Weeks after the president of the Freeport Housing Authority board announced a leadership shake-up, residents have complained of bedbugs, broken security cameras and strangers roaming the village's public housing projects.
The shake-up came in the wake of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development investigations into mismanagement at the authority.
"We have older citizens who are afraid to go outside," said Lorenzo Brooks, 80, a resident of the authority's 100 N. Main St. complex for 15 years.
Brooks was one of about 40 residents at an authority board meeting Wednesday night. They painted authority management as unresponsive to their concerns and troubled even before superstorm Sandy flooded its offices at 3 Buffalo Ave., causing damage to the nearby Moxey-Rigby housing project that remains unfixed after a year and a half.
The earlier work of the authority, which manages 351 public housing units, was unacceptable, said recently installed board president Joseph Cattano. "That stuff is not going to go down anymore," he told residents.
Under a new executive director, John Hrvatin, the authority is working to improve security at all its buildings, starting with functioning locks for doors at Moxey-Rigby, Cattano said. A working intercom system for those buildings is on its way, and Freeport police have made regular patrols of the buildings this month, he added.
The authority has also hired contractors to fix security cameras, he said.
Cattano said the board may curtail the role of board counsel Angelyn Johnson, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to a violation and paid $10,000 in restitution following mortgage fraud charges in Queens. Johnson did not immediately return a phone call to her office Thursday .