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Work has been ordered to stop at a Sullivan County development after some residents took legal action against two towns and the developer of the project. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Michael Howard has the story on one group who says their rights as citizens were broken
BLOOMINGBURG, N.Y. -- Holly Roche and the rural community coalition went to Ulster County Court Wednesday to file a legal action, against the Village of Bloomingburg and developers, regarding the construction of a housing development in Bloomingburg.
“It presents that the judge took the concerns that were presented very seriously,” said Roche.
Judge Stephan Schick granted the request and halted all construction on the proposed 396 units. The ruling comes after many in the town have protested, after they say developers went behind their backs.
“There should have been a vote, for the annexation and election and it never occurred. Which means individual and civil rights were not adhered to,” said Roche.
Protesters say they believed there would be 125 units geared towards the retirement community. Instead developers have started work on a 396 unit Hasidic development.
The move has sparked outrage as numerous town meetings were canceled due to the large number of people in attendance.
Town officials were not available to be reached for comment, but developer of the project Shalom Lamm, was quoted in the Times Herald Record as saying he’s confident the court will reject the claims after a previous injunction by the coalition was rejected.
“We are deeply hoping that justice will prevail,” said Roche.
The developer as well as some town officials are due in court on February 6, to prove everything was done legally.