CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Westchester County breached its obligations under an affordable housing settlement by not opposing a 28-unit development in Chappaqua, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, according to lohud.com.
The judge added that Chappaqua Station units can count toward the county’s benchmarks outlined in the settlement. Westchester faced $60,000 a month fines and could have been required to build additional housing if those units weren’t counted, according to lohud.com.
In 2009, Westchester settled a lawsuit from a New York-based group called the Anti-Discrimination Center by agreeing to take steps to further fair housing. The central portion of that settlement required Westchester to build or obtain 750 units of affordable housing in 31 of its richest and whitest communities. The agreement sets annual benchmarks the county must hit to have financing and building permits in place. Westchester said it has hit its benchmarks so far, but a court-appointed monitor and the federal government contested the county’s assertion it had at least 450 units financed by the end of 2014, according to lohud.com.