Developer Fined $10,000 In Mezuzah Flap

November 03, 2009
A Dix Hills, L.I., developer was fined $10,000 by New York state Monday for ordering a woman to remove the mezuzah on the front door of her home.
     Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the Stone Ridge Estates homeowners association, which oversees the 76-unit complex, has agreed to draft and institute new policies that permit residents to display religious objects on their property.
     Werner was fined $50 last April after refusing the association’s order to remove the mezuzah or conceal it behind a screen door that would cost $300 to $500.
     The fine was later rescinded. “We’re very pleased with the outcome,” Werner said. “The whole development was behind me. It’s a moral victory.”