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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Rich Products Supports The Opportunity Pledge > Mayor Announces Removal of Joseph A Mascia From BMHA Board of Commissioner

Mayor Announces Removal of Joseph A. Mascia From BMHA Board of Commissioners


Removal of the BMHA Commissioner based on the recommendation of an independent hearing officer

May 27, 2016 - Mayor Byron W. Brown today announces the removal of suspended Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Commissioner, Joseph A. Mascia, from the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (“BMHA”). Mascia was suspended by the BMHA Board in July 2015 after audio recordings surfaced on which Mascia repeatedly used racist language to describe several Buffalo elected officials, housing authority leaders, and African-Americans in general.While the Mayor had the executive power to immediately rule on Mascia’s removal from the BMHA Board after a public hearing, he appointed veteran Buffalo attorney and mediator Ann E. Evanko, Esq. to serve as an independent hearing officer and fact finder.  Ms. Evanko conducted the public hearing during which Mr. Mascia was provided an opportunity to be heard and to defend himself against the charges of misconduct brought against him.

“It’s clear to me from the hearing officer’s findings that Mr. Mascia is a racist masquerading as an activist. He holds strong discriminatory beliefs against the people he claims to be helping,” Mayor Brown said.

Mayor Brown continued, “After weighing substantial evidence presented during the public hearing that occurred over the course of a three week period, Ms. Evanko found substantial grounds to recommend the removal of Mr. Mascia from the BMHA Board. After thoughtful consideration and deliberation, I am accepting her recommendation and removing Mr. Mascia from the BMHA Board, effective immediately.”

Pursuant to current BMHA Bylaws, Mascia’s formal removal prevents him from seeking re-election in the tenant commissioner election which will be held on June 14th.  Mr. Mascia’s name cannot appear on the ballots or any pre-election information distributed to BMHA tenants by the League of Women Voters, which oversees the tenant-commissioner election process.

The Hearing Officer’s Report and Recommendation

Notice of Suspension, Notice of Charges, Notice of Appointment of Hearing Officer