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Paterson appoints DHCR commissioner

Gov. David A. Paterson last week announced the appointment of Brian E. Lawlor as commissioner of the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal and CEO and president of ‘nyhomes,’ which includes the state’s Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency.

Although the two housing agencies will remain separate entities, the consolidation of the DHCR and ‘nyhomes’ leadership positions marks the first step in the governor’s plan to create a single management structure, which his office estimates will have an annual savings of $3.5 million.

Lawlor has served as acting commissioner since January. He served from 2007 as DHCR’s executive deputy commissioner, overseeing the administration of more than $700 million in stimulus funds, including the largest allocation of Weatherization grants in the country, and more than $260 million for Tax Credit Assistance Program resources and state CDBG funds.

Lawlor is a co-founder of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Low Income and Affordable Housing and served as its first Upstate co-chairman. He was named the New York State Association of Affordable Housing’s 2005 “Advocate of the Year.”

As commissioner he will receive an annual salary of $225,000. His appointment does not require Senate confirmation.