The commissioners’ examined the questionnaires mailed to people whose votes were challenged in referendum to dissolve the village. 194 votes were challenged in all. Of them, 68 returned questionnaires. Board of Elections commissioners found that many of those 68 completed questionnaires were returned to the post office by an employee of Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm, who is building a Satmar hasidic "shtetl" in the tiny village in what appears to be a violation of US Fair Housing Law.
The Mid-Hudson News reports on the disqualification of some voters in the recent referendum to dissolve Bloomingburg, New York and fold it into neighboring Mamakating – something Modern Orthodox developer Shalom Lamm and his Satmar hasidic clients do not want to happen, because tiny Bloomingburg has apopulation of only about 400 people and is much easier to take over than the much larger Mamakating:
“While the commissioners concede that the vagaries of New York election law do allow voters with multiple residences to choose one from which they wish to vote, the law also stipulates that there must be significant as well as verifiable ties to the address and community that they so designate,” [Board of Elelctions] Commissioners Ann Prusinski and Rodney Gaebel wrote in their decision. “Failure to establish residence on that basis is tantamount to the aura of sham perpetrated this past March.”
That sham? Lamm, his family and about 100 Satmar hasidim tried to claim residence in Bloomingburg so they could vote in the town's election. But pretty much all of them really lived elsewhere, and Lamm and company were excoriated by a judge for what appeared to be their attempt to use election fraud to take over the village.
But that did not stop Lamm and his hasidic cronies from trying it again:
The commissioners’ examination of questionnaires mailed to 194 people who were challenged – [of them,] 68 were return[ed], [and commissioners] found that many [of them] were returned to the post office by an individual employed by Shalom Lamm, the man building a Hasidic community in Bloomingburg.