MHACY’s Board of Commissioners (the “Board”) has ultimate authority over the Authority’s policies and procedures. Five Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor of Yonkers and two are elected by MHACY’s residents. The mayoral appointments serve for five years. The elected Commissioners – one to represent the Family Sites and one to represent the Senior Sites – are elected for a two year term. Resident elections are held usually the third Thursday in September.


Hon. Arthur J. Doran Jr.

Hon. Arthur Doran Jr. has been a chairman of MHA since 1997. Judge Doran has stayed a very active member of Yonkers over the years. He served as Yonkers Chief City Court Judge for 20 years, Yonkers Corporation Counsel twice, Yonkers School Board Attorney for four years and Yonkers City Manager for two years. He continues to stay just as involved in his community as he has in the past.

Term Start: 6/24/2016 | Term End:6/23/2021

Lawrence J. Sansone
Vice Chair*

Lawrence J. Sansone  was first elected to the Board five years ago, and is now Vice Chairman. He was born and raised in Yonkers and has been a resident since 1930.  A graduate of St. Joseph’s Grammar School and Gorton High School, Mr. Sansone was a long-time city employee of the Department of Public Works. Currently a Senior Site Commissioner for the Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority, Mr. Sansone also had a distinguished career as a Korean War Veteran and Member of the US Volunteer Lifesaving Corps under Captain Frank Kendricks.  Mr. Sansone is also a member of the Resident Advisory Board (RAB), Block Watch Captain for Curran Court Neighborhood in Yonkers and a retired Teamster of Union 456.

Term Start: 9/26/2016 | Term End: 9/30/2018

Maxine Battle

Maxine Battle spent 21 years as a special education teacher in the City of Yonkers.  While teaching, Ms. Battle started her own behavior modification program for children in the area. Ms. Battle has a passion for advocating for people in her community which is why she ran for a commissioner position five years ago.  Since then she has been a voice for tenants and the community at numerous meetings around the county.  Ms. Battle is retired and spends much of her free time working with the homeless helping them to find better opportunities for the future.

Term Start: 9/19/2015 | Term End: 9/30/2017

Robert W. Cacace Jr.

Robert W. Cacace Jr. currently serves as Commissioner of Information Technology for the City of Yonkers. In this role, he brings more than 30 years of experience in Information Technology and Data communications.

Mr. Cacace previously served as CEO and Partner at Corstar Communications, as well as CEO and Partner at Electric Book/Broadband Business Corporation. He has extensive experience in senior management, division general management and sales and marketing management with large corporations. In addition, he has entrepreneurial experience starting a successful small business. In leadership roles, Mr. Cacace has managed staffs of employees ranging in size from 20 to more than 1,400. He has negotiated municipal and labor agreements as well as authored and co-authored grants for educational organizations.

Mr. Cacace has extensive cable television, telephone and Internet experience holding positions as Vice President and General Manager for NYNEX Video Services Organization, Vice President of New York and Mid Regions for Cablevision Systems Corporation Westchester, NY, General Manager of Cablevision in Rockford, IL and General Manager of Cablevision in Yonkers, NY.

Mr. Cacace graduated from Iona College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He lives in Yonkers with his wife and two children.

Term Start: 7/12/2017 | Term End: 6/28/2018

Joan Deierlein

Joan Deierlein is currently serving her first term as a Board member. Before retiring as Yonkers City Clerk in 2012, she worked on the federal and state levels becoming familiar with housing issues and policies, and is happy to continue to serve the Yonkers housing community as a board member. Over the years, Ms. Deierlein has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of housing issues including, rent control, the emergency tenant protection act and worked with a number of Yonkers based tenant associations on these issues.

Term Start: 6/24/2013 | Term End: 6/23/2018

James J. Landy

James J. Landy is a lifelong Yonkers resident and a graduate of Manhattan College and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.  He is a veteran local banker with nearly four decades at Hudson Valley Bank, including 14 years as its leader in the roles of President & CEO, then Chairman. During that time, he was also Chairman of the Hudson Valley National Foundation, which distributed more than $8 million to hundreds of local organizations and projects benefitting the elderly, youth groups, hospitals, churches and schools. Presently, he serves as Director of Sterling National Bank. Mr. Landy is also Chairman of the St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers and Chairman of the Board of Stewards of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Westchester County.  Long active in affordable housing, he is currently Vice Chairman of the Sisters of Charity Housing, Sacred Heart Housing and President of St. Joseph’s Housing Corporations.

Term Start: 9/26/2016 | Term End: 6/23/2020

Dalphine E. Meadows

Dalphine E. Meadows is a lifelong community activist and champion of social justice.  Having retired with over 30 years of experience in Juvenile and Criminal Justice field as a Supervising Probation Officer, Ms. Meadows currently serves as President of the Westchester Association of Black Social Workers, Inc.  In 2014, she was re-appointed Commissioner of the Board of Directors for the City of Yonkers Municipal Housing Authority.

Term Start: 6/24/2014 | Term End: 6/23/2019

*Mr. Lawrence Sansone represents the Senior Sites
*Ms. Maxine Battle represents the Family Sites

Commissioner Chart effective July 12, 2017