Latimer signs bill overhauling co-op application process

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Westchester Executive George Latimer signed a new law Friday that is aimed at improving the co-op application process in the county.

Under the Co-op Disclosure Bill, co-op boards have a 60-day deadline to accept or reject an application after its deemed complete.

It also requires the co-op boards to notify the Westchester County Human Rights Commission when an application is rejected. Boards are not required to give grounds for rejection.

Many say the legislation is long overdue. Latimer hopes it will make the application process timelier, transparent and prevent housing discrimination.

“This is a process of negotiation. Each side of this would have preferred something a bit different from what the final product is, and, of course, they can advocate for what they think is right,” says Latimer.

The new law takes effect immediately. It will be re-evaluated after three years.

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