By Mark Lungariello — October 1, 2014

A federal monitor has put on hold his review of local towns’ and villages’ zoning codes until the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development adopts a “considered, unified voice.”

James E. Johnson, of the New York City law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, is overseeing the county’s implementation of the settlement of a 2009 affordable housing lawsuit. In a Sept. 26 letter to HUD, Johnson defended an analysis he had conducted of local zoning codes after HUD sent its own letter criticizing the monitor’s work.

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