Article from LOHUD on 9/3
Spano signs power over to Obama in HUD deal
If there's any remaining doubt that the Obama administration hasn't actively extended its long arm into the affairs of day-to-day community life, then Westchester's $62.5 million housing settlement with the federal government should be a convincer.
More and more, this fuzzy deal looks like a triumph of centralized bureaucracy over local practicality.
Is there racism in these parts? You bet there is. But this curious case seems to have less to do with racial justice than it does with the assertion of power - federal power.
And the stark fact is that County Executive Andy Spano literally, though perhaps unwittingly, signed that power over to the feds. The smoking gun is contained in a deposition he gave.
Said Spano: "I signed whatever I have to in order to get the money from HUD."
The New York City-based Anti-Discrimination Center, the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, alleged that Spano's admission was evidence of the county's "false claims" that it had complied with requirements to "affirmatively further fair housing" when it secured $52 million in grant money from the Department of Housing and Development.