The U.S. attorney in the Southern District claims the village used zoning provisions to restrict Jewish people from worshipping in private homes and running a religious school.READ MORE: 2 NYPD Officers, 1 Retired Officer Accused Of Taking Thousands Of Dollars In Bribes
It’s the third time since 1991 the village has been sued by the federal government for religious discrimination.
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The last court-ordered consent decree against Airmont expired in 2015. Since then, the village has actively sought to prevent its Hasidic Jewish residents from operating home synagogues and a private religious school, according to the lawsuit filed in White Plains federal court.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: Man Attacks, Robs Father And Son After Fender Bender In Queens
The lawsuit alleges regulations imposed by the village 27 miles (43 kilometers) north of New York City violate the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.
Among other actions cited in the lawsuit, the village amended its zoning code in 2018 to strike “residential place of worship” as a recognized land use category, in violation of the terms of the judgment entered by the court in 1996.
The lawsuit says the village imposed a land-use moratorium designed to prevent the growing Hasidic community from developing property and targeted Hasidic residents with the threat of unfounded zoning violation fines.MORE NEWS: COVID Vaccine Pop-Up Sites At Subway, Transit Hubs Target Commuters As FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For Children 12-15
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