Westchester failing to comply with historic housing desegregation order

February 10, 2010
An Anti-Discrimination Center ("ADC") report issued today, exactly six months after Westchester entered into a historic federal court Settlement Order to resolve a lawsuit brought by ADC, finds that Westchester is brazenly refusing to comply with critical elements of those obligations. The Settlement Order was entered on August 10, 2009, following court rulings that had found that Westchester had "utterly failed" to meet its "affirmatively furthering fair housing" ("AFFH") obligations throughout a six-year period, and that every single certification that Westchester had made during that period to the federal government asserting that the County had or would meet those obligations was "false or fraudulent."
     Under the Settlement Order, a crucial early step required of Westchester was the submission of an "Implementation Plan" for the achievement of the Settlement Order's desegregation goals. The Implementation Plan was supposed to be detailed and specific in setting forth the actions and activities necessary to ensure Settlement Order success. ADC has found that the documents recently submitted to the Monitor overseeing compliance "constitute neither planning nor implementation. The documents ignore or contradict several fundamental principles and requirements of the Settlement Order, and are clearly designed to maintain the status quo to the maximum extent possible."
     Among the key findings of the report: