The Greenwich Housing Authority has a new chairman, and his name is Sam Romeo. Don't be surprised if he looks familiar, he is a former member of the Representative Town Meeting and a member of the Board of Greenwich Emergency Medical Service.
"I've been very involved with the Town of Greenwich for the last, I guess, 35 to 40 years," Romeo said.
Romeo believes this connection within the Town will help him succeed as Chairman of the Housing Authority.
"I think after all my knowledge and experience in town, knowing a lot of people, and the ins and outs of Town Hall, which we have to work very closely with, I think I was the best fit for the job at that time," said Romeo.
Currently, the Housing Authority manages and maintains over 1,200 units in Greenwich, something Romeo says many people are surprised about.
"Greenwich is a wealthy community, no one can deny that. However, not everybody is Greenwich is wealthy. Because we are such a diverse community, I think the Housing Authority as a whole does a very god job of providing housing for our diverse community. We don't talk the talk, we walk to walk," the Chairman said.
The Housing Authority is proving it walks the walk by purchasing new properties, and adding additions and renovations to current properties.
"We are going to put in 11 new townhouse type units in Adam's Garden, which is in Old Greenwich. We are doing 80 kitchens in Adam's Garden also. We have 80 units there presently. We are going to be doing all brand new cabinets, appliances, granite counter tops, new floors, and some electrical work. We are upgrading the units.
Romeo also hinted at a major project in the works for the Housing Authority in the near future, but could not go into detail at this time.