Westchester affordable housing settlement is terminated

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WHITE PLAINS – After 12 years of Westchester County being under the watchful eye of a federal monitor, it is able to close the book on the Affordable Housing Settlement.

The county recently received notification from U.S. District Judge Denise Cote that it was in substantial compliance with the consent decree, and a federal housing monitor was no longer needed.

“It was a long road, and much of it was traveled before I walked in the door as county executive,” said George Latimer. “But, I think we have proven time and again that fair and affordable housing is something that we believe in. We consistently put significant money aside, we conducted a Housing Needs Study, and we understand fully how great that need is. More than 11,000 units are needed to satisfy the demand for young families and seniors on fixed incomes, and we want to see these projects come to fruition all across Westchester.”

“We know that we have a long way to go, but I want to thank the Department of Justice for recognizing our commitment to this cause. We made every effort to satisfy the terms of the case, and I am thrilled that we are able to put it behind us.”