Rice Supports Renomination Of Susan Bass Levin To Community Affairs Post

Key Senator Says Commissioner Improved Life in Urban New Jersey

TRENTON – Senator Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex, the Chair of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs committee, issued a statement today in praise of Governor Corzine’s decision to reappoint Susan Bass Levin to her post as the Commissioner of Community Affairs:

“Governor Corzine’s choice to lead the DCA (Department of Community Affairs) is a positive note for New Jersey’s residents living in urban communities. In her tenure as Commissioner, Susan has exhibited the necessary commitment and drive to improve life in New Jersey’s cities.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Susan on many different occasions, both under the McGreevey and Codey administrations, and just like in any working relationship, there have been times when two reasonable people can disagree. However, she has shown the ability to resolve disagreements amicably, and to be able to continue working for the good of the Garden State.

“Commissioner Bass Levin has forged necessary relationships within the State agencies to be an effective community affairs administrator. Susan has worked well with the team of Caren Franzini at the EDA, Leslie Anderson at the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, and the board of the HMFA (Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency) and I will do everything I can to keep that team in place to benefit New Jersey’s residents.

“In her time as Commissioner of Community Affairs, we have had many victories. We approved a plan to remove lead paint from many of our aging urban buildings. We were able to provide funding to communities in need, whether it was to provide for redevelopment incentives or housing assistance. I look forward to improving on our already strong track record of helping New Jerseyans.”