NY Delays Minority Housing in Clintons’ Suburb

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -

A state board denied on Wednesday most of the variances needed for an affordable housing project aimed at non-whites in the New York suburb that is home to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The denials mean at least a long delay in the construction of 28 rental units in Chappaqua that would be part of the 2009 settlement of a housing desegregation suit against Westchester County.

The settlement calls for the county to build 750 units in mostly white areas — like the Town of New Castle, which includes Chappaqua — and market them to non-whites.

The town supervisor opposed the project and local officials raised safety issues that required variances. On Wednesday, the Hudson Valley Regional Board of Review approved a variance regarding fire truck accessibility but denied several others.

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is investigating a complaint by the developer, Conifer Realty, that the local opposition to the housing project is race-based.