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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Consent decree will end housing suit
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The homes on D’Amato Drive in Island Park have been the center of contention for more than two decades. Built with federal funds and earmarked for minorities, they went instead to non-minorities.

“Four years down the road, we’ll look at what we’ve got and whether or not there was any discrimination involved, and then we’ll re-evaluate the situation,” he said. “There are no new homes being built under the program, nor is there additional money involved for subsidizing homes or for low-cost mortgages. This is a market-based solution. … [I]f we don’t get the anticipated number, then we’ll see if it’s due to market conditions or to discrimination. We just want to give everybody a fair shake.”

Millus said that he would attend a Jan. 9 town meeting to detail the agreement for residents and to answer their questions. “People have a right to complain,” he said. “But they don’t have the right to make up their own facts. There has been a lot of misinformation, and we will clear that up in January.”

No time or site for the meeting has been determined.

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