Peekskill Public Housing Authority head in hot water

A Peekskill community activist has accused Harold Phipps, the head of the town's Public Housing Authority, of not being fit to hold his job and has called on town officials not to renew Phipps' contract.

Peekskill activist Darrell Davis claims Phipps was fired from a similar position he held in Asbury Park, N.J.

Davis adds that Phipps was criticized for his autocratic management style and was also sued by a female employee for sexual harassment.

However, Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster says Phipps has been performing well in his new role. Among Phipps' accomplishments Foster lists is clearing up improper procurement and bidding practices.

The Public Housing Authority board will vote on Phipps' continued employment at the end of the summer.

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