11 Apr HUD Moves to Muzzle Whistleblower
With no congressional approval or a single vote, HUD is enacting the most dangerous scheme for controlling local property rights in our history.
Now the agency wants to silence the one whistleblower capable of exposing every aspect of their strategy.
We CANNOT let that happen!
HUD’s new rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) turns fair housing grants into breeding grounds for civil lawsuits that annihilate local autonomy.
Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino experienced the birth of this program, and is trying to warn communities of its dangers.
HUD wants Astorino’s speech curbed.
Please sign our petition to stop the courts from silencing this critical voice.
A HUD-influenced court monitor dislikes the “tone set by the County Executive” in his remarks and asks the court to “set to rest misinterpretation[s]…”
But, the monitor is misinterpreting Astorino’s remarks in an effort to sway the court.
The monitor’s report insists Astorino falsely claims HUD wants to “dismantle local zoning” and force “high rise” construction. In fact, Astorino warned HUD can do all of this; and they are.
HUD requires communities to analyze local zoning laws, and create a plan to overcome “impediments to furthering fair housing”. The agency then accepts, rejects or demands modifications to the plan.
Once communities accept the grant funds, refusal to follow HUD’s “suggestions” results in compliance reviews, redirection of the money or lawsuits. While HUD does not directly control zoning laws, indirectly they control every aspect of them.
We cannot let the court stifle the County Executive’s information.
Their chilling tactic allows HUD to control local zoning, reverse voters’ decisions and even annex communities into a region, while claiming the high moral ground of stopping discrimination.
This is already happening in communities like Marin County, Ca and Rockford, IL.
HUD’s current demands that Westchester build 750 more affordable houses is changeable.
Under the gelatin requirements of affirmatively further fair housing, HUD can demand hi-rises, more affordable homes, more relocations and more marketing in nearby counties to import protected groups, as HUD deems necessary.
The agency’s enforcement of AFFH is already ensnaring communities from California to Illinois.
This is why we must sign the petition to keep Astorino free to expose HUD.
Gagging parties that expose government wrongdoing is not a new threat.
- In 2009, Health and Human Services issued a gag order to stop Medicare plans and company websites from publishing price increases resulting from the Affordable Care Act.
- In March of 2016, the DOJ communicated with the FBI over the possible prosecution of those who question the government’s official climate change stance.
There is little laudable about HUD’s attack on Astorino. The agency wants to integrate communities by relocating low-income families like chess pawns to fulfill HUD’s social manipulations. There is no conclusive proof the good outweighs the negatives of their utopian scheme.
Westchester County is losing its grip on its own sovereignty. The same fate may hit your community unless Astorino is free to expose HUD.Go here to sign our petition to protect Rob Astorino’s free speech