FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 5, 2013
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Westchester Board of Legislators Chairman Jenkins Urges Compliance with Housing Agreement
White Plains, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) released the following statement today in regard to the U.S. Court of Appeals decision to uphold the judgment by the U.S. District Court that the County was in violation of its duty to promote Source of Income legislation as part of its fair and affordable housing settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development:
“All along, the Board of Legislators has been urging County Executive Astorino to comply with the law and follow all of the stipulations of the housing settlement, as he promised to do when he first took office. Today’s Court of Appeal’s decision, which centers on the County Executive’s stubborn refusal to promote Source of Income legislation, puts the County at significant financial risk, through its non-compliance, and threatens to upend the settlement.
“The Board of Legislators remains committed to working with the Astorino Administration to further fair and affordable housing in Westchester and fulfill all of the requirements of the housing settlement.
“The time to act is now, though.
“The County Board voted to direct the County Executive to submit his version of Source of Income legislation. Today’s decision should provide the necessary impetus for County Executive Astorino to introduce new Source of Income legislation for the Board’s consideration and resolve this major issue, before Westchester suffers further consequences from the County Executive’s non-compliance with the law.”
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