The Spano-Nonna Affordable Housing Settlement in which Mr. Nonna was the deciding vote was predicated upon his belief that the county’s financial exposure would be limited to $51 million and that local zoning ordinances would be respected. Just within the past few weeks, the regional director of HUD stated that the $51 million is only “a down payment” on the settlement. He also stated that “impediments” to integrating housing throughout Westchester County must be eliminated. Mr. Nonna had an obligation to isolate Mount Pleasant from this settlement.
When Rob Astorino was campaigning against Andy Spano, he was told in a public debate by Mr. Spano that he and Mount Pleasant were racist for not accepting the HUD funds. Mr. Nonna should have felt compelled to protest this outrageous attack but political party constraints silenced him. He was obligated to protect Mount Pleasant from the settlement agreement since the town never accepted any HUD money but he failed his constituents when he voted to accept the agreement without procuring an exemption for Mount Pleasant. Today, Mount Pleasant is one of the targeted municipalities that may be forced to accept affordable housing settlement units.
The Spano-Nonna Affordable Housing Settlement was a bad agreement from the outset.
It's too late to be making excuses. We deserve a legislator who will make decisions that will benefit the taxpayers of District 3.