Mamakating fights for RICO appeal
NEW YORK — The Town of Mamakating and Village of Bloomingburg have not given up their battle to prove that developers of the 396-unit Chestnut Ridge development conspired with former village officials to illegally misrepresent plans for the housing complex.
In a federal racketeering lawsuit filed in April 2015, the two governments alleged that developers Shalom Lamm, Kenneth Nakdimen and Duane Roe, former Bloomingburg Mayor Mark Berentsen and others worked together to improperly annex land, expedite permit approvals, monopolize wastewater treatment capacity and use voter fraud to control the local government, all so Chestnut Ridge could become the future home of a large number of Hasidic families.
U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest dismissed the lawsuit in September 2015, citing an expired statute of limitations, insufficient proof of a corrupt enterprise and unrecognizable damages under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The town appealed in December, and appeal arguments were presented Friday.