. This second previously unreported settlement explains a lot. It’s starting to look like the prior leadership of the HHA board made some really bad decisions that turned out to be really costly for the HHA. I know hindsight is 20/20 but a mistake is a mistake. The good news is it looks like the new leadership under Chairman Dening is soberly recognizing reality and paying the price needed to clean up the mess left behind and move the Authority forward rather than double down.