Johnson City Native Nominated To Head HUD Finances

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 15, 2009 at 9:55 PM EST

A Johnson City High School alumnae has been nominated by President Obama to become a part of his administration.

Douglas Criscitello could be the next Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As Action News Reporter Natalie Jenereski tells us, his mother couldn't be more proud.

"One thing about a big family is every child brings a certain element into the family," Audrey Orr describes her son Douglas Criscitello as the leader of her large family...

Now, he could become the next chief financial officer for the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD.

Which has the mother of 13 gushing about all of her kids.

"Kids that come from a big family find out early there isn't any free lunch. If they want something they really have to go out and work for it to attain it, and i'm awfully proud of all of my kids," says Orr.

Criscitello graduated from Johnson City High School in 1980.

His mother describes the former football player as a handsome role model..

Who got his charm from his father who passed away a few years ago.

Orr says, "I think a lot of doug's charisma and his love of people was part of his, very much from his father, and of course being italian helps too."

As a graduate of the University of Rochester, he was one of the first in the family to go to college.

"What my kids have done was beyond my wildest dream. I mean, the White House, the President, I hope to meet President Obama," says Orr.

But this won't be Criscitello's first visit to the White House.

He was an intern for the first Bush administration.

As HUD's chief financial officer, Criscitello would be responsible for ensuring proper management of taxpayers' money in a federal agency.

"I think he thinks he can do the job and he can do it well. I think he's confident of that," says Orr.

Criscitello's nomination must be approved by the Senate.

His mother hopes the hearing is held in the near future.

In Johnson City, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

Criscitello is currently in charge of financial services at PriceWaterhouseCoopers'.

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