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April 26, 2000
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HPD Honors Three Leaders for Commitment to Housing Issues
Awards Presented at Inaugural Housing Conference
Commissioner Richard T. Roberts of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) honored a state assemblyman, an HPD employee and an HPD Alumnus at its first-ever Housing Conference held last month. The two-day conference, "Building on a Solid Foundation: New Directions in Housing Policy in New York City and the Nation," attracted professionals instrumental in implementing creative housing policies in New York City, the nation and throughout the world.
"Vito Lopez, Mary Bolton and Joseph Shuldiner represent the best of the best," said Commissioner Roberts. "Their dedication to housing and public policy issues have led to improved housing conditions, greater housing opportunities and more affordable housing developments in New York and across the country."
Lopez, New York State Assemblyman for the 53rd District, was recognized for his commitment to affordable housing during his eight terms in office representing Bushwick, Brooklyn. He has been chairman of the New York State Assembly Housing Committee since 1994, and has sponsored more than 50 of HPD's legislative initiatives and has been the chief advocate of every effort to increase State funding for affordable housing programs.
Bolton, Assistant Commissioner for Program Planning in HPD's Office of Planning and Intergovernmental Affairs, received the "Outstanding HPD Employee Award." She joined HPD in 1983 and has worked as a project manager, an executive assistant in the Commissioner's office, and an executive director of Production and Planning Division. In her current capacity, she directs a staff of 60 and four field offices. Prior to joining HPD, Bolton worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and as an analyst in the NYC Comptroller's Office.
Shuldiner, a sixteen-year HPD veteran, was honored with the "Outstanding HPD Alumni Award." He has worked at three of the nation's largest public housing agencies, NYC, Los Angeles and Chicago, where he helped turn around one of the nation's worst housing agencies. Under Shuldiner's leadership, Chicago's housing agency was removed from HUD's "Troubled Agency" list, it produced a balanced budget and recorded its first clean audit in recent memory. A former Assistant Secretary at HUD, Shuldiner joined HPD in 1973 and served in a number of capacities, including Director of the Housing Litigation Bureau and Deputy Commissioner of Property Management, before leaving in 1986 to lead the NYC Housing Authority.
HPD's mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers. The department is the nation's largest municipal housing development agency. Since Fiscal Year 1994, the agency has completed the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 58,000 units of affordable housing.