This came over the transom today: Westchester County has paid through the nose for legal representation in the anti-discrimination case that resulted in an out-of-court settlement.
According to a memo from the county’s law department, the county has paid the Epstein & Becker law firm, $2,677,316 in outside counsel fees on the case.
But that $2.7 million may be just for starters. More bills may be coming.
On Monday, the county Board of Legislators voted 12-to-5 to accept the settlement deal which calls for the county to spend $51.6 million to build, lease or purchase 750 units of affordable housing in 31 mostly white communities. The case has been a political bomb shell and has become a major issue in the race for county executive.