County Executive Rob Astorino can rightly claim progress, as he has this week, in meeting numerical goals of a 2009 agreement to build 750 units of affordable housing in overwhelmingly white suburban communities. Nonetheless, the county chief remains Westchester’s worst enemy when it comes to executing an overarching settlement obligation: making the government a force for fair housing throughout the county. His contrary posture — Astorino has engaged in a running, distortion-laden diatribe against the settlement since even before he entered office — has made Westchester seem petty and small-minded. The question remains how much longer the federal court will put up with such blatant obstinacy.
Astorino on Monday took an early victory lap, asserting that the administration was almost a year ahead of schedule in meeting benchmarks for developing housing that Westchester promised under a landmark settlement reached before he took office in 2010.