Affordable housing veteran Francine C. Justa has been appointed to the Banking Board of the New York State Banking Department.Applauding the appointment, Superintendent of Banks Diana L. Taylor praised the former executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City for nearly 20 years as "a gifted and inspired woman" who has helped "not only to change the face of neighborhoods throughout the city for the better, but also the lives" of many residents for whom homeownership became a reality. Ms. Justa helped build the NHS from an affordable housing investor of $800,000 annually in 1986 to over $239 million by 2003. She was nominated to the Banking Board by New York Gov. George Pataki, and the nomination was approved by the state Senate.

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