Marine Drive Apartments Manager Resigns
by Geoff Kelly - posted 2:31 pm, May 24, 2010
Since the moment he was installed into his position by Mayor Byron Brown, Henry Littles has been under fire as manager of the Marine Drive Apartments, the BMHA-owned public housing complex on Buffalo’s waterfront.
Now he’s resigned. Details on the reason for his resignation are forthcoming (we’re waiting for an okay from a party to the story), but suffice to say it is not exactly mismanagement or malfeasance that did Littles in, though he has been accused of both by the tenants’ association. (Most recently, there were complaints that Littles was trying to intimidate residents to prevent them sharing their complaints about management with one another.) Rather, a deeply personal scandal that suggests abuse of his authority led to Little resignation.
Littles became manager of the waterfront apartment complex when control of Marine Drive passed from the scandal-ridden HKMDA, LLC, headed by Richard Hutchens, to a newly formed entity called Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation, whose board is largely controlled by Buffalo’s mayor. Littles is a long-time supporter of Brown whose previous experience managing property was not so successful: In 2008, Littles was cited by city housing inspectors for numerous violations at properties he owned on Schreck and West Utica streets.