- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A court-appointed monitor says Westchester County officials have been spreading “demonstrably false” information about the county’s federal housing discrimination settlement.

Attorney James Johnson said in the 69-page report that County Executive Rob Astorino and other top Westchester officials have claimed in public that the 2009 settlement would cost more than $1 billion and would destroy local zoning.

Johnson said the assertions are false and violate the county’s obligation to act “in good faith” in implementing the settlement.

Astorino spokesman Ned McCormack tells the Journal News (http://lohud.us/1Rr53Rm ) that Johnson’s report relied on “unfounded allegations.”

McCormack said the county was meeting court-mandated deadlines for new affordable housing units, building permits and housing applications.

The 2009 settlement stemmed from a nonprofit group’s lawsuit charging that Westchester’s housing stock was racially segregated.

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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