Commentary

Westchester Case
Consent decree "must be enforced completely and and enforced with passion and determination," says one. The housing to be built under the consent decree was intended "to be catalytic in impact," says another. More
Westchester Case
More than six years after Westchester was forced to enter into a federal court consent decree requiring the dismantling of zoning barriers to affordable housing, very little is understood about the actual requirements of that decree. The confusion is evident in a recent editorial in the Westchester Journal News. Featuring a call to “finish housing settlement,” the Editorial Board is apparently not aware that compliance with the consent decree has barely begun. More
Westchester Case
Another example of the wrongheadedness of the strategy of the U.S. Attorney and the Monitor to pretend that, in the main, the Westchester consent decree is on track. More
Westchester Case
Westchester challenge to being cut off because it didn't conduct proper zoning analysis decisively rejected. But the failure of the Government and the Monitor to take seriously the obligation to enforce the consent decree in court (the normal place to do so) again made clear. More
Westchester Case
Supplemental report focuses on County's failure to take required actions in respect to one development and County's failure to have financing in place for a sufficient number of units. Monitor still not seeking action on broader issues. More
Westchester Case
Westchester groups, fed up with inaction on affordable housing, seek action. 10 percent of 463 units of proposed new housing in Harrison should consist of affordable units, they say. County Executive reminded of his obligation to take legal action against municipalities who retain zoning barriers. More
Westchester Case
Latest status report does begin to cite subset of County's violations, but remains wedded to the false narrative that "progress" continues to occur and adds additional "cheating units." Window-dressing changes to zoning that leave vast single-family areas highly segregated and untouched by affordable housing are lauded. Westchester's six years of across-the-board refusal to challenge municipalities who retain barriers to fair housing choice not discussed. More

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