PHA Board (Street) To HUD: We Won’t Go (Updated)
Uh oh. Mayor Street and the rest of the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board have no intention to resign, as the Department of Housing and Urban Development believes they should. Street says such an action would be “unwarranted” even after an earlier message from the former Mayor indicated they actually would resign, according to the Associated Press, though they’re ready to cooperate, or something.
OK. Let’s say resigning actually is unwarranted, what, exactly is a warranted resignation? After all, it was the current PHA board that oversaw the agency as former head Carl Greene used $900,000 of public money to secretly settle sexual harassment lawsuits all over the place, and may have been involved in others that came out in the news not too long ago.
HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims released a statement saying, “We believe [PHA's] recovery will proceed much faster if the current board steps aside and allows HUD to step in temporarily to work in concert with its interim executive director to restore confidence in the agency and to protect the funding for the residents who rely on its services” and believed a new board without past burdens should be put in place. HUD would work directly with the New York Chief-on-loan-from New York until a new board was created. Current politicians against such action include Alan Butkovitz, who’s appointed two members of the board, including Deborah Brady, wife of Bob. Butkovitz says the board should take responsibility for its own actions, which sounds like a friendly way of saying they actually shouldn’t take any responsibility for their actions, or lack thereof. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley — and king of Teh Twitterz — is still railing against PHA, for some reason, too. Nothing about this situation surprises us anymore.
UPDATE: M. Nutt is playing it cool, for now, saying he wants to WAIT FOR DOCUMENTATION before agreeing with the Feds, and demanding his predecessor resign from PHA.