Columbia County Fair Housing

Fair Housing Officer
William Fisher
Phone: 518-828-0342

Contact information for Landlord/Tenants Rights 


Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York 518-462-6765


Hon. John (Jack) Connor, Jr., Hudson City Court;; 518-267-3082


Barbara Palmateer, Director, Community Action of Greene County;; 518-943-9205 x111


Dale-Ann Brown; Program Director, Housing Choice Voucher Program;; 518-372-8846, x-120


William (Bill) Fisher; Columbia County Fair Housing Officer;; 518-828-0342

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Fair Housing Officer (FHO) - William Fisher             

The Fair Housing Officer (FHO) is appointed by the County Board of Supervisors (BOS). The BOS is comprised of Supervisors from the County's eighteen towns and the five wards within the City of Hudson. The FHO, William Fisher is charged with the responsibility of reporting all matters, which effect or may effect housing within its borders, to the County Government Committee. The FHO is assisted by a Housing Advisory Board (HAB) which consists of volunteers from local government and individuals who make up the County's religious, business, financial, and housing, communities. The HAB is fully committed to fair housing, widely diverse in its membership, its knowledge of the County's demographics and the housing needs of its residents.  It is with sincere thanks and gratitude that we list here the names of those volunteers currently serving on the HAB, together with their affiliations.          

Housing Advisory Board (HAB)

Bertram Downes –
Brenda Adams -- (Town of Canaan Supervisor)
Dominick Merante, Chairperson -- (Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley)
Gail Paone -- (Columbia Opportunities)
Rev. Kim Singletary -- (Overcomers Ministries)
Kylie Proper -- (St. Catherine’s)
Lisa Dixon-Watson --  (Community Bank)
Michele Troy-Ryder (Columbia County Department of Social Services)
Barbara Palmateer -- (Community Action of Greene County)
Theresa Joyner -- (One Stop Realty)
Claire Cousin -- (1st Ward Supervisor-elect, City of Hudson)
Magnolia McBroom -- (Columbia County Department of Health)
Trish Mayo -- (Hudson Housing Authority)

Purpose: The purpose of the Fair Housing Department is to assure that no member of the community is discriminated against in either the rental or purchase of housing based on the following "protected characteristics:" Race, Religion (creed), National Origin, Sex, Age, Disability, Marital Status, Military Status, Family Status, Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity, as guaranteed under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the New York State Division of Human Rights (518-474-2705). Part of its mission is also to insure that tenants' rights are not violated as set forth in the Tenants' Rights Guide and mandated by the Attorney General's Office of New York State. These include but may not limited to the Landlord's obligations and requirements as they relate to the Warranty of Habitability and Repairs, Security Deposits, Rent Increases, Leases, Harassment, Retaliation and Evictions. These rights have been further enhanced and strengthened by the enactment of New York State's Housing Stability and Tenant's Protection Act of 2019.