Bromley-Heath residents pick new advisory board

June 21, 2013
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Residents of the Bromley-Heath housing development went to the polls May 30 and picked a new eight-member Local Tenant Organization, an advisory board that will report to the Boston Housing Authority (BHA).

The board replaces the Tenant Management Corporation (TMC), which was the tenant group for many years and had a rocky relationship with BHA.

TMC, which was founded by Mildred Hailey, ran the housing development for 40 years before the BHA took over last spring. The TMC was a national model of tenant management for public housing.

The members of the new advisory board are Josefina Osorio, Gina Haynes, Aissatou Fall, Vivian Correa, Ann James, Thomas Ruffen, Yamilet Torres and Luis Matos, according Juan Gonzalez of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, which ran the election.

He said they will serve a two-year term and that the first meeting was slated for the night of June 4, after the Gazette deadline.

“They will define a workplan in the first meetings, identifying priority issues and ways to involve other residents in the workplan, as well as electing the board officers (president, vice-president, clerk and treasurer),” Gonzalez said in an email to the Gazette.

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