In Blow To New Satmar Hasidic Village In Neighboring Bloomingburg, Mount Hope Votes Down Sale Of Vacant School To Satmar
Shmarya Rosenberg • Failedmessiah.com
In a crushing landslide, residents of Mount Hope, New York voted down the sale of the vacant Otisville Elementary School to a Satmar hasidic congregation, the Times Herald-Record reported. The vote was 1,334 against the sale and only 23 for it. Mount Hope reportedly has a total of 3,291 registered voters.
The Times-Hearld Record was unable to find a working phone number for the prospective buyer, Congregation Rechovos Hanohor, yesterday.
Opponents of the sale reportedly said the school was earmarked for community use when the town got the building from the Minisink Valley School District in 2008.
Town Supervisor Chad Volpe said he would make a motion at tonight's town board meeting to move the vacant school back into the town assets, meaning it will not be able to be sold.
Volpe also said he would move to have the town's engineers conduct a study of possible uses for the building, the paper reported, along with their projected costs and available grant money for them. After that, the town would conduct a public hearing on the results of the study.
Mount Hope will find out that "no matter what they decide, there's going to be a price tag for it," Volpe reportedly said.
The building would have been used by Satmar as an all-boys yeshiva serving its new Satmar-only hasidic “shtetl” (village) in neighboring Bloomingburg – a project that has been ridden with apparent violations of the Fair Housing Act along with alleged public corruption and lies by the site’s Modern Orthodox developer, Shalom Lamm.
FailedMessiah.com exclusively reported earlier today that HUD, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is currently investigating those apparent violations of the Fair Housing Act.