Former NYCHA board member Margarita Lopez lost her job – but now she has another high profile position with the housing authority.
The East 11th Street resident and past Lower East Side City Council member earned $187,000 as a board member. She was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2006. The State Legislature enacted a law earlier this year that eliminated paid positions on the NYCHA board, meaning that Lopez’s job was phased out.
But last week, sources told Crain’s and the Daily News that she was been appointed to a new position, executive vice president for community programs and development. The agency is not disclosing her new salary. More from Crain’s:
Beginning Aug. 15, Ms. López will report to NYCHA General Manager Cecil House; her role (will) include a mix of community outreach and development coordination… Ms. Lopez will coordinate work on developing NYCHA’s land through outside development and public-private partnerships, a highly controversial proposal that has drawn the ire of residents and politicians. The housing authority insists it has no choice but to strategically develop some lawns and parking lots in order to raise desperately needed funds. “Her experience makes her an ideal leader in these important times for NYCHA and public housing residents,” said the department source.
Lopez was a longtime housing activist before joining NYCHA seven years ago. But she angered many of her old LES allies in the past year. Those public housing organizers were dismayed with Lopez’s handling of a series of public hearings related to the agency’s plan to develop market rate housing.