Thursday, March 24, 2016

2nd Circuit Affirms Win By Rockland County Villages Charged With Anti-Hasidic Discrimination

In the long battle between Hasidic residents and others in parts of Rockland County, New York, the Second Circuit has affirmed the district court's dismissal (see prior posting) of a complaint by Mosdos Chofetz Chaim, a Hasidic religious educational institution, that local villages discriminated against Hasidic Jews in actions opposing the building of a 60-unit adult student housing development.  In Bernstein v. Village of Wesley Hills, (2d Cir., March 23, 2016), the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that plaintiffs' had not produced sufficient evidence for a jury to find disparate treatment or discriminatory animus.  Instead, it said the villages had a genuine concern about environmental impact of the development. Lower Hudson Journal News reports on the decision.