Thomas Johnston started his NYCHA career in 1994 and rose through the ranks to become a deputy director in the Bronx Property Management Department. With two brothers and a father who were also Authority employees, he came from a true-blue NYCHA family.
Mr. Johnston passed away from cancer in May. At Claremont Consolidated’s Family Day in August, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner presented Mr. Johnston’s daughter, Veronica Johnston, with a citation commemorating his service to the community.
Mr. Johnston’s exemplary dedication to his work is underscored in this excerpt from a letter written by Claremont Resident Association President Maria Forbes to Mr. Johnston’s family after his passing:
“Tom Johnston was one of the most outstanding workers the New York City Housing Authority has hired. His love for this development was impeccable. In the middle of a snowstorm, I called Tom and told him that we had no lights or heat. Tom left his house from upstate and came down in the inclement weather. He slept in his car and stayed until power was restored the next afternoon.”