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Statement from Minority Leader John Testa on Westchester’s Completion of Requirements of Fair and Affordable Housing Settlement

"The Republican Legislators are proud to stand with County Executive Astorino and our local communities in recognizing the completion of Westchester County’s obligations under the terms of the 2009 fair and affordable housing settlement. I applaud the County Executive, the Westchester County Planning Department and our municipal partners for not only meeting but exceeding the requirement to build 750 units of affordable Housing by the end of this year.

"I am hopeful that the latest Analysis of Impediments document which has been arbitrarily rejected by HUD on 8 separate submissions will finally be accepted under a new federal administration.

“Westchester County has always been and will continue to be a diverse, welcoming community. While critics of the County claim that Westchester was in violation of fair housing laws, in fact the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit said in a ruling issued in September of 2015 that 'there has been no finding, at any point, that Westchester actually engaged in housing discrimination.’

“With this settlement behind us, I look forward to continuing the development of affordable housing in Westchester County because our residents need it and it makes our communities better. It will be a much more positive and productive endeavor without the federal government’s interference."

PICTURED ABOVE: Republican Legislators with County Executive Astorino and Community Leaders following Tuesday’s announcement.


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