Judge: Bias Lawsuit Against Bloomingburg Can Proceed

NEW YORK (AP) -

A rural village and town can face a $25 million lawsuit alleging Orthodox Jews were blocked from building housing and opening a mikveh, a judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest said discrimination claims can proceed against Bloomingburg and Mamakating, though she narrowed the number of defendants.

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 mikveh.

The judge said Sullivan Farms II had presented “detailed and legally sufficient allegations” that could result in a finding that the village and some leaders discriminated against Jews.