Westchester legislators set hearing on housing legislation; Republicans seek opportunity to amend law


The Westchester Board of Legislators set a public hearing for Monday at 7:30 p.m. on legislation included in the 2009 fair housing settlement, but only after Republican Majority Leader Jim Maisano insisted that legislators be given a chance to discuss and amend the so-called source-of-income legislation.

The bill would add the source of a tenant’s income as a protected category in the fair housing law, meaning landlords cannot turn them away just because they rely on Section 8 vouchers, disability payments or other government income or private housing grants to rent or buy housing.

Democrats said they want to pass the legislation sent down by County Executive Rob Astorino without changes because he has agreed to sign it. The adoption of the legislation would satisfy one provision of the fair housing settlement that has been a sticking point for the county since Astorino vetoed the same law in 2010.

Maisano raised his concerns before the vote Wednesday morning, asking if legislators will be allowed to suggest changes to the legislation, particularly since there are six new legislators since the legislation was last before the board.

“They want to be involved and engaged in a real process,” he said.

The board will hold a committee meeting with all legislators on Monday before the public hearing, said board Chairman Ken Jenkins, D-Yonkers.

Maisano said he thinks the law can be improved and said he expects to offer amendments.

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