JOURNAL NEWS CONDEMNS ASTORINO VETO, CITES ADDITIONALNON-COMPLIANCE
In a June 29, 2010 editorial, the Journal News notes in passing something that County and local officials, developers, and others following the desegregation case have known for a long time: the County Executive "has backed away from another settlement commitment...telling the Editorial Board some months ago that he would not sue local governments that unlawfully stood in the way of the county's obligations to promote fair housing throughout Westchester; the settlement required the county to acknowledge its long-settled authority to do just that — sue — if circumstances warrant."
As the editorial also points out:
The [consent decree] gives broad powers to a federal monitor overseeing the county's efforts to meet its settlement obligations, enabling the monitor to step in where the county stubbornly drags its feet. Such intervention doubtless would be costly, in terms of money and dignity; litigants dragged kicking and screaming to do what they already promised almost always pay a high price in the federal courts.
A link to the full text of the editorial is below.