Village Drops Lawsuit Threat Over Shul in Complex

SPRING VALLEY -

The village of Spring Valley withdrew its stated threat to sue an apartment complex for building a shul and mikveh on its property, agreeing that there is a constitutional right to have religious use on private property.

Dennis Lynch, the village’s legal counsel, said Wednesday that Park View Condominiums does not have to provide religious balance if they have Jewish services.

“The government cannot dictate what happens on private property,” Lynch said, according to the Journal News. “To impose a condition on private property is unconstitutional.”

The 61-home complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue had threatened a civil rights lawsuit against the village if they did not drop violations notices. They had the necessary permits showing that zoning and safety regulations were met.

The building inspector’s office is now expected to ask the court to drop the violations.