Astorino fights changes to affordable housing settlement
County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester) is fighting back against what he calls unfair changes to a $51.6 million settlement to build affordable housing in local communities.
Astorino attended a closed-door meeting at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. yesterday following a discrimination lawsuit against the plan to bring 750 units to wealthy, mostly white Westchester neighborhoods.
The controversial settlement has some arguing over whether the plan is simply about affordable housing or racial integration. Officials are also in disagreement over the total cost of the seven-year settlement, and on suing local municipalities to change zoning laws that keep affordable housing out.
HUD officials tell News 12 Westchester that they are determined to expand fair housing choices for low-income minority families in the county. Astorino also says he believes they will continue to work together on the issues, despite their disagreements.
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