Court: N.Y. county made false claims to U.S. over 6-year period

February 25, 2009
In a landmark decision, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote has found that Westchester County falsely claimed that it was meeting its obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (“AFFH”). The ruling – rejecting the County’s motion for summary judgment – instead granted partial summary judgment to the Anti-Discrimination Center (“ADC”).
     The Court found that the County made claims to the federal government seeking payment from the federal treasury…and that the claims – more than 1,000 of them over six years – were “false or fraudulent.” The full text of the decision, along with other materials related to the case, is available at http://www.antibiaslaw.com/wfc.
     With several important issues decided against it, Westchester must now stand trial facing potential liability in excess of $150 million. Commenting on the decision, Craig Gurian, ADC’s Executive Director said: “We hope the County will now recognize that it faces critical problems of residential segregation, and that it makes sense to work with us to craft a sensible resolution of this matter that will enhance affordable housing opportunities throughout Westchester.”