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Port Chester Resident Named New Head of Housing Authority

Robert J. Vyskocil replaces Daniel Colangelo, who retired in March as Port Chester Housing Authority executive director.

Robert J. Vyskocil, a financial services professional and a longtime Port Chester resident active in local community groups, is the new executive director of the Port Chester Housing Authority.

The Housing Authority operates and manages 340 federally subsidized public housing units in five locations throughout the Village of Port Chester. Vyskocil has been appointed by the Housing Authority's board of commissioners to replace Daniel Colangelo, who retired in March.

“After conducting an intensive search, the commissioners of the PCHA are delighted to announce this appointment,” said Blanca Lopez, chairwoman of the housing authority board.  “Mr. Vyskocil’s professional background in management, local roots, and dedication to the improvement of our community, will contribute to the success of the PCHA and its mission.”  

In making the appointment, the housing commissioners said Vyskocil's experience as a financial services professional with Harrison-based Diversified Investments makes him suited to handle the operations and administration of the housing authority. Vyskocil, who has a bachelor's degree from Dominican College of Blauvelt, is slated to receive his Public Housing Manger certification later this month, according to the commissioners.

“I am very excited to be the new Executive Director of the PCHA, and I am really looking forward to working with the Board, PCHA staff, and residents," Vyskocil said. "By working together and keeping the lines of communication open, it is my goal to provide our tenants with a sense of community, and a safe and pleasant place to live.”

Vyskocil has been active in community groups and coalitions such as the Port Chester Cares Community Coalition, the Port Chester Youth Baseball League of which he currently serves as vice president. He is a board member of several parent organizations within the Port Chester school district, including the High School Band Parents Association and the Port Chester Rams Football and Cheerleading Booster Club.  

While the executive director runs day-to-day operations of the Port Chester Housing Authority, a seven-member board of commissioners serve on a volunteer basis to oversee the agency. Five members are appointed by the Port Chester mayor to serve five-year terms and two members are elected by residents of the authority's buildings.

JJ May 10, 2013 at 08:31 PM
How much is the salary for this poistion? It's a PC governemnet job so I think you can report it. Just asking.
Concerned Homeowner May 10, 2013 at 09:50 PM
It's 200k and he gets to have an assistant to an assistant to an assistant. Oh wait, no, that's the village manager sorry.
JJ May 11, 2013 at 09:47 AM
No kidding on the salary? Now the situation in the village makes more sense to me. There are some jobs in the village that you can really clean up on with pay & benefits if you play all of the angles right. Wasn't there a time when the BOT received medical from the village too ; or did thy do away with that?
Blanca Lopez May 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM
With all due respect, the housing authority functions independently from the village and Mr. Vyskocil's salary is not funded by the village. Have a great day!
Racman63 May 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Remember the good old days in P.C. when the only really serious housing problems involved the subsidized projects?
Greg Tart May 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
The housing authority was established in the 1940s; it is funded by the state and local government.
JJ May 11, 2013 at 06:36 PM
@Blanca Lopez..........Thanks. Just asking. Do you know if the BOT stills gets medical too? If NOT are the past BOT members still covered under it? If so whom? Just trying to see where all the money is going and where you can get the information W/O getting into that FOIA business.
JJ May 11, 2013 at 06:37 PM
@Racman. Yes, better days Sir.
Robski48 May 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM
The Housing Authority gets public money, whether it is county or federal, and the director drives a vehicle with "official" plates which makes me believe the directors salary should be public also, whether it runs separate from the Village. As a board member, instead of the wise "have a nice day" comments, answer the public whose taxes fund this program, unless you have something to hide.
Aidan May 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM
JJ, BOT members ... past or present ... do not get healthcare benefits. That was done away with under the Pilla administration.
JJ May 12, 2013 at 01:56 PM
@ Aidan.....Thanks for the reply. Robski48 also makes a good point : "The Housing Authority gets public money, whether it is county or federal, and the director drives a vehicle with "official" plates which makes me believe the directors salary should be public also, whether it runs separate from the Village."

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