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Letter: Housing Authority staff is doing horrendous job

Housing Authority staff is doing horrendous job

Kudos to The News for keeping the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s feet to the fire. I would like to add some fuel to that.

I have lived at the Marine Drive Apartments for the past 17 years and prior to that for four years in the ’60s and ’70s. The complex has been run by various entities over these years. These operators were pretty consistent, they all were terrible. The BMHA and Hutchens-Kissling the worst of the worst.

The exceptions to this band of bumblers were Barbara and Edward Smith, awarded the franchise by Mayor James D. Griffin. During the Smiths’ regime an apartment at Marine Drive was one of the most sought after in the city. The waiting list was a year or more for almost their entire tenure. The grounds and buildings, inside and out, were meticulously kept. The tenants were properly vetted and educated as to what was expected behavior and decorum. Each building had its own maintenance person who kept the building clean, took out the garbage and looked after the tenants. There was a maintenance crew, for bigger jobs, and a permanent grounds keeper, all paid for from the rental proceeds.

Compare this to my experience over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. From Thursday to Monday, I tried to contact someone at the BMHA office emergency number to let them know an elevator was down. I got a busy signal from this supposedly emergency number for four days running at all times of the day and night.

John F. Nostrant


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