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County Wins Round in Affordable Housing Fight

The County Executive demands HUD release $7 million in withheld block grants.

Westchester County has won a round in its fight with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over fair and affordable housing.

A federal magistrate ruled in favor of the county, saying that the HUD monitor overseeing the court settlement erred by withholding federal grants to local communities as a means of pushing the county on certain controversial issues.

Today, County Executive Rob Astorino called on the feds to immediately release the $7 million they've been withholding.  Read the full story here.

The money belongs to local communities; it's a part of the Community Development Block Grant program.

HUD and the county have been sparring over HUD's decision to demand the county take to push rich, white communities to permit or even assist affordable housing in neighborhoods where expensive homes are the norm.

Specifically, the magistrate ruled that "Courts must abide by the express terms of a consent decree and may not impose supplementary obligations on the parties even to fulfill the purposes of the decree more effectively."

See Astorino's presentation here.

jo March 19, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I grew up In Tuckaoe..right next door to Bronxville..our rent was 52.50 per month.. we could not live in Bronxville could not afford too....no body committed suicide..no one needed therapy.. it was what it was.. made us work hard to have better..
jo March 19, 2012 at 07:49 PM
grew up in Tuckahoe..right next door to Bronxville..our rent.. 52.50 per month.. we could not afford Bronxville.. no one committed suicide.. no one needed therapy.. no one sued the county... made us work hard to have better..
Rob M March 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
RM Amen jo! You want something, you have to earn it.
Charles Duffy March 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM
We owe a debt of gratitude to the County Executive and his office for standing up to the political pressure being brought by Democratic leaders, and instead, going into Court to enforce the County's rights under the settlement. The County is ahead of schedule in complying, and this decision is proof positive that HUD is now trying to change the rules! Charlie
Greg Tart March 19, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Put elegantly
Cadeyrn March 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Wishing has replaced working. Aching has replace achieving. And "gimmee" has replaced reward.
rick paul March 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
The federal government has been using a big stick to get communities to toe the line. They even took away voting rights in Port Chester. The 'big government' mentality is not an abstract. It affects us all every day.
D.S. March 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM
The thing I don't understand is this....we are suppose to build affordable housing in communities these people can't afford to buy a house or rent an apartment in....I live in the town of Bedford......everything is more expensive here.....from a gallon of gas to a loaf of bread......So who's paying for those things? Why would you put people in communities they can't afford to live in...I'd like to live in Beverly Hills in one of those big mansions too.....but I can't afford it........don't see the government offering me any money to make that move.
jo March 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM
DUMP THE DEMS ALL OF THEM... this is Their social engineering at work.. remember in November.. Dump the Dems all of them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
jo March 20, 2012 at 11:42 AM
for a while I lived In what used to be called "projects" ie. Fed Housing. bought my first home in 1978.. fast forward to the present.. my daughter lives in a very toney upscale neighborhood... I promised myself years ago to do better and that my children would do better then me.. its called working on the American Dream
Boron March 20, 2012 at 02:03 PM
We live in Bronxville and have been encouraging our daughter to move here from Tuckahoe as her daughter is reaching school age. She is a medical doctor with a busy practice and my Harvard educated son in law sells real estate in Manhattan. Guess what, they can't afford to live in Bronxville. So where are they going to build this affordable housing on the hill next to the 5 million dollar homes. Don't even try to build near the tracks, the noise might be offensive. Who will pay the median $43k real estate tax. Will it have to be affordable tax on their affordable home also. Welfare payments won't get it. This is Kafkaesque.
New York Re-Pat August 25, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Thank you, jo, and all other posters who affirm for us that sane people still reside in Westchester County! All hope is not lost for this country. My parents started out in Washington Heights in the 1960s (yes, THAT horrible, horrible time for NYC) They saw enough to get us kids the heck out of there and into a nice area of Queens. They did without government assistance of any kind but also without luxuries like new cars or several tellies so they could pay for our piano. clarinet, trumpet, advanced math and science tutoring, etc. Fast forward a few decades, both children are professionals. Today, I am looking to buy a nice home in Bronxville (my husband and I are approaching 40s) because WE EARNED IT. The property taxes scare the bejeezus out of us but, like my parents, we'll have to sacrifice a bit here and there, buy 1/3 acre instead of 1, delay retirement, and so on, so our two kids can get into the Bronxville School. WHY other "disadvantaged" groups are allowed to skip to the front merely because of their skin color is beyond my understanding. These folks didn't start out with less than my family. What kind of life lesson is taking it easy on others' hard work to teach their children? LIFE IS AN ACCUMULATION OF ONE'S CHOICES. That certain adults made poor choices in life should not be my problem...or my expense.
Ann123 December 03, 2012 at 03:55 AM
You may be right in the sense that the "disadvantaged groups " are beings skipped to the front. Many of these disadvantaged groups did not ask to be in the situation they are in. Fourtunately your family was able to move to better neighborhood. Many of these people grew up in single parent homes and reading comprehension is probably grade school level. The next thing many of them do not have the resources or have adequate access to the resourses to better themselves. I don't think all of the "disadvantaged groups" should be summed up in one. They are not all the same If you give them an opportunity you may see some change. I paid my dues probably just like you. I lived in the north Bronx grew up the only child in a single parent home. I was one of the first to graduate from college in my family and amoung my peers. I am a Registered Nurse 33 yo now perusing my Masters as a Nurse Practioner. Lastly can you elaborate what you meant by skin color because I think disadvantaged groups can come in all shades and different ethnic backgrounds.

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