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March 20, 2012

Landry steps down from Housing Authority

AMESBURY — There's a vacancy on the Amesbury Housing Authority board of directors following the resignation last month of Albert Landry.

Landry, 75, said his decision to step down after six years is for personal reasons, but he may run again in the future. Landry submitted his resignation to the town clerk on Feb. 10 without citing a reason.

The Municipal Council last week declared a vacancy on the board that will be filled May 8 during a joint hearing with the council and Housing Authority board.

Residents who want to vie for the seat, which expires Dec. 31, 2013, can fill out an application at the town clerk's office no later than April 27 at noon.

For Landry, his decision to first run for the Housing Authority came about when a board member was needed.

"Somebody brought up that why don't you run, give it a shot, and I did," Landry said.

Landry said his work on the budget took up most of his time on the board, a responsibility that he considered his most interesting work with the authority, too.

He also saw his position as being a voice for residents who live in Housing Authority property. Landry lives in Heritage Vail, which is located behind Heritage Tower.

Housing Authority director Robert Mazzone said Landry didn't explain why he resigned and said he was caught off guard by his decision.

"It's his business and his life," Mazzone said. "I'm glad he's not in poor health, because that's always a concern."

Mazzone credited Landry's service, saying he was "very committed" to the job.

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