Garden City adopts policy to outlaw housing discrimination

As News 12 has reported, the village changed zoning codes to restrict multi-family housing in 2004. Critics said the move was done to keep minorities out.

As News 12 has reported, the village changed zoning codes to restrict multi-family housing in 2004. Critics said the move was done to keep minorities out. (2/16/16)

GARDEN CITY - Garden City unanimously voted to add a fair-housing policy approved in 2014 to its village code Tuesday night to comply with a federal court ruling.

Residents and housing advocates filed a federal lawsuit nearly a decade ago accusing the village of discriminatory housing practices. 

In 2013, a federal judge ruled that Garden City officials did discriminate against minorities, and ordered village officials to make changes.

The village unanimously passed a fair-housing policy in 2014 as ordered, and that policy officially became part of the town's code after Tuesday night's vote.

Advocates say they want the village to take steps to build affordable housing in the spirit of becoming more inclusive.

Despite the change in village code, Garden City Mayor Nicholas Episcopia told News 12 that the village is appealing the ruling.

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