FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 24, 2013
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County Executive Astorino Submits
Source of Income Legislation to the BOL
White Plains, NY – With a deadline from the U. S. Department of Justice only a day away, Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) acknowledged that County Executive Rob Astorino submitted Source of Income legislation to the BOL today for consideration in regard to the fair and affordable housing settlement between the County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
County Executive Astorino sent the legislation down to the BOL a little after 1 PM.
Last night, during his State of the County address, Astorino struck the same defiant tone in terms of the federal government’s “overreaching” and standing up to HUD’s “bullying” that residents have been hearing since he took office in 2010.
In his letter today that accompanied the Source of Income legislation submission to the BOL, though, Astorino writes, “In light of all of the foregoing, I recommend the adoption of this proposed Local Law.” Astorino also agreed to sign the legislation when passed by the BOL in accordance with the court’s directive to do so.
“County Executive Astorino has forwarded the Source of Income legislation to the Board as demanded by the Department of Justice to avoid contempt of court and crippling fines against the County,” said Jenkins. “It is time for the Administration to work through the necessary requirements of the housing settlement without all of the overheated political rhetoric—for the sake of all of our residents and taxpayers.”
A recent letter to Astorino from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara demanded that the County Executive resubmit to the BOL the Source of Income legislation, which was vetoed in 2010, by tomorrow—Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Astorino continues to be under fire for his non-compliance with the housing settlement and putting $7.4 million of 2011 Community Development Block (CDBG) grant funds promised to the County at risk. The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified Astorino in March that the CDBG funds would be reallocated on April 25, 2013 if he fails to promote Source of Income legislation and submit an analysis of exclusionary zoning in the county.
“All the Administration needs to do now is provide substantive assurances there will be a plan to address any zoning issues from the monitor’s report and analysis when it is completed in order to protect the $7.4 million in CDBG funds for the local municipalities and non-profits,” added Jenkins.
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