Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has signed legislation outlawing discrimination against renters who use government income such as Section 8 vouchers or veterans benefits to pay their landlords.
A federal judge said his signature was required on the source-of-income legislation under a 2009 fair housing settlement between the county and the federal government that requires the county to help build 750 units of affordable housing in mostly white communities. The settlement said the county executive must “promote” the law.
Astorino had vetoed it in 2010. He argued the veto was permissible because the settlement only referred to the bill in the 2009 session of the county legislature. The District Court said, however, that he had breached the settlement and a Court of Appeals panel upheld the ruling.
The veto was one element that led the Department of Housing and Urban Development to withhold three years of Community Development Block Grants and other housing funding. But a second, larger issue remains unresolved: the county’s analysis of local zoning.
Source-of-income legislation at the state level died when the legislature failed to pass the governor’s women’s equality agenda.
Here’s the full bill. His signature’s on the last page.