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Ogdensburg Housing Authority cuts job after budget error

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OGDENSBURG — City Housing Authority maintenance employee Gregory J. Denny will be out of a job March 31, thanks to a $40,000 hole in a budget approved by the authority board last year.

Mr. Denny, hired in the fall, said up until he got the news of his termination two weeks ago, the Housing Authority had been an ideal place to work. He said he enjoyed a good working relationship with fellow employees and management.

“I love the job. If I could keep it I’d be tickled pink,” he said.

Maintenance Supervisor and Modernization Coordinator Thomas R. Bouchey, who has been with the authority for 16 years, will be taking a $6,400 pay cut and a demotion this year thanks to the budget hole as well.

Mr. Bouchey said the decision was made two weeks ago by the board to move him back into the maintenance union and in the process cut Mr. Denny’s job as a money saving measure.

At a meeting held by the authority board on Monday, Chairman Michael P. Frary said, “We’re in a little bit of a jam, not to say we can’t pull ourselves out of it, but some decisions have to be made.”

Speaking to Mr. Denny and Mr. Bouchey, Mr. Frary said, “It’s not a personal thing; it’s money. Nobody likes to send anybody home.”

Mr. Frary and authority Executive Director William J. Seymour Jr. wouldn’t comment on the budget or how the board approved a spending plan that was in the hole $40,000 last year.

See Tuesday’s edition for the complete story.

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