Building and Realty Institute to file brief in legal fight over housing settlement


The Building and Realty Institute of Westchester and the Mid-Hudson Region has decided to file a friend of the court brief at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Westchester County in its fight with the federal government over source-of-income legislation.

The legislation would prohibit discrimination against tenants who use Section 8 or other government income to pay rent. County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the legislation but the government argues he was required to sign it as part of the 2009 fair housing settlement.

The Atlantic Legal Foundation, a non-profit law firm based in Larchmont that advocates for limited government and free enterprise, was brought in to file the brief for the Building and Realty Institute, which represents apartment owners who oppose the passage of the source-of-income law.

“It’s our understanding that the whole thrust of the program as originally conceived by Congress and legislated by Congress was as a voluntary program,” said Albert Annunziata, executive director of the institute.

Click here for the latest on the source-of-income fight.


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  1. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    The Matter Must and Must Alone Take Due Considerations of What The Constitution Says about this issue! The Government or The Governments Money cannnot be used by ” No One Even The Becoming of Friends of The Court”… ! in any manner that ( although may not discriminate ” these Tenants” unlike “the others” who have earned their Properties that ” the Becoming of Now Friend of The Court” may indirectly attempt or foster ( keeping in mind the Special and Unprecedented Interests of This Birth Rate Majority” that is apparently trying “under the PRETEXTS of Democratic Party’s Cry for Change!

    I understand that its a sensitive matter! But, ( unlike ) no one can force another not to live or not live in the United States! But, at the same time cannnot impose “multicultural” Respect upon American Towns or People who Value The Fundamental Core Values of The Republic! America is very vast Land by the Blessings of The Lord Almighty! We either work out to live together and assimilate in the Soil or Not ( agenda ) OUR GREATEST NATION in The World of Foreignizing from within! The Motherland of Americans Must be Respected and not changed! This Country has helped the Globe to what they are; NOW THE Time has come to Please Give Back to The Republic! Not attempting to weaken it! It is the Responsibility of Every Inhabitant of America who considers himself American and American alone! Don’t let The Saddam Hussian Legislators ( accross ) Small Town Divide us and status quo their decades of reelections and supporting of Who know Who!

    My Opinion is ” withdraw the Case! Don’t Go To Litigation; CALL The Federal Government and say that you are sorry for “default on the Plea Bargain” and start fresh implementing what was defaulted!

    Everyone work together above narrow mindedness! Westchester must Unite…

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller

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