Friday, October 28, 2016

NY Municipalities Settle Discrimination Suit Against Them Alleging Anti-Hasidic Bias

JTA reports that the upstate Village of Bloomingburg and the Town of Mamakating, New York have reached a settlement with a developer who sued claiming that the municipalities engaged in an anti-Semitic conspiracy to prevent more Hasidic Jews from moving into the area. The lawsuit filed in 2014 (see prior posting) claimed, among other things, that the municipalities violated the fair housing and civil rights laws in blocking the completion of a 396-unit townhouse project out of fear that would be occupied mostly by Hasidic families. Under the settlement, the developer's company Sullivan Farms II will be be paid by the municipalities' insurer $1.595 million on behalf of  Mamakating and $1.305 million on behalf of Bloomingburg.