The Philadelphia Housing Authority has agreed to pay its counterpart in New York City $150,000 for poaching its executive director, Michael P. Kelly, to permanently take on the top job here. The sole PHA commissioner, Karen Newton-Cole, said before her vote approving the payment Tuesday that the Philadelphia agency had breached an agreement with the New York City Housing Authority.
When Kelly was recruited last November to act as the interim director here, PHA agreed that it would be temporary. Under a contract, if PHA broke that promise, it would compensate New York $300,000. Kelly was hired last August to fill the executive director job permanently. The two agencies agreed to halve the size of the settlement. - Jennifer Lin