A very lengthy article, only a small portion of which is excerpted here, COURTESY OF THE RIVER REPORTER 8/15/14:
In the county’s letter...the county refutes the monitor’s charge that the County Executive
“misstated the terms of the Settlement and signaled ongoing defiance of
its terms.” With clear documentation, the letter demonstrates the
comments made by the county executive to be factual and in response to
statements actually made by HUD and the monitor.
For example, the monitor wrote that the County Executive was in error
to suggest that HUD and the monitor were attempting to expand the
settlement to increase the number of affordable housing units from 750
to 10,768. But the record clearly shows the figure was introduced by the
monitor in his March 21, 2013 Report Cards to local municipalities.
The 10,768 figure comes from a 2004 Rutgers University study and a
derivative 2005 allocation plan, neither of which was ever adopted by
the County Executive, the Board of Legislators or local municipalities.
Nevertheless, figures from these reports were incorporated into the
monitor’s report cards, and municipalities were told they had “an
obligation” to meet these unadopted allocations, despite the fact that
no such requirement is mentioned in the settlement....(Editor's note: Croton's "allocation" changes depending on what has been reported but is in the neighborhood of 110 units)
“This was a perfect example of how frustrating it can be in dealing
with HUD and the monitor,” said Astorino. “They give you a number that
no one has agreed to, criticize you for not meeting it, pretend they
never really meant it in the first place, and then blame you for
creating confusion. Not to bring this to the public’s attention would
have been irresponsible.” READ MORE HERE http://www.riverjournalonline.com/around-town/latest/3402-astorino-corrects-report-by-federal-housing-monitor.html