County Legislature Majority Leader Supports HUD Monitor’s Criticism of County Response to Proceeding with I.D.-ing Zoning Roadblocks in Towns Short Affordable Housing.

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WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators. June 27, 2014:

Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Majority Leader Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining) released the following statement today in regard to the new assessment report  (released Thursday, see story below)  from the federally-appointed monitor James E. Johnson concerning the housing settlement between Westchester County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

“I appreciate the diligent efforts of Mr. Johnson and his staff in preparing this thorough analysis of the County’s progress in completing the terms of the housing settlement. By working collaboratively with the monitor and our local municipalities, we are moving forward in making sure the County successfully completes the housing agreement.

“I am grateful for the local officials and leaders for working with the County to clear the logjam around the final steps of the housing settlement. Let there be no doubts that by working collaboratively, we can complete the terms of the settlement and continue to provide housing for our seniors, veterans, young professionals and hard-working families in Westchester.

“The monitor’s report notes that the County needs to do a better job in promoting and educating our residents and local officials about affordable housing, and I could not agree more. County residents are not served by political posturing and reckless misinformation about the settlement. We must work together to create a positive vision for the county’s future that will benefit all Westchester communities.”

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