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Feds seek court order against suburban NY county in housing dispute
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) ¯¯¯ The federal government is asking a court to compel New York's Westchester County to provide information about any zoning practices that might be racially discriminatory.
A 2009 settlement in a court dispute over racial patterns in housing required the suburban county, north of New York City, to build 750 units, mostly in heavily-white areas, and market them to non-whites. It also required the county to analyze impediments to fair housing, including local zoning laws.
The court papers were filed Friday by federal prosecutors. In the papers, a federal monitor overseeing the case says the county has been recalcitrant in producing the zoning analysis and other requested information.
A county spokesman said the move is an example of bullying by the government.
Westchester County is home to many wealthy New Yorkers.