After an outcry over the idea of appointing an inexperienced member of the Trump inner circle to run the New York and New Jersey HUD region yesterday, the Trump administration appears to be backing off from appointing her to the position.

Lynne Patton, whose previous work experience involved running the Eric Trump Foundation, organizing celebrity golf tournaments for the Trumps and planning Eric Trump's wedding, was set to be appointed to be the administrator of the HUD office that covers New York and New Jersey, and is in charge of the federal money given to NYCHA. However, the News reports that after an outcry from public officials related to her inexperience, an agency spokesperson said that the administrator position is still vacant.

Public officials and housing groups expressed outrage over the pick, with Representative Nydia Velazquez issuing a statement calling the appointment a "slap in the face to New Yorkers, NYCHA residents and all Americans who rely on well-administered HUD programs to have livable housing and safe communities." Representative Grace Meng sent a letter to the Trump administration which she wrote that the government "is not your personal patronage system.

Affordable housing advocates Churches United For Fair Housing blasted the news, calling Trump's decision to put Patton in charge of the region's HUD office "nothing more than a sham to continue to devastate working families who are struggling to find or retain affordable housing in New York."

City Council Member Jumaane Williams called the attempted appointment of Patton "sorry and potentially dangerous" in a statement. Williams also wrote that "it is not lost on me that this is yet another example of the insulting belief that the housing agency is more of a place to store Trump's melanin rich allies, than a place to seriously contemplate and address issues of critical concern."