“10 Month Sentence For Bloomingburg Developer In Voter Fraud Case”

…y filing false voter registrations. According to the Times Herald Record (http://bit.ly/2zXQOTB), prosecutors said that in addition to placing household items such as toothbrushes in unused apartments to make them appear occupied, Lamm paid a Monsey rabbi approximately $30,000 a month to recruit students to pose as residents of the Orange County town and vote there, even though most had never even been to Bloomingburg. Defense lawyers argued…

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“Shalom Lamm Partner Gets 6 Months In Bloomingburg Voter Fraud Case”

…The Forward: Kenneth Nakdimen, who pled guilty to voter fraud in the small upstate New York village of Bloomingburg this year, received a six-month prison sentence on Friday. Nakdimen’s co-defendant, developer Shalom Lamm, is still awaiting sentencing. The two were involved in a controversial project to build homes for Hasidic Jews in the rural village.  …

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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…

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Bloomingburg: “BREAKING: Jewish Developer Of Ultra-Orthodox Village Pleads Guilty To Voter Fraud”

The latest from the Forward on the Bloomingburg saga: Shalom Lamm, the developer behind the controversial effort to build hundreds of homes for Hasidic families in the upstate New York village of Bloomingburg, pled guilty Tuesday to federal charges in a cash-for-votes scam. One of the attorneys representing Lamm, Gordon Mehler, confirmed the plea to the Forward. Lamm faced a single count of conspiracy to corrupt the electoral process in…

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“New York Developer Pleaded Guilty in Voter-Fraud Conspiracy”

WSJ on the latest in the Bloomingburg saga: Prosecutors said Mr. Nakdimen and his associates falsely registered voters to overcome local opposition to their 396-unit townhouse project in the tiny Catskills village of Bloomingburg. The developers anticipated making hundreds of millions of dollars from the development, according to prosecutors.  An attorney for Mr. Nakdimen didn’t respond to a request for comment. Under the agreement, Mr….

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Shalom Lamm Charged with Vote Fraud in Bloomingburg Case

I’ve been watching the Bloombingburg voting saga play out for years (see this excellent VICE piece by Hella Winston). And now comes news of what many suspected: Lamm and others have been charged in federal court with conspiracy to commit voter fraud to bring people in as residents of the town to elect officials would would be friendly to creating an ultra-orthodox Jewish community there. The town had entered into a very onerous consent…

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“Sullivan elections commissioner resigning”

…Times Herald-Record: Sullivan County Board of Elections Commissioner Ann Prusinski will be resigning, she said Wednesday. Prusiniski’s decision comes as the county Board of Elections has been thrust under the spotlight because of allegations of anti-Semitism by Hasidic voters and supporters of developer Shalom Lamm in Village of Bloomingburg elections….

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Consent Decree in Bloomingburg Voting Rights Dispute

The Sullivan County election board has entered into this consent decree (including payment of significant attorney’s fees) in a class action arising out of voting disputes involving new Hasidic [corrected] voters in Bloomingburg NY. It is a fascinating dispute I’ve been following over the meaning of the vote and the changing nature of community. The decree includes a federal monitor for voting.  All in all, despite no admission of…

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“Town of Mamakating, Village of Bloomingburg Charge Shalom Lamm with Racketeering In Federal Court”

…law and the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“R.I.C.O.”) Act.” Included among the defendants are: Shalom Lamm, Kenneth Nakdimen, Duane Roe, Mark Berentsen, Sullivan Farms II, Inc., Raymond Farms, LLC., Bloomingburg Rentals, LLC., and a number of known co-conspirators who are claimed to have illegally registered to vote in Bloomingburg elections. “Through corruption and deceit, Defendants have manipulated elected officials…

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“2 top local officials call for state attorney general to investigate Bloomingburg voting”

News from NY: Top officials of the Town of Mamakating and Village of Bloomingburg have called on state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate what the officials call systemic examples of voter fraud in Bloomingburg over the past two years. In calling for an independent investigation in a joint statement, Mamakating Supervisor Bill Herrmann and Bloomingburg Mayor Frank Gerardi harshly criticized Sullivan County District Attorney James…

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“Hasidic Voters Sue Sullivan County Board of Elections”

NY State of Politics: A group of Hasidic voters in the small Catskills village of Bloomingburg is suing the Sullivan County Board of Elections, alleging it is “engaging in an unyielding discriminatory campaign” to deprive them of their right to vote because of their religion. There has been an ongoing dispute between the Hasidic community in Bloomingburg, which has grown considerably in recent years, and local officials. The heart of the…

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“Vote Fails to End Fight Over Growth in Catskills”

Fascinating NYT story: The last time there was an election for the Village Board of Bloomingburg, N.Y., 24 residents came out to vote. On Tuesday, more than 330 did, roughly two-thirds of the population of the small rustic spot in Sullivan County. At issue was the very character of the place: Would it keep its small-town feel or become more like Kiryas Joel, a village of 20,000 people farther south populated largely by Hasidim of the Satmar…

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