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2014-2-7 CEG to HUD OIG (Saratoga Springs Housing Authority)

2014-2-7 CEG to HUD OIG (Saratoga Springs Housing Authority)

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 February 7, 2014
Via Electronic Transmission
The Honorable David A. Montoya Inspector General Office of the Inspector General Department of Housing and Urban Development 451 7th Street SW  Washington, DC 20410 Dear General Montoya: In February 2012, I sent a letter to HUD regarding possible financial and administrative mismanagement at the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority (SSHA). I also sent a copy of that letter to your office. While I received a response, HUD failed to provide travel, legal or professional service documents and bills. Recently, I received additional documents from John Kaufmann, a resident of Saratoga Springs, who has  been raising concerns about questionable spending at SSHA. I have attached scanned copies for you.  According to both Mr. Kaufmann and an article in the
 Saratogian,
SSHA awarded a second contract for legal work
to Scott Peterson. Mr. Peterson “is also the
son of Kathy Peterson, longtime secretary of [SSHA] Executive Director Ed Spychalski.
 The two year contract provides Mr. Peterson with a base pay of $37,500 while the other lawyer, John P. Hicks has a base pay of $25,000, both well over the amounts spent for legal services by nearby housing authorities. And, while SSHA Board Chairman Eric  Weller stated that that Mr. Peterson
 was “the most cost
-
effective bidder,” records show “he was the only bidder.”
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 Caitlin Morris;
“Saratoga Springs Housing Authority’s legal low bidder was only bidder, records show”;

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