The administration of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is disputing several points in the latest report from the court monitor in the county’s fair housing case and is asking for consultations before any more reports are issued.
That could delay the release of the report the monitor is working on on whether zoning in Westchester towns is exclusionary under federal court precedents that look at zoning’s effect on black and Hispanic residents. The report was originally scheduled to be submitted Friday but was not released.
Westchester Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett wrote to the monitor, Jim Johnson of Debevoise & Plimpton, Thursday complaining that he did not meet with the county as required before releasing a report in June examining Astorino’s record in promoting fair housing as required by the settlement.
The leadership with the Westchester Board of Legislators asked Johnson to complete the zoning analysis to break an impasse between the county and the federal government that has resulted in the loss of tens of million in community development grants.
For Plunkett’s letter, click here.
Photo: Westchester Housing Monitor Jim Johnson, right, with County Executive Rob Astorino, second from right, Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett, left, and Mary Mahon, special assistant to the county executive.