N.Y. Town Sued for $25m Over Allegedly Blocking New Hasidic Community

As plans call for townhomes, a school and a ritual bath, federal-court action charges religious discrimination.

Young women walk on the designated women’s side of the street in New Square, a Hasidic village in suburban New York.
Uriel Heilman, JTA

A lawsuit claims that a village northwest of Manhattan is improperly blocking a developer's effort to build a Hasidic community there, media reports say.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, names as defendants, among others, the village of Bloomingburg and its officials, the reports say. The lawsuit was filed by the landowners and prospective tenants of the new community, the reports say.

The lawsuit, claiming $25 million of damages, charges religious discrimination, the reports say.

A developer, Shalom Lamm, is building a complex of 396 townhomes in Bloomingburg, in Sullivan County, N.Y., about 75 minutes northwest of New York City. A school and ritual bath are also planned for the community, reports say.

Bloomingburg currently has 420 residents, The New York Post reported.

The Village of Bloomingburg and the adjoining Town of Mamakating, acting on behalf of an aggressive and hateful group of their residents, are engaged in a conspiracy to prevent Hasidic Jews from buying houses, establishing a private school, and operating businesses in their community," the lawsuit says, according to theyeshivaworld.com.