NIAGARA FALLS - NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y - While the FBI continues investigating the Niagara Falls Housing Authority, the agency now finds itself minus two high-profile figures within the agency.
Chairman of the NFHA board of commissioners, Jeff Paterson has stepped down. As first reported by the Niagara Gazette, Paterson announced his departure at last night's board meeting.
It appears that the combination of the federal probe plus having long-time executive director Stephanie Cowert out on paid administrative leave was creating more stress and work than Paterson anticipated.
In his resignation letter to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, Patterson writes, "the steady drumbeat of calls and emails from journalists, professional vendors, staff and other commissioners has become too much for me to handle."
Also out at the agency is Jennifer Parker. The public relations specialist was brought on in January of 2014, at a salary of $2,500 a month. Parker's duties included producing a magazine and cable TV show specifically for people living in housing authority properties.
2 On-Your-Side was first to examine the media/public relations effort by the Falls housing agency. Over a 2.5 year period, the cost to produce the magazine and television show, which included Parker's pay, was at least $115,000.
In her resignation letter, Stewart cited WGRZ's story as a factor in her decision to leave.