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March 31, 2008

Congresswoman Velázquez Statement on Resignation of U.S. Housing
Secretary Alphonso Jackson

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.), New York City’s senior Member on the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, today issued the following statement in response to the resignation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson. 

“Throughout Secretary Jackson’s tenure, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has been asleep at the switch.   Programs of vital importance to New Yorkers, including Section 8 and Community Development Block Grants, have been continuously slashed, placing thousands of New York families in jeopardy. 

Given the housing crisis, HUD needs a strong leader who can live up to the pressing responsibilities of the agency and will put the issues ahead of political partisanship.  New Yorkers deserve nothing less.”