Disturbing events have been unfolding in Westchester County, New York over the past several years. The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been wielding unfettered legal and regulatory power in this community, calling it their "Grand Experiment!" Unelected federal bureaucrats are deciding how neighborhoods will be built using social, environmental, and economic justice to force racial diversity. The video in this article is Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive, speaking with Steve Malzberg at Newsmax discussing what regulations the federal government has been mandating on Westchester County regarding housing development, densities, and zoning laws.
We all agree discrimination is wrong; however, people choose and live where they can afford to live. The American Dream has always promoted upward mobility, especially private property and home ownership.
Statistics and research into Westchester County has shown there is no exclusionary zoning; the biggest obstacle to people living in these neighborhoods is price (much like any other communities and neighborhoods across the country). This is not discrimination, although the federal government and HUD have determined it is potentially discriminatory. HUD asserts that single family homes on quarter acre home sites are discriminatory and insists communities change their neighborhood zoning. This is a vital issue we all need to follow. Any community that has taken federal dollars has effectively permitted the federal government to control local control and local zoning.
Go to Stand with Rob and read some of the letters and correspondence from HUD to Westchester County. The people must demand that control of zoning and housing issues remain a local issue.