Miller, 69, pictured on the left, has led the Yonkers-based social services agency since its first housing project in 1984 and he announced his retirement Tuesday. The group’s board of directors has chosen Richard Nightingale, Westhab’s vice president of youth and family services, to succeed Miller.
Westhab’s efforts to build quality housing for low-income people have often been controversial. The planning and construction of workforce housing at a former hotel-turned-homeless-shelter at 22 Tarrytown Road in Greenburgh elicited years of litigation and opposition from neighbors who feared that formerly homeless people would be housed in the 28-unit rental building that opened in this summer.
Miller called the Tarrytown Road project the greatest success of his Westhab career.
“It replaced a homeless shelter on that site that we ran for 15 years. Just to replace an emergency housing site with permanent, affordable housing is poetic justice,” said Miller, who will teach, consult and ride his motorcycle in retirement. “Also the fact that we encountered such opposition and had so many stumbling blocks put in our way, and we were able to pursue it and overcome the opposition and put up something that is beautiful and is an improvement in the neighborhood.”
In its 2012-13 annual report, Westhab reported $22.6 million in revenues. About 93 cents of every dollar was spent on the charity’s programs and services.