Editorial – Time for Law Enforcement to Step In and Slow the Progress
LostMessiah and Contributors, May 1, 2016
The reports on Shalom Lamm and his partner Ken Nakdimen began years ago. Since that time, their plan has been working. They have been able, with some community resistance, to expand lies into more lies. And the sacrificial “Lamm” – the Village of Bloomingburg.
Bloominburg was once a beautiful little village. It housed a sleep away camp called Camp Na Sho Pa, which many looked forward to attending for years. The camp was found on an extraordinary piece of land which held adjoining horseback riding trails, lakes and other natural resources so children could come from downstate and the Catskills to get away. That was when sleep away camp was popular.
As the years have gone by, the village has had its share of financial difficulties but has nonetheless managed to accommodate families and children attended school or college, had options for their futures. But Shalom Lamm and Ken Nakidem apparently had other plans for the village, plans that went undisclosed, plans that required lies and bribes, a media/law firm, payments to officials and other shady practices.
Lamm had been known for his shady practices. FailedMessiah reported on them for years. Perhaps it is time now for the law to step in a slow down the domino effect that Lamm’s highly unKosher business practices set in motion.
Posted Apr. 27, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Updated Apr 27, 2016 at 11:34 AM
“It is time for the state of New York, the attorney general and the Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate development activities that now threaten the Village of Bloomingburg.
With the recent revelation of a secret plan calling for growth well beyond any public disclosure, with earlier revelations of other secret plans and with the continued demonstrated inability of local governments to ensure the protection of the local environment, only the state can do what needs to be done.
Ever since the first homes started going up in the Chestnut Ridge development in Bloomingburg, those who live in the village have wondered what the future would hold. Now, they have an answer or at least the vision of the men behind what started out as a modest 125 homes, grew to 396 with inadequate public scrutiny and now threatens to overwhelm the community, the surrounding town and the region.
As reports in the Times Herald-Record showed last week, documents included in one of the many legal actions concerning the activities in the tiny village contain a glimpse of a future that is nothing like anything anybody involved has revealed in the past.
Those documents outline a plan to construct 5,000 homes over the next 15 years and clearly state “It is intended to be a transformative development … that will ultimately accommodate thousands of families.”
The names on the documents are familiar ones in Bloominburg, developers Shalom Lamm and Kenneth Nakdimen. As their own documents state, these “developers of Chestnut Ridge have worked for 7 years in complete secrecy to achieve a fully approved project” which they refer to as “Phase I.”
Lamm and Nakdimen were also behind another secret agreement, this one with a local developer who persuaded the village to approve what was described as a 125-home gated community, “upscale second home town houses in a golf course setting.” Trusting local officials signed off on the expansion of that plan to the much larger one which we now know is merely the start of more to come.
Because the development is planned to accommodate Hassidic families there have been charges and countercharges about religious discrimination and intolerance. Those are bound to continue but they have nothing to do with the impact that thousands of homes will have should they receive approval from a local government that is itself being transformed into what has effectively become an extension of the development company. As the developers put it in their planning documents, “With the initial occupancy of these homes, the owners of Chestnut Ridge will effectively control the local government, its zoning and ordinances.”
That many homes for that many people will overwhelm the limited infrastructure of the local community. If nothing else, the state needs to make sure that such a large scale development is plausible and then ensure that there are adequate environmental protections each step of the way.
The county district attorney says he is following the situation as are those who represent the area in Albany. As far as it goes, which is not far enough, that is fine. Now it is time for the state to get busy.”
Follow the story on the Times Herald, Recordonline.com