31 May Meet the Man Who Saves Futures
If information is power, Rob Astorino has enough to shatter the administration’s media halo and send HUD officials slithering behind their stacks of regulations.
Astorino is the County Executive for Westchester County NY, an upscale community north of NYC that is home to Andrew Cuomo, George Soros, Hillary and Bill Clinton to name a few.
In the name of fair housing, HUD is now implementing the most abusive, property-rights-grabbing, local-rule-neutering regulation since our Founders cast off monarchical handouts for naturalrights.
When property rights are so easily severed, so too is the self-determination that creates future opportunities.
In a move that opposes every tenet of American morality, HUD is using lawsuits, investigatory threats, and pitting community members against community members, all to complete the largest federal seizure of local authority and land use in our country’s history.
Rob Astorino understands each nuance of HUD’s calamitous new direction and is not afraid to share the information.
In 2009, the Republican won the Westchester County Executive seat from three time Democratic incumbent Andrew Spano. In a county where Democrats outnumber Republicans three to one, community members preferred Rob’s frank and cross-political message to his opponent’s rising property taxes and oily rhetoric.
Astorino walked into a post-election, Cat 5 legal hurricane.
At the time he assumed office, HUD had intervened in the settlement of a third party lawsuit against Westchester. The original suit maintained that, over the years, the county had made false claims in their application for HUD grants. The courts agreed Westchester had failed to “affirmatively further fair housing” and, among other settlement requirements, ordered the county to build 750 low-income houses.
HUD argued, “750 homes was only a start.” They demanded that the affordable homes had to be located near better schools in affluent neighborhoods, that landlords could not question the source of renters’ incomes, and that the court should appoint an “independent” monitor to oversee each town’s implementation of the settlement to HUD’s satisfaction.
HUD coined their attacks on Westchester a “Grand Experiment.” If the agency succeeded in using the threat of False Claims Act suits and charges of failure to affirmatively further fair housing to force the county alter their zoning laws, it would create a precedent HUD could use to implement social engineering schemes across the country.
(HUD’s scheme worked so well, in 2009, before the court formally announcing the settlement, the agency had already targeted Marin County, CA citing the “Westchester precedent.”)
Though the NY case settled in 2009, when Astorino renewed requests for additional HUD funding, the agency continually redefined the barriers to fair housing.
Single-family homes and large lots became “discriminatory”, unless minorities resided in the same community. In HUD’s Newspeak, quarter acre plots and single-family homes were dubbed “unfair” and local zoning laws were “impediments” to “balanced lifestyles.”
Thanks to the Westchester case, HUD grant recipients must now endure the likelihood of high-density, low-income housing next to the finest homes and most “proficient” schools or face compliance reviews and costly litigation.
Worse, there is little benefit to low-income families. Minorities and protected classes become government pawns, shuffled to distant towns where they have no relatives, no friends and nothing in common.
Astorino wants county and town officials across America to know, if you take HUD grant money, it will no longer be “business as usual.” In 2011 alone, HUD initiated more legal actions than in the entire previous decade.
On July 16, 2015, HUD codified the “Grand Experiment” in a new regulation called, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.”
Meanwhile the court monitor has requested the court muffle Astorino’s speech and take down press releases and posts exposing the extent of HUD’s harm. A petition is circulating to keep the executive’s voice strong and protect his freedom of speech. You can sign the petition here.
Poor and middle-class American families have become the grist the administration’s machine grinds into compliance as HUD relentlessly consumes any hope they might find future success and independence. Local zoning laws, voters’ decisions and local rule become the agency’s wreckage.
Rob Astorino is undeterred in his asymmetrical stand to expose the ultimate government overreach.
Every local public official and municipal attorney who is considering accepting HUD grants must hear his voice.
John Anthony, Founder
Property Value Defense
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