Readers Write: Fair housing posed threat to Nassau’s lifestyle dream


Your Aug. 7 editorial “The Suburban Lifestyle Dream” was an unfair and biased representation of the very real dangers to suburban living of the recently rescinded Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing, a regulation put into effect by the Obama-Biden administration, and one which is certain to be reinstated if Biden and Harris win the national election.
AFFH, like so many Trojan horses (“we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”) was never passed by Congress, but was a regulation put into law by Obama’s pen. It gives the federal government unprecedented powers to rule over local governments to an extent the average suburban resident is largely unaware of.
Leaving aside the usual Democratic Party-media complex rhetoric you indulge in, (charges of racism used to cloak a radical agenda) the AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is the Orwellian name attached to it) permits the federal government to use the threat of withholding federal transportation funding and other block grants to eliminate single-family housing. Single-family zoning suburban living is a cornerstone of the middle-class dream. The reality of AFFH is that it furthers massive federal over-reach, not fair housing.
Your editorial disingenuously argues that since AFFH under Obama-Biden didn’t affect Nassau County too badly, it must not be dangerous. Yet one need only look a short distance north to see how Westchester County was threatened and succumbed to the all powerful federal government in a settlement which cost the taxpayers of Westchester tens of millions as they were forced to build low-cost housing.
Middle-class homeowners of all races are facing a stealth threat to their way of existence in single-family homes which they worked and saved hard to pay for, only to be taken away under the guise of “affordable housing.” So, too, is the federalist plan form of freedom for local government laid down by our founding fathers.

Peter Verdirame
Port Washington


  1. “AFFH, like so many Trojan horses (“we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”) was never passed by Congress, but was a regulation put into law by Obama’s pen.”

    Forgetting the housing issue for a minute, can we put this infantile canard to bed once and for all? This is from an edited clip of a Nancy Pelosi speech which in no way affirms that ANY bill should be passed without Congress looking at it.

    ACA was discussed to death.
    There were Town Halls staged by members of Congress.
    And the GOP in both houses were fully engaged in the process:

    “Obama announced to a joint session of Congress in February 2009 his intent to work with Congress to construct a plan for healthcare reform. By July, a series of bills were approved by committees within the House of Representatives. On the Senate side,the Senate Finance Committee held a series of 31 meetings to develop a proposal. This group—in particular, Democrats Max Baucus, Jeff Bingaman and Kent Conrad, along with Republicans Mike Enzi, Chuck Grassley and Olympia Snowe—met for more than 60 hours, and the principles they discussed, in conjunction with the other committees, became the foundation of a Senate bill.

    Congressional Democrats and health policy experts MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber and David Cutler argued that guaranteed issue would require both community rating and an individual mandate to ensure that adverse selection and/or “free riding” would not result in an insurance “death spiral”. They chose this approach after concluding that filibuster-proof support in the Senate was not present for more progressive plans such as single-payer. By deliberately drawing on bipartisan ideas—the same basic outline was supported by former Senate majority leaders Howard Baker, Bob Dole, Tom Daschle and George J. Mitchell—the bill’s drafters hoped to garner the necessary votes]

    However, following the incorporation of an individual mandate into the proposal, Republicans threatened to filibuster any bill that contained it. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who led the Republican response, concluded Republicans should not support the bill.

    Aside from that, ACA was the brainchild of the Heritage Foundation. Obama, ever the centrist, freely borrowed their ideas.

    But the point is that million of people can mindlessly parrot “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” like wind up dolls, convinced that ACA’s passage was due to subterfuge.

  2. We need some fact-checking here:

    “AFFH, like so many Trojan horses (“we have to pass it to find out what’s in it”) was never passed by Congress, but was a regulation put into law by Obama’s pen.”

    Sorry, AFFH was passed into law in 1968 as part of the Fair Housing Act.

    Similarly, Westchester took $50 million dollars from the federal government while certifying in writing that it would Affirmatively Further Fair Housing. When litigation uncovered that it didn’t it was required to give the US government what we already paid for.

    “…in 2015, Obama’s administration created an AFFH provision that provided a framework for local governments to take “meaningful action” against discrimination and segregation in housing — and prove that it was working — in order to receive federal dollars.
    The rule didn’t last long before it was suspended, though. Even before Trump took office, Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had been critical of the AFFH provision. And in 2018, the new administration suspended the rule.”

  4. Sorry, AFFH was passed into law in 1968 as part of the Fair Housing Act.==completely false.
    I am going to attribute that to your ignorance rather than call you a liar


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