NY judge cites 'breakdown' in process of complying with housing order in Westchester County

July 25, 2012
A judge ordered Westchester County on Wednesday to speed up its responses to federal requests to comply with a court order that settled a 2009 housing segregation lawsuit.
     U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan agreed with a request from the federal government to require the county to make any objections within five days so that the sides can meet and confer before forwarding any disputes to a magistrate judge for a speedy ruling.
     "The record is clear enough that there has been a failure, a breakdown in the process to date," Cote said at a hearing.
     Westchester County lawyer Robert Meehan said the county wants to comply with the settlement order and was surprised the federal government sought the judge's intervention. The federal government has accused the county of consistently failing to comply with information requests.