The League of Women Voters of Westchester sent a letter to County Executive Rob Astorino and members of the Board of Legislators Tuesday saying that they must work together on source-of-income legislation. The 2009 fair housing settlement between Westchester and the federal government requires that the county executive promote the legislation, which would prohibit discrimination against renters using Section 8 or other government income. In a decision last week, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed that the county needs to act on the legislation.
Here’s the League’s letter:
The Honorable Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Executive and Honorable Members of the County Board of Legislators:
Dear County Executive and Members of the Board of Legislators:
In light of the decision of the United States District Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, announced on Friday, April 5, 2013, it is imperative that the County Executive and the County Board of Legislators promptly work together to enact the legislation necessary to cure the current default of the County’s obligations under the Housing Settlement Agreement.
To do otherwise would be to risk the imposition of sanctions by the United States District Court, Southern District of New York — which sanctions will burden each and every taxpayer in our County.
Sharon Lindsay, President, LWVW