MINEOLA, NY – In response to Newsday’s investigative project uncovering unacceptable housing discrimination throughout the County, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today announced a sweeping plan to combat housing discrimination. The County Executive was today joined by County officials from both parties, and leaders from community and advocacy organizations including the NAACP, Long Island Housing Partnership, Long Island Fair Housing, Housing Help, and Hempstead Hispanic Civic Association.
“Newsday’s investigation uncovered an unacceptable reality that we must commit to reversing. In Nassau County, we are forging a historic, comprehensive, and bipartisan action plan to combat housing discrimination through increased enforcement, education, and community engagement. We will seize this opportunity to work together for lasting change,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
County Executive Curran today announced the following actions:
Previous Curran Administration initiatives on fair housing:
“Nassau County must do everything within its power to hold those that engage in illegal and discriminatory practices accountable,” Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D – Freeport) said. “By implementing a plan that emphasizes education, enforcement, and the knowledge of experts and advocates, Nassau County is taking a significant step toward a fairer housing market that celebrates diversity and a society that condemns bias wherever it exists.”
"Discrimination of any kind is unacceptable in Nassau County. Long Island is a diverse and welcoming community, and homebuyers should receive equal treatment regardless of their race,” said Nassau County Legislator Steve Rhoads (R – Bellmore). I look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and the Minority Affairs Committee to create an action plan to take on this important issue."
“To successfully confront a sordid state of affairs that has spanned several generations, we must engage in a frank dialogue that not only addresses shortcomings in the real estate industry but also recognizes the historic events that have led us to this moment and the role government has played,” Nassau County Legislator Siela A. Bynoe (D – Westbury) said. “This fair housing plan will protect home buyers and renters alike from racially discriminatory actions and serve as a catalyst for further reforms that will create true fairness and equity in our region.”
“During the course of Newsday's investigation, certain real estate agents were found to have made derogatory statements about communities like Elmont. However, my experience representing the Third Legislative District, which is filled with beautiful communities and outstanding schools, proves them wrong on a daily basis,” Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D – Valley Stream) said. “This fair housing plan makes it clear that we embrace equality, prioritize fairness and reject the racial animus that unjustly deflates home values in diverse communities."
"As a practicing attorney with more than 30 years of experience facilitating real estate transactions throughout New York State, I was dismayed to learn that the fears that clients and brokers have expressed to me through the years have evidently been validated by this investigation,” Nassau County Legislator Arnold W. Drucker (D – Plainview) said. “County Executive Curran's comprehensive fair housing action plan is a commendable step forward in our mission to dismantle generations of institutionalized discrimination that has plagued our region."
“When my husband and I were looking for a home, we chose Freeport because we knew that raising a family in a community rich with history and diversity would benefit our children. I wholeheartedly support County Executive Curran’s fair housing plan and believe it is an important step toward breaking a vicious cycle of discrimination that is not only illegal, but truly un-American,” Nassau County Legislator Debra Mulé (D – Freeport) said.
“We are encouraged to see that Nassau County is increasing its commitment to enforcement and education of fair housing laws, along with a broader approach to dealing with racism and housing discrimination in the community at large,” said Ian Wilder, Executive Director of Long Island Housing Services