County at odds with feds over affordable housing

The Westchester County executive announced today that the county and the federal government have come to an impasse over a court-ordered plan to build affordable housing.

A 2009 court order called on the county to develop and market affordable housing to minorities in mostly white communities. The county has been working with a federal court monitor to implement the housing, but now County Executive Rob Astorino says the demands are just too much.

Astorino says the Department of Housing and Urban Development's latest requests are illegal and financially impossible to implement. He says a letter sent last month by HUD called for the county to force changes in zoning laws. It also stated that the county and local communities are blocking the construction.

The county executive says if the issues are not resolved the matter could end up back in court.

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