Friday, October 31, 2014

Bloomingburg: Lamm, opponents both lose lawsuits 

The opponents of controversial developer Shalom Lamm lost one recent lawsuit, while Lamm lost another.

On Thursday, the Appellate Division, Third Department of the state Supreme Court, essentially dismissed a 2013 lawsuit that sought to remove former Bloomingburg Mayor Mark Berentsen from office. Berentsen's opponents - who also oppose Lamm's 396-home Hasidic development - charged Berentsen with a conflict of interest when he accepted the use of a sewer and water system built by Lamm for his development and the village even though Berensten had to approve the development.

Since Berentsen lost the election in March, the court ruled the lawsuit was "moot."

Last week, Acting Sullivan County Supreme Judge Michael McGuire dismissed a Lamm lawsuit that, among other things, charged that the Village of Wurtsboro illegally created zoning to prohibit a Lamm housing project, Kaufman Farms. McGuire ruled that the Village's zoning was "not specific" to Lamm's property, but applies to "all property owners in all districts."


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