Discrimination lawsuit against New York village can proceed

June 09, 2015
A rural village and a surrounding town can face a $25 million lawsuit alleging Hasidic Jews were blocked from building housing and opening a bath for ritual immersion and purification, a judge ruled Tuesday.
     U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said discrimination claims can proceed against the village of Bloomingburg and the Town of Mamakating, in Sullivan County, though she tossed out many claims and narrowed the number of defendants who can be sued.
     The judge allowed plaintiff Sullivan Farms II Inc. to proceed with claims that the village obstructed the completion of a housing development project known as Chestnut Ridge, and she permitted Malka Rosenbaum and Winterton Properties to pursue claims the town and its zoning board stymied the conversion of a Bloomingburg property formerly used as a day spa and a residence into a mikvah, a bath used by Hasidic Jews.