WASHINGTON - President Clinton on Thursday named Franz S. Leichter to the Federal Housing Finance Board under a recess appointment.

The administration had nominated Mr. Leichter, a New York attorney and former state senator, to the board in June 1999. He had yet to be confirmed by the Senate, so with lawmakers out of town on summer recess, the President used his power to make a temporary appointment without congressional approval. Mr. Leichter may only serve until the end of 2001, unless confirmed by the Senate.

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