On the Lamm – Voter Fraud and Recent Arrests

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Interesting, interesting! They didn’t think the FBI would catch them!

This is a summary of previously published information, it is a bit lengthy, but this narrative is worth your time.

Shalom Lamm and his partner Ken Nakdimen who is from Monsey, NY, developers of the controversial high density development project called “The Villages at Chestnut Ridge”, chose the Village of Bloomingburg in Sullivan County, NY not just for it’s bucolic setting – but because they realized the “small town” village government could easily be taken over by newcomers voting in an organized bloc.

The plan was to control the local government and in doing so, create Village zoning and ordinances that would turn Bloomingburg into a new and massive Hasidic community.

In early 2014, in advance of the March Village election, well over 100 “new” Hasidic people registered to vote in Sullivan County, claiming addresses in Bloomingburg connected to properties owned by Lamm.

Informed local residents brought formal challenges to these registrations before the Sullivan County Board of Elections, claiming that these “new” voters were not legal residents for voting purposes at all, but in fact, had been brought in and assigned bogus addresses by the developers to blatantly rig the election in their favor and to take over the Village. (In fact in the December 2016 indictment the accused used deceptive tactics like placing toothpaste and other props in vacant apartments.)

Based on their reading of the challenges and a subsequent investigation which included demands for proof of residency and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s onsite review of the buildings involved, the Sullivan County Board of Elections agreed with the challenges and issued three Notices of Determinations. (Read the Board of Elections’ determinations based on challenges made by residents James Cracolici, John Kahrs, and Anita Hoppe. They make for a very interesting read!)

On March 13, two days after these challenges were submitted, the FBI rolled into Bloomingburg for a massive raid. The Feds raided Shalom Lamm’s buildings (where people claimed to live) – including his offices.

FBI raids Developers Shalom Lamm’s properties in Bloomingburg

UPDATED: FBI Raids Bloomingburg Properties Owned By Developer Shalom Lamm In Ongoing Public Corruption Investigation

According to court testimony from a Sullivan County election commissioner — she heard at the polls during the March 2014 Village election, some new Hasidic voters in Bloomingburg state they didn’t know what street they lived on or what county they were in.

Two more elections followed the March 2014 election and they were both clouded by ongoing challenges to registrations claiming voter fraud. (These two elections determined 1. that the Village would not be dissolved into the Town of Mamakating and 2, put pro-Lamm elected officials into office).

Finally, and to the great relief and satisfaction of the citizens of Mamakating, Bloomingburg and Sullivan County, on December 15, 2016, federal agents arrested Shalom Lamm; his business partner, Kenneth Nakdimen, and a young Satmar man named Volvy “Zev” Smilowitz.

Prosecutors with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York indicted the men on charges of conspiring to corrupt the electoral process. (See below for the press release issued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.)

Three Real Estate Developers Charged In White Plains Federal Court With Conspiracy To Corrupt The Electoral Process In Bloomingburg, New York

It also should be noted, that after having reported on the “cultural clash” between the residents of Bloomingburg and the Hasidic newcomers, with little or no interest in the allegations of ongoing corruption and voter fraud, the New York Times pulled out of Bloomingburg and never even reported on the 2014 FBI raid. Never mind that the raid and ongoing saga was reported nationally by many other news outlets. The Times simply refused to cover the story. Now why is that?

It seems Shalom Lamm didn’t think his plan could fail – or maybe as suggested by the three citizen challengers, he wouldn’t have assigned multiple individuals and families to the same addresses and not even bother to assign them apartment or room numbers! Or he wouldn’t have asked people to claim an address in a building he didn’t even own yet! Or he would not have had his own children who were living and working in Israel at the time, register to vote in Bloomingburg.

And as Preet Bharara says: “stay tuned” for possibly more details on the voter fraud from 2014 and more indictments in Bloomingburg, a tiny, tiny village in New York State!

The jump from 396 to 5,000 houses planned for the Bloomingburg Hasidic community: What Lamm’s private emails and documents revealed about his secret development plans despite what he was saying publicly

In secret documents released as part of a lawsuit brought by Shalom Lamm, the developers were exposed in stunning fashion as, among other things, having two sets of plans — one set for the Planning Board to win approval and the other, the real plans, referred to by Nakdimen as the “Yiddishe” plans – for what they intended to actually build.

Additionally, in the emails, those in Mamakating and Bloomingburg opposed to the development, are referred to as the “goyishe enemy.”

See link below for an article and also the attached jpgs of the emails. These are A MUST READ!

5,000 homes planned for Bloomingburg Hasidic community

What’s next? Do the people of Bloomingburg and Mamakating get their Village back? What does the developer’s arrest mean for the future of Hasidic Bloomingburg?

Editorial: Lots to do and re-do in Bloomingburg mess

What Does Developer’s Arrest Mean for the Future of Hasidic Bloomingburg?

Editorial: Bloomingburg secrecy needs state attention

Stay tuned!


4 thoughts on “On the Lamm – Voter Fraud and Recent Arrests

  1. Last month I visited Bloomingburg, to which village I have a connection going back to the 1960s when I met my future wife in summer camp there. It’s on the skids – looks like Appalachia on a bad day. Spoke to some of the locals. Resort trade gone along with the railroad – that’s an old story. Small manufacturing in the area is gone. Employment nearly nil. The summer camp i spoke of is vacant if not outright abandoned. A dying town, sad to say. Drove over to the Lamm development. Like a min-KJ but at least it’s fresh and clean. If Lamm weren’t such a sleaze I’d say that 396 decent looking townhouses were a boon to the area – but, I suppose, not when filled with Satmar. Very said to see.

    • “Looks fresh and clean.” That’s because the vermin haven’t moved in yet. This was nothing more than a hostile, criminal takeover of a vulnerable little village. The evidence gathered against these crooks is damning. I’m not naive enough to think that these lawbreakers will pay for their evil deeds but I can dream.

  2. Comparing the highly organized Satmar criminal enterprise to the Amish ? Surely you jest.. Lamm, Nakdimen, and Smilowitz are only the tip of the iceberg. The Satmars crimes, white collar and otherwise are the stuff of legend. So long as the grand rebbe resides in the governors mansion, it will be dirty business as usual. In light of the recent “secret e-mails” the punishment for these criminals should be swift and severe. We all know from past experience however that the punishment will certainly not fit the crime. When will the rest of this “crew” be rounded up? Had the perpetrators of this grand scheme had names which ended in vowels, they’d be in the federal penitentiary. Prison for Lamm, Nakdimen, Smilowitz, Roe, Berentsen, Baird, Wood !!

    • “Comparing the highly organized Satmar criminal enterprise to the Amish ?”

      Not at all. You missed the point, which is if Satmar do something ugly it’s reported as something done by “Jews” but if for argument’s sake the Amish, another insular hyper-religious sect, had done something comparable (which they haven’t; their abuses such as shunning and whatever happen within the group) it would be reported as “Amish” did x or y or z and not that “Christians” did. End of comparison.

  3. Why won’t the Satmar build on unoccupied land? If you want to have an isolated religous community that aviods the ills of secular people, why build where the secular people live? There are huge swaths of land on the east coast that could be used for this.

    • They do build on unoccupied land – please read the story. But it’s much cheaper to build in a town that already has the infrastructure you need, roads, gas & electric, water supply and sewer.
      The real problem is that they look at us as Goyem who are only there to provide them with what they need – free funds from the state to support their non-working life style and and average of 14 children.
      Nobody minds the Amish as they support themselves.

      • I did read it, and I understand it is easier to build where there is some infrastructure. I guess my comment was more of a lament than a question. It just makes no sense to knowingly force themselves on a community and create that kind of hostility and bad press in return for existing sidewalks and such. It is just wrong. I live near Kiryas Joel, and the scism between them and Monroe is huge. Moves are being made to change zoning here from rural to urban, and people are being called Anti Semtic or Self Hating Jew for simply wanting to maintain one family home laws instead of allowing apartment buildings. KJ say they have no choice because of a housing crisis. Yeah, it is a self inflicted crisis if you can only live in walking distance of your one particular house of worship. Not a crisis if you can live as individuals instead of a block. It’s exhausting. There can be no compromise seemingly with Kiras Joel (leadership). And any complaint or attempt to maintain our lifestyle is met with being labeled as AS. Meanwhile the women there are not allowed to drive, and children are not being taught any non religous education. The leaders are creating prisoners not followers.

  4. I love failed Messiah, Some of the best articles are written there, hands down. But I honestly wish I didn’t have to be piled in with the Satmar as I am Jewish and your top line indicates looking for issues in the Jewish community. I have to be careful not to tell people I am Jewish or they think I am a abusing the system like the other “Jews” My family and relatives all work or worked full time and pay our own bills. I wish you could change that so I am not included.

    • @someone – we too are Jewish albeit most of us not observant. What would you have the tagline read were it to be changed? That is a serious question.
      This endeavor seeks to make it easier for all of us to be Jewish without the association with those who are contemptible.

      • Well seeing as the offenders reported in every article written are Satmar or Hassidic, why not say that rather than group us all together? The word “Jewish” is all inclusive, I am not a part, nor my family or friends, of the sect which seems to be the ones in question. What I hate is hearing a neighbor say, Those “Fing jews” (you have no idea how hearing that makes my hair stand on end) because of the actions of one group of the religion. Seriously, it makes me feel like I am suspect when you read the tagline as it is written just because a group of abusers happens to be the same religion. Again, I really appreciate your work in getting the word out

        • Anonymous: You make a good point: we’re all tarred with the same brush, the assimiliated and the Hasidic when guilt clearly is not collective. If, say, the Amish decided to take over some village (I mention them only because of their very superficial comparability in terms of insularitiy and religiosity to Hasidim) in this way I doubt the headlines would read “Christians Attempt Illegal Takeover of XXX”. The headline would specifically reference the Amish. I imagine this sense of vulnerability is what moderate Muslims feel in this country nowadays. The majority consider Jews as a unitary group and also Muslims. It will only become worse with the inauguration of Trump.

    • It says “newcomers voting in an organized bloc” and “massive Hasidic community”. I don’t see where it says ‘Jewish’.
      I make every effort to differentiate between the Jewish (including Orthodox) population and the Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidics.
      That’s because only the latter are abusing our welfare system on a grand scale (of course there are exceptions) and expect the common tax payer to support them and their families while they attend to religious studies.
      Of course, not all Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidics are to blame! We must concentrate on the builders, the rabbis, and other leaders. Their followers are ill-informed and fed lies. They are afraid of us and need to be educated so that they can provide for themselves! It’s most important that the woman receive help and education so they will stop having an endless stream of children they cannot provide for.
      It is really a mafia-like cult that ignores our laws and abuses our system to their best advantage!
      But all in all their followers are innocent people!

      • Susan, not sure if you are referring to my post or not. If so, I was referring to the tagline, not the content of the article

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