Michael N. Romita, the new President and CEO of the Westchester County Associations spoke with Journal News/lohud reporter Peter Kramer March 2, 2020.

Rockland/Westchester Journal News

Westchester County is in the midst of a housing crisis which, if not addressed, will threaten the long-term health of our regional economy. 

County Executive George Latimer’s office recently completed a housing needs assessment that identified an immediate need for greater than 11,700 units of working-class housing. It’s not simply that there isn’t enough residential real estate. It’s that the cost of housing — rental housing in particular — is fast becoming out of reach for middle-class families. Accordingly, more than 20% of Westchester County households are identified as severely cost burdened — spending more than half their income on a place to live. Many of these families