Justice Dept. threatens to seek contempt order for Westchester over fair housing dispute

August 24, 2012
After the U.S. attorney threatened to seek a contempt order against Westchester County, County Executive Rob Astorino said he will ask the legislature to reintroduce legislation that has been one of the most contentious elements of the county housing settlement.
     Astorino said he will ask the Board of Legislators by Aug. 31 to reintroduce legislation that would prohibit discrimination against tenants who use Section 8 or other government income for rent, and will help the board analyze the legislation as required in a May 3 court order. But it’s not clear if Astorino’s move will satisfy the U.S. Attorney’s Office or the judge because he said he will wait for the final legislation before determining whether he will sign it. The court order says Astorino must sign the legislation.
     The U.S. Attorney’s office had no comment.