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MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) A federal judge says a predominantly white suburban New York village discriminated against minorities in its decisions regarding residential zoning.

U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spatt said Friday the village of Garden City's rejection of a planned "affordable housing" complex had a negative impact on minorities.

The judge ordered the plaintiffs to submit suggested remedies within 30 days. The village will then have 30 days to respond.

Village officials issued a statement saying they intended to appeal.

In oral arguments in court last summer, the village attorney said officials were complying with the wishes of its constituency in making the zoning decisions. Village officials said zoning decisions were based on concerns about traffic and other issues.

Census figures show the village 30 miles east of Manhattan is 93 percent white.