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Public Housing Spotlight

Issue 51
Published on March 23, 2000

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by NYC Comptroller Alan Hevesi)

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Joanna's promoted

Spotty hears there are BIG changes going on at 250 Broadway. JoAnna Aniello, was earning +/- $30,000 when her hubby, Lou Carbonetti, helped his friend Rudy became Mayor. After a scandal caused Rudy to sever any public bonds with hubby Lou, JoAnna Aniello and her bartending son, Tony Carbonetti, began their meteoric rise through the public payrolls.

Now Tony is the Mayor's Chief of Staff and Joanna (drum roll please) has just taken over Donald Matthews old job. But Ms. Aniello's job comes with a rather big and super expensive difference.

When Donald ran NYCHA's Management, his title was Director of Management. Then NYCHA said it was not efficient having a single person running the 5 Borough Management Department. NYCHA trumpeted a "De-centralization" of control over Management. The Authority said that after much study, they were breaking Management up into a 5 Borough affair. Somewhere, along the way, Joanna had Roland Diaz pushed out the door, as he was deemed a roadblock between her and a larger chunk of the public's cash.

(Roland was considered one of the few gems at employee relations at NYCHA. That might have helped Joanna with her power grab.)

Now, a few years later, centralizing power over Management must have become efficient again. Only if it's Ms. Aniello handling the reins, that is. But, and it's a big BUT in Joanna's case, she would never do Donald Matthews old job unless there was a better position attached than the mere Directorship that Mr. Matthews once held.

Ms. Aniello is no stranger to the problems at the Authority. She was directly in command of the stair hall Paint problems. You know? Where the stairs in the Authority houses were becoming flash fire ovens due to a politically hung company selling NYCHA some great new paint that would be fire retardant.

Joanna was also the one who was picked on in the media when it was discovered that those working for her were going shopping and using official NYCHA vehicles to carry their heavy packages back to their homes. (There's more, but we only have so much space.)

So JoAnna Aniello has been rewarded by becoming the Deputy General Manager of Management for the NYC Housing Authority.

And, the job comes with sycophants attached.

Jim Drinane and Bobby Podmore have both been promoted to Assistant Deputy General Managers under Ms. Aniello. Drinane, the man in charge when more than 1000 Tenant Termination forms were found deliberately stored and neglected in a copying room, is now the ADGM of Operations for Management, while

Podmore is now the ADGM of Operations for Support Services.

Those in the know were asking how Drinane wangled a promotion, with the awful performance of Nora Reissig-Lazzaro being part his domain. In just the past few weeks 2 people with Master's degrees in social work have been shoved aside by Drinane and Nora in order that their "friends" take the better jobs. (Why would we think that having a good background might help in dealing with the victims of domestic abuse, drug addicted moms and other such problems encountered when dealing with a pool of individuals who are at the bottom of the economic ladder in NYC. Servicing our tenants has NEVER been a priority.)

So why promote someone who has overseen this mess? Again, it looks as if politics is rearing it's ugly head. Spotty is told that Drinane's wife wears the political pants in their family, and that as she is one of the few minority leaders left in NYC that continue to vocally support Mayor Giuliani, her clout paws repaid by throwing her hubby this bone.

So, a Director slot that was deemed wasteful a couple of years ago now has been reincarnated as a job requiring the much higher paid slots of one DGM and two ADGM's. And each of these folks will need the accoutrements of power that cost the taxpayers dearly. Items like more underlings, better quarters, and the appropriate level of fan wavers and grape peelers that their ranks now demand.

And, that ain't all.

Frank New is taking over Tom Hahn's old slot. As Hahn handled the back door deals of Finkel and hid friends, this could be looked on as good news. Except that, as Spotty pointed out in Issue 3, "New knew everything." New and Hahn are interchangeable pieces in NYCHA's corrupt puzzle.

Paul Graziano is dumped into some twilight zone job titled "Special Asst. to the Chair", where we hear he'll sit in a corner until a much hoped for better "Private Sector" job comes along. An "outsider" named Tony Navarro will replace him.

Just when we thought things were getting boring.

Way to go NYCHA!

Remember back when Ninfa Segarra kept using Sylvia Castenada to do City Hall tasks, leaving our elderly and others to fend for themselves while the person in charge of insuring their services was working outside of NYCHA (but getting a NYCHA paycheck.)

Well, now that Ninfa pulled Sylvie baby off the NYCHA payroll, things aren't any better. As a small, but representative, indicator of priorities at the Authority, while the vault is open for raises for inept but politically hung individuals (see story above), the safety and convenience of our Seniors and yound children take second place.

At the Douglas Houses, the Community Center doesn't even have a phone. NYCHA promises that they're on the case, BUT it's been MONTHS! In one of our modern day quirks, it has a working fax machine. So, if you want to contact any of the seniors in that center, you can call a drug dealer with a cell phone or please fax a note. (Of course, as Spotty goes out to our NYCHA readers by fax, if NYCHA only wants fax machines and no regular phones, more power to the Authority!)

Maybe, with Joanna, Jim and Bobby in their new high paying jobs, they'll put their heads together and figure out how one orders phone service in our fair city?

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