Skip to comments.Editorial: Westchester's united front against HUD
Posted on 06/14/2013 5:52:20 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe
Westchester lawmakers actually put aside partisan infighting and election-year politicking when they joined together in a fight against the federal government over funding it pulled from the county.
The Board of Legislators on Monday agreed to back County Executive Rob Astorino in a proposed lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over $7.4 million the agency stripped from the county because of differing interpretations of the 2009 affordable housing settlement.
It's about time the two branches came together in this ongoing standoff. And it's the right thing to do for the county.
In approving legal action, Westchester's goal is to stop HUD from reallocating the money -- mostly community development block grants that have been frozen since 2011 -- to other agencies throughout the country. By setting an unrealistic April 25 deadline to resolve differences over the settlement, HUD is trying to strong-arm the county. But Westchester and the federal government still have far different views about the county's analysis of exclusionary zoning and the county executive's obligation to "promote" a law that would forbid landlords from discriminating against tenants who rely on Section 8 housing vouchers to pay rent.
(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.newsday.com ...
Obama's HUD is bullying Westchester County, a northern New York City suburb, into far exceeding its settlement with HUD to build low-income housing in predominantly "white" towns. The underlying premise is to force the county to sue its own towns and villages to violate their own zoning laws. The county executive is a republican in a very democrat county. HUD looks at Westchester as its prototype for pushing its wealth re-distribution tactics on other areas around the country.
All in all, it's a very frightening situation.
NYS rich liberals don’t like socialism...
But they keep voting in democrats.
i, along with another half dozen members of the White Plains Tea Party, sat down about a month ago with our local rat assemblyman (buchwald)....the same guy whose campaign ran on a “lets vote our principles, not the Tea Party values” and “won” the election by a handful of votes....
we had his head spinning on every issue and he could not give a straight answer- i brought up this very topic...”the gov’t wants to dictate to landlords whom they can and cannot rent to” I got a lot of “uh, duh, well” but no answer...
bottom line was this was a settlement from the prior county executive, a rat, and HUD, to avert a lawsuit- build more “affordable” housing in rich areas...amongst other things i asked “why aren’t they building the affordable housing in Andrew Spano’s neighborhood??”
Spano was the rat county executive who signed onto this agreement...
They aren’t building the housing in Yorktown because Spano bought up land in his town to protect his own home.
I live in this county and my town may have housing shoved down its throat. This affects everyone, not just the liberals. Most of the people I know are not liberals and we don’t vote for dems. If Westchester goes, so do many other counties across the country.
I think, for the first time in my life, I actually agreement with NewsDay. It’s gonna snow tomorrow!
is that the same Spano?? i dated the daughter of a Spano but that was years ago and a different Spano i believe...
Andy is not related to Mike and Nick. Those two are from a family of 16 so there are lots of relatives.
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