Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom Lamm’s proposed Satmar hasidic girls school was was finally approved by the Town of Mamakating, New York’s Planning Board Tuesday night, after which the spokesman for Lamm and the hasidic community Michael Fragin lashed out at the board for purportedly being anti-education.
Planning Board Gives Green Light For Bloomingburg Satmar Girls School
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Modern Orthodox Developer Shalom Lamm’s proposed Satmar hasidic girls school was was finally approved by the Town of Mamakating, New York’s Planning Board Tuesday night.
The school, which is located in the Village of Bloomingburg (which itself sits inside the boundaries of Mamakating), was approved after the school's water supply was cleared by the state Department of Health, the Times Herald-Record reported.
The school will serve Lamm’s controversial 396-unit high density hasidic townhouse development located in Bloomingburg. Lamm wanted to open the school in September, but it was delayed because of various issues raised by the planning board – and by the fact that Lamm’s development was originally presented to the village as a low density vacation and golf community complete with a 9-hole golf course.
As he has frequently done in the past, after the approval Lamm’s spokesman attacked the planning board.
“Nonetheless, the Jewish community is gratified that we can move forward and serve the needs of Jewish children in Bloomingburg,” Michael Fragin reportedly said on behalf of the local hasidic community, which numbered approximately zero until a few months ago.
Both Lamm and Fragin have repeatedly accused locals of anti-Semitism – even though a significant number of opponents of Lamm in the area are non-Orthodox Jews who are upset by what they see as Lamm’s repeated deception and the disregard of hasidim for the rural nature of the tiny 420-person village located in the Catskill Mountains. For example, in a 2013 lawsuit filed by Lamm, Lamm claimed local planners were being pressured by residents “motivated by blatant and ugly religious bigotry.” Lamm recently filed a $25 million lawsuit against both the Town of Mamakating and the Village of Bloomingburg that claims “pervasive government-sponsored religious discrimination through the use of zoning laws and other legislation.”
A Planning Board member Mort Starobin insisted the proposal for the hasidic girls school was not treated any differently than any other project.
"All we can go on is the information submitted and the information we have,” Starobin reportedly said. “Whether we like it or not has nothing to do with our decision.”