Bloomingburg: “Can Hasidic Village Survive Vote Fraud Scandal?”

The latest on Bloomingburg from The Forward:

Not least among the oddness is the saga of Rabiner, an early Hasidic pioneer in Bloomingburg.

A Hasidic man who moved to Bloomingburg in 2014, Rabiner won reelection to the village board in March and hasn’t been seen since.

Locals say he’s been around town. But Rabiner hasn’t shown up to a board meeting, or even been to the village office to pick up his checks….

At the time, Rabiner had been a village trustee for two years. He won an reelection officially uncontested in March, though Roemer ran a write-in campaign against him. The Times Herald-Record, an upstate paper that has covered the Bloomingburg saga closely, reported that Rabiner’s repeated absences were an issue at a village board meeting held days after Lamm’s guilty plea.

“It upsets me that he doesn’t come to the village meetings,” Mayor Russell Wood said, according to the paper. Wood said he had asked Rabiner to resign.

Rabiner did not respond to a message left on his phone.



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