Officials in an affluent Long Island village acquiesced to race-based opposition to affordable housing and changed zoning codes to discriminate against minorities, a federal appeals court held Wednesday.

In a decision that opened the door to claims that Nassau County steered affordable housing to its lowest-income communities, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a judge’s finding that the Village of Garden City discriminated against minorities in a zoning decision made after Nassau County decided to sell some land that would have been developed into housing.

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