Facing fines of $5.4 million in a decades old discrimination lawsuit, the Village of Island Park agreed on Nov. 8 to a consent decree that would allow the village to end the lawsuit by paying the federal government $1.96 million both in fines and to insure that the village aggressively seeks minority homeowners.
That total includes $568,000 in fines, up to $300,000 to hire a new village official who would set up and monitor a fair housing program that would bring 17 new African-American homeowners to the village over the next four years, and the remainder to fund the outreach program.
United States District Judge I. Leo Glasser has yet to approve the decree, but it was approved on Nov. 8 by Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and Paul Millus, the village’s attorney. Officials say that the judge’s approval in a case like this is pro forma.
Millus confirmed to the Herald that the consent agreement had been approved and signed by both the village and the government.
For the rest of this story, see Thursday’s edition of the Oceanside/Island Park Herald.