Housing remains atop of the list of economic headwinds, along with state and local government layoffs, Europe, and the end of the federal stimulus — and the Fed could use some help reinforcing the housing sector, William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said Monday.

Speaking to Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business in the Bronx, Dudley said that “growth in 2011 has been disappointing” despite the “waning” of important negative temporary factors.

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