Discrimination lawsuit against New York village can proceed

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Posted: Jun 09, 2015 6:03 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge says a New York village can face a $25 million lawsuit alleging it tried to keep Hasidic Jews from building housing.

The judge ruled Tuesday a developer's discrimination claims can proceed against the village of Bloomingburg and the Town of Mamakating (mah-MUH'-kay-tihng) in Sullivan County. But the judge tossed many other claims and says some were premature.

Bloomingburg has 420 residents. The area's Hasidic Jewish population has increased in recent years.

The village says it has not violated any rights.

Town attorney Brian Sokoloff says the town is pleased the court "gutted" most of the plaintiff's case and dismissed the town supervisor from it. He says the town's remaining case amounts to a "run of the mill zoning dispute."

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This story has been corrected to show the judge allowed legal claims to proceed against the village alleging it tried to keep Hasidic Jews from building housing, not alleging it tried to prevent construction of a school.