By Elizabeth Ganga, eganga@lohud.com — September 9, 2014

Six towns and villages in Westchester have zoning laws that push blacks and Hispanics into certain neighborhoods or have other problems that make them potentially exclusionary under federal law, according to a new report from the monitor overseeing Westchester’s contentious fair housing case.

The towns are Harrison, Larchmont, North Castle, Rye Brook, Lewisboro and Pelham Manor. The monitor identified Harrison as the only town that appears to fail the test by both perpetuating clustering of minorities by concentrating multifamily housing in already minority areas and restricting housing most often used by minorities, causing a disparate impact.

The 120-page report by Jim Johnson of Debevoise & Plimpton, released late Monday, is still preliminary and the municipalities will be able to offer explanations for the concentration of minorities in certain neighborhoods that could remove the exclusionary label.

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