Trump Family Confidante Poised to Run Federal Housing Office in New York

The trump administration is poised to install a close family
confidante as head of a major federal housing office here in New
York. NY1’s Courtney Gross filed the following report.

Her resume includes planning Eric Trump’s wedding and speaking at
the Republican National Convention. Now, Lynne Patton is slated to
become the top New York official at the federal Department of Housing
and Urban Development, responsible for billions of dollars in funding
for affordable housing programs in New York. 

Sources tell NY1 staffers were informed this week that Patton would
be taking over as the regional administrator. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the federal housing department would not
confirm Patton’s selection, saying no one has officially been appointed.

That didn’t stop criticism from officials here. 

“It’s troubling,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose
district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “The
only experience that she has is she is a wedding planner.”

Velazquez and others point to Patton’s LinkedIn page. She lists
Quinnipiac University Law School. But she was only there for seven
months and never got a degree.

She helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, but that’s now the subject
of a review by the state attorney general. 

“She is not qualified. She doesn’t have the experience,”
Velazquez said.

“Like many things in the Trump universe, we are dealing with
things we have never seen here before,” said Mayor Bill de
Blasio. “Folks in that role historically have had a substantial
background in government or in housing, etc.” 

There may be nowhere where this appointment is more important than
at the New York City Housing Authority. The federal government
provides the vast majority of its budget. Some interpret the Patton
appointment as another snub to the residents of the city’s sprawling
public housing system.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson was in New York this week but did not
visit any developments, even after he has received multiple
invitations to do so. Instead, he went to the stock exchange and to a
Brooklyn church.

NY1 is told the church, run by the influential pastor A.R. Bernard,
helped pay the tab for his trip. The church put him up in a hotel in Manhattan.

Her resume includes planning Eric Trump’s wedding and speaking at the
Republican National Convention. Now, Lynne Patton is slated to become
the top New York official at the federal Department of Housing and
Urban Development, responsible for billions of dollars in funding for
affordable housing programs in New York. 

Sources tell NY1 staffers were informed this week that Patton would
be taking over as the regional administrator. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the federal housing department would not
confirm Patton’s selection, saying no one has officially been appointed.

That didn’t stop criticism from officials here. 

“It’s troubling,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose
district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “The
only experience that she has is she is a wedding planner.”

Velazquez and others point to Patton’s LinkedIn page. She lists
Quinnipiac University Law School. But she was only there for seven
months and never got a degree.

She helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, but that’s now the subject
of a review by the state attorney general. 

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“She is not qualified. She doesn’t have the experience,”
Velazquez said.

“Like many things in the Trump universe, we are dealing with
things we have never seen here before,” said Mayor Bill de
Blasio. “Folks in that role historically have had a substantial
background in government or in housing, etc.” 

There may be nowhere where this appointment is more important than
at the New York City Housing Authority. The federal government
provides the vast majority of its budget. Some interpret the Patton
appointment as another snub to the residents of the city’s sprawling
public housing system.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson was in New York this week but did not
visit any developments, even after he has received multiple
invitations to do so. Instead, he went to the stock exchange and to a
Brooklyn church.

NY1 is told the church, run by the influential pastor A.R. Bernard,
helped pay the tab for his trip. The church put him up in a hotel in Manhattan.

Her resume includes planning Eric Trump’s wedding and speaking at the
Republican National Convention. Now, Lynne Patton is slated to become
the top New York official at the federal Department of Housing and
Urban Development, responsible for billions of dollars in funding for
affordable housing programs in New York. 

Sources tell NY1 staffers were informed this week that Patton would
be taking over as the regional administrator. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the federal housing department would not
confirm Patton’s selection, saying no one has officially been appointed.

That didn’t stop criticism from officials here. 

“It’s troubling,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose
district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “The
only experience that she has is she is a wedding planner.”

Velazquez and others point to Patton’s LinkedIn page. She lists
Quinnipiac University Law School. But she was only there for seven
months and never got a degree.

She helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, but that’s now the subject
of a review by the state attorney general. 

“She is not qualified. She doesn’t have the experience,”
Velazquez said.

“Like many things in the Trump universe, we are dealing with
things we have never seen here before,” said Mayor Bill de
Blasio. “Folks in that role historically have had a substantial
background in government or in housing, etc.” 

There may be nowhere where this appointment is more important than
at the New York City Housing Authority. The federal government
provides the vast majority of its budget. Some interpret the Patton
appointment as another snub to the residents of the city’s sprawling
public housing system.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson was in New York this week but did not
visit any developments, even after he has received multiple
invitations to do so. Instead, he went to the stock exchange and to a
Brooklyn church.

NY1 is told the church, run by the influential pastor A.R. Bernard,
helped pay the tab for his trip. The church put him up in a hotel in Manhattan.

Her resume includes planning Eric Trump’s wedding and speaking at the
Republican National Convention. Now, Lynne Patton is slated to become
the top New York official at the federal Department of Housing and
Urban Development, responsible for billions of dollars in funding for
affordable housing programs in New York. 

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Sources tell NY1 staffers were informed this week that Patton would
be taking over as the regional administrator. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the federal housing department would not
confirm Patton’s selection, saying no one has officially been appointed.

That didn’t stop criticism from officials here. 

“It’s troubling,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose
district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “The
only experience that she has is she is a wedding planner.”

Velazquez and others point to Patton’s LinkedIn page. She lists
Quinnipiac University Law School. But she was only there for seven
months and never got a degree.

She helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, but that’s now the subject
of a review by the state attorney general. 

“She is not qualified. She doesn’t have the experience,”
Velazquez said.

“Like many things in the Trump universe, we are dealing with
things we have never seen here before,” said Mayor Bill de
Blasio. “Folks in that role historically have had a substantial
background in government or in housing, etc.” 

There may be nowhere where this appointment is more important than
at the New York City Housing Authority. The federal government
provides the vast majority of its budget. Some interpret the Patton
appointment as another snub to the residents of the city’s sprawling
public housing system.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson was in New York this week but did not
visit any developments, even after he has received multiple
invitations to do so. Instead, he went to the stock exchange and to a
Brooklyn church.

NY1 is told the church, run by the influential pastor A.R. Bernard,
helped pay the tab for his trip. The church put him up in a hotel in Manhattan.

Her resume includes planning Eric Trump’s wedding and speaking at the
Republican National Convention. Now, Lynne Patton is slated to become
the top New York official at the federal Department of Housing and
Urban Development, responsible for billions of dollars in funding for
affordable housing programs in New York. 

Sources tell NY1 staffers were informed this week that Patton would
be taking over as the regional administrator. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the federal housing department would not
confirm Patton’s selection, saying no one has officially been appointed.

That didn’t stop criticism from officials here. 

“It’s troubling,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose
district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “The
only experience that she has is she is a wedding planner.”

Velazquez and others point to Patton’s LinkedIn page. She lists
Quinnipiac University Law School. But she was only there for seven
months and never got a degree.

She helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, but that’s now the subject
of a review by the state attorney general. 

“She is not qualified. She doesn’t have the experience,”
Velazquez said.

“Like many things in the Trump universe, we are dealing with
things we have never seen here before,” said Mayor Bill de
Blasio. “Folks in that role historically have had a substantial
background in government or in housing, etc.” 

There may be nowhere where this appointment is more important than
at the New York City Housing Authority. The federal government
provides the vast majority of its budget. Some interpret the Patton
appointment as another snub to the residents of the city’s sprawling
public housing system.

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson was in New York this week but did not
visit any developments, even after he has received multiple
invitations to do so. Instead, he went to the stock exchange and to a
Brooklyn church.

NY1 is told the church, run by the influential pastor A.R. Bernard,
helped pay the tab for his trip. The church put him up in a hotel in Manhattan.

Her resume includes planning Eric Trump’s wedding and speaking at the
Republican National Convention. Now, Lynne Patton is slated to become
the top New York official at the federal Department of Housing and
Urban Development, responsible for billions of dollars in funding for
affordable housing programs in New York. 

Sources tell NY1 staffers were informed this week that Patton would
be taking over as the regional administrator. 

On Friday, a spokesman for the federal housing department would not
confirm Patton’s selection, saying no one has officially been appointed.

That didn’t stop criticism from officials here. 

“It’s troubling,” said Rep. Nydia Velazquez, whose
district covers parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. “The
only experience that she has is she is a wedding planner.”

Velazquez and others point to Patton’s LinkedIn page. She lists
Quinnipiac University Law School. But she was only there for seven
months and never got a degree.

She helped run the Eric Trump Foundation, but that’s now the subject
of a review by the state attorney general. 

“She is not qualified. She doesn’t have the experience,”
Velazquez said.

“Like many things in the Trump universe, we are dealing with
things we have never seen here before,” said Mayor Bill de
Blasio. “Folks in that role historically have had a substantial
background in government or in housing, etc.” 

There may be nowhere where this appointment is more important than
at the New York City Housing Authority. The federal government
provides the vast majority of its budget. Some interpret the Patton
appointment as another snub to the residents of the city’s sprawling
public housing system.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson was in New York this week but did not
visit any developments, even after he has received multiple
invitations to do so. Instead, he went to the stock exchange and to a
Brooklyn church.

NY1 is told the church, run by the influential pastor A.R. Bernard,
helped pay the tab for his trip. The church put him up in a hotel in Manhattan.

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