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HUD REJECTS BMHA PROPOSAL TO TRIM STAFF

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's staff reduction plan was rejected by federal housing officials.

The Housing Authority had planned to cut up to 169 jobs from its payroll -- about a third of its work force -- over the next five years. Eighty-six of those jobs were scheduled to be eliminated by Oct. 1, with half of them achieved through layoffs and the other half from the elimination of vacant positions.

But in a recent letter to BMHA Executive Director Sharon M. West, Spilman said the job reduction plan submitted by the authority lacked sufficient input from Housing Authority workers and tenants.

That was an issue raised by local 264, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents BMHA workers. Local 264 President John M. Scardino Wednesday praised HUD's decision.

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