Rep. Nan Hayworth, M.D. (NY-19) sent a letter today to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan urging efficient and effective resolution of disputes stemming from the 2009 lawsuit settlement between the County of Westchester and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In the letter Hayworth cites benefits to both county taxpayers and affordable housing recipients as reason to amicably and expeditiously resolve the current dispute. Hayworth has been closely monitoring the dispute and has been in contact with officials at both HUD and in Westchester County.
Below is the text of the letter:
July 19, 2011
The Honorable Shaun Donovan
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410
Dear Secretary Donovan:
On August 10, 2009, Westchester County, New York, settled a lawsuit brought under the Federal Torts Claim Act by the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York. Pursuant to this settlement, Westchester County is required to undertake a number of activities intended to increase fair access to affordable housing. Both the recipients of affordable housing and taxpayers in Westchester County will benefit from the settlement being implemented in the least burdensome and most cost effective manner possible. I urge the Department of Housing and Urban Development to work with Westchester County to implement the settlement in an effective and efficient manner. Toward this goal, I very much encourage and appreciate your participation in a July 27, 2011 meeting with Westchester County regarding this critical topic.
Thank you for your time on this very important manner. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
The Honorable Nan Hayworth, M.D