Suspicion of county legislator living in affordable home prompts Yonkers mayor to call for audit
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is calling on the city's inspector general to audit the Yonkers affordable housing program.
The move comes after it was brought to light that a county legislator may be using it to his benefit.
The Vista at Hudson Terrace is where the affordable housing is available.
Between the early 1990s to early 2000s, about 270 housing units in Yonkers were made affordable with a second mortgage that would be completely forgiven after 30 years of residency.
The mortgage required that the home be the primary dwelling for the owner.
This is a problem because according to Spano, County Legislator Christopher Johnson owns an affordable unit at the apartment complex, but he also just bought a home on Rose Hill Terrace.
He claims both these residences as his primary home. But Spano says he cannot do that.
In a statement, Spano said, "You can't have two primary residences, just like you can't have two birthplaces or marriages."
Spano says this is abusing the program and he wants the city to make sure this is an isolated incident and not the standard for the rest of the affordable housing units that are owned in Yonkers.
Spano says that a proper audit would assure taxpayers that the owners of these affordable housing units are really living there and not illegally subletting them and then living elsewhere.