Group: Misused federal funds perpetuate segregation in Nassau

The report also says affordable housing is rarely built in mostly white neighborhoods.

The report also says affordable housing is rarely built in mostly white neighborhoods. (2/16/17)

MINEOLA - The group New York Communities for Change issued a report Thursday accusing Nassau County officials of misusing federal funds that were intended to build affordable housing.

The report also says affordable housing is rarely built in mostly white neighborhoods.

"It's high time that we call out the county, the county executive and the county Legislature for continuing to perpetuate and exacerbate segregation," says Lucas Sanchez, of New York Communities for Change.

The report found that Glen Cove is using more than $53,000 in housing grant money to put up historic signage and that Lynbrook is spending $115,000 on streetlights.

Democratic Legislator Carrie Solanges is calling for more oversight of how the money is spent.

"I believe that our county executive and our county officers don't have  [affordable housing]  as a priority," says Solanges.

A spokeswoman for the Village of Lynbrook says they are not using housing money to fund the streetlight project. Glen Cove officials did not return News 12's call about the signage.

Nassau's director of the Office of Housing and Community Development said, "The County has always complied with federal law, and the federal funds received by the county are allocated to towns and villages for projects which comply with federal requirements."

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