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Johnson calls for resignation of Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority board members

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson is calling for the resignation of several local leaders.

Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson is calling for the resignation of several local leaders.

Johnson is asking anyone on the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority with more than 18 months of service on the board to resign.

Johnson released a letter outlining why he feels the JMHA board needs new faces.

"Housing and Urban Development is telling us that they've run out of patience,” Johnson said. “We are in jeopardy of having JMHA go into receivership.”

That’s why Johnson asking for members with more than 18 months of service to resign.

"You've done a good job, but we need a fresh set of eyes on these problems,” Johnson said. “You're not leaving in disgrace. You're leaving because it's the right thing to do if you choose to resign."

One of those members is Gerald Di-Loreto.

"I think he's out of line,” Di-Loreto said. “I think we're doing our job. I think he ought to go after HUD and get some of these laws in congress changed.

"They cut our funding, but they want us to do the same job, and we can't do it."

In the letter, Johnson says, "it is now clear to me that this is not a problem Washington D.C., neither HUD, nor my office can come in and fix."

Di-Loreto disagrees. He says it’s the exact opposite.

"Some of these laws are obsolete, and like (President) Trump said, it's a swamp, and they need to go in there and do some house cleaning," Di-Loreto said.

As for his resignation? Di-Loreto says not to count on it.

"No, I'm not going to be resigning. I'm not going to resign. I lost a lot of fights in my life - never started one - but I'm going to take this one for 15 rounds," he said.

"The five board members we have there are very dedicated. We serve free of charge, and we're interested in the tenants, and the workplace and make sure everybody does their job."

The two other members of the board with more than 18 months of service are President Frank Petrola and Joann Welday. They were unable to be reached for comment.

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