Skip to comments.Feds sue Long Island Town of Oyster Bay, allege housing discrimination against blacks
Posted on 04/11/2014 6:32:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The U.S. Department of Justice sued the Town of Oyster Bay and Town Supervisor John Venditto Thursday for allegedly discriminating against black people in two affordable housing programs -- one aimed at first-time buyers, the other at senior citizens.
In a complaint filed in federal court in Central Islip, prosecutors said both programs violated the federal Fair Housing Act because preferences were given to residents, or their children, living in the town, which has few black residents. To ensure that black people were not discriminated against in the selection process, the town should have given equal treatment to prospective occupants from the larger, more diverse metropolitan area, the complaint said.
"Housing programs designed to help young families and senior citizens purchase homes should be available to people of all races, including African-Americans," Eastern District U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement Thursday. "To the extent residency preferences prevent families and senior citizens from purchasing homes because of race, ethnicity or color, the preferences violate federal law and cannot be tolerated."
Jocelyn Samuels, the acting attorney general for civil rights, said in a statement, "if municipalities wish to adopt residency preferences such as those imposed by the defendants, they most do so in way that does not discriminate against people based on race."
Because of the town's policies, none of the occupants of the housing aimed at first-time home buyers are black, and, at most, a handful of occupants of the senior citizen housing are black, the complaint says.
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Density 2,826.2/sq mi
As of the 2010 census the population of Oyster Bay was 85% White 80% Non-Hispanic White, 2.3% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 9.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.5% of the population.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the town was $99,873, and the median income for a family was $115,095.
Males had a median income of $60,726 versus $39,420 for females. The per capita income for the town was $35,895. About 2.0% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 4.6% of those age 65 or over.
They were supposed to give preference to non-residents?
That does not make sense
So how about opening up college grants and scholarships that are only available to blacks >>!?
Racists, all of them.
Where in the US Constitution does it say the Gov will provide a house for someone?
let’s give preference to people who haven’t even applied yet, or preference to people who haven’t eve been born yet /sarc
Did Obama win in Oyster Bay?
If so, suck it up.
From a town known as Oyster Bay Long Island
Rode a boy with a six pack in his hand
and his daring life of crime
made him a legend in his time
east and west of the Rio Grande.
From a time when Billy Joel actually wrote well-constructed music....
Quick google on this:
Oyster Bay. “Estimated median household income in 2011: $71,369 “
No way it’s $35 G
THis is the home of Locust Valley.
It’s old money, settled by the finance, and railroad guys. The Vanderbilts, Morgans, Carnegies.
Blacks are welcome, like anywhere, just like in the presidency. It is a haven for limo Learjet liberals. Must by annoying for those who thought Obama would pave the way and get them in everywhere, just like how Obama thought it would be easy being pres. It looks easy, just hang around spending other people’s money, how hard can that be.
One of his best.....”Songs In the Attic” is a Desert Island Disc for me.
This may be a big hit on the DOJ budget. I guess little will remain for prosecutions of the lower priority items, like investigating the various contempt charges against their leader holder and the runt lerner.
“east and west of the Rio Grande”
I thought that river ran east/west...
RE: Did Obama win in Oyster Bay?
If so, suck it up.
Yes well. My GAD is broken then. There’s no humans involved in this fight. May they both lose.
But Section 8 in the middle of town would be great! Serve them right too.
Yes it does, from their viewpoint.
How dare people want to live together without the politically correct cultural diversity!
Being forced to accept families from outside your community goes hand-in-hand with Federal funds. Once to take the Emperor’s coin you have to do what the Emperor wants you to do.
So, what’s the long term impact? IMHO there will be fewer and fewer communities that will accept Federal money, even matching funds, if they have to “import” people to achieve the Federally mandated cultural diversity.
Who will suffer? The community’s poor and elderly. Not the federal and State bureaucrats.
My only question on this issue is - Was the Federally and State cultural diversity mandates announced prior to the funding or after?
If there aren’t any blacks in town they should just get President Obama to send over some of his illegal alien relatives who have been mooching off taxpayers for years.
For too many blacks, the lack of special treatment based on their race constitutes racism.
It does seem that way -
holding everyone to the same standard,
offering no special privileges to any,
applying laws equally to all,
will result in accusations of “racism”.
Funny you should mention that, we're currently fighting that fight in my town.
Fortunately, the town council (and frankly, most of the town) is fairly conservative, and the zoning ordinances haven't passed. But that's not without a whole lot of trying by a couple of real estate developers and a double handful of liberal loudmouths.
Loudmouths: "You don't want Sec 8 housing because you hate black and hispanic people!!!" Rest of the town: "No, we don't want Section 8 housing because of all the attendant problems that go along with it."
Interesting fact that I didn't know.... there are three apartment complexes in our fair town. One is Sec 8, I don't know about the other two. From 2011 to March of 2014, the apartment complexes generated 690 "criminal" calls to police. Everything from "Domestic Disturbance" to Drugs, Rape and Murder.
The "main" housing development in our town has about twice as many houses as the apartment complexes have units. Over the same time frame, they generated eleven (11) "criminal" calls to the police.
Amazed me. I figured that the "high density" apartments would be worse, but not 140 times worse. If that's not an argument against Section 8, I dunno what is.
The community’s poor and elderly are supposed to be taken care of by the family and/or the community, not the fedgov.
IIRC, Housing in Oyster Bay is anything but affordable. Isn’t President Theodore Roosevelt’s home there?
Well, since Oyster Bay went majority Obama by six points, I hope they get all the section 8 that can possibly be fitted inside the township.
The more the merrier. They deserve it!
I smell a shakedown.
Might solve a number of problems, all at once. :-) :-)
Must be a few cemeteries in Oyster Bay too !
Yes, I went to visit President Roosevelt’s (teddy) that sits overlooking Oyster Bay...great veranda terrace...nice town, but then I was just a tourist!
To the racists in government, everything is about race. I am utterly sick of these slime sucking scum bags.
RE: IIRC, Housing in Oyster Bay is anything but affordable. Isnt President Theodore Roosevelts home there?
Yes. See here:
Theodore Roosevelt spent his first summer in Oyster Bay with his family in 1874. Through the ensuing years as he rose to power, Oyster Bay would frequently serve as backdrop and stage on which many of his ambitions were realized. Several places connected to Theodore Roosevelt in his lifetime remain, while others have been lost. A number of efforts to memorialize TR in Oyster Bay have been made since his death in 1919.
Oh they're just getting started.
In the future when a town such as Oyster Bay collects the garbage, paves the roads and plows the streets they also need to find some black people in some other town and collect their garbage, pave their roads and plow their streets.
The bottom line is that any town in the country that doesn't have enough blacks living in it can't do anything at all.
You live in NJ. What are you sucking up?
BTW TOB didn't vote for Obama.
Awww, c’mon you know that criminal behavior is a result of poor economic status. If the little darlings had a little more wealth distribution slapped on them the cops would have been cooling their heels at the Krispy Kreme.
Oyster Bay Cove is a small incorporated village inside of the much larger Town of Oyster Bay.
Don’t live in NJ anymore though.
The Town of Oyster Bay voted for Romney.
Oyster Bay is the biggest town/city in NYS that voted against Obama.
The feds are punishing the Town of Oyster Bay.
This would actually make more sense.
Still, I know MANY upper middle class peeps in NY/NYC/NJ who were BIGTIME Obama fans. Hopefully they’ll feel the pinch in their wallets at least as much as the rest of the country is right now.
They took the federal government’s affordable housing money, they are obliged to abide by the federal government’s rules, which have always included aggressively seeking black and Hispanic tenants in supermajority white areas.
It’s far worse in Westchester County, where the county government broke the rules, but they are trying to make villages and towns which never sought or accepted any affordable housing money, compromise their schools and their safety by building subsidized housing and aggressively recruiting minorities from the Bronx and Yonkers to move in.
A city runs a housing program; and can’t put it’s own citizens first in line for benefits?????
Why didn’t the Long Island Medium see this coming.....?
More ‘divide and conquer’. Fedgov loves this game.
Oyster Bay Cove is the richest part of the Town of Oyster Bay. And as was pointed out, they voted for Obama.
Here's a little ditty for the inevitable, upcoming protest.
It's what we appreciate!
We gonna do an Oyster Gate!
Use my color as the bait!
Live nearby makes you hate!
Get your woman......Wait!
Or the cemetery is in the ‘Cove’ district/count. The dead control the vote in all 57 states.
Everything and anything discriminates against Blacks, the sun, the rotation of the earth, gravity, water, rain ,snow anything that can have a name attached to it discriminates against Blacks.
I see no mention of federal money in these two programs offered by the Town of Oyster Bay.
Perhaps you can document your claim.
Why don’t black people like living with black people?
EMBRACE THE SUCK, Oyster Bay Cove!
Two lying left-wingers that both sucked.
No argument there; one just sucked less, and would have done less damage, less quickly.
...and then there’s Willard.