Kaplowitz responds to HUD complaint against Westchester

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In an official answer filed last week, Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, the chairman of the Westchester Board of Legislators, has denied the allegations of housing discrimination filed against the county earlier this month over an affordable housing project in Chappaqua.conifer

The complaint, filed with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, accused the county of violating fair housing law by turning down financing for the complex proposed by Conifer Realty called Chappaqua Station. The complaint also names the town of New Castle, where Chappaqua is a hamlet.

If built, Chappaqua Station will count toward the county’s obligations under a fair housing settlement dating to 2009 that requires the county to finance 750 units of affordable housing. But Kaplowitz, who represents New Castle, argued against approving the funding until the state considers a set of variances the town building inspector said are needed.

“There was no discussion on the part of any Westchester County Legislator at any time evincing discriminatory motivation during any of the proceedings before the County Board or its committees,” he wrote in the March 18 answer to the complaint. “The concerns that were voiced centered around the health and safety considerations of future occupants.”

Kaplowitz said in his response that the county will consider the funding once the state board rules.

For a story on the complaint click here.

Photo: Officials from the Chappaqua Fire Department have questioned whether the Hunts Place site of the Chappaqua Station complex had enough room for fire trucks to fight a fire there. Renderings courtesy of Conifer Development.

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