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NY State Homes and Community Renewal Announces Appointments


New York State Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner James S. Rubin today announced that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed RuthAnne Visnauskas to succeed him as Commissioner of HCR, and Linda Manley has been appointed the agency’s General Counsel.

Commissioner Rubin was recently appointed Director of Operations for the Executive Chamber.

Commissioner Rubin said, “RuthAnne and Linda are both experienced and outstanding public servants who share the Governor’s deep commitment to expanding affordable housing opportunities and creating stronger communities across the State. It was privilege having them on my leadership team at HCR and I know I’m leaving the agency in strong, capable hands.”

RuthAnne Visnauskas has been appointed Commissioner of HCR. Ms. Visnauskas currently serves as Executive Deputy Commissioner for Housing Development, where she is responsible for strategic leadership and oversight of all housing and finance programs for New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Prior to joining HCR, RuthAnne was Managing Director of the Housing Advisory Board for the Robin Hood Foundation, New York's largest poverty-fighting organization. The Housing Advisory Board was established to fund initiatives to advance the quantity and quality of affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers. 

Previously RuthAnne held several key positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, including the role of Commissioner. HPD is the nation’s largest municipal housing agency, in charge of the development and preservation of affordable housing and the enforcement of the City’s Housing Maintenance Code.

She received her Bachelor degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.

Ms. Visnauskas lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children.

Linda Manley has been appointed General Counsel of HCR. Ms. Manley has served as Acting General Counsel for New York State Homes and Community Renewal since May 2015 and oversees the agency’s legal departments, the Tenant Protection Unit and the Fair and Equitable Housing Office.  Linda joined HCR as Deputy General Counsel in January 2015.

Prior to joining HCR, Linda served in several capacities at Lawyers Alliance for New York, including Legal Director providing legal services to nonprofit organizations focused on affordable housing, economic development and social services.  At Lawyers Alliance, Linda was a member of the senior management team and supervised all staff attorneys.

Linda previously practiced law at the firms Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue and Weil, Gotschal & Manges and served as a law clerk to Hon. Loretta A. Preska in the Southern District of New York.  She received her Bachelor degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany and holds a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. 

Ms. Manley lives in New Rochelle, New York with her husband and four children.

About New York State Homes and Community Renewal:

NYS Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) housing and community development agencies work to create, preserve and improve affordable homes and vibrant communities, in keeping with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision of a more inclusive, affordable, sustainable, and resilient New York. In 2016, HCR set a record for the third year in a row, financing the creation or preservation of more than 17,000 affordable homes and apartments, creating nearly 2,000 homeownership opportunities for first-time homebuyers, and was once again the #1 affordable housing bond issuer in the nation with $2.8 billion issued. HCR stands ready to make good on the Governor’s $10 billion 100,000 affordable units House NY 2020 commitment. For more information on HCR agencies, programs and initiatives, please visit: