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New York to join lawsuit against federal housing agency

New York state is joining a lawsuit filed against the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Ben Carson over a decision to delay an Obama-era rule intended to ensure that communities address racial segregation.
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson testifies before the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Capitol Hill April 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state is joining a lawsuit filed against the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Ben Carson over a decision to delay an Obama-era rule intended to ensure that communities address racial segregation.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat and former HUD secretary, announced the state's involvement on Monday.

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The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by a group of advocacy organizations who say Carson unlawfully delayed the rule, which requires cities and counties receiving federal housing funds to analyze housing data and submit plans to address segregation.

The lawsuit asks that the rule be reinstated. Carson has suspended the rule until after 2020.

HUD released a statement in January saying the agency had heard from local communities that the rule wasn't working well.