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Judge: Westchester shouldn't be fined, face other penalties in affordable housing settlement


WHITE PLAINS, New York — A judge says Westchester County shouldn't be held in contempt of court or face fines for its actions in an affordable housing settlement.

The Journal News reports (http://lohud.us/1Yk1TVu ) that a magistrate judge issued his ruling in a report and recommendation issued Thursday.

The county settled a fair-housing lawsuit in 2009 by agreeing to several terms, including building more than 700 units of affordable housing. But a court-appointed monitor said over the summer that Westchester violated one of the conditions and recommended penalties to the court.

County Executive Rob Astorino says the ruling "corrects the false narrative" by the federal government that Westchester violated the terms.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development wasn't available for comment.

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

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