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Heckman Terrace was constructed under the Lanham Act in a three month period from October 1941 to January 1942. Occupancy began in February 1942. Originally built to house persons employed in area defense plants during World War II, the project was used at the close of the war to house servicemen’s families and veterans of the war.

On July 31, 1946, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Phillipsburg adopted Ordinance Number 629, entitled “An Ordinance creating the Housing Authority of the Town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey”. They appointed the following as members: George B. Arnold, James A. Tirrell, Thomas F. Marnel, James Sands and Ray M. Weiss. The first organizational meeting was held on August 1, 1946. Ray M. Weiss was elected Chairman, James Sands was elected Vice-Chairman, Andrew Koleser was appointed the Manager, Secretary-Treasurer of Heckman Terrace, and Judge Frank J. Kingfield was named Attorney. On October 28, 1946, the Board recommended to the Federal Public Housing Authority the transfer of Heckman Terrace to it for low-rent use. On January 21, 1947, a resolution was adopted appointing management and maintenance personnel. Andrew Koleser was appointed Housing Manager. The first budget was also adopted for the period February 1, 1947 to June 30, 1947.

Commissioners
7/31/46 - 8/1/52 George B. Arnold
7/31/46 - 8/1/53 James A. Tirrell, Sr.
7/31/46 - 8/1/54 Thomas F. Marnel
7/31/46 - 8/1/50 James Sands
7/31/46 - 4/20/51 Ray M. Weiss
2/1/49 - 5/28/69 Edward Brill
8/1/50 - 12/1/53 J. Russell White
4/20/51 - 4/6/54 Kenneth P. Ehly
8/1/52 - 8/1/62 Joseph Pianelli
8/1/53 - 1/25/65 John C. Ciardelli
12/1/53 - 8/1/55 Russell A. Calvin
4/6/54 - 8/1/71 George Brahler
8/1/54 - 1/2/59 Thomas Murphy
8/1/55 - 9/7/60 Thomas O'Neil
1/2/59 - 11/19/62 Lester Pursell
9/7/60 - 8/1/70 Charles R. McFadden, Sr.
8/1/62 - 6/22/64 John F. O'Donnell
11/19/62 - 8/1/84 Michael Mrockovski
5/28/63 - 6/29/82 Thomas McGinley
1/25/65 - 6/26/84 Frank Marcus
8/1/70 - 8/1/75 Reverend Albert A. Schrum
6/22/64 - 2/13/86 Orlando DeGerolamo
8/1/71 - 8/1/91 Joseph E. Maddock, III
8/1/75 - 5/25/87 Charles R. McFadden, Sr.
1/12/76 - 3/26/86 James R. Ciardelli
6/29/82 - 5/7/88 Garis J. Kormandy
6/26/84 - 8/1/88 Ann Noto
8/1/84 - 11/18/02 Kenneth Kisselbach
11/5/86 - 8/1/92 William M. Norton
11/26/86 - 12/31/95 Reverend Michael Corona
1/5/88 - 8/1/00 Donald Hess
8/19/88 - 12/1/92 Donna Wameling
11/8/89 - 8/1/92 Gloria A. Decker
8/1/91 - 2/15/93 Edward J. Bowman
8/1/92 - 8/1/97 W. Paul Rummerfield
2/16/93 - 8/1/16 James Shelly
8/31/93 - 3/11/99 Thomas Corcoran
8/6/96 - 1/12/01 Philip J. Mugavero
8/1/97 - 8/1/02 John J. Korp
9/15/98 - 5/1/07 Dennis M. Baptista
3/11/99 - 7/14/02 Mark W. Turker
11/8/00 - 1/12/01 Deborah Burger
1/12/01 - 7/2/02 Donald Hess
4/17/01 - 10/1/02 Eric Roles
7/15/02 - 1/15/04 Jay Yarnell
7/17/02 - 11/14/02 Lynn Harrison
8/1/02 - 11/5/03 Tammie Nothnagel
17/14/02 - 10/24/04 Gloria Decker
11/18/02 - 1/21/04 James R. Stettner
1/21/03 - 10/10/07 Orlando DeGerolamo
12/19/03 - 8/1/12 Michael DeMonti
1/21/04 - PRESENT Philip J. Mugavero
10/24/04 -1/12/16 Richard Turdo
6/16/06 - 12/14/09 Frank L. Beruta
5/1/07 - PRESENT Ann Baptista
11/8/07 - PRESENT Cecile Franceschino
6/2/11 - PRESENT Robert Larsen
8/1/12 - PRESENT John J. Korp

Commissioners (continued)

1/12/16 - PRESENT

Michael Swick

8/1/16 - PRESENT

Bianca Scerbo

Executive Directors

7/31/46 - 10/49 Andrew Koleser
11/14/49 - 6/30/64 Marion Koleser
12/1/64 - 1/31/81 Jacinto F. Gammino
8/4/81 - 7/1/08 Matthew McDevitt
7/11/08 - Present W. Paul Rummerfield


Attorneys
7/31/46 - 8/7/51 Frank J. Kingfield
8/7/51 - 8/1/55 James A. Tirrell, Jr.
8/1/55 - 1/5/90 Thomas J. Kelly, Jr.
3/01-90 - 11/30/96 Bruce Jones
12/1/96 - 11/30/01 James DeBosh
12/1/01 - 9/29/08 Scott Thatcher
10/1/08 - Present Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader

 
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530 Heckman St.
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
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