Mayor Adams appoints two residents to NYCHA’s board of directors

January 18, 2023

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today appointed James McKoy and Raymond Miller to the board of directors of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). NYCHA residents McKoy and Miller live in Williams Plaza in Brooklyn and Johnson Houses in Manhattan respectively.

The NYCHA Board of Directors consists of seven members, including three resident members. McKoy and Miller will fill two of the resident member seats.

“Our administration is charting a new course for NYCHA and the voices of local residents have been and will continue to be a focus as we continue to evolve,” he said Mayor Adams. “When we worked to pass the Public Housing Preservation Trust in Albany last year, our administration fought to codify residents’ rights to determine the future of their homes – and won – and that same spirit guides our work, to implement the Trust and unlock $10 billion towards much-needed repairs across NYCHA. I am thrilled to have two great community leaders, James McKoy and Raymond Miller, join the NYCHA Board of Directors and I look forward to working with them to create the quality of life that NYCHA residents and all New Yorkers deserve. “

“NYCHA residents know better than anyone what it takes to fix their homes, which is why they have such an important role on NYCHA’s board of directors,” he said Chief Housing Officer Jessica Katz. “We are delighted to welcome residents Raymond Miller and James McKoy as new board members and I look forward to seeing them raise the voice of tenants. Together, we will continue to strengthen NYCHA and ensure that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers living in public housing receive the outcomes and services they deserve.”

“The efforts required to create a new vision to address the significant challenges facing the agency will require the input of committed local leaders at the highest level,” he said Interim NYCHA CEO Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “The legacy of problem solving and consensus building demonstrated by Mr. Miller and Mr. McKoy reflects the passion we all have to improve NYCHA for the better, and we are pleased to add their voices as members of the board.”

“I look forward to continuing my advocacy for the NYCHA community as a NYCHA board member,” he said James McCoy. “As a representative of NYCHA residents, it is my responsibility to ensure that their needs and desires are met. People need to know that you hear them and, most importantly, understand them.”

“With my appointment to the NYCHA Board of Directors, I welcome the opportunity to continue to strengthen communications and relationships between NYCHA residents and the New York City Police Department, as I believe it is a critical path to improving the quality of life of NYCHA residents.” said Raymond Miller. “As a lifelong resident, I really care about public housing and will do whatever it takes to make it thrive.”

About James McKoy

James McKoy resides in Williams Plaza, a Brooklyn development that has undergone a major renovation as part of the Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) program. He has been a member of the Williams Plaza Resident Association since 2011.

McKoy retired in 2019 after working as a surgical technician for more than three decades. During his career, he has worked at various city hospitals, including St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Beth Israel Hospital.

He graduated from Trenton High School in New Jersey.

About Raymond Miller

Raymond Miller, a lifelong resident of NYCHA, has lived in Manhattan’s Johnson Houses since 1984 and was previously a resident of Smith Houses, where he was raised.

Miller worked for the New York City Department of Probation (DOP) for more than 30 years, including 12 years as a senior probation officer, before retiring in 2021. For nearly 20 years, he represented other DOP probation officers as a delegate to the United States Association of Probation Officers. He previously worked as a clerk in childcare and as a caregiver.

Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice planning and administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.