FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 26, 2013
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Westchester Legislators Chairman Jenkins Urges County Executive Astorino to Provide HUD Assurances to Save CDBG Funds
White Plains, NY – Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) released the following statement today in regard to U.S. District Court Justice Denise Cote’s decision not to the grant the County a temporary restraining order to stop the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from reallocating $7.4 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds based on the County’s continuing non-compliance with the fair and affordable housing settlement:
“While I am not surprised by Judge Cote’s decision, I am pleased for the county’s municipalities and taxpayers, which will be hurt by the loss of these CDBG funds, that the Judge has left the door open for County Executive Astorino to submit an acceptable analysis of exclusionary zoning. This action would signal to HUD good faith and an understanding of the seriousness with which the County is moving forward with compliance of the settlement.
“Because the court-appointed monitor, James Johnson, recently informed the County that the analysis of exclusionary zoning that he is undertaking will be soon completed, I urge County Executive Astorino to immediately provide a statement that his Administration will develop a plan to address any zoning issues that reflects the monitor’s findings.
“County Executive Astorino responded with Source of Income legislation to prevent personal fines and jail time and throwing the County into contempt of court, so I’m confident he can make a statement providing assurances acceptable to HUD to protect this vital funding. The County Executive should stop playing chicken with Westchester’s CDBG funding.”
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