A federal judge last week upheld the firing of Lawrence U. Costiglio from the Federal Housing Finance Board.

Judge Thomas P. Jackson of the U.S. District Court here rejected Mr. Costiglio's claim that his March 9 dismissal from the board by President Clinton was illegal because no successor has been named. Mr. Costiglio's five-year term expired in 1995, but he had stayed on, awaiting a successor.

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