State Commissioner VanAmerongen Resigning

Commissioner Deborah VanAmerongen of the state’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal is resigning, a source close to the governor’s office confirmed. A formal announcement is expected later today.

She was appointed in 2007.

UPDATE: In the official statement from David Paterson, released
just now, he thanks VanAmerongen for, among other things, negotiating
the refinancing of Starrett City.

From the release:

“During her many years of public service, Deborah VanAmerongen has
served the people of New York State with distinction, and never more
so than as Commissioner of the Division of Housing and Community
Renewal. Under her leadership, DHCR became a national leader in
recognizing and successfully addressing the crises created by the
collapse of the housing and credit markets.

“Deborah has helped to author landmark legislation and implement new
programs to protect tenants, revitalize communities and help thousands
of families avoid the pain of foreclosure. Deborah has also worked
closely with the owners and developers of affordable housing,
providing assistance and incentives that led to the development and
preservation of tens of thousands of units of affordable housing for
low and middle income families, elderly and disabled New Yorkers.

“Perhaps her greatest achievement is helping to negotiate the
recently-completed refinancing of Starrett City, which will keep
nearly 6,000 households affordable for an additional 30 years.

“I sincerely thank Commissioner VanAmerongen for her many years of
service to New York State and wish her the best of luck in her future

Commissioner VanAmerongen said: “It has been an honor to serve as
Commissioner of the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and to
work with its staff of dedicated and committed professionals. I feel
especially fortunate to have served under Governor Paterson, a strong
proponent of affordable housing who truly understands that the
programs DHCR administers can transform lives, families and whole
communities in a very positive way.”

Commissioner VanAmerongen’s resignation becomes effective on Jan 15, 2010.

State Commissioner VanAmerongen Resigning