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BARONE GETS MHA POST IN LACKAWANNA ACTING EXECUTIVE MADE PERMANENT

Charles Barone Jr., acting executive director of the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority the past two months, Thursday was named to the job on a permanent basis by the board of commissioners.

The position pays $45,523 but Barone said he is not sure that will be his salary. His situation is complicated because he also receives state and railroad pensions and is limited in his earnings. He said he will take the job regardless of the salary.

Barone was approved on a 6-1 vote with tenant representative Voncille Odoms opposed. Ms. Odoms said after the meeting that she has nothing against Barone, but felt one of the other three finalists was better qualified.

There were 46 applicants and the field was narrowed to a final three by a screening committee. The other finalists were Stephen H. Hockenbury, executive director of the Dunkirk Housing Authority, and Kathleen Miano Revene, executive director of the Hudson Housing Authority.

Barone submitted a proposed 1993-94 budget of $2,295,509, an increase of $172,350 over the current budget.

He proposes the hiring of five additional laborers and an inventory clerk with the laborers to join an existing 13-member maintenance crew. Barone said many of the more than 500 units the authority oversees are in poor condition and extensive maintenance work is needed.

The jobs would pay about $21,000 and the cost would be partially offset by reduced overtime and cleaning contract costs, he said.

Part of the increase is also due to the fact the current budget underestimated the cost of electricity by $35,000, Barone said. Electricity costs are estimated at $247,000 for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The commissioners scheduled a budget work session for 5 p.m. Monday, followed by their regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. That is a day earlier than usual because the budget must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its approval by Tuesday, Chester Beres, board chairman, said.

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