Last month, the St. Petersburg City Council approved the City of St. Petersburg’s appointment of former assistant Pinellas County administrator James Dates to the embattled St. Petersburg Housing Authority Board of Directors. Thursday, the City brought forward two more appointees for Council to consider: C. Knox LaSister III and Roxanne Amoroso.
Council approved the two appointees unanimously at Thursday afternoon’s full City Council meeting.
City Council voted to uphold the removal of three board members by St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman during quasi-judicial proceedings on May 16. LaSister and Amoroso will fill the remaining vacancies left on the Housing Authority Board. Both appointees have extensive expertise in housing-related development.
LaSister, an 18-year resident of St. Petersburg, is a business and real estate attorney and community planner. Much of his professional career was spent in New York State, where he founded his the law practice LaSister, Evans and Galloway. LaSister also developed, rehabilitated and managed residential and commercial properties, including affordable housing projects in New York, served as an advisor for the Urban Land Institute, chaired the American Bar Association Standing Committee on HUD Programs and Procedures, and was a member of the National Association for Housing and Redevelopment Officials.