Under Contempt Threat, County Exec Agrees to Sign Bill

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP/Hamodia) -

Under the threat of a federal contempt citation, the Westchester County executive has agreed to sign a fair-housing bill he vetoed in 2010.

County Executive Robert Astorino sent the bill back to the county Legislature on Wednesday. He urged its passage and pledged to sign it if it’s passed.

The Justice Department, in a letter made public Tuesday, had demanded those three actions by Thursday. The department said it might seek contempt-of-court charges if Astorino did not comply.

The bill would prohibit a landlord from refusing a tenant just because the tenant is using federal subsidies such as Section 8 to pay rent.

A court ruled that Astorino’s veto violated one of the terms of the 2009 settlement of a desegregation lawsuit.

Astrino is seen as a rising Republican star. Many in the GOP have been pushing him to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014.