Contact: Barry Caro, (914) 924-8870,, or on twitter @NoamBramson

In response to the the report on zoning issued by the Federal Housing Monitor yesterday, New Rochelle Mayor and Democratic County Executive candidate issued the following statement:

“The report of the housing monitor narrows the challenge facing Westchester, giving the County an opportunity to put the settlement behind us and shape a sensible housing policy that benefits all people in the region. But this will require constructive, collaborative leadership, not the shameless scare tactics and falsehoods consistently offered by Republican Rob Astorino.”

“The County Executive’s obstructionism has already needlessly prolonged this dispute, costing taxpayers millions in lost grants and frivolous legal expenses, with tens of millions more at risk. Moreover, Mr. Astorino’s absurd claims — that the County must eliminate all local zoning and spend $1 billion on new housing units — have now been utterly debunked.”

“Instead of continuing this losing and deceptive strategy, the County should work with the municipalities noted in today’s report to gather accurate information, provide professional assistance, and ensure that additional actions, if any are eventually required, reflect sound planning principles and uphold local interests.”

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