Board of Commissioners
The Housing Authority of the Borough of Madison was created by municipal ordinance, pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Local Housing Authorities Law, NJSA 55:14A-1 to 55:14A-58. This law today has been codified and is now referred to as the Redevelopment and Housing Law, NJSA 40A:12A-1 to 40A:12A-49. The governing body appoints 6 members of the Board of Commissioners for 5-year staggered terms, with 1 being a mayoral appointment. The seventh member is a State appointment chosen by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs of New Jersey for a 5-year term.
The Madison Housing Authority is an autonomous body whose powers are prescribed by state law and by a Housing Cooperation Agreement with the Borough of Madison. Its powers cover a broad range, enabling it to build, rehabilitate, maintain and operate housing for low and moderate-income residents of the Borough. The Madison Housing Authority functions within the legal restrictions of the Borough Zoning Ordinance, which requires governmental approval of all variances and zoning changes. However, if there are no variances or other zoning approvals necessary, the Authority may proceed without any governing body’s approval. All building undertaken by the Authority must conform to all municipal and state building codes. The Authority may acquire property by right of eminent domain, issue bonds for corporate purposes and negotiate with the federal government for financial aid and cooperation.
Current Board of Commissioners
Lois Bhatt, Chairperson Aug 11, 2018 - Aug 10, 2023 Governing Body appointment
Mark Chiarolanza, Commissioner Jan 12, 2018 - Jan 11, 2023 State appointment
Diane Driscoll, Commissioner Aug 11, 2021 - Aug 10, 2026 Governing Body appointment
Melissa Elias, Commissioner Aug 10, 2020 - Aug 10, 2025 Governing Body appointment
Mark McBride, Commissioner Sept 9, 2019 - Aug 10, 2024 Governing Body appointment
Caridad Reyes, Commissioner Aug 10, 2024 Mayoral appointment
Jeffrey Smith, Vice Chairperson Aug 10, 2017 - Aug 10, 2022 Governing Body appointment
Astri Baillie, Borough Council Liaison