NY Town's Housing Plan Ruled Biased Against Minorities

Law360, New York (December 9, 2013, 2:06 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Friday ruled that the Village of Garden City on Long Island had enacted a discriminatory zoning policy directed at keeping out minority families in violation of the Fair Housing Act, following more than eight years of contentious litigation.

U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt found that racially tinged public opposition to affordable housing units within Garden City fueled the village's 2004 decision to reject a multifamily home zoning ordinance known as R-M in favor of a policy that favored high-cost,...
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