NY Attorney General: Hudson Valley Town Trying To Keep Out Hasidic Jews

WCBS 880 Newsroom
December 06, 2019 - 1:38 pm
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CHESTER, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- New York Attorney General Letitia James is accusing a Hudson Valley town and county of "a systematic effort'' to keep Hasidic Jewish families from moving into the town, where a developer says bias is blocking hundreds of planned homes.

James filed legal papers Thursday seeking to join a developer's suit against Orange County and the town of Chester, about 60 miles north of midtown Manhattan.

The Greens at Chester project has been met with what the local governments call legitimate concerns about infrastructure and building codes.

But the developers and James say what's really at play is a prejudiced drive to stop the project.

A lawyer for the town says there's no reason for the attorney general's office to get involved on the developers' behalf.