Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa ordered HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to turn over all of the Saratoga Housing Authority’s financial and travel records, legal and consulting bills, email correspondences and more.
This move comes a day after the Saratoga Housing Authority Board of Directors monthly meeting in which SSHA Board Chairman Dennis Brunelle voiced concerns over the stress all this negativity was causing his embattled SSHA Director Ed Spychalski. As this video shows.
Well between the stress this underpaid public servant at $151,000 a year is under along with the morale problems at the suggestion that cops and fireman be drug tested is causing, it’s just a bad time to work for the government.
Seriously the US Senator is no stranger to the corruption at Housing Authorities. He is also demanding a full explanation for why the Chelsea Housing Authority outside of Boston MA permits its managers to live in public housing projects almost rent-free when there aren’t enough subsidized apartments for the city’s low income residents.
The Chelsea Housing Authority is also ranked in the high nineties by HUD just like the Saratoga Housing Authority.
U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) in demanding full explanations about policies at the Chelsea Housing Authority said
“The Department of Housing and Urban Development said that they are committed to taking action, and yet the financial statements released in December 2010 ranked Chelsea as a ‘High Performer’ for ten years straight based on HUD’s annual comprehensive review. If HUD has been ranking the Chelsea Housing Authority in the 90th percentile for the past ten years, after reviewing their financial and management operations, then something is clearly wrong with HUD’s oversight policy.
I am deeply disturbed and will continue to hold bad actors in the system accountable,” Brown told the Chelsea Record.
I fully expect to see Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa in Saratoga in the very near future. I hope Spychalski and the Saratoga Springs Police don't serve him with a no tresspass notice.