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
     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.”